Newsroom Practice

The details
Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies
Colchester Campus
Autumn & Spring
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 03 October 2024
Friday 21 March 2025
07 June 2024


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)

Module description

There are three elements to this module, compulsory for single-honours students: preparation for your final year multimedia project (LT314); preparation of your National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) exams and e-portfolio; and news days.

Part of your preparation for the NCTJ exams will involve a Law and Ethics refresher late in the Autumn term.

During your final year you will undertake a multimedia project designed to demonstrate your understanding of the theory and practice of reporting, your ability to work across a number of broadcast platforms, and your ability to identify, research and deliver an original story. During this module you will carry out the essential scoping and preparatory work necessary for you to proceed with the project.

You will receive at least two hours of voice coaching. This will take place in the Spring and Summer terms and will be scheduled separately.

Your final five days of organised work experience also take place within this module. Dates may include the summer break between Year 2 and Year 3.

Module aims

The aim of this module is to prepare you fully to start work on your project, planning and mapping it, and doing the essential background work. The module also includes all NCTJ elements of the course and news days.

Module learning outcomes

At the end of the module you will have:

1. Learned how to scope and produce a clear project plan
2. Drawn up the detail of your project, with timetable and milestones, and details of the research and other information-gathering you will be conducting
3. Tested and adapted your proposal by presenting and discussing ideas, project challenges and goals in open session with peers and tutors

By the end of the spring term, you will have made substantial progress on your NCTJ e-portfolio which is submitted in the summer.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

Anticipated teaching delivery: The teaching for this module is through practical workshop sessions and news days in the journalism newsrooms and studios. Teaching continues throughout the academic year.


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   Project Plan (1,500 words)    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
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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Mr Tim Fenton, email:
Paul Anderson, Anthony Clavane, Tim Fenton
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
No lecture recording information available for this module.


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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