Introduction to Broadcast News
School of Arts & Media
September 2019Next enrolment
In a nutshell
Based in the heart of MediaCityUK, on this BJTC-accredited course you will be taught by professional journalists in a state-of-the-art newsroom equipped with the latest new media technologies and specialised radio and television studio spaces.
Broadcast journalism is challenging, demanding and exciting work. This practical course will allow you to experience every aspect of broadcast journalism from writing and directing right down to presenting for live and recorded audiences. From day one, you will be expected to think and act like a journalist working in radio and television.
While this course will enable you to work across multiple media platforms, its main focus will encourage you to specialise in the area of broadcast journalism, allowing you to hone your ability to investigate, record, write, edit, present and produce news for radio and television formats.
You will have ample opportunity to put your skills into practice through regular news days and practical assessments. This will all be supported by the study of law, ethics and journalism theory. You will also be encouraged to contribute to the student-led broadcast, Quays News, which is supported by industry professionals and guests editors from the BBC and ITV.
- Learn specialist broadcast skills in radio and television while working across multiple media platforms
- Be taught by professional journalists at MediaCityUK, in a state-of-the-art newsroom equipped with industry standard radio and television studio spaces
- Understand how to think and act like a journalist on this BJTC-accredited course
This is for you if...
You are keen, dedicated and can show evidence of your desire to become a journalist
You have already engaged in journalism, for example through a work placement, school magazine or newspaper
You have good English and communication skills
All about the course
You will study six modules in year one, providing you with a broad understanding of journalism across print, online, radio and TV mediums.
You will then have the opportunity to pursue a specialised pathway throughout years two and three. This will allow you to build on core skills gained from your first year, as well as create your own programme route from a suite of optional modules including sports journalism, music journalism and political journalism.
The broadcast pathway will guide you towards a career in TV and radio journalism, whilst offering you the flexibility to study options in print and online. There are also pathway options in news and multimedia.
The course includes shorthand tuition, allowing you to reach the gold standard of 100wpm, as well as broadcast workshops in editing and use of equipment, including cameras and recording devices.
Your final year will include multi-platform newsdays in our MediaCityUK newsroom and work placements with our industry partners.
Throughout your study, you will also be offered the opportunity to take NCTJ (National Council for the Training of Journalists) examinations.
Seasoned broadcast professionals will teach you how to produce audio and video news content, introducing techniques of mobile journalism as well as basic broadcast editing and studio use.
This module will equip you with the technical skills necessary to produce broadcast quality news. In addition to gaining a strong understanding of camerawork, video and audio capture and editing, you will also learn how to write and structure packages for a variety of broadcast formats.
This module will enable you to identify the distinctive qualities of news journalism. You will learn how to source and produce stories, providing you with fundamental editorial and technical skills such as news judgment, interviewing, accuracy, verification, writing and structuring news stories, and working to deadlines.
You will develop as a networked journalist by developing your own blog and exploring the multitude of digital platforms available to source and output journalistic content. You will also learn techniques of immersive storytelling
Law and Ethics
Understanding the law surrounding journalism and ethical boundaries is essential learning for any aspiring journalist. For that reason, this module provides you with a basic understanding of the legal, regulatory and ethical frameworks to which journalists work, including visits to local courts.
Introduction to Journalism
You will study and discuss the purpose, ethics and culture of journalism in lectures, workshops and seminars. You will be introduced to key journalism models and theories, and the expectations of academic study skills and writing. You will analyse the historical development of journalism in the UK and place it within a wider social, cultural, political and economic context.
This module introduces you to more advanced techniques in editing and camerawork, live reporting and studio skills across radio and television. You will develop your editorial and creative skills in producing radio and TV feature packages by working in our state of the art studios.
This module builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills of the Broadcast Journalism module through live weekly newsdays working in teams to create and broadcast a range of news bulletins, packages and programmes across radio and television.
Critical Journalism Studies
The main purpose of this module is to develop your understanding of the ways in which technological, social, political and cultural changes have impacted journalism. You will learn to analyse journalism practice and the contemporary trends emerging within the profession whilst improving your research skills and your ability to critically evaluate your own practice.
A number of options from the below list will run each year:
This module will provide you with an overview of how the media views and reports on the world of celebrity. You will learn the professional skills of celebrity journalism as well as develop a critical understanding of the challenges and constraints facing celebrity journalists today, including ethical dilemmas such as media bias, cheque book journalism and issues around privacy.
Focusing on the law surrounding court reporting, this module will build upon your learning from the Law and Ethics module in year one. You will analyse court procedures used in the development of UK law and explore the effect of court reporting restrictions on the news gathering process.
The exciting field of sports journalism encompasses everything from football matches and rugby games to global Olympic events. In this elective module, you will learn essentials skills for writing clear and concise sports copy, interviewing players and officials, and producing match reports for print and online sports publications.
By understanding the complex relationship between the music industry and its target markets, you will be equipped to write accurate and engaging reviews of the latest music releases and live concerts. In addition to exploring the evolution and variety of this genre, you will also further advance your interviewing skills and writing abilities.
You will learn how to write different types of features for newspapers and magazines in various markets. By the end of this module, you will have gained practical skills in the art of feature writing as well as enhanced your ability to formulate and pitch story ideas to commissioning editors.
This module aims to provide you with a broad history of war reporting from the Boer War to the present day. This will enable you to assess the role of technological developments in war reporting and the social, cultural and political trends affecting war reporters today.
This module will raise your awareness of UK government systems, providing you with an overview of national, regional and local government and the relationship of each with the news media. You will learn how to report council meetings, parliamentary committees and understand the relationship between journalists and local and central government.
Political Communication: Media and Democracy
This module explores the relationship between the media and politics in liberal democracies. You will focus on the nature of political media and reporting, the media's influence on politics, and how political actors use the media. You will also study the rise of the internet and new media technologies and what this means for democracy.
This module will explore podcasts as a form of journalistic storytelling. You will learn how to pitch, research, structure and produce podcasts for target audiences.
University Wide Language Programme
This module provides the opportunity to learn or develop a language with the University-wide language programme.
The core aim of this module is to provide you with professional journalism experience in our multimedia newsrooms. By working alongside professional journalists during multi-platform newsdays, you will sharpen your professional skills and further prepare yourself for the demands of working in a modern digitalised newsroom.
Major Journalism Project/Dissertation
You will produce an in-depth piece of newspaper, radio or television journalism with professional tutorial supervision or undertake a dissertation in a journalism-related area with academic support.
A number of options from the below list will run each year:
Interests, Power, and Media Policy
The purpose of this module is to provide you with a critical awareness of the ways in which influential interests and power can shape the nature of communication media policy. You will explore a range of policies as well as the main actors and institutions who devise and influence media policy creation.
This module examines the historical context of investigative journalism and the challenges faced by news organisations and by investigative journalists when publishing their work. It studies the specialist methods used by investigative journalists including secret recording and analysis of documentary evidence and the legal and ethical issues involved.
You will gain an in depth understanding of photojournalism by critically evaluating this specialised craft from technical, practical, aesthetic, ethical, legal, sociological and psychological perspectives. You will have the opportunity to enhance your expertise as a photojournalist by developing your own portfolio and engaging in a range of briefs.
You will examine how journalists approach the reporting of political issues, gaining a broad understanding of techniques and practices used in regional, national and international contexts. You will also analyse the use of social media in political reporting as well as consider relevant ethical dilemmas around editorial control, spin and the lobby system.
Journalism and Public Relations
This module will examine the role of the PR industry and its link to journalism and the media. Through a number of practical workshops, you will gain a strong understanding of the principles and practices behind successful PR strategies and campaigns.
University Wide Language Programme
Choose to study a world language in a friendly, supportive environment. Delivered over two semesters, with additional resources available via Blackboard, you will receive around 50 hours of supported learning to help you progress and consolidate your listening, reading, speaking and writing core skills. Available languages include Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish.
This module will develop your understanding of the entire process of creating a magazine publication in print and/or online. You will learn how to originate, write, assess and develop ideas and have the necessary organisational and practical skills to see them through to completion.
Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.
What will I be doing?
Lectures and Professional Engagement
You will learn mostly through practical journalistic work – coursework, projects and practical exercises. There’ll also be some exams and short essays.
School of Arts and Media
The School of Arts and Media is the largest School at the University of Salford with more than 4,000 creative students. Across sites at MediaCityUK and the University's Peel Park campus, we offer a huge variety of courses, from fashion image making and styling, television and radio, creative writing and music to journalism, animation, design and performance.
This broad range of disciplines offers enhanced opportunities for specialist and interdisciplinary study, including collaborative work across subject areas.
You will be based at a unique digital learning, teaching and research space at MediaCityUK. We will be located at the heart of national BBC departments and hundreds of creative, digital and media organisations. Specialist facilities include high spec radio and television studios and a multi-platform newsroom.
What about after uni?
You will be well prepared for a career in the media, communications, or information sectors. You’ll have the multimedia skills and flexibility to work across any of the traditional and new media. By achieving a good degree you’ll be equipped for a career in journalism in print, radio, television and online.
Graduates have secured journalism jobs at the BBC, ITV, newspapers and online sites. They have also found work in related areas, including public relations.
What you need to know
You need to be keen, dedicated and show evidence of your desire to become a journalist.
We’ll expect candidates to have engaged in journalism, for example, through a work placement, school magazine or newspaper.
Good English and communication skills are vital. You may also be invited to an interview and asked to undertake a journalism test.
English language requirements
International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 7.0 (no element below 6.0) is proof of this.
English and maths GCSE grade C/grade 4 or above.
You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.
UCAS tariff points
GCE A level
112-128 points - general studies accepted
BTEC National Diploma
Irish Leaving Certificate
Access to HE
112-128 points, including media and English
Salford Alternative Entry System (SAES)
We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.
There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.
|Type of study||Year||Fees|
|Full-time home/EU||2019||£9,250per year|
|Full-time international||2019||£14,820per year|
|Part-time||2019||Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.|
You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.
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Course ID PP53