Core Module Information
Module title: News Writing

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: JAC11119
Module leader: Allan Boughey
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Media and Humanities


Description of module content:

This module will introduce you to the art of finding original news and feature stories, developing good angles, and being aware of your audience for print and online outlets. Core values of accuracy, attribution, impartiality and balance will be covered alongside ethical and legal awareness. Besides sourcing up to date stories and conducting interviews, you will refine your writing skills and submit tight copy to deadlines with crisp leads and engaging headlines. You will develop an awareness and understanding of all aspects of news reporting.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Source and properly research original news stories for print and online.
LO2: Demonstrate professional standard writing skills appropriate for print news media
LO3: Demonstrate professional standard multimedia content creation skills appropriate for online news media
LO4: Demonstrate sound application of core journalistic values including balanced and impartial reporting, accuracy, attribution of information to the source and legally and ethically sound news content creation
LO5: Demonstrate an ability to self-edit.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2023/4, Trimester 1, 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: Allan Boughey
Module Organiser:

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Tutorial 1
Other Guided independent study 3
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 46
Independent Learning Groupwork (Independent Study) 150
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Portfolio 50 1-5 10 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2500
Class Test 20 1-5 14 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1000
Class Test 30 1-5 15 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1500
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
JAC11119 News Writing