Undergraduate prospectus

Course Information

Journalism in Practice

Module summary

Module code: JOUR1004
Level: 6
Credits: 30
School: Liberal Arts and Sciences
Department: Humanities and Social Sciences
Module Coordinator(s): Simon Hardeman



This course is designed to encourage students to develop practical, critical, and transferrable skills, and to experiment both in journalism itself and in the wider context in which journalistic techniques are used (for example in non-fiction, fiction, podcast and in online and visual content). It aims to respond dynamically to current issues and developments, and to equip students with a working critical and theoretical appreciation of the subject. It aims to allow them to build an imaginative portfolio of
published or publishable pieces, using the course’s own online publication.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course a student will be able to:

1. Display an imaginative portfolio of journalistic pieces produced during the course.
2. Analyse, critique and respond to journalistic outputs and developments, and to current issues and debates.
3. Understand key theories, techniques, styles, and movements in journalism, and be able consciously to employ them.
4. Understand and explore the wider applications of journalistic techniques; for example in, but not restricted to non-fiction, fiction, podcast and in online and visual content.
5. Analyse, reflect on, and develop their own process.
6. Understand how to write for, and work with, digital outputs.

Indicative content

• Theories of journalism
• Critical evaluation of journalistic outputs
• Critical debate about current issues
• Practical feature-centred journalism, including content and structure
• Practical experimentation with style, voice, and form
• Research skills
• Theoretical and practical exploration of journalistic techniques in other disciplines
• Digital journalism Photojournalism

Teaching and learning activity

• Lectures
• Workshops
• Tutorials
• External visits
• Guest speakers
• Directed reading

In four blocks:
1. Issues: With issues from fake news to social media news algorithms, and the collapse of the traditional print industry to citizen journalists, journalism is at a crossroads. This short block addresses that.
2. The Art of Journalism: This block is designed to allow students to experiment, refine, and develop their understanding of and ability to use key journalistic techniques.
3. Styles: This block is designed to inspire students to experiment with ways to write and deliver ideas, to explore the crossover of fictive, partisan, and other techniques, and to introduce the possibilities of added value from visual and audio.
4. Journalism and books, films, and more: This short block looks at how journalism and its techniques and approaches can be used in long-form, book form, and as the basis for documentary.


Journalism - 25% weighting, 40% pass mark.
Learning Outcomes 1, 2 & 3.
Outline Details - Journalistic Writing. 1,000 Words.

Portfolio 1: Features Journalism - 30% weighting, 40% pass mark.
Learning Outcomes 1, 5 & 6.
Outline Details - Features journalism. 1,500 Words.

Portfolio 2: Extended Journalism - 45% weighting, 40% pass mark.
Learning Outcomes 1 - 6.
Outline Details - Up to three pieces of journalism displaying at least two of the techniques included in the course, eg:
• Objective
• Investigative
• Fictive
• Partisan
• Solutions
• Narrative
Original photographs may be included. May be submitted as a podcast.

Students are not required to pass all elements of summative assessment in order to pass the module.

Formative Assessment - Weekly tasks, seminar discussion, workshop, peer review, lecturer feedback.