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KE044 - Journalism (Medway Campus)

Start date: Monday 10 June
End date: Friday 14 June
Time: Monday - Friday, 10:00-16:00
Number of hours: 25 hours contact time + 5 hours private study
Location: Medway Campus
Employability Points: 60 points maximum (based on 100% attendance)




Course outline

This course offers an intensive immersion in the basic principles and practices of professional journalism in the multimedia age. During five consecutive days of teaching, you will learn what professional journalists do, how they do it and how their work informs the public sphere. You will experience the pressure and the pleasure of making real journalism  to real deadlines under professional leadership. 

Monday: What is journalism for? Reporting politics. Reporting for newspapers. Journalism law and ethics.

Tuesday: Making a newspaper.

Wednesday: Editorial conference. Reporting for radio. Making radio news.

Thursday: Editorial conference. Reporting for television. Making television news.

Friday: Editorial Conference.  Reporting online. Making news for the Internet.

You will be expected to spend five hours reading newspapers, listening to radio news and watching television news in preparation for editorial conferences and news days.

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Please note, this course takes place at the Medway Campus. A free shuttle bus is available from the Canterbury campus.

You must book a ticket online before you travel.


Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will:

  • Be aware of major debates about the value and purposes of journalism
  • Have a basic understanding of the relationship between government and journalists
  • Understand the responsibility journalists have to report accurately and fairly
  • Understand key processes, principles and skills involved in writing for publication in print and online
  • Understand what a news story is and why different news providers treat them in different ways
  • Acquire writing, interviewing and note-taking skills and experiment in deploying them in the coverage of news stories
  • Understand key processes, principles and skills involved in reporting for radio, television and online
  • Know how to gather organise and deploy ideas for radio, television and online journalism
  • Develop basic skills in writing cues, reports and headlines for radio and television news bulletins.
  • Understand the structure of editorial teams in broadcasting, newspapers and online publications.  
  • Have a basic understanding of those elements of the English legal system within which the law relating to freedom of expression and the media is administered
  • Have an understanding of the ethical principles underlying the notion of freedom of expression, its promotion by the state and also the restrictions placed upon it by the law
  • Have an understanding of the tensions between the state’s support of freedom of expression and the legal restrictions placed upon it  


KE163 - Postgraduate Career Toolkit

Course dates: Thursday 6 June
Times: 17:00-19:00
Number of hours: 2 hours
Employability Points: 10 points maximum (Based on 100% attendance)

Course outline

This two hour session aims to help you explore the careers options open to you on completion of your postgraduate studies. Through a mix of practical exercises, teaching and resources, it will equip you with the skills to make a strong application and to brand yourself for the career of your choice. After the session you may wish to book an individual career guidance appointment with the Careers and Employability Service to discuss your specific circumstances, or attend other Careers and Employability Service events, as appropriate.


Postgraduate Career Toolkit

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Recognise the differences between an academic and industry CV
  • Understand the graduate recruitment cycle and how to make it work for you
  • Explore alternative careers to academia
  • Understand how to brand yourself for your chosen career
  • Understand the value of networking in career decision making





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Last Updated: 09/05/2019