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Practical Journalism Project

  • Module code: JO7009
  • Year: 2018/9
  • Level: 7
  • Credits: 60
  • Pre-requisites: Successful completion of level 7 modules
  • Co-requisites: None

Summary

Students who wish to go straight into the workplace can opt to do a Practical Journalism Project module while they work, in lieu of a dissertation. This module includes a piece of academic research as well as a portfolio of journalism produced as a working journalist. You will also be asked to reflect on your practice, considering how you can learn from your experience and develop as a journalist. This module takes place between May and September, after core teaching has finished.

Aims

• To create a significant portfolio of journalistic work accompanied by detailed
explanations of research methods and other background work involved.
• To reflect critically both on their own journalistic practice and on the current
state of the print and online journalism industries.
• To produce finished and substantial pieces of publishable journalism.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module students
will be able to:

• Devise and manage the production of a substantial written project within a
set time period.
• Demonstrate an ability to initiate ideas and undertake the necessary research
to produce pieces of publishable journalism.
• Formulate a critically informed reflective account of journalistic working
practices.
• Analyse the process and outcome of their work-related project in a meaningful way that brings about purposeful change and improvement.

Curriculum content

  • Conception, planning and implementation of a work-related project.
  • Finding an appropriate internship.
  • Pitching and writing freelance articles appropriate for a work-related project.
  • Contextualisation of work-based project within appropriate theoretical frameworks of reflection and experiential learning.

 

Teaching and learning strategy

Much of the learning will derive from the work environment itself. However, students will also take part in one-to-one tutorials with their supervisor as well as a series of organised group sessions with other students. Typically, there will be three two-hour group sessions and a further five hours contact time with the supervisor. The remaining hours will be spent working independently on the work-related project and participating in journalistic activity. Tutor sessions will be involved with identifying the nature of the practical project, assessing its viability and producing a schedule for its production. Group workshops will offer opportunities for sharing experience

Breakdown of Teaching and Learning Hours

Definitive UNISTATS Category Indicative Description Hours
Scheduled learning and teaching Three two hour workshops 6
Study abroad / placement Internship or other journalism placement 80
Guided independent study Independent research guided by supervisor 514
Total (number of credits x 10) 600

Assessment strategy

The assessment for this module is designed to test journalistic application in a critically informed context and to encourage reflective practice as a means of identifying and addressing personal and
professional issues.

Students will produce a practical journalism portfolio of:

• written journalism and other work-related evidence of achievement together
with a critical evaluation of the context in which the journalism was produced
and the skills involved in its production (6,000 words)

• a study of a related area of journalism (3,000 words)

• an overarching piece of reflective writing that considers the project as a
whole (3,000 words)

(100%)

 

Mapping of Learning Outcomes to Assessment Strategy (Indicative)

Learning Outcome Assessment Strategy
Devise and manage the production of a substantial written project within a set time period; Formative assessment in preparation of a project proposal. Summative assessment in Practical portfolio
Demonstrate an ability to initiate ideas and undertake the necessary research to produce pieces of publishable journalism Practical portfolio
Formulate a critically informed reflective account of journalistic working practices Practical portfolio
Analyse the processes and outcome of their work-related project in a meaningful way that brings about purposeful change and improvement. Practical portfolio

Elements of Assessment

Description of Assessment Definitive UNISTATS Categories Percentage
CWK Portfolio 100
Total (to equal 100%) 100%

Achieving a pass

It IS NOT a requirement that any major assessment category is passed separately in order to achieve an overall pass for the module

Bibliography core texts

Wisker, G (2007) The Postgraduate Research Handbook: Succeed with Your MA, MPhil, EdD and PhD (2nd edition) London: Palgrave Macmillan

Bibliography recommended reading

Bolton, G (2010) Reflective Practice: Writing and Professional Development, London: Sage

Johns, C (2004) Becoming a Reflective Practitioner  Oxford: Blackwell

McKane, A (2004) Journalism: A Career Handbook   London:A & C Black

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