Journalism BA (Hons)
COURSE INFORMATION (2013 ENTRY)
3 years full-timeArts, Design and Social Sciences
Lipman Building, Newcastle City Campus
Journalism combines theoretical, historical, and practice-based elements of study to develop a comprehensive understanding of and specific abilities in journalism. The programme aims to produce graduates who are literate, critical and creative practitioners, who are well qualified to move into the world of professional journalism. Students will be introduced to the local, regional and national press, radio and television, online and digital opportunities, and to a range of specialised options, including popular music, travel, film, fashion, celebrity, sport or business.
The focus of the programme is on gaining practical experience in a variety of journalistic practices and throughout the programme students will build up a portfolio of professional published work for presentation to potential employers. All students have the opportunity to undertake an eight-week placement in a professional media setting in their final year.
LEARNING AND TEACHING METHODS
The programme is delivered through a range of lectures, seminars and practical workshops as well as guided independent study. In addition to weekly lectures, seminars and workshops, you are expected to carry out independent learning (including work on journalism outputs) in each semester.
Throughout the programme you will be taught by research-active staff with high quality publications in the field who understand the key developments in the journalism industry. Many of Northumbria’s academic staff have worked in the media and journalism professions and the programme includes numerous visiting lecturers from the journalism industry who share their practice and experience with students throughout their study.
Assessments are crafted to enhance your development and to ensure you graduate with the core skills and knowledge that will make sure you are a competitive player in the contemporary journalism industry.
Modes of assessment are varied, but focus mainly on practical elements of journalism and media, and encompass essays, examinations, a dissertation or major practice based project, logbooks, pitch presentations, placement portfolio and group and individual work.
Assessments include works of journalism, radio and TV bulletins, recorded news items and live rolling newsdays. Many graduates use their projects, dissertations and practical assessments as portfolios for employers and intern opportunities.
There is a work placement in third year which enables students to develop and hone skills while making industry contacts. Work placement partners include the BBC, Tyne Tees TV, ITV Border, ITV Granada, Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph, Sunderland Echo, Northern Echo, Newcastle Journal, York Evening Press, Real FM and Northumberland Gazette.
The programme is fully accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council for TV, radio, online and print journalism.
The BJTC is an industry forum where employers and education providers discuss and agree training standards.
BJTC accreditation is an important benchmark for journalism education and is recognised by employers including the BBC, ITN, independent radio stations and the Associated Press.
For more information see the BJTC’s website - www.bjtc.org.uk/
Graduates are in a strong position to enter a variety of professions including careers in digital news media, newspapers, radio and television as well as the film and TV industry.
Graduates have gained employment in public relations, film production, administration, management, teaching, lecturing and research.
Recent graduates are working at the Mirror, New Musical Express, GQ, Frank Public Relations, the Newcastle Journal, the Sunday Sun, Caters News Agency, North News & Pictures, Real Radio, Metro Radio, Northumberland Gazette, Zebra Group Public Relations, Sunderland AFC, the Olympic Games Press Operations Team and Test Match Sofa.
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