MP4004 - Broadcast Journalism Practice

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What will I learn on this module?

This module gives you an introduction to radio journalism by exploring, understanding and putting into practice the range of skills needed to operate as a Broadcast Journalist. Essential skills for any journalist are the ability to locate stories, to source and research them and to present them. This module concentrates on providing the technical and editorial skills/strategies which will permit graduate journalists to operate effectively in a professional radio newsroom. It introduces you to the basic techniques of interviewing and newsgathering, whilst emphasising the twin goals of speed and accuracy. You will be expected to exercise the appropriate degree of planning, initiative and autonomy in their professional practice. Voice and presentation training will be given in small groups as well as on an individual basis.

How will I learn on this module?

The module is taught through a combination of lectures and seminars as well as technical workshops. Seminars are an opportunity to put into practice what has been learnt in the lecture/workshops. Voice training is given in both a small group setting and on an individual basis.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Academic support is provided throughout the module. Weekly formative feedback is given on tasks which are related to the assessment in seminars and formative feedback is also given on practical technical tasks during workshops from both the lecturer and technician. Formative feedback is also given instantly during voice training sessions. All lecture and seminar materials are provided on the ELP as well as a series of easy to use guides for the technical equipment used in this module.

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: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
• L1. Employ a critical understanding of journalism through an informed editorial, analytical and creative approach to professional practice.
• L2. Utilise a wide range of practical technical skills – including editing, audio recording, radio desk driving and voice presentation.
• L3. Apply broadcast writing rules to radio scripts.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• L2. Utilise a wide range of practical technical skills – including editing, audio recording, radio desk driving and voice presentation.
• L3. Apply broadcast writing rules to radio scripts.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
• L4. Exercise an appropriate degree of planning, initiative and autonomy in professional practice.
• L5. Systematically locate, research and organise material/sources appropriate for research

How will I be assessed?

Assessment Semester One
A 2 minute and 15 seconds radio bulletin worth 50% of the mark. (L1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

Assessment Semester 2
A 1 minute 30 second radio news package worth 50% of the mark. (l1, 2,3, 4, 5)

Pre-requisite(s)

N/A

Co-requisite(s)

N/A

Module abstract

This module introduces students to the basics of radio journalism. They learn how to interview (using industry standard recording equipment), write radio news copy and audio edit (with state of the art software). They are also taught standard operating procedures in our digital radio studio. Assessment is via a portfolio of work produced after students engage in conducting research into stories. Broadcast Journalism Practices offers a variety of transferrable skills and is particularly of use to students planning a career path in all branches of multi-media journalism.

Course info

UCAS Code PP35

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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