Core Module Information
Module title: TV and Multimedia News

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

Module code: JAC11133
Module leader: James Blake
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Media and Humanities

Radio Bulletins

Description of module content:

This module develops story telling techniques for broadcast and online, with emphasis on devising creative treatments and maintaining audience focus. This includes the skills required to find and produce pre-recorded material, and also how to construct bulletins and longer programmes. As a result, students will learn practical camera and editing techniques crucial for any modern converged journalist. The module also develops an understanding of TV studio production, incorporating presenting styles and live interviewing techniques. News-days enable students to learn in a simulated work environment, where deadlines for regular bulletins and extended news programmes must be met. The module is closely linked to the industry and mirrors real industry workflows. This module ensures students understand industry demands and pressures with a deep knowledge of how newsrooms and studios operate, and continue to change. There is extensive discussion and critical assessment of contemporary issues such as ethics and media convergence. It is essential students appreciate how magazine journalism is also changing and converging with all platforms (tv, radio and online).

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to

LO1: Critically assess and evaluate TV and multimedia news
LO2: Generate original story ideas, scripts and final packages for TV news.
LO3: Develop practical skills for producing TV news content and using it in a converged online environment.
LO4: Work in groups to produce and upload multimedia content for online news sites to deadlines during news days
LO5: Reflect constructively on individual and group work and critically assess it alongside professional examples.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 2, 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: James Blake
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Students receive 6 hour weekly workshops across the integrated TV newsroom. The studios are used to illustrate exercises and allow learners to participate in newsdays, where within an industry setting and with realistic standards, durations and deadlines, they produce and present bulletins/programmes. (LOs 1,2,3,4,5) Through demonstration, practice and critical analysis, students develop the necessary journalistic and technical skills to produce TV packages, bulletins and programmes to a high standard. (LOs 2,3,4) Weekly production meetings and class exercises further develop critical analysis, reflection and critical communication of contemporary issues. (LOs 1,5).

Formative Assessment:
There will be a number of formative assessments during the module. These will include individual Avid editing projects during workshops, scriptwriting and group camera skills exercises in studio and on location (LOs 2 - 4). Students will then work together in a production team on a number of formative news days (LOs 2 - 5). In each of these cases students will receive formative feedback at the end of each project.

Summative Assessment:
There will be three summative assessments. Assessment one is practical, and requires students to find, research, set-up, record, script and edit a 2-3 minute TV package. This should be accompanied by a 500 word online article (LOs 2,3). Assessment two is a TV newsday and students will receive a group mark based on the output (Los 2 – 4). The final assessment is an essay based on theories and industry issues around TV news (Los 1 & 5)

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 60
Independent Learning Guided independent study 140
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Project - Practical 40 2-4 8 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Project - Practical 30 1-5 11 HOURS= 0.25, WORDS= 0
Essay 30 1&5 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1500
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
JAC11133 TV and Multimedia News