Media and Journalism BA (Hons)

UCAS code PP35 BA/MJOUR

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About this course 2018/19

This is an ideal course if you have an interest in current affairs, digital industries and enjoy researching and crafting stories.

The Northumbria Media and Journalism course offers a carefully considered mix of theory and practice to develop the skills you need to thrive in this fast moving industry. It will teach you the fundamentals of journalism practice and theory, including news writing, the law and ethics, media production skills, and producing, creating and writing for films.

Graduates of the course are ideally placed for a career in digital news media, the newspaper industry, radio, documentary film and television production.

Learn from the best

The teaching team combines expertise in academia and industry to ensure we produce graduates with the right balance of academic skills and practical knowledge needed to act professionally, responsibly and ethically in the workplace.

Practical modules are taught by an academic team who have worked for many years in the cut and thrust of the media industry, while theoretical modules are led by lecturers whose research gives a valuable insight and analysis of modern trends.

Among your tutors you will find media professionals from all walks of journalism alongside award-winning producers and directors. Academic support is central to the delivery of the Media and Journalism course, with primary support coming from the Module Tutor.

caption: Meet the team

Teaching and Assessment

Working individually and within groups, you will hone your research, storytelling, presentation and production skills in order to create ethically sensitive, high quality journalism.

Assessment methods are designed to reflect the diverse nature of the programme, combining traditional essays and examinations with quizzes, portfolio work, and individual and group presentations. Assessment in the Film Production module, for example, includes elements which focus on working as a team to produce documentaries.

Our staff act as facilitators throughout, encouraging you to develop the intellectual and interpersonal skills needed to work effectively in the high pressure media world.

Learning Environment

Technology Enhanced Learning is embedded in the Media and Journalism programme, both in terms of using technologies for assessment and teaching digital technologies such as big data, infographics and data visualisations.

You will be trained extensively on equipment which not only replicates industry but has, as far as possible, been future-proofed. Contemporary modules such as Hyperlocal Journalism, and Journalism and Design, take full advantage of web authoring and social media to develop your skill sets. Traditional, academic modules are greatly enhanced by the use of the British Universities Film and Video Council’s Box of Broadcasts website.

Throughout this hands-on course you will undertake a number of film productions, culminating in your third year where you will draw on all of you skills to complete a major project, in preparation to enter the industry.

caption: University Library

Research-rich Learning

Developing research competence is a crucial element of the course, not least because research lies at the heart of journalism and of most media professions. The Media and Journalism BA is carefully structured to enable increasing levels of independence and autonomous learning.

We prepare you for a career in journalism and related professions, using a variety of learning and teaching approaches which foster the development of critical curiosity and independent action. The course is designed to promote research-rich learning in a challenging and supportive learning environment.

The academic team are actively involved in research across a range of areas including: gender and equality in the media, citizen journalism, activism through journalism, conflict reporting, data journalism and the use of infographics.

70% of Northumbria’s research in Communication, Cultural and Media Studies is rated as being either world leading or internationally excellent.

caption: Department Research

Give your career an edge

Employability, enterprise and entrepreneurship combine to form a strong thread throughout the Media and Journalism degree. All modules promote elements vital in the modern working environment such as intellectual curiosity, communication skills, cultural awareness and moral and ethical values.

Our established links with the local media and cultural sector results in frequent visits and guest lectures by industry professionals. This enables you to build networks, and get a feel for the reality of modern journalism.

You will research, apply for and complete a minimum of 20 days’ work experience in the Professional Placement module. Many of our students have made such a positive impression on their employer during the placement that they have been offered a full-time post upon graduation.

caption: Student Placements

Your Future

The course will prepare you for a wide range of communication and media roles including: journalism, film production, distribution and exhibition, television production, arts administration and management, museum work, public relations, creative writing, advertising, magazine writing, press offices, events management, media administration, media research, publicity and promotion.

You will also develop sought after transferrable skills including independent thinking, well developed interpersonal skills, digital IT skills and the ability to work as part of a team.

Some of our recent graduates are now working for organisations such as Take That Ltd, Metro Radio and The New Musical Express, to name a few.

About this course 2019/20

This is an ideal course if you have an interest in current affairs, digital industries and enjoy researching and crafting stories.

The Northumbria Media and Journalism course offers a carefully considered mix of theory and practice to develop the skills you need to thrive in this fast moving industry. It will teach you the fundamentals of journalism practice and theory, including news writing, the law and ethics, media production skills, and producing, creating and writing for films.

Graduates of the course are ideally placed for a career in digital news media, the newspaper industry, radio, documentary film and television production.

Learn from the best

The teaching team combines expertise in academia and industry to ensure we produce graduates with the right balance of academic skills and practical knowledge needed to act professionally, responsibly and ethically in the workplace.

Practical modules are taught by an academic team who have worked for many years in the cut and thrust of the media industry, while theoretical modules are led by lecturers whose research gives a valuable insight and analysis of modern trends.

Among your tutors you will find media professionals from all walks of journalism alongside award-winning producers and directors. Academic support is central to the delivery of the Media and Journalism course, with primary support coming from the Module Tutor.

caption: Meet the team

Teaching and Assessment

Working individually and within groups, you will hone your research, storytelling, presentation and production skills in order to create ethically sensitive, high quality journalism.

Assessment methods are designed to reflect the diverse nature of the programme, combining traditional essays and examinations with quizzes, portfolio work, and individual and group presentations. Assessment in the Film Production module, for example, includes elements which focus on working as a team to produce documentaries.

Our staff act as facilitators throughout, encouraging you to develop the intellectual and interpersonal skills needed to work effectively in the high pressure media world.

Learning Environment

Technology Enhanced Learning is embedded in the Media and Journalism programme, both in terms of using technologies for assessment and teaching digital technologies such as big data, infographics and data visualisations.

You will be trained extensively on equipment which not only replicates industry but has, as far as possible, been future-proofed. Contemporary modules such as Hyperlocal Journalism, and Journalism and Design, take full advantage of web authoring and social media to develop your skill sets. Traditional, academic modules are greatly enhanced by the use of the British Universities Film and Video Council’s Box of Broadcasts website.

Throughout this hands-on course you will undertake a number of film productions, culminating in your third year where you will draw on all of you skills to complete a major project, in preparation to enter the industry.

caption: University Library

Research-rich Learning

Developing research competence is a crucial element of the course, not least because research lies at the heart of journalism and of most media professions. The Media and Journalism BA is carefully structured to enable increasing levels of independence and autonomous learning.

We prepare you for a career in journalism and related professions, using a variety of learning and teaching approaches which foster the development of critical curiosity and independent action. The course is designed to promote research-rich learning in a challenging and supportive learning environment.

The academic team are actively involved in research across a range of areas including: gender and equality in the media, citizen journalism, activism through journalism, conflict reporting, data journalism and the use of infographics.

70% of Northumbria’s research in Communication, Cultural and Media Studies is rated as being either world leading or internationally excellent.

caption: Department Research

Give your career an edge

Employability, enterprise and entrepreneurship combine to form a strong thread throughout the Media and Journalism degree. All modules promote elements vital in the modern working environment such as intellectual curiosity, communication skills, cultural awareness and moral and ethical values.

Our established links with the local media and cultural sector results in frequent visits and guest lectures by industry professionals. This enables you to build networks, and get a feel for the reality of modern journalism.

You will research, apply for and complete a minimum of 20 days’ work experience in the Professional Placement module. Many of our students have made such a positive impression on their employer during the placement that they have been offered a full-time post upon graduation.

caption: Student Placements

Your Future

The course will prepare you for a wide range of communication and media roles including: journalism, film production, distribution and exhibition, television production, arts administration and management, museum work, public relations, creative writing, advertising, magazine writing, press offices, events management, media administration, media research, publicity and promotion.

You will also develop sought after transferrable skills including independent thinking, well developed interpersonal skills, digital IT skills and the ability to work as part of a team.

Some of our recent graduates are now working for organisations such as Take That Ltd, Metro Radio and The New Musical Express, to name a few.

Course info

UCAS Code PP35 BA/MJOUR

Level of Study Undergraduate

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

Department Social Sciences

Location Lipman Building, Newcastle City Campus

City Newcastle

Start September 2019

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