Intermediate Practical Journalism: Audio/Video (Joint honours)

The details
Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 5
Thursday 08 October 2020
Friday 02 July 2021
05 June 2020


Requisites for this module
LT135 and LT138 and LT144



Key module for

BA P590 Journalism and Modern Languages,
BA P550 Journalism and Criminology,
BA P551 Journalism and Criminology (Including Placement Year),
BA P552 Journalism and Criminology (Including Year Abroad),
BA P540 Journalism and Sociology,
BA P541 Journalism and Sociology (Including Placement Year),
BA P542 Journalism and Sociology (Including Year Abroad),
BA P520 Journalism with Business Management,
BA P510 Journalism and English Language,
BA P511 Journalism and English Language (Including Placement Year),
BA P512 Journalism and English Language (Including Year Abroad),
BA P530 Journalism and Literature,
BA P531 Journalism and Literature (Including Placement Year),
BA P532 Journalism and Literature (Including Year Abroad),
BA P570 Journalism with Human Rights,
BA P571 Journalism with Human Rights (Including Year Abroad),
BA P572 Journalism with Human Rights (Including Placement Year),
BA P580 Journalism and Politics,
BA P581 Journalism and Politics (Including Placement Year),
BA P582 Journalism and Politics (Including Year Abroad),
BA P525 Journalism and Liberal Arts,
BA P526 Journalism and Liberal Arts (Including Placement Year),
BA P527 Journalism and Liberal Arts (Including Year Abroad),
BA P515 Journalism and Philosophy,
BA P516 Journalism and Philosophy (Including Placement Year),
BA P517 Journalism and Philosophy (Including Year Abroad)

Module description

In this module you will learn, through class teaching and practical experience, how to write and adapt news stories and features for broadcast platforms. Building on the core reporting skills you have developed in Year 1, you will learn more about the particular demands and characteristics of the different media platforms and the editorial and production techniques required to deliver high quality broadcast journalism.

You will start producing radio and television content, both on your own and as part of a team. You will learn how to use appropriate editing software, and to produce engaging and dynamic content in each medium.

Module aims

The aim of this module is to help you make the transition from being a good reporter into becoming a technically-accomplished broadcast journalist, able to operate effectively in both radio and television, with a clear understanding of the distinctive nature of each and its implications for the way you work. You will acquire and develop the technical and craft skills required for broadcast news.

Module learning outcomes

At the end of this module you will:
1. have learned how to apply your core reporting skills to the demands of radio and television production.
2. be familiar with, and have practical experience of, the different roles and functions that make up the production process in each medium.
3. have learned how to plan, research, write and broadcast news items in a variety of formats across a range of media.
4. have learned how to use audio and video editing tools
5. be confidently producing a range of content, by yourself and in teams, across a range of media.
6. have developed your skills in interviewing, research, feature-writing, presenting and other techniques

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

There will be weekly 2 hour classes. The classes will begin by working on improving your skills in a single medium – online, , radio and television, and progress until you are able to combine two or more media in a single day. The classes will also cover advanced techniques of story-finding and story development and continue to test your grasp of these issues through interactive exercises.


  • Randall, David. (©2016) The Universal Journalist, London: Pluto Press.
  • Anna McKane. (2014) News writing, London: SAGE.
  • Adams, Sally; Hicks, Wynford. (2009) Interviewing for journalists, Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Anna McKane. (2006) News writing, London: SAGE Publications.
  • Smith, Jon; National Council for the Training of Journalists (Great Britain). (2007) Essential reporting: the NCTJ guide for trainee journalists, Los Angeles: SAGE Publications.

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Weekly Work or Story reflections (200 words) - 5% of the portfolio.    0% 
Coursework   Class Test    30% 
Coursework   Portfolio of TV and Radio work (Portfolio 65% + Work or Story Reflection 5%)    70% 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
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Coursework Exam
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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Mr Tim Fenton, email:
Paul Anderson, Penny Wrout
LiFTS Admin Team – - Telephone: 01206 872626



External examiner

Mr Richard Evans
City, University of London
Programme Director, UG Journalism
Available via Moodle
Of 192 hours, 0 (0%) hours available to students:
192 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information

* Please note: due to differing publication schedules, items marked with an asterisk (*) base their information upon the previous academic year.

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