The course is split equally between practice and media analysis. Practice classes focus on building crossmedia skills, on testing those skills in production tasks (creating websites, newspapers and magazines), and then on allowing you to specialise in a particular area of journalism. Classes in analysis help you to develop a critical understanding of the media industries, their products and their audiences. There are no closed-book exams (except in one optional media analysis module) as all practical work is assessed on output and a ‘log book’, and all analysis work is assessed on essays and performance in seminars. You can also take advantage of our Study Abroad agreements with overseas universities, spending half an academic year at another university.
This is a practice-based course with a strong academic background. It was recently updated to focus on multimedia and online expertise alongside traditional journalistic skills such as research, reporting and writing. The Journalism BA is now accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council, which recognises the quality of our modern multimedia approach to teaching (see www.bjtc.org.uk/).
You will be taught by professional journalists and internationally renowned academics and, as well as enabling you to become a better journalist, the course will also equip you with transferable skills that will help you whatever media career path you choose. Our students have a very high success rate in gaining employment in the media industries, and recent graduates have gone to network radio, national newspapers and magazines, respected websites, top PR agencies and major television companies.
Year 1 (Credit Level 4)
You learn about the basic structure and requirements of news organisations, and develop core journalistic skills such as research, reporting, and writing news and features, for print, broadcast and online media. You also learn online and multimedia news gathering and presentation skills.
There are two compulsory analysis modules in the first year, Media and Society, and Story, Sound, Image and Text, which introduce you to the frameworks in which the media operate and some of the major theoretical tools for analysing them. They consider the place of the media in society, politics, arts and culture.
Year 2 (Credit Level 5)
In the second year you develop further skills in production, design and writing, creating features, news and multimedia content for newspapers, magazines and websites. You can choose from two sets of option modules, one focusing on specialist journalism in different subject areas, the other on broadcast journalism and online media.
In the first semester, you take two compulsory modules, Media Transformations, and Network Society and the Media. You then have a choice of analysis modules, taking at least three over the course of Year 2 and Year 3.
We currently offer:
Advertising and Promotional Culture
Celebrity Culture and the Media
Contemporary Issues in Media Policy
Cultural Industries and Media Markets
Law and the Media
Media Around the Globe
Multiculturalism and the Media
News and Public Opinion
Sex, Violence and Censorship
Year 3 (Credit Level 6)
In the third year, you take a compulsory module, Final Journalism Project, in the media of your choice, and a specialist journalism module.
You normally choose one more analysis module to gain the required credits for your degree (see Year 2 for details of options). To complete your analytical work, you produce an academic dissertation on any subject concerned with media or journalism.
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