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COMM3390 Live News Production

20 creditsClass Size: 48

Module manager: Kate Watkins

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

This module is not approved as a discovery module


This modules requires students to analyse news broadcast genres and to gain production expertise in multimedia news output .
The module aims
1) To develop the skills to produce news programmes in a multimedia communications environment
2) To engage in the legal, ethical, and governance framework of multi news output,
3) To analyse the creative and editorial process required for the production of multimedia news, including the role of audience participation, viewer response and User Generated Content
4) To provide students with comprehensive instruction on radio and TV reporting and news production skills.
5) To enable students to understand the principles of Online journalism , and the employment of multimedia platform devices

Learning outcomes
On completion of the module students should be able to:

1. Apply knowledge of and skills in media production (including knowledge of ethical, legal and editorial processes) during a professional work placement.
2. Demonstrate a range of personal skills – communication, team work, presentation and initiative – relevant to working in the media industries.
3. Reflect critically on their experience of working in media production explaining how it connects to their study of journalism and media.
4. Reflect on what they have learnt about themselves – their interests, ambitions, strengths and weaknesses and suitability for work in the media industries.

Skills outcomes
On completion of this module students will have acquired a proficiency in multimedia reporting and key production techniques and skills.
This enables them to analyse the multimedia working environment and to reflect critically on the 24/7 deadlines required for modern journalists.


This module is an intensive, practical insight into Multimedia news and the decision making processes required for programme output. Students will be divided into news teams, and each team is responsible for developing a Tv or radio programme, and associated Online news output.
They will be required to demonstrate a proficiency in dealing with breaking news and further their skills in analysing how a story can be developed through different multimedia news treatments.
The students will be required to write news output which will demonstrate;
- a competence in the operational aspects of multimedia news production..
- the ability to engage in the route from research to the editing of a news story in this genre.
- the ability to engage in the editorial and production decision making process for a range of programme formats.
- the skills required to devise a programme running order to a strict deadline and to a specific length.
- Students will be required to analyse critically the output of each task through a weekly blog

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours80.00
Total Contact hours120.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Private study – research, filming and editing preparation – 35hours
portfolio preparation – 5 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Three practice multi media news production sessions followed by six assessed newsdays. Students are assigned an individual task within a tv or radio programme or produce associated online news output. They select evidence of work across all multimedia disciplines for the portfolio submission

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
PortfolioPortfolio submission to be accompanied by a critical summary of each task submitted - 1000 words10.00
Practical Report6 MULTIMEDIA NEWSDAYS – individual assessment by portfolio of work and continuous assessment by log90.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

6 newsday asssessments are required for the portfolio and log. Students who fail to attend all 6 ,or fail the assessment after attending, will be set individual news tasks in order to achieve the multimedia portfolio of work

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 01/09/2021


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