Convergence defines this award-winning journalism course – the first in the UK to explore the full potential of multi-platform news publishing. It is accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council.
With their full multi-skilling, graduates of this course can cover any news or feature story for the web, for television, and for radio. They can easily take a story from one medium and transfer it into another – television to radio – radio to online text.
The mix of broadcasting and online writing in this intensely practical course sharpens the defining elements of digital journalism. On the course you will engage with critical research and address the ethical controversies at the frontiers of global journalism. Your studies will culminate in a dissertation or multimedia online convergence project covering a current national or international issue.
The minimum qualification is normally an Upper Second Class Honours degree or comparable professional qualification
Graduates from a wide variety of disciplines seeking careers in journalism, with a Upper Second Class Honours (2:1) degree or comparable professional qualifications
Specifically those who can demonstrate some evidence of prior journalistic endeavour
Professional journalists who wish to update their knowledge
Enquiries from non-standard applicants with relevant professional experience are invited, and will be treated on a case-by-case basis.
Multimedia Reporting Skills (Core subject)
This unit aims to develop students´ abilities to research and effectively report news and current affairs in radio, TV and online formats. It will cultivate the ability to write fluently, concisely and coherently to deadline; develop contacts and sources using traditional and emerging social media techniques; appraise intellectual, ethical and professional issues associated with news reportage; and implement depth of research and imaginative presentation. Tasks include researching, interviewing and editing, in professional standard newsrooms and studios.
Journalism in Global Contexts (Core subject)
This unit aims to explore journalism in global contexts, seeking to provide insights into the issues relating to the gathering and dissemination of news in – and for – varied news cultures. Students will be challenged to debate the ethical, political, social and cultural dimensions involved in journalism products for national and transnational audiences. The purpose is to prepare students to assess journalism in today’s predominantly digital media environment
Legal and Ethical Context (Core subject)
This provides a critical understanding of media regulation, issues relating to press and broadcasting freedoms, and varying approaches to the role of journalism and journalists, their ethical dilemmas and professional codes of conduct. You will learn what you are legally allowed to report in the U.K. in situations including court proceedings and council meetings, and how to avoid being sued, as well as consider what might be justified for publication in the public interest. This unit continues in semester two.
Digital Journalism (Core subject)
The unit offers insights and practice of journalism in a multimedia context, using a convergence of text, radio and TV. It will familiarise students with multiplatform publishing, collaborating in multimedia teams, and develop their competence in producing and analysing evolving styles of journalism in many digital forms
(Plus two optional units to be chosen from the following available according to numbers)
Digital Magazines (Optional subject)
This unit aims to explore the forms and practices of magazine journalism as they are evolving in a digital era. It will examine regular feature reportage and long-form journalism, as well as news photography, across various platforms of delivery in multimedia contexts. The purpose is to equip students with the skills necessary to write/produce appropriate content (written and visual) while, at the same time, developing a critical understanding of the challenges posed by digital media.
Documentary Journalism (Optional subject)
This unit examines documentary forms and practices in radio and television. Technical workshops in recording and production techniques are also included, and each student produces their own audio or video documentary. This is a chance to study the various approaches to documentary making, and to develop further skills in audio or video.
Environment, Conflict & Crisis News (Optional subject)
This unit aims to explore the ‘journalisms of crises’ – specifically, environmental disasters, war, terrorism and other conflict situations that are an integral part of the media coverage. It will provide insights into the ways in which journalists report such news, the constraints they work under, and the potential influence their reportage could have on the crisis concerned. The intention is to equip students with the theoretical knowledge and essential journalistic skills required to function in an informed, self-reflexive and safe manner in crisis situations.
Investigative Journalism (Optional subject)
This unit seeks to examine the history and practice of investigative journalism, and consider its application in both traditional and online media. It aims to introduce students to the skills required for this mode of reporting, expose them to a variety of writings in the genre, as well as the approaches of different professionals, and provide insights into the key issues and debates around such journalism.
New Media Innovation (Optional subject)
This unit aims to explore areas where journalism and new media intersect. Focus will be on how new media innovation facilitates different forms and practices for news production, distribution, consumption and interaction. You will critically engage with key issues and debates facing a networked media landscape, where audiences as passive consumers make way for collaborative reporting, crowdsourcing.
Ways in which new media can complement and enhance existing journalistic processes will be at the forefront – including data journalism, increased transparency and accountability, as well as mobile news applications and augmented reality.
Professional Placement (Core requirement)
This offers students the chance to undertake work experience at one or more professional news organisation/s, developing their understanding of journalistic practices. Normally undertaken during the Easter vacation, this requires a journalism work placement/s of minimum three weeks at an organisation to be approved by a supervisor. Students produce a reflective account of their experience.
Dissertation or Journalism Project (One of two options)
Students will undertake a self-conceived piece of independent research and produce an extended essay or journalistic production under the guidance of a nominated supervisor. The unit allows students to critically explore key issues and debates in journalism studies and develop a more specialised understanding in an area of their choice. It offers an opportunity to consider the relationship between journalistic practice and digital technologies.
Some recent graduates are now working in or as:
International, national and local broadcast news, (UK or international) national and local newspapers; and national magazines
Online content editors, and journalists (freelance or on staff) in a range of media
Multi-Media news producers and broadcast journalists
Journalists at top international news agencies, e.g. Reuters, Bloomberg, AFP
Working for BBC regional radio, or commercial radio, home and abroad (production or management roles)
Web Editors, producers, journalists and digital developers
National multi-media news agency journalists
Online creative advertising, e.g. Yahoo.co.uk
Content editors for international news portals
International and local Public Relations; Press Officers, Political speechwriters
International television reporters
Digital Media Executives and Content Managers
Media Managing Directors
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