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Print Journalism, London Experience
University of Westminster
Media, Arts and Design
Module Leader: Jim McClellan (TBC)
Module Code: 2MSS402
Summary of module content
An opportunity to learn the basics of news reporting and feature writing plus the skills required for specialist journalism. Students will learn basic content management and demonstrate their skills by producing a magazine.
The module aims to use London as the focus for a journalism project that explores one of the world’s great capital cities from the perspective of an international student. Students will be taught interview and research techniques to enable them to produce compelling content for print and how to write accurately and quickly in journalistic style.
By the end of the module the successful student will be able to:
· Research and write publishable material on a range of topics
· Distinguish between news, feature and comment
· Work as a competent member of a team producing a magazine
· Critically evaluate their own journalistic performance and that of others
Indicative syllabus content
· News writing and reporting assignments, conducted in a realistic newsroom environment using real-time events
· Feature writing assignments in chosen parts of London, exploring current issues of importance and interest
· Specialist journalism assignments, using modern techniques to cover the cultural and sporting markets
Teaching and learning methods
Lectures, workshops, seminars, visits to publishing houses, talks by industry professionals, reflective tutorials.
· The assessments are designed to test students’ technical and craft abilities plus their capacity to work in a small team.
· They will produce a portfolio of their own individual work – news stories, features, opinions pieces and pictures – that will demonstrate their ability to engage with the teaching.
· They will work in a small team to produce a magazine and will be assessed on their input to the team plus the overall standard of the work produced.
· The inclusion of a reflective log as a requirement will enable assessors to determine the technical processes, level of research and critical engagement with the briefs.
Students will be assessed according to the following criteria:
· Their ability to produce a range of journalistic work in relation to briefs given covering news, features and opinion writing.
· Ability to work as part of a small team to produce a coherent product that is of publishable standard.
· Evidence of an understanding of journalism techniques and modern approaches
Assessment methods and weightings
Individual portfolio of work produced during the course 60%
Contribution to overall project 30%
Reflective log 10%
Sources, reading etc.
Andrew Marr – My Trade: A Short History of British Journalism (Pan)
David Randall – the Great Reporters (Pluto Press)
Harold Evans – Essential English for Journalists, Editors and Writers (Pimlico)
British national newspapers (eg The Times, The Daily Mail, The Sun)
British Sunday newspapers (eg The Observer, The Sunday Express, The
International news magazines (the Economist, Time, Newsweek)