Advanced Practical Journalism

The details
Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 08 October 2020
Friday 02 July 2021
05 June 2020


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA P500 Multimedia Journalism,
BA P501 Multimedia Journalism (Including Year Abroad),
BA P503 Multimedia Journalism (Including Placement Year),
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

This module builds on everything you have learned so far about writing, reporting and production - with a particular emphasis on the broadcast media of radio and television as you head for the NCTJ Broadcast Journalism exams. You will already have had the opportunity to gain extensive experience of newspaper and online reporting, and this module will continue to develop them as you bring your broadcast skills up to the same high standard of knowledge and expertise.

Module aims

The aim of the module is to develop and expand your knowledge and skills so that you are equipped to work in any area of today’s multimedia newsroom, as a fully-fledged multimedia journalist with the full range of inter-related and intersecting skills and abilities.

Module learning outcomes

At the end of this module, you will:
1. be capable of operating as a multimedia journalist with a high degree of competence, both in terms of the technical and editorial requirements of the media
2. have developed your understanding of audience behaviour, and what that means for the way news is selected, produced and presented
3. have a broad overview of the way radio and television studios work, and a grasp of the specialist language and terminology of broadcast news
4. have developed the television and radio skills required for you to pass the NCTJ Broadcast Journalism exams
5. have developed the skills required for you to pass the NCTJ Photojournalism module
6. have learned and will be able to demonstrate a practical working knowledge of the Ofcom Broadcasting Code

Module information

This module will also prepare you for the NCTJ Broadcast Journalism specialism which requires you to submit one piece of coursework, take two practical, timed tests, and sit a one-hour broadcast regulation exam.

General Reading:
McNae's Essential Law for Journalists, Mike Dodd and Mark Hanna, OUP, 22nd edition, 2014, chapter 3

The syllabus will be a mixture of the theoretical and practical.

Classroom teaching will cover:
* further work on the nature of print, online and social media journalism, expanding your ability to produce high quality content across a range of platforms and styles
* the broader view of the broadcast news business, its characteristics and requirements, its language and ways of working
* further development of your ability to handle the basic hardware and software involved in broadcast news production
* further work on presentation techniques, including voice training and conducting broadcast interviews
* further work on values and ethics, incorporating teaching of the contents of the Ofcom Broadcasting Code

Practical work will include

* Continuous opportunities to create multimedia content
* Voice training

Learning and teaching methods

Classroom work will be based on three two-hourly sessions per week, with some whole days allotted to news production (‘News Days’). Time will be allotted for practical work, under the guidance of course tutors. Further voice training will be provided in Media Centre studios on an individual basis


  • Evans, Harold; Gillan, Crawford. (2000) Essential English: for journalists, editors and writers, London: Pimlico.
  • Tim Holmes; Wynford Hicks. (©2016) Subediting and production for journalists: print, digital, social, London: Routledge.
  • Anna McKane. (2006) News writing, London: SAGE Publications.
  • Emma Lee-Potter. (©2017) Interviewing for journalists, New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Anna McKane. (2014) News writing, London: SAGE.
  • Wynford Hicks; Sally Adams; Harriett Gilbert; Tim Holmes; Jane Bentley. (©2016) Writing for journalists, Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Janet Jones; Lee Salter. (2012) Digital journalism, Los Angeles: SAGE.
  • Harcup, Tony. (2015) Journalism, London [u.a.]: SAGE.
  • Smith, Jon; National Council for the Training of Journalists (Great Britain). (2007) Essential reporting: the NCTJ guide for trainee journalists, Los Angeles: SAGE Publications.
  • Hill, Steve. (2014) Online Journalism: the essential guide, London: Sage Publications.
  • Randall, David. (©2016) The Universal Journalist, London: Pluto Press.
  • Wynford Hicks. (2013) English for journalists, Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Briggs, Mark. (2016) Journalism Next: a practical guide to digital reporting and publishing, Thousand Oaks: CQ Press.
  • Richard Rudin; Trevor Ibbotson. (©2002) An introduction to journalism: essential techniques and background knowledge, Oxford: Focal Press.

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   Portfolio 1: One radio story, one TV story and at least one print/online story, plus reflective commentaries    30% 
Coursework   Portfolio 2: Two radio stories, two TV stories, one social short video and at least three print/online stories, plus reflective commentaries    70% 

Overall assessment

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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Mr Tim Fenton, email:
Paul Anderson, Tim Fenton, Penny Wrout, Karen Gooch, Fatima El Issawi
LiFTS General Office - email Telephone 01206 872626



External examiner

Mr Richard Evans
City, University of London
Programme Director, UG Journalism
Available via Moodle
Of 165 hours, 0 (0%) hours available to students:
165 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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