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MCH2089 : Broadcast Journalism 1 (Radio)

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Mrs Katy McDonald
  • Co-Module Leader: Ms Sarah Drummond
  • Owning School: Arts & Cultures
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System


This module…

Builds on earlier journalism and multimedia modules to enable students to explore the field of radio/ audio/podcast journalism and storytelling.

Introduces training in broadcast news and journalistic features presentation through voice coaching.

Includes short and medium term deadlines as opportunities to replicate the newsroom environment.

Encourages consideration of the place of the audience in different audio distribution models e.g. on-air and on demand.

Offers contextualisation of the role of media regulators and journalistic ethics in the making of audio journalism content.

Introduces students to the historic and current UK radio/ audio/ podcast landscape.

Allows students to be creative.

Has a choice of assessment outcomes for the student to explore and define a unique assessment brief in agreement with their module leader.
Ideas might include: a series of radio packages - perhaps with online versions or a social media campaign, a podcast series proposal with sample episode(s), a live (or 'as live') broadcast from an event, an interactive lesson plan to teach an element/ elements of the module to GCSE or A-Level Media students.
Your listening and reading in a structured way in the early weeks will help to inform your thinking, and you will work with the module leader in copy clinics and workshops to refine your idea, which will be written up as a 'Programme Brief' and submitted as your first summative assessment with evidence you have achieved ethics approval and risk assessment approval.
Submissions will be graded 0% without approved risk assessment and ethics forms.

Outline Of Syllabus

Students will be engaging with current affairs content during the course of the semester, so the nature of the topics are subject to change

These are likely to include:

Narrative Structures



Broadcast Regulation

Codes and Conventions of radio and their relationship to podcasting

Intimacy of the medium

Historical and contemporary context of the field

What does radio mean to you?

Balance and bias

Active listening

Writing for radio

Presenting in radio and audio.

You will be taught in weekly three-hour workshop sessions, with a lecture-style Sway provided ahead of the timetabled activity.
Each week there will be practical tasks, listening and reading to support and to inform the learning.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion150:0050:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture111:0011:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading124:0024:00N/A
Guided Independent StudySkills practice140:0040:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching31:003:00Copy clinics (online)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops112:0022:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity120:0020:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study130:0030:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship


Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Portfolio2M25Programme Brief with pre-approved ethics and risk assessment forms. Failure to negotiate ethical and risk assessment approval ahead of submission will result in a mark of 0%
Portfolio2M75Individual Portfolio to be agreed in advance with module leader. e.g; a series of radio packages; a podcast series proposal with sample episode(s), a 'live' broadcast; an interactive GCSE media lesson plan
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise2MEthics and risk assessment forms completed adequately to gain necessary permissions to proceed.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Students will undertake two summative assessments throughout the semester that are designed to build confidence and capability. The programme brief encourages students to start early planning on their final practical work, and enables crucial collaboration between students and teacher to develop the work in an individualised style. The style of storytelling, copy writing and presentation is very different to that covered elsewhere in the degree programmes, therefore formative activity and regular feedback in workshops is an important part of the module.

Summative assessments are staggered throughout the semester and underpinned by a formative submission of ethics and risk assessment forms (as per all practical MCH modules). Students start to consider their end of semester project in the first half of the semester, forming a programme brief. They will already have discussed this with teaching staff and received verbal formative feedback. The summative submission of this brief will enable them to receive detailed written feedback. Evidence of pre-approved ethics and risk assessment forms is to be submitted as part of this first summative assessment. Failure to provide this will result in a mark of 0%.

Throughout the semester students are advised to complete a radio log, which invited them to listen to specific podcasts, stations and programmes. By listening widely students are better able to contextualise the techniques they learn about in workshops and from books and they are more likely to be able to replicate these skills in their own production work. This log can form the basis of class discussions and strengthen the student's understanding and ability to produce high quality radio audio.

Reading Lists