Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Journalism 2

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Media and Communications

DESCRIPTION Students learn how changes to journalism are being brought by changes in technology and how they are in turn changing politics and society. They will be given advanced training in the effective interviewing and writing techniques required to craft a short profile article. They will also gain advanced understanding of media law and ethics and be given specialised training in reporting on business, government, crime and the courts.

Study-Unit Aims:

- To give students an understanding of journalism and technology;
- To acquaint students with specialised reporting;
- To advance students' understanding of journalism best practices, media law and ethics, and style;
- To provide an opportunity for students to further improve their writing, interviewing, and language usage skills.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Explain how news industries are changing;
- Explain how changes in journalism are changing politics and society;
- Write news stories for print, broadcast, and online media;
- Adhere to the latest statutory and common law applicable to journalists;
- Conduct themselves as ethical journalists.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Write news stories on specialised topics such as business, politics, crime and courts;
- Edit news stories using proper grammar and style;
- Write a short profile article based on several interviews;
- Work as a journalist under contemporary newsroom constraints.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Texts:

- Helen Sissons, Practical Journalism: How to Write News. London: Sage, 2008.
- The Reuters Style Guide, April 2008. (Available online at

Supplementary Readings:

- Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel, The Elements of Journalism: What Newspeople Should Know and the Public Should Expect. New York: Three Rivers Press, 2007.
- Martin Eide, Leif Ove Larsen and Helle Sjøvaag, Eds., Journalism Re-examined: Digital Challenges and Professional Reorientations. Bristol, UK: Intellect Books, 2016.
- Mitchell Stephens, A History of News: The Future of Journalism. New York: Columbia University Press, 2014.
- Dean Starkman, The Watchdog That Didn’t Bark: The Financial Crisis and the Disappearance of Investigative Journalism. New York: Columbia Journalism Review Books, 2014.
- Hugo de Burgh, Investigative Journalism 2nd Ed. London: Routledge, 2008.

ADDITIONAL NOTES Pre-requisite Study-unit: MCS1030


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Classwork SEM2 No 25%
Examination (1 Hour and 30 Minutes) SEM2 Yes 25%
Assignment SEM2 Yes 50%

LECTURER/S George Cini

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