Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


CODE MCS1030

 
TITLE Journalism 1

 
LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course

 
ECTS CREDITS 4

 
DEPARTMENT Media and Communications

 
DESCRIPTION By the end of the study-unit, students should understand the role of journalism in society, understand how technology is changing journalism, be able to use effective interviewing techniques, and be able to write an interview article utilizing proper grammar and newspaper style.

Study-Unit Aims:

To acquaint students with the best practices in journalism, introduce them to basic journalistic writing forms and styles, acquaint them with the principles of interviewing, and improve their writing and language usage skills.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Explain the important role of a journalist in society;
- Describe how technology is changing journalism;
- Distinguish between academic and journalistic style;
- Explain the differences in writing for print, broadcast, and online news media;
- Adhere to basic principles of media law and ethics.

2. Skills
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Conduct a productive interview and write a short interview article;
- Use proper grammar and journalistic style;
- Utilise news values to select stories for publication.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Required

- Tim Holmes, Sara Hadwin, and Glyn Mottershead, The 21st Century Journalism Handbook: Essential Skills for the Modern Journalist. London: Routledge, 2017.
- The Reuters Style Guide, 2008.

Recommended

- Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel, Blur: How to Know What's True in the Age of Information Overload. New York: Bloomsbury, 2011.
- Mitchell Stephens, Beyond News: The Future of Journalism. New York: Columbia University Press, 2014.
- Rich Martin, Living Journalism: Principles & Practices for an Essential Profession Principles & Practices for an Essential Profession. London: Routledge, 2017.

 
STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture

 
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Classwork SEM1 No 20%
Examination (1 Hour and 30 Minutes) SEM1 Yes 30%
Assignment SEM1 Yes 50%

 
LECTURER/S George Cini
Marc Edge (Co-ord.)

 
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