Core Module Information
Module title: Mobile Journalism

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

Module code: JAC07124
Module leader: Miranda Hurst
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Media and Humanities

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

Description of module content:

This module is designed to give students the skills they need to create multimedia content using smartphones and tablets as newsgathering devices. This is a practical module which follows the growing industry practice of mobile journalism (MoJo). We will explore the opportunities in using phones as "all-in-one" devices capable of recording audio, video, graphics and editing content. Module content will include:
1. Introduction to Mobile Journalism and how it is used in fast-changing media industries
2. Recording and editing audio on mobile devices
3. Using smartphones to film in visual sequences
4. Techniques of video storytelling and effective editing on mobiles.
5. Creating dedicated and shareable content for specific audiences on social media and mobile platforms.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Understand and analyse industry techniques to produce audio and video material using smartphones and tablets as newsgathering tools.
LO2: Develop methods for devising and sharing content designed for specific audiences on mobile platforms.
LO3: Apply visual storytelling techniques to multimedia content creation.
LO4: Explore post-production processes for recording and edit content using mobile apps.
LO5: Understand and analyse the growing role of mobile journalism in the media industries.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Miranda Hurst
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Each week, you will receive a one hour lecture and a two hour tutorial/workshop in our multimedia teaching newsroom. During the workshops you will be given production training and technical support to use their smartphones to film, record and edit multimedia content (LOs 1 - 4). On some days this will involve editing content in class under the supervision and guidance of the module leader. On other days you will be encouraged to newsgather stories at a suitable location nearby (LOs 1 - 4).

Lectures will explore how Mobile Journalism is being used in the industry and will help you to analyse trends and the impact of mobile journalism. This will directly feed into the final essay assessment (LO5). Lectures will also introduce you to professional MoJo examples from Scotland, the UK and globally to inspire your own practical work (LOs 1- 5)

Formative Assessment:
A number of practical workshops and formative projects will be given throughout the module. These are intended to give the you practical experience of mobile journalism ahead of their summative assessments. This will include:

1. Audio recording and editing on mobile devices
2. Filming using Filmic Pro (this will include using manual focus, aperture, shutterspeed, white balance and zoom.
3. Editing video on mobile devices.
4. Techniques for delivering Piece-To-Cameras (PTCs)using hand-held mobile devices.

Summative Assessment:
There will be three summative assessments on this module:

1. Record and edit a 1:30 min audio story using a mobile phone. This should include at least one interview and some natural sound. The content should be designed for a specific mobile audience. (LO1, 2, 4)

2. Record and edit a 1:30 video-based story for a social media platform. This should include at least one PTC and be filmed and edited using a mobile device (LOs 1 - 4)

3. Essay. This 1,500 word academic essay should demonstrate understanding of how mobile journalism is used in the industry. You should use texts from the reading list to support the assessment. Essay questions will be given to you during the module (LO1 & 5).

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
Project - Practical 30 LOs 1,2, 4 7 HOURS= 00.01
Project - Practical 30 LOs 1, 2, 3, 4 11 HOURS= 00.01
Essay 40 LOs 2, 3, 5 14/15 , WORDS= 1500
Component 1 subtotal: 60
Component 2 subtotal: 40
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
Mobile Journalism