Module Catalogue 2022/23

MCH1037 : Introduction to Multimedia Journalism

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Mrs Katy McDonald
  • Owning School: Arts & Cultures
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
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Co Requisites
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This module allows students to develop their multimedia content skills. It encourages students to consider multimedia journalism production in relation to technologies, genre, convention, audience, grammar and form, and ethics. The assessment procedures outlined below mean that students work to deadlines and engage in practical, journalistic activities. The topics in this module may include:
Newsgathering for multimedia platforms
Writing online news
Audio recording and editing
Video recording and editing
Multimedia technologies and influences

More specifically this module aims to:
1. Provide students with an introduction to multimedia journalism practice.
2. Equip students with the skills necessary to capture video audio and written media content, and to conduct elementary, editorial processes and sequencing.
3. Allow students to demonstrate abilities in effective journalistic communication.

Outline Of Syllabus

Topics may include:
• Introduction to critical multimedia production practice
• The fundamental (technical elements) of multimedia journalism
• Introduction to writing for online
• Introductions to recording and editing audio and video
• Principles of multimedia journalism and effective multiplatform story-telling

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

Students successfully completing the module will have:
K1. A critical awareness of the technical practice of multimedia journalism.
K2. A critical awareness of the technical process of basic multimedia editing for journalism.
K3. Critical knowledge of effective journalistic communication.

Intended Skill Outcomes

Students successfully completing the module will have:
S1. Elementary skills necessary to capture video, audio and written media content.
S2. Elementary skills necessary for editing and basic sequencing of multimedia content.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials122:0024:00Online non-synchronous interactive lecture materials.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion117:0077:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading125:0060:00Engaging with documentaries, journalism and readings related to module learning
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical12:002:00Full-module-cohort assessment activity (e.g. press conference or guest speaker)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching111:0011:00Consolidation session
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops112:0022:00Workshops (present-in-person)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery22:004:00Copy clinic/ Supported production skill work - led by student voice
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Students produce a piece of multimedia journalism containing three media elements (audio, video and digital/online), with teaching of journalism plugging in to the learning as appropriate.
Learning and teaching supports students through iterative and informed skill acquisition, which guides the learning experience. In addition to the formative assessment, which provides scaffolding to the learning process and encourages students to manage their time and project, student-led journalistic work guides the module with feedback and feed-forward through small-group teaching within workshops and sharing of content with peers.
This provides the fundamental training, skill acquisition and assessment needed for multimedia journalism practice.
Teaching on this module is supported by voluntary drop-in sessions where students can receive iterative feedback on journalism work and technical support. This may be PiP or online but will fall under the structured non-synchronous discussion and guided independent study categories. It is also supported by learning activity as part of the Civic Journalism Lab workshop and guest lecture series, which students are offered opportunity to attend remotely.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Design/Creative proj1A100A piece of multimedia journalism containing video, audio and online/digital elements.
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Research proposal1MStudents will submit a proposal with relevant risk assessment and ethics documents. Final summative assessment to be based on this
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Assessment one (100%) (K1, K2, K3, S1, S2)

A piece of multimedia journalism containing 600 words plus headline and still image; 90-120 second video and 90-120 second audio.
Students will provide a short 'publication profile' outlining their intended target publication and its target demographic.
Risk assessment and ethics forms must be submitted before work is undertaken; however students will not be marked on these.

Additional task-specific criteria are as follows:
- Accurate and clear storytelling, including journalistic writing and a variety of smoothly edited shots, sounds and voices;
- Implementation of web-based technologies and technical skills appropriate for multimedia contexts.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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