Module title: Newsdays

SCQF level: 10:
SCQF credit value: 40.00
ECTS credit value: 20

Module code: JAC10125
Module leader: Allan Boughey
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Media and Screen


2019/0, 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: Allan Boughey
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & Teaching methods including their alignment to LOs
During live rolling newsdays you will rotate roles in order that you refresh all your skills and continue to challenge yourself. Lecturers with industry experience will help you consolidate the skills you learned in previous modules, through personalised one-to-one formative feedback to source original stories, write scripts, record and edit content, upload content and disseminate through social media (LOs 1,2,3 and 4). You will take an active part in your learning – and will contribute to the weekly formative peer assessments through class discussion and critically reflect on an aspect of journalism or journalistic role (LO5) to encourage deeper reflection on your progress.

Formative Assessment:
There are three summative assessments, one before each of the three summative assessments. Each summative assessment is essentially a trial run of the following week’s summative assessment. There will be a formative assessment in each of the following subject areas: 1) print and online (LOs 2-4) ; 2) radio and online (LOs 1-4); 3) TV and online (LOs 1-4). You will be required to produce set outputs for each platform, which will be negotiated with staff but effectively map the requirements of the summative assessments.

Summative Assessment:
There are four summative assessments: three practical news days, and one that is essay-based (looking ointo an aspect of practical journalism that has informed your practical approaches in the news days) together with a reflective commentary that outlines your practical contributions to the assessed news days and the skills, knowledge and understanding gained. The first three assessments will feature a group mark and be: 1) print and online (LOs 2-4) ; 2) radio and online (LOs 1-4); 3) TV and online (LOs 1-4). The written assessment will cover LO 5 expressly but should be informed by LOs 2-4 and, potentially, LO1 (for broadcast-based essays).

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Tutorial 75
Independent Learning Guided independent study 325
Total Study Hours400
Expected Total Study Hours for Module400

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Practical Skills Assessment 60 1-4 26 HOURS= 15, WORDS= 0
Essay 40 5 28 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 4000
Component 1 subtotal: 60
Component 2 subtotal: 40
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

The module content refreshes your knowledge of producing news and features content for TV, Radio and Online. It builds on technological and intellectual skills from Radio Journalism, TV Journalism, Digital Platforms and Magazine Production. You will consolidate skills previously learned in researching stories, writing and editing news stories, producing running orders, conducting and recording interviews, recording and producing content for broadcast and using social media appropriately. You will accurately write and edit news items and feature stories to agreed lengths, style and deadline. You will also apply and refresh your understanding of legal, regulatory and ethical frameworks from previous modules and reflect on the role of the journalist and behaviours necessary to work effectively as part of a newsgathering team.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1. Demonstrate expertise in radio and television equipment and software
LO2. Source original stories and produce them to a professional standard during a newsday, appropriate for different platforms
LO3. Demonstrate an ability to work to a professional journalistic standard both individually and as a member of a team
LO4. Evidence an understanding of the use of and social media sources to disseminate news and build audiences
LO5.Critically reflect on newsroom practices and behaviours including news values, news agendas and editorial decision-making

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
JAC10125 News Days