Undergraduate BA (Hons)

Journalism (Multimedia)

School of Arts & Media

Full-time

Attendance

Three year

Course

September 2019

Next enrolment
Introduction

In a nutshell

Journalism has entered a new digital age but at its core remains the craft of investigating and reporting events and issues. This BJTC-accredited course provides a fusion of traditional practice and new, emerging methods that are shaping the future of journalism.

Taught by professional journalists, you will be encouraged to experiment across a range of platforms in order to deliver cutting edge and dynamic news content.

This practice led course will also afford you the opportunity to regularly work with the latest new media technologies specified by industry, in a brand new state-of-the-art newsroom at the centre of MediaCityUK.

You will learn how to investigate, record, write, edit, present and produce news for online, print, radio and television, with the option to specialise in your preferred area in the final year. You will also be encouraged to work on the student-led broadcast, Quays News, which is supported by industry and guest editors from the BBC and ITV.

 

You will:
  • Study on a BJTC-accredited course
  • Learn skills in traditional formats such as print, radio and television
  • Be taught by professional journalists at MediaCityUK, in a state-of-the-art newsroom equipped with the latest new media technologies specified by industry
International

students accepted

This is for you if...

1.

You are keen, dedicated and show evidence of your desire to become a journalist

2.

You have already engaged in journalism, for example, through a work placement, school magazine or newspaper

3.

You have good English and communication skills

Course details

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 multimedia pathway will guide you toward a career in online journalism, whilst offering you the flexibility to study options in print, TV and radio. In addition to the BA (Hons) Journalism: Multimedia pathway, there are also pathway options in news and broadcast.

The course also 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.

Year one

Essential Journalism

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.

Multimedia Reporting

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

Introduction to Broadcast News

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.

Broadcast News

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.

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.

Year two

Multimedia Journalism

This module adds extra dimensions to your multimedia journalism skills across text, images, audio, video and infographics to originate content for print and digital platforms in a range of formats building to your first converged newsdays.

Multimedia Newsdays

This module builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills of the Multimedia Journalism module through live weekly newsdays working in teams to source, create and publish a range of outputs across web, print and social media. You will rotate through a range of roles including team leader positions, video, audio and infographics.

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 list below will run each year:

Celebrity Journalism

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.

Court Reporting

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.

Reporting Government

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.

Music Journalism

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.

Sports Journalism

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.

War Reporting

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.

Feature Writing

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.

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.

Podcasting

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.

Year three

Journalism Practice

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 list below 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.

Investigative Journalism

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.

Magazine Journalism

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.

Photo Journalism

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.

Political Journalism

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

This module provides the opportunity to learn or develop a language with the University-wide language programme.

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?

50%

Workshops

30%

Lectures and Professional Engagement

20%

Newsdays

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.

Facilities

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.

Employment and stats

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.

Further study

MA International Journalism for Digital Media

MA/PgDip Journalism: News/Broadcast/Sport

MA Public Relations and Digital Communications

A taste of what you could become

A TV journalist

A radio presenter

A print journalist

A public relations practitioner

And more...

Career Links

Whilst on the course, you will have the opportunity to work with a wide variety of media organisations including the BBC, ITV, Key 103, Real Radio, Trinity Mirror (including the Manchester Evening News), Bolton News and Cavendish Press.

These organisations provide professional engagement opportunities including work placements, guest lecturers and industry visits.

Requirements

What you need to know

Applicant profile

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.

Standard entry requirements

GCSE

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

112-128 points

GCE A level

112-128 points - general studies accepted

BTEC National Diploma

DDM

Foundation Degree

Successful completion

Scottish Highers

112-128 points

Irish Leaving Certificate

112 points

International Baccalaureate

31-32 points

Access to HE

Pass level 3 to include media and English

Alternative entry requirements

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (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.

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home/EU 2019 £9,250per year
Full-time international 2019 £14,820per year
Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

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Enrolment dates

September 2019

September 2020

UCAS information

Course ID P50Y

Institution S03