Module title: Introduction to Broadcast Journalism

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

Module code: JAC07115
Module leader: Aleksandar Kocic
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Media and Screen


2019/0, Trimester 2, Face-to-Face,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Aleksandar Kocic
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). The lectures will provide an introduction to the UK broadcast media environment and its history, followed by a focus on writing techniques for broadcast, which you will practise in tutorials. The workshops will give you an introduction to the use of broadcast equipment, to enable you to practise reporting for broadcast (LO 1, 2, 3, 5). You will analyse a range of topics relevant to a wide audience and will gain experience in using the technologies for broadcast reporting (LO 1- 4). As a practice-based module the main learning method is practice-based and experimental learning.

Embedding of employability/ PDP/ scholarship skills

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

Formative Assessment:
Formative feedback will be provided in class by the tutor and through regular peer review. You will undertake summative assessments. The first summative assessment will focus on news values and an understanding of the broadcast industry. You will write an academic essay on a question related to the UK broadcast media environment. (LOs 1,2,4) The second summative assessment involves creating a portfolio of broadcast journalism work. (LOs 1 – 5)
The portfolio includes a written radio bulletin and a script for a TV package. These two assessments allow you to generate lots of story ideas and places an important emphasis on ideas and writing (LO1-5).

Summative Assessment:

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 12
Face To Face Tutorial 24
Independent Learning Guided independent study 164
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 40 1,2,4 6 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1500
Portfolio 60 1-5 12 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 500
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

This module will introduce you to all aspects of reporting for broadcast media. This will include an understanding of the workflow within broadcast newsrooms and the editorial and logistical challenges of newsgathering.
You will watch, listen to and analyse different examples of professional broadcast journalism.
You will also learn the principles of writing for the ear and writing to picture. These are very different skills to writing for print. The module will involve researching and writing stories for broadcast to deadlines, by using agency copy or originally sourced material.

Learning Outcomes for module:

On completion of the module you will be able to:
LO1: Apply news values - news criteria which determine how much prominence a news story is given by a media outlet, and the attention it is given by the audience - to broadcast journalism
LO2: Evaluate newsgathering practices in radio and television.
LO3: Demonstrate your understanding of script writing and story structure
LO4: Research and show understanding of the contemporary broadcast journalism industry in the UK
LO5: Generate and develop journalism ideas into broadcast stories

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