Feature Writing and Magazine Project for Print and Online (Joint Honours)

The details
Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 5
Thursday 03 October 2024
Friday 27 June 2025
18 March 2022


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 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 P565 Film and Journalism,
BA P566 Film and Journalism (Including Foundation Year),
BA P567 Film and Journalism (including Placement Year),
BA P568 Film and Journalism(including Year Abroad),
BA P595 Journalism and Language Studies

Module description

In this module you will learn, through practical experience, how to write features, how to edit and adapt news stories and features for print and online and how to produce print and online publications.

Building on the core reporting and production skills you have developed in your first year, you will learn more about the relationship between news and features and the particular demands and characteristics of the different media platforms, with the first term concentrating on feature-writing and print production and the second largely taken up with a print and online magazine production project.

This module runs alongside, and is complementary to, the LT231/240 Intermediate Practical Journalism - Audio/Video modules: you will be expected to provide audio and video material for the magazine project.

Module aims

The aim of this module is to help you become a technically-accomplished multimedia operator. It will enable you to understand and acquire and develop technical and craft skills required for print, online radio and television, and to produce content of a high standard in each medium.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module you will:
1. have learned how to use to plan, research, write and present features in a variety of formats across a range of media.
2. be confidently producing a range of content, written and visual, by yourself and in teams, in print and online
3. be producing, in collaboration with your peers, relevant, varied, interesting and well-illustrated print/web news and features content which will be publicly available. The class will have an active presence on social media.
4. have developed your skills in interviewing, research and feature-writing
5. be familiar with the wider production processes of news and features, such as planning, newsgathering, features research, newspaper/magazines flatplans and online publication schedules and sitemaps.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

Anticipated teaching delivery: The teaching for this module is through practical workshop sessions (two a week in autumn and spring terms, average six hours a week). Much of spring term is devoted to group magazine projects in which you produce from scratch a dummy issue of a magazine, to be submitted by beginning of summer term.


  • Anna McKane. (2014) News writing, London: SAGE.
  • Anna McKane. (2006) News writing, London: SAGE Publications.
  • Wynford Hicks; Sally Adams; Harriett Gilbert; Tim Holmes; Jane Bentley. (©2016) Writing for journalists, Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.
  • Wynford Hicks. (2013) English for journalists, Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Tim Holmes; Wynford Hicks. (©2016) Subediting and production for journalists: print, digital, social, London: Routledge.
  • Wheeler, Sharon. (c2009) Feature writing for journalists, New York, NY: Routledge. vol. Media skills
  • Randall, David. (©2016) The Universal Journalist, London: Pluto Press.
  • Emma Lee-Potter. (©2017) Interviewing for journalists, New York, NY: Routledge.
  • 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 Coursework weighting
Coursework   Portfolio and reflective commentary    100% 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
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Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Mr Paul Anderson, email:
Paul Anderson, Anthony Clavane
LiFTS Admin Team –



External examiner

Prof Jairo Alfonso Lugo-Ocando
College of Communication, University of Sharjah, UAE
Dean and Professor of Journalism
Available via Moodle
Of 6604 hours, 6 (0.1%) hours available to students:
6598 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information

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