Core Module Information
Module title: Radio News

SCQF level: 08:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: JAC08113
Module leader: Aleksandar Kocic
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Media and Humanities


Description of module content:

On this module you will source original stories specifically suitable for radio news and learn how to write, interview and structure reports. You will learn how to tell stories with the aid of audio techniques, whilst developing an understanding of how visual elements are required in television. In workshops and through web-assisted independent learning you will acquire the technical skills needed to produce simple broadcast artefacts to a high-quality standard. You will produce simple news bulletins and half hour programmes and consider different station styles and audiences. In producing these bulletins, you will learn techniques to write and present effective cues, two-ways and studio interviews. Basic voice- and presentation skills will enhance your confidence to operate as a presenter and reporter. This module will introduce you to terminology used in specific broadcast environments, and involve group work in a simulated industry environment. You will expand your critical understanding of news values and agendas, the legal and ethical requirements specific to broadcast journalism (balanced and impartial reporting, compliance, etc.) and your awareness of the converging media landscape.

Learning Outcomes for module:

This module will introduce you to broadcast-related journalism: sourcing original stories, broadcast writing, creative broadcast storytelling techniques, and interviewing skills appropriate for radio and television. While you will develop strong broadcasts skills, applicable to both, radio and television journalism, this module does focus on radio. You will acquire the technical skills necessary to record and edit audio. You will put together radio packages, as well as producing simple bulletins and thirty minute programmes on news days. You will additionally expand your critical understanding of the specific context in which broadcast journalists operate, particularly noting issues around convergence and online developments including podcasting.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 2, 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: Aleksandar Kocic
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
A series of lectures will introduce you to basic principle of reporting as well as the context in which broadcast journalists operate. In technical workshops, you will acquire basic recording and editing skills (LO3) to then engage in the production of individual radio packages (LO1-3) and of radio bulletins / programmes (LO4). You will be required to work individually, in pairs and in groups and will need to take responsibility for preplanning and keeping up with precise production schedules. You will take on reporting and production tasks. Throughout the module, you will be encouraged to develop your understanding and learning in the context of academic research and theory. A production log will demonstrate your critical understanding of broadcast production processes (LO5).

Formative Assessment:
First packages and bulletins will receive formative feedback from the tutor and from fellow students in group discussions. Individual work will then receive summative feedback (LO1-4). You will be required to write a production log which will critically analyse work produced on this unit (LO5). In this log, you will be required to critically reflect on the specific context in which broadcast journalists operate. Assessments will be staggered between weeks 9-14, dates will be arranged by the module leader at the beginning of the Trimester.

Summative Assessment:

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 48
Independent Learning Groupwork (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 1,2,3,4 9 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Discussion/Participation 25 1,2,3,4 11 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Learning Log 25 5 14 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1500
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
JAC08113 Radio news