MP4006 - Journalism and Design

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What will I learn on this module?

This module aims to introduce you to the principles of design and animation so they combine good journalism with a good-looking product.
You will develop skills in research, interviewing and writing and apply them to produce a portfolio of work in appropriately designed formats. You will also learn about how to interrogate data to produce stories and/or infographics.

How will I learn on this module?

The module is taught via tutor-led hour-long lectures considering the importance of design within the journalistic environment and by two-hour workshops during which they will address and discuss issues and develop skills in appropriate software in order to take part in practice-based tasks. These tasks will mean students formatively work towards the module’s summative assessment portfolio.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be 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?

1. The ability to apply knowledge of technical production skills in a professional setting.
2.Originate stories, conduct journalistic research.
3. Competent use of online design software.
4. Show editorial skills through story selection, writing, presentation and research.
Knowledge & Understanding:
• 1-4

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• 1-4

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
• 2,4

How will I be assessed?

Students will be formatively assessed by the tutor during workshop sessions which will address all MLOs. They also present their work to gain peer assessment.
The module will be summatively assessed with the production of a portfolio of work (100% of final mark) consisting of two stories consisting of one static infographic or similar visual element and one interactive/animated graphic. Animated graphics should last between 45 seconds and one minute.

LO 1-4





Module abstract

Journalism is developing at break-neck speed in the 21st Century with design being an increasingly important aspect, particularly via interactive online reporting. This module aims to introduce students to the principles of graphic design and animation so they combine good journalism with a good-looking product. Students develop skills in industry standard and state of the art design software to produce a portfolio of work in appropriately designed formats. The module ensures students develop skill sets which are key to working in modern newsrooms and will be invaluable in terms of future employability.

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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