MD6104: The Professional Newsroom

MD6104: The Professional Newsroom

Please note this module descriptor is indicative of the structure of this course and may be subject to change.

Module Title The Professional Newsroom
Module Code MD6104
Module Tutor Erika Barnes
School School of Media
CAT Points 30
Level of Study 6
Brief Description

This module takes the journalism skills developed at Level 5 and uses them as the basis of a full examination of the construction and delivery of live multi media news output including radio and television news bulletins and accompanying website. Working in shifts as members of news teams allocated with specific duties, students will generate reactive and proactive material through the week to demonstrate their professional abilities in all aspects of practical news production involving researching, writing, reporting, presentation, editing and management.

Indicative Syllabus

Working in the Newsroom, in the studios and on location, students will run a series of live multimedia Newsdays and a Newsweek (15 days minimum). They will work in shifts, as part of a team, to produce original material for broadcast news bulletins and a website for an agreed target audience, embracing the latest news technologies to enhance their story telling.

Students will attend weekly planning meetings in advance of their Newsdays, where they will set the agenda for their news gathering activities. They will be expected to generate sufficient news material to produce and present relevant and engaging output to prescribed deadlines. There will be further opportunity to receive voice and presentation coaching to support broadcast work and to improve self-confidence and self-promotion.

Students will be expected to demonstrate professional standards in all areas of their work, including researching, writing, reporting, technical and presentation skills and teamwork. High levels of preparation, decision-making, editorial choices and news values will be required to achieve successful outcomes.

Learning Outcomes

A student passing this module should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an advanced ability to construct original and engaging multimedia news material for broadcast on TV and radio and for publication online.
  2. Show a sophisticated understanding of the generic similarities and specific differences within each mode of delivery.
  3. Deal with the pressures of professional practice in a working newsroom in a mature and confident manner.
  4. Work effectively as a team member to produce news output.
  5. Submit material that is legally and ethically correct.
  6. Show significant ability in producing and presenting news material to set broadcast times and publication deadlines to a specific audience.
Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 90
Independent Learning Hours: 210
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 60% Portfolio: 5000 words or equivalent
002: 40% Portfolio: 3000 words or equivalent
Special Assessment Requirements
Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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