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COMM1330 Camera and Editing for Journalists

20 creditsClass Size: 50

Module manager: Mr Ian Bucknell

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22


COMM1305Introduction to Journalism


COMM1345Journalism News Skills

Module replaces

Broadcast Journalists will no longer take Comm 1625 Camera and editing although this module will continue to run for other programmes in ICS

This module is not approved as a discovery module


On completion of this module, students should be able to ...
Newsgathering skills
- Developing the ability to research, retrieve and generate information through understanding news output and the newsgathering decisions made by broadcasters.
- Developing skills in critical analysis, research, production and communication, through the emphasis on a news specialism.
- Developing the ability to produce creative and original output, through engagement in research using social media and other news tools.
- Broadcasting skills
- Learning how to plan and produce reports as a video journalist , including camera skills, sound recording, video editing and post-production skills..
- Developing an understanding of Health & Safety requirements .
- Gaining an understanding of the key production roles within a TV news studio,
- Organisational skills
- Mastering time management , including the ability to organise tasks and to work to a deadline.
- Developing the ability to think critically and independently.
- Demonstrating skills in team work, communication and decision making

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

1, Demonstrate a knowledge of how to research a story for TV employing regulatory, legal and ethical frameworks;

2, Film and edit a short factual story;

3, Know how to apply visual and narrative conventions;

4, Reflect on journalism practice by drawing upon scholarship and by considering the ethical and social context for the activity.

Skills outcomes
Students should, at a basic level, have learned to:
- Operate video camera and sound equipment, and the Avid editing system.
- Produce short location items to a good technical standard.
- Produce the necessary paperwork to support production.
- Gain an understanding of the principles of TV studio broadcast.


In practical sessions, students learn how to research and produce a TV report. Instruction is given on how to use a video camera including basic operation, composition, filming sequences and continuity. Students also learn about associated audio equipment, including microphone types and recording techniques. In later sessions, students are shown how to storyboard, write a script for voiceover and use a non-linear editing system to compose their reports.
In a series of workshops, students consider a range of journalism responsibilities around health and safety, law, editorial considerations and consents for broadcasting. They are also introduced to TV journalism skills, such as interviewing and presenting pieces to camera. The TV studio is utilised to give the students their first insight into live production roles, the operation of TV studio equipment and how a news programme is produced and broadcast.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours166.00
Total Contact hours34.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Students will practice camera and editing skills using the school’s facilities and by following the video and written help guides that are available on the VLE. In preparation for the practical assessment, students must find, research and set-up an opportunity for filming and editing a TV report.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

A formative group project will be completed before Easter, with feedback provided to help prepare students for their individual assessment. The final two practical sessions are devoted to the editing of the individual project, with staff available for support.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
ReportIndividual TV Report approx 2 minutes duration70.00
ReportProject Report A critical reflection of 1,000 - 1,500 words30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

If you are required to resit any component for this module you will need to submit a new version of the work following the instructions in the resit letter.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/06/2021 13:36:38


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