In Practical Journalism 1, you learn a wide range of core skills, including interviewing and news writing for newspapers, online, TV and radio.
Media Matters covers law and regulation, including contempt, sex offences, juvenile crime and defamation. While some of this is taught on campus, you also get to visit court and apply what you have learned to real-life criminal trials.
Journalism in Society covers media theory, the history and role of journalists, as well as the wider ethical debates and issues affecting the industry.
In the Programme Level Assessment you take part in a three-week, live production exercise, writing content for our news website.
Towards the end of the year, as part of your Professional Development and Placement, you will learn interview skills, before completing a four-week work placement, which is designed to ensure you have the core competencies demanded by employers.
In Practical Journalism 2, you will fine-tune your writing, research and interview skills, while being encouraged to select a specialist area you are particularly interested in. You will also learn how to prepare and display content, such as headlines, pictures and hyperlinks.
Journalism in Context builds on the issues covered in Journalism in Society and develops your academic research skills, enabling you to analyse the media in-depth.
In Professional Development and Placement, you will study law and regulation in more detail, as well as gaining an introduction to how government, councils, police, NHS and other important public bodies function.
After Easter, you will embark on a sixweek work placement, which can be with one employer or spread across a range of companies or organisations if desired. You will also get to choose from a wide range of modules more suited to your ambitions. These include: Radio Broadcasting; TV News; Public Relations; Practical Journalistic Styles; Documentary Theory and Practice and Research Skills for Factual TV.
In your final year, we will aim to ensure you are thoroughly-prepared for the industry. In Digital Media Portfolio you will pursue your own journalism project, choosing a topic that particularly grabs you but also identifies a niche audience. Students who have produced really impressive websites in previous years have used their work to impress employers and secure jobs.
Law For Journalists covers all of the key areas of law and regulation you will need to keep you safe in whichever area of the media you decide to work in.
There is also the option to do the Journalism Research Project, which follows on from the Year 2 module Journalism in Context. You will also get to the chance to specialise even further, selecting from a vast range of optional modules, including: Entrepreneurship and Creativity; Radio Production; Professional Learning Through Work; Specialist Magazine Writing; Television Journalism; PR Management