International Journalism and News Reporting

The details
Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 5
Thursday 03 October 2024
Friday 13 December 2024
09 May 2023


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Module description

This module introduces you to the theory and practice of journalism in a global context, and current important debates in media and communication. It aims to complement the practical skills you have developed in producing for multiple media platforms.

The module addresses contemporary trends at the heart of global journalism and ensuing critical questions, by exploring journalistic practices and their meaning in different political, regulatory and cultural contexts.

It aims to expand your horizons to assess critical questions going beyond the simple production of a news story. We will explore topical and timely issues such as globalisation, mediatization and mediation, framing conflicts, international politics, propaganda, democracy, and populism, among other important topics.

Teaching will blend introductions to major theoretical frameworks with discussions of case studies from international media. In addition, you will learn from guest lecturers and leading international reporters, on their practices and major challenges of reporting international news.

The module is of particular interest for students looking for a career in international media or who have a specific interest–-and curiosity--in international news and current affairs beyond news production.

Module aims

This module aims to:

1. Help students develop an understanding of journalism in a global context going beyond their local environment
2. Introduce students to major theoretical frameworks and critical debates in global media and communication
3. Complement students’ practical training by helping them develop research and analytical skills
4. Provide students with first-hand understanding of major challenges in reporting foreign news from leading international reporters

Module learning outcomes

At the end of this module, students will be able to:

1. Adopt a critical approach to news production from an international perspective
2. Develop an in-depth knowledge in major current debates in media and communication in a global context
3. Acquire a critical awareness of journalistic practices and their significance in different cultural and political contexts
4. Understand the continuously changing media and communication landscapes in the digital age
5. Gain a sophisticated approach to major debates in international politics
6. Assess the role of journalism and media in public debate in democratic and non-democratic environments
7. Build analytical skills to complement their practical training
8. Obtain the necessary support to develop their presentation skills

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

Anticipated teaching delivery: Weekly 2-hour combined lecture/seminar


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Presentation (20 minutes)    45% 
Coursework   Essay (1,500 words)    50% 
Practical   Participation     5% 

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.

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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Prof Fatima El Issawi, email:
Dr Fatima el Issawi
LiFTS General Office – email Telephone 01206 872626



External examiner

Prof Jairo Alfonso Lugo-Ocando
College of Communication, University of Sharjah, UAE
Dean and Professor of Journalism
Available via Moodle
Of 574 hours, 6 (1%) hours available to students:
568 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


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