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COMM3300 Journalism Individual Project Portfolio

40 creditsClass Size: 48

Module manager: John Sinclair

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22


COMM2410Journalism Practice

This module is mutually exclusive with

COMM3910Communication Dissertation

This module is not approved as a discovery module


This module is an optional final year project that allows students to refine the journalistic, practical and creative skills they have developed at levels 1 and 2 in the production of a long-form piece of journalism, with associated web content. Students will be required to frame the production of these artefacts in wider scholarly debate surrounding the production of radio or television news. Students will engage with critical debates concerning the responsibilities of programme makers, especially the specialist role of documentary producer. They will demonstrate an understanding of the challenges and demands of researching a news story and then producing a report that best exploits their chosen medium. They will be expected to demonstrate advanced creative and technical skills in the production of a current affairs TV report or an extended radio documentary feature. Students will be expected to work independently, under supervision, to demonstrate effective self-management and decision-making when operating autonomously in the planning and execution of a long-form creative project.

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

1 Research, plan and produce long-form news/documentaries suitable for TV or Radio and Web pages
2 Produce work to the editorial and stylistic norms of a chosen TV or radio programme or 'strand.'
3 Demonstrate decision making and organisational skills through the production of news/documentary artefacts
4 Produce news/documentary work within relevant legal, regulatory and ethical constraints
5 Situate and critique their journalistic work with reference to academic debates and concepts

Skills outcomes
Advanced audio-visual and digital production skills


Students will undertake self-directed study under academic supervision to complete a portfolio of work. Students will study some additional topics including: documentary structure, scriptwriting, advanced recording and mixing techniques, multimedia narrative, advanced filming techniques and creative storytelling in a current affairs context.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours380.00
Total Contact hours20.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)400.00

Private study

Research related to project production - 83 hours
Research and writing of individual critical analyses - 83 hours
Individual production work - 168 hours
Research and writing of webpages - 46 hours.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Minimum of 3 individual supervision meetings with designated academic supervisor supporting research, preproduction, production and post-production work-in-progress.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay or Dissertation2000-2500 word critical analysis of project work20.00
Oral PresentationProject pitch0.00
PracticalOne 15 minute radio work or one 5-10 min TV work60.00
PracticalAssociated digital media product20.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Students are able to resit all components as required. Resit will take the form of a new submission of project work.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/06/2021 13:36:39


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