Practical Multimedia Journalism - JOUR8020

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Combined Autumn Spring Summer 7 45 (22.5) Ian Reeves checkmark-circle


Culture, history and development of British journalism in print, broadcast and online media. Professional use of cameras, editing software and television studio production facilities. Professional use of audio recording equipment, editing software and radio studio production facilities. Team working in radio, television, print and online news production. Advanced use of multimedia authoring software, image manipulation software and print production facilities. The impact of online technologies on planning, reporting, producing and disseminating news.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 96
Private Study Hours: 354
Total Study Hours: 450


MA Multimedia Journalism (compulsory module)

Method of assessment

Assessment 100% by coursework
TV Assignment 1 – 20%
Print Assignment 2 – 20%
Radio Assignment 3 –20%
Online Assignment 4 – 20%
Blog Postings – 10%
News Conference Pitches – 10%

Reassessment methods
100% coursework

Indicative reading

Geller V (2007), Creating Powerful Radio, Focal Press
Harrower T (2007), The Newspaper Designer's Handbook, 6th ed, McGraw-Hill
Hudson G and Rowlands S (2007), The Broadcast Journalism Handbook, 1st ed, Longman
Quinn S and Filak V F (2005), Convergent Journalism, Focal Press
Ray V (2003), The Television News Handbook, Macmillan
Ward M (2002), Journalism Online, Focal Press

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate a systematic understanding and a critical awareness of the current key concepts of news delivery for online platforms
2. Show a comprehensive understanding of the fundamental technologies used in the gathering, production and dissemination of news
3. Demonstrate professional skills and originality in using new and established techniques to produce quality multimedia journalism
4. Produce properly structured multimedia journalism news suitable for an international, national or regional audience
5. Use complex multimedia hardware and software in an original and professional way with a specific audience in mind

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1. Work effectively as individuals and in a team environment, exercising initiative and personal responsibility
2. Make informed decisions about deployment of resources in planning, gathering, producing and disseminating information in complex and unpredictable situations


  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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