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
2023/4, 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:

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