You will take Journalism Studies plus two other subjects in Year 1.
Semesters 1 – 2
You will take the following modules in common with all students in the Film, Media and Journalism department:
- Media I: Creative Industries
- Media II: Representation, Meaning and Identity
In Semester 3 you will take the following module:
- Introduction to Journalism Studies
You will take the following modules:
- Writing for Journalists
- Journalism Research and Analysis
In addition, you may take either Digital Media and Culture or Reading Film and Television.
Semesters 5 – 8
You may study modules in:
- Print and Photo Journalism
- Introduction to Audio and Video Production
- Analysing the Language of News
- Digital Journalism
- Issues in Journalism
- Introduction to Law and Government for Journalists
- Researching Media and Culture
- Advanced Reporting
- Journalism Project
Three further advanced semester modules may be selected from a range of modules offered in the Film and Media course. These are likely to include:
- Public Relations
- Sport, the Media and Popular Culture
- Gender and Representation
- Terrorism in the Media
- Cultural Theory and Media Practice
- Radio Feature Production
- Television Feature Production
A new pathway in Communications Practice may be taken in combination with Journalism Studies. Students taking this pathway will be required to take, as part of their course, modules that offer an introduction to the communications industries and to complete their final-year dissertation on some aspect of communications practice.
Teaching and assessment
Lectures, seminars, workshops and presentations are the main teaching methods and you will take part in live reporting assignments whenever possible. The degree is assessed by means of essays, examinations, individual and group practical assignments, and a dissertation on a topic related to journalism.
Journalists and editors from a range of newspapers and broadcasting organisations contribute guest lectures and seminars. The annual Hetherington Memorial Lectures have featured distinguished journalists John Lloyd, Jon Snow, Roy Greenslade, Jonathan Freedland, Sheena MacDonald, Elinor Goodman and The Guardian editors present and past, Alan Rusbridger and Peter Preston, and broadcaster Dame Joan Bakewell.
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(For a Combined Honours degree where the two subjects have differing entrance requirements, the higher entrance requirement usually applies.)