Module title: Introduction to Reporting 1

SCQF level: 07:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: JAC07112
Module leader: Eamonn O'Neill
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Media and Screen


2019/0, Trimester 1, Face-to-Face, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Allan Boughey
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & Teaching methods including their alignment to LOs
These weekly classes will combine lectures, tutorials, group work and workshops (covering LO 1-5). You will consider the nature of news and where to find strong news stories (LO1). You will work on identifying and developing your own story ideas, particularly focusing on the sources required to make your stories as effective as possible (LO2). You will practise a range of news reporting activities, from carrying out voxpops to attending meetings, observing strong professional principles (LO 3-4). You will gain experience devising and developing story ideas for both print and online audiences (LO5). As a practise-based module the main learning method is experiential learning.

Embedding of employability/PDP/Scholarship Skills
This module is vocational and analytical in nature and will be delivered by experienced practitioners. Activities on this module (investigative work, working in groups to deadlines, interaction with the public / officials, and multitasking) will help you to start to build and develop essential employability skills, which also form the necessary foundations to progress through the remainder of the programme. Assessments and exercises are designed to provide you with core employability skills relevant for working in today’s media. You will develop critical, oral, and written communication skills. These will be further strengthened through collaborative learning, peer review and assessed work.

Research / teaching linkages
This module is delivered by tutors, engaged with journalism and the media industry, who develop research links in relation to industry trends. Emphasis is placed on research skills, academic literacy, critical skills and the effective generation, presentation and communication of ideas (written and oral).

Supporting equality and diversity
Applicants are interviewed as part of the recruitment procedure, which helps to ensure equality and diversity. The module has been designed to ensure that every student (including those on a Part Time programme) can participate, perform and contribute equally. Every effort will be taken to ensure that students with disabilities can participate equally during practical activities, including news days. VLE will be used to support student learning.

Since media convergence, with particular attention to the development of online news, is international in nature this module will regularly highlight and discuss global trends and issues. Workshops and lectures will use international materials where appropriate, particularly in relation to news stories/ feeds. Students will be expected to explore these issues further in their independent learning.

Formative Assessment:
Formative assessments will include a range of relevant exercises, from conducting voxpops to analysing news coverage in print and online media; feedback will be provided by the tutor and regular peer review. The first summative assessment will allow you to demonstrate a thorough understanding of story planning, requiring you to identify and develop (through your use of sources) three story ideas aimed at the print journalism marketplace. (LO 1-4).

Summative Assessment:
You will also need to create three separate story plans for the second summative assessment, though these will be aimed at the online journalism marketplace and must clearly show an understanding of the different demands of print and online audiences (LO 1-5). This assessment strategy encourages you to: identify a range of story ideas; understand how to develop ideas through relevant sources; and experiment in order to understand which approaches are suited to which platform. There is an emphasis on the creation of story ideas and the use of sources to develop them.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 24
Face To Face External visits 12
Face To Face Groupwork (Scheduled) 6
Online Groupwork (Independent Study) 6
Independent Learning Guided independent study 152
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Practical Skills Assessment 50 4 10 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1800
Practical Skills Assessment 50 LO 1-5 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1800
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

This module will introduce you to all aspects of reporting from what makes a good news story, which is the best angle, getting the facts, and sourcing interviews, through to the fundamentals of writing for print and online. An awareness of how news is sourced and produced will also be covered. You will establish your writing skills and submit article ideas to deadline. You will develop reporting skills cross-platform for print and online. You will acquire an awareness of the news cycle as well as reporting standards and terminology.

Learning Outcomes for module:

On completion of the module you will be able to:
LO1: Demonstrate an understanding of what news is and where to find it;
LO2: Demonstrate an appreciation of news values and what makes the most effective angle;
LO3: Apply strong newsgathering practices, especially in terms of identifying relevant sources;
LO4: Apply core journalistic ethics, values, and principles;
LO5: Convey an understanding of the different demands relevant to print and online news reporting.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
JAC07112 Introduction to Reporting 1