Module title: Major Journalism Project

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

Module code: JAC10117
Module leader: Eamonn O'Neill
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Media and Screen
Prerequisites

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2019/0, Trimester 1, Face-to-Face,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner:
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Diane Maclean
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & teaching methods
You will need to show initiative in realising this journalistic artefact (LO1-3). A tutor will support you though a series of individual tutorials. A series of lectures will help you reflect on the scope for in-depth journalistic investigation in today’s industry and also on pitching your work. A highlight of this module will be the chance to pitch your work to a professional standard (LO4, 5).

Embedding of employability/PDP
The direct exposure to industry employers and the fact that this piece of work is designed to become a calling card for when students apply for their first job after graduation means this module includes very high employability values.

Assessment
As work on your project progresses you will receive formative feedback and practical input from your tutor. Your project will need to demonstrate substantial journalistic skills and will need to be of a technical quality that you could proudly use it in your portfolio/showreel when applying for jobs in the industry (LOs 1, 2, 3). It will make up 80% of your summative assessment and will be submitted by week 10. The pitch will make up 20% of the summative assessment. This pitch will consist of explaining the central idea of the artefact, who is going to be interviewed for it why your piece of work should be of interest (week 7) (LOs 4,5)

Researching/teaching linkages
Staff with practical experience in the industry will play an important role on this module. A core element is to prepare students for working within the industry and supply them with material for their show reel/portfolio. Emphasis is placed on gaining skills, but also encouraging students to reflect on their practice. It is intended that theory and practice will inform each other in this module that draws together skills from several units across the Journalism degree.

Supporting equality and diversity
Applicants are interviewed as part of the admissions procedure, which helps support equality and diversity. Students are encouraged to bring their experiences and cultural background to bear when deciding on their news report. Where possible, online back-up through VLE will assist students.

Internationalisation
The substantial piece of journalism you will produce for this module has the scope of covering an internationally relevant topic and tutors will encourage you to include a global outlook in the work you produce. The lectures on employability and investigative skills will be relevant to the global journalistic market.


Formative Assessment:
Assessment
As work on your project progresses you will receive formative feedback and practical input from your tutor. Your project will need to demonstrate substantial journalistic skills and will need to be of a technical quality that you could proudly use it in your portfolio/showreel when applying for jobs in the industry (LOs 1, 2, 3). It will make up 80% of your summative assessment and will be submitted by week 10. The pitch will make up 20% of the summative assessment. This pitch will consist of explaining the central idea of the artefact, who is going to be interviewed for it why your piece of work should be of interest (week 7) (LOs 4,5)


Summative Assessment:
Assessment
As work on your project progresses you will receive formative feedback and practical input from your tutor. Your project will need to demonstrate substantial journalistic skills and will need to be of a technical quality that you could proudly use it in your portfolio/showreel when applying for jobs in the industry (LOs 1, 2, 3). It will make up 80% of your summative assessment and will be submitted by week 10. The pitch will make up 20% of the summative assessment. This pitch will consist of explaining the central idea of the artefact, who is going to be interviewed for it why your piece of work should be of interest (week 7) (LOs 4,5)


Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 4
Face To Face Tutorial 2
Independent Learning Guided independent study 194
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Final Year Project 80 1,2,3 10 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 3000
Oral Presentation 20 4,5 7 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 80
Component 2 subtotal: 20
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

Learning & teaching methods
You will need to show initiative in realising this journalistic artefact (LO1-3). A tutor will support you though a series of individual tutorials. A series of lectures will help you reflect on the scope for in-depth journalistic investigation in today’s industry and also on pitching your work. A highlight of this module will be the chance to pitch your work to a professional standard (LO4, 5).

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module, you will be able to:
LO1: Investigate a topic worthy of in-depth journalistic investigation/reportage and pinpoint the relevant medium / programme to target this major project at.
LO2. Critically engage with the challenges of producing a major journalistic artefact
LO3: Produce this major piece of journalistic investigation/reportage to high standards
LO4: Pitch the piece of work to a professional standard
LO5: Reflect critically on your target market, on the suitability of your project for that market and the production of the artefact.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:

Core - BEAMAN, J. (2006) PROGRAMME MAKING FOR RADIO: ROUTLEDGE, 1st ed.
Core - WHEELER, S. (2009) FEATURE WRITING FOR JOURNALISTS: ROUTLEDGE, 1st ed.
Core - DE BURGH, H. 2ND ED (2008) INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM: CONTEXT AND PRACTICE,: ROUTLEDGE, 2nd ed.
Core - FROST, C. (2011) JOURNALISM ETHICS AND REGULATION: PEARSON, 3rd ed.
Core - ORELBAR, J. (2001) DIGITAL TELEVISION PRODUCTION: A HANDBOOK: HODDER, 1st ed.
Core - FELDER, L. (2011) WRITING FOR THE WEB: CREATING COMPELLING WEB CONTENT USING WORDS, PICTURES, AND SOUND: NEW RIDERS, 1st ed.
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