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TITLE Journalism in the Digital Age

LEVEL 00 - Mod Pre-Tert, Foundation, Proficiency & DegreePlus

ECTS CREDITS Not Applicable

DEPARTMENT Degree Plus Programme

DESCRIPTION With the fast changing technologies, multimedia channels, and online platforms offering constant float of overwhelming content, the role of the journalist has extended beyond the story writer to encompass the artful skills of the photographer, the videographer, the editor, the multimedia director, the marketer, and the public relations manager.

The modern journalist is a Jack-of-all-trades without forgetting that capturing the story is what the profession has always stood. Because news is all around us it has become ever more a challenge to be able to get heard, to make a point, to grab the attention to the news that matters, to make a change.

This study-unit will train you to do exactly that – become a modern-day journalist who can grab a camera, get the story, edit it himself, publish it, spread it, and demand for feedback, for attention and for human action. The Degree + in Journalism will help you to understand that the modern-day journalist must be the harbinger of stories but also the person who takes the story at heart and fights to get people to act upon it.

Learning Objectives:

- To develop journalistic skills across various digital and conventional media platforms;
- To build a brand and an audience online;
- To distinguish between and be able to write features, reports, interviews, in-depth and investigative journalism;
- Acquaintance with the law;
- Learn from the experts in the field: meet newspaper and magazine editors, journalists and photojournalists and specialist writers such as science and arts writers as well as food critics and film/theatre writers.

Unit Material:

Appropriate unit material will be provided by the tutors during the sessions. There are no set texts for the unit, though tutors may recommend appropriate manuals to students who would like to take their work in this area further.


In keeping with the spirit of Degree Plus, there is no formal assessment associated with the unit. Students will however be assigned a practical task to carry out under the supervision of the unit tutor. The best part of this credit will be in its opportunity to allow students to work on their own initiative by chasing stories, producing, editing and writing for already well-established local media (print and digital). The best one(s) will be given the opportunity to work as summer interns at Allied Newspapers Limited, the leading news organisation in Malta. A certificate of attendance and of satisfactory completion of the unit will be provided at the end of the semester including an official letter from Allied Newspapers Limited for the completion of an internship program.

Note: Degree plus units are not designed to be incrementally burdensome in terms of the many academic demands placed on students during their undergraduate years.

ADDITIONAL NOTES This unit may not be offered if there are an insufficient number of applicants.


Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Attendance No 100%


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It should be noted that all the information in the study-unit description above applies to the academic year 2017/8, if study-unit is available during this academic year, and may be subject to change in subsequent years.

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