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MCH8055 : Multimedia Journalism 1: Newsgathering, Production and Dissemination

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

This module develops multimedia journalism gathering, production, creativity and innovation. More particularly, this module:

- Develops core skills and competencies around multimedia newsgathering and production;
- Develops skills in clear, concise writing, video and audio production and reporting and editing;
- Develops skills in video and audio acquisition and editing;
- Compiles a portfolio of evidence of multimedia journalism;
- Develops the ability to produce video, written and audio content for digital platforms;
- Develops skills in research and interviewing as relevant to the production of multimedia journalism.

Outline Of Syllabus

Multimedia Journalism 1: Newsgathering, Production and Dissemination facilitates development of core skills and competencies in journalism through student-led journalistic projects.

Via one major multimedia project students develop writing, video and audio, editing and digital communication capabilities. Students use visual, written and audio techniques appropriate to the story or content at hand, experimenting with storytelling techniques.


This module allows students to develop their multimedia content skills. Lectures encourage 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 frequent deadlines and engage in practical, journalistic activities.

The topics covered in this module may include
- News gathering for multimedia platforms
- Writing Online news • Audio recording and editing
- Video recording and editing
- Multimedia technologies and influences
- Social media dissemination

Not all of these topics are necessarily taught every year; and indeed the syllabus may shift in emphasis according to media climate and culture at the time of teaching.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion501:0050:00Online guided activity towards assessment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials106:0060:00Online non-synchronous interactive materials (each hr of lecture equates to 2 hours of delivery)
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading302:0060:00Engaging with documentaries, journalism and readings related to module learning
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical12:002:00Online synchronous full-module-cohort assessment activity
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion101:0010:00Online peer feedback on journalistic activity
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops91:009:00Present-in-person small-group workshops
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time91:009:00Full-group online learning consolidation
Total200:00
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. While there are no formal ‘formative assessments’, student-led journalistic work guides the module with feedback and feed-forward through small-group teaching sharing of content with peers. This provides the fundamental training, skill acquisition and assessment needed for multimedia practice. Teaching on this module is supported by voluntary drop-in sessions where students can receive iterative feedback on journalism work and technical support. (A5, B1, C1, C2, C5, C6, C7)

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. (A5,C5)

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

There is one element of assessment:
Assessment One (100%) (A5; B1; C1; C2; C5; C6; C7)

A piece of multimedia journalism containing 600 words plus headline and still image; 90-120 second video and 90-120 second audio.

This is assessed on the following criteria:
Appropriate newsgathering and interview skills as demonstrated by the perspective of the subject, story and key quotes from interview;

Implementation of appropriate platform choice, news construction and conventions including news structures, effective quoting and coverage of the who, what, when, why, where and how;

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.

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