Advanced Multimedia Storytelling - JOUR8070

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2023 to 2024
Spring Term 7 15 (7.5) Ian Reeves checkmark-circle


Indicative topics are:
• Linear and non-linear narrative structures
• The use of online and open-source tool research and create journalism projects
• The power of interactivity. Putting the user in control of the story.
• Visualisation of data
• Borrowing from Hollywood: quick cuts, splits screens and non-traditional video packages
• Using crowdsourced material to develop and augment core reporting
• Techniques for adapting and creating journalism for mobile media
• How social media and reader interactivity is changing journalism and the legal, ethical, technical and editorial implications


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 24
Private Study Hours: 126
Total Study Hours: 150


MA Multimedia Journalism – optional module
MA in International Multimedia Journalism – optional module

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
Online Journalism Project (80%)
Project Diary (20%) *

Students must pass the project diary in order to pass the module overall.

Reassessment methods
Reassessment Instrument: 100% coursework

Indicative reading

Flash Journalism: How to create multimedia packages, by Mindy McAdams (Focal Press 2005)
Supermedia: Saving Journalism so it can save the world, by Charlie Beckett (Wiley Blackwell, 2008)
We The Media by Dan Gillmor (O'Reilly Media 2006)
Multimedia Journalism: a practical Guide by Andy Bull (Routledge, 2010)
MediaActive: a user's guide to finding, following and creating the news by Dan Gillmor (O’Reilly Media 2010)
Journalism Next: a Practical guide to digital reporting and publishing by Mark Briggs (CQ Press 2009)

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. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of current thinking behind the economics of news delivery in different media and its implications for the industry.
3. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the fundamental technologies used in the gathering, production and dissemination news in an online environment.
4. Demonstrate professional skills and originality in using new and established techniques to produce quality journalism in text, audio and video.
5. Produce properly structured multimedia journalism packages suitable for an international, national or regional audience.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1. Work effectively, 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
3. Confidently use information technology to perform a range of complex tasks
4. Gather, organise and deploy information to formulate complex arguments confidently and cogently


  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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