Core Module Information
Module title: Newsdays

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

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


Description of module content:

This module is built around 8 news days (each around 6 to 7 hours in duration) that aim to replicate industry-like professional journalism experiences. At the beginning of the module, there will be a series of training days to refresh and enhance your knowledge of the technical and production demands of contemporary journalism, such as working with Burli, Avid, InDesign, and digital platforms, like websites and social media. During the module, there will be six non-assessed formative newsdays ahead of two assessed newsdays towards the end of the module.
Ahead of each newsday, you will be required to put in additional time planning, organising, and working on potential content.

You will contribute to the generation of news, sports, and features content for set outputs in TV, radio, print, and online. In so doing, you will need to demonstrate a professional level of practice, especially in relation to: ideas generation; news gathering and interviewing; utilising key technical equipment; working as part of a team; cross-platform converged journalism; defining news agendas; problem solving; and working to deadline. Furthermore, you will need to evidence a thorough understanding and knowledge of the key principles and theories that underpin contemporary journalism. The module builds on the practical, technological, and intellectual skills you gained from participation in previous modules on the programme, notably Radio News, TV News, Digital Platforms, and Magazine Production. As such, you will develop the skills, knowledge, and understanding gained from these modules in order to cultivate a professional level of practice. This will also entail you demonstrating a professional understanding of legal, regulatory, and ethical frameworks associated with the creation of industry-standard news outputs.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Develop original content ideas that can form the foundations of professional standard work;
LO2: Demonstrate how to work in a team, and under time constraints, to produce quality multimedia journalistic output.
LO3: Make effective use of content creation equipment and software, principally TV cameras, audio equipment, InDesign, Burli, Avid, and HTML coding, to produce professional standard artefacts;
LO4. Critically reflect on and use professional journalistic standards, both individually and as a member of a team;
LO5. Make effective use of social media as part of an integrated cross-platform content publishing strategy;
LO6.Critically identify, define, conceptualise, and reflect on professional newsroom practices and behaviours, including news values, news agendas, ethics, and editorial decision-making.

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: Allan Boughey
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
You will engage in active, experiential learning. While news days are student-led, you will be supported by staff with industry experience. Week-by-week, you will work on a range of contemporary content creation techniques and skills – including ideas generation, news gathering, interviewing, constructing broadcast standard video packages and audio podcasts, writing news, sports, and features articles to a publishable level – to develop a professional quality of competence (LOs 1 to 3). Furthermore, you will agree team roles and assign tasks, co-ordinate cross-group communication methods, develop coverage agendas (including the creation of news lists, flat plans, and running orders) in order to work as an effective team (LO4). You will develop strategies to utilise social media as part of an integrated multi-platform content delivery approach (LO5), and reflect on practice to evidence the learning made on the module, comparing and contrasting your approaches with established theory (LO6). To help you achieve this, staff will provide individual and group-based formative feedback. The feedback and reflection process will also involve class discussion and peer review to encourage a deeper understanding of your progress.

Formative Assessment:
There will be up to six formative news days during the trimester (LOs 1-5) . Each is a "trial run" of the summative version and will be between six to eight hours in length. Beyond this, each requires considerable organisation, pre-planning, and preparation. Generally, about one hour of preparation time precedes the five-hour "live" section of the news day, with a one-hour feedback and peer review session at the end of each news day (LOs 1 - 6).
All of the newsdays will have an online and converged component where you'll create multimedia content for our online news pages and social media streams (LOs 3 and 5). A number of formative newsdays will have an additional emphasis on creating a TV bulletin whilst other non-assessed newsdays will focus on radio and audio content (LOs 3, 6)

Summative Assessment:
There are two components to the summative assessment.
The first component is made up of two assessed newsday.
These will be group marks and together they will make up 50% of the total mark for the module (LOs 1-5).
Both summative newsdays will be 'converged' to reflect industry practice. This means you'll be creating multimedia content including TV, radio, online text and multimedia content for online and social media platforms.
Assessment is carried out by highly experienced staff observing group behaviour and performance during the assessed news days as well as the quality of the output (or practical work).
The second component has two elements. The first is a reflective essay of 2,400 words where you will analyse the outputs from the day and your contribution to it. This reflection should include a comparative analysis of industry newsroom practice and your group work on the module (LOs 4 and 6). The other element of this component will measure attendance over the module - including engagement with formative newsdays and planning meetings. Students will not be required to submit work for this assessment, instead it will be based on registers taken by module tutors during newsdays and meeting. There will be clear communication with students that each unauthorised absence will result in a 5% reduction of the mark for this assessment. The attendence assessment will have an overall weighting of 10% for the module and will measure the commitment and professionalism of students.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Groupwork (Scheduled) 15
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 64
Face To Face Groupwork (Scheduled) 10
Independent Learning Guided independent study 111
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Practical Skills Assessment 25 1-5 12 HOURS= 08.00
Practical Skills Assessment 25 1-5 13 HOURS= 08.00
Practical Skills Assessment 10 1-5 13
Essay 40 4,6 14/15 , WORDS= 2400
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
JAC10125 News Days