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Module

MCH1037 : Introduction to Multimedia Journalism

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Mrs Katy McDonald
  • Owning School: Arts & Cultures
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

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

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
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials122:0024:00Online non-synchronous interactive lecture materials.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion501:0050:00Online guided activity towards assessment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical12:002:00Full-module-cohort assessment activity (on-campus), recorded for asynchronous online access
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading402:0080:00Engaging with documentaries, journalism and readings related to module learning
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops112:0022:00Workshops (present-in-person)
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion112:0022:00Peer feedback on journalistic activity and practical consolidation activities
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 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.

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

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

A piece of multimedia journalism containing 600 words plus headline and still image; 90-12-second video and 90-120-second audio with written introduction and relevant image.

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.

Reading Lists

Timetable