MP4016 - Writing for Digital

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What will I learn on this module?

The purpose of the module Writing for Digital is to learn the basics of how to identify stories, source information, interview and write journalism for a range of publications including newspapers and online. As such you will learn to become an independent journalist, developing a sense of what is news and the best means to tell a story across a variety of media.

How will I learn on this module?

This module offers a varied teaching and learning strategy. Workshops will be used to help you develop writing, interview, research and decision making skills. Workshops will also guide your learning strategies and offer the opportunity to develop issues you have learned independently. You will take part in group conferences for your assignments. This will give you the chance to develop ideas in an industry style environment. You will be expected to assess peers’ work, pitch ideas, agree a brief and file copy on time. Guidance with the preparation of assessed work, and feedback and feed-forward during writing.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be directed to a range of relevant texts, both books and journals and will also draw upon the professional experience of the lecturer. You are also supported in a variety of manners: the module tutor is available to discuss issues both during and outside scheduled teaching. Tutors can discuss issues during pre-determined Office Hours each week, and also via email. Additionally, information, teaching materials and other support is available through the Electronic Learning Portal system.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at:
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team –

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. To understand the requirements of writing for different formats and audiences.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
2. To write in a range of journalism styles and formats in particular for social media and online journalism but also, where appropriate, print.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
3. To gain skills in writing clean crisp copy for news stories.
4. To understand the appropriate application of style as a technique.

How will I be assessed?

Students will be given formative feedback during workshops
For their summative assessment students will produce four pieces of work consisting of:

1. A 400-word online news story. The story will include relevant links to other online and social media rich content where appropriate. LO 1-4
2. To live blog an event that lasts at least an hour minutes. The live blog must include at least 20 entries that conform to the style outlined in class by the tutor. LO 1-4
Both assessments will include supporting social media activity from a professionally presented social media account.





Module abstract

Writing is at the heart of good journalism and this module instructs students on how to produce this highly stylized form of English. Using contemporary references and examples students learn how to write news, reviews, features and online articles with impact, balance and professionalism; a range of skills which are invaluable across a range of career paths.. In addition students are given tuition in making contacts and interview technique. Assessment is via a portfolio of work which includes a range of self-generated, original journalism.

Course info

UCAS Code P301

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Arts

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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