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Module

MCH3079 : Multimedia Journalism II

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Mr Chris Stokel-Walker
  • Lecturer: Mr Jim Knight
  • Owning School: Arts & Cultures
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

This module aims:
• To instil an understanding of convention and best practice in the distribution of online journalism.
• To assist students in developing skills in audience engagement and to learn strategies in growing online audiences for their online journalism.
• To encourage students to consider the processes that take place within the journalist–medium–audience nexus, that inform the distribution of multimedia journalism.
• To install skills in the editing, publication and maintenance of journalistic standards in the coverage of live news events.
• To assess the role and significance of multi-platform story-telling in contemporary mass media, and to be mindful of good practice.

This practical, hands-on module will introduce students to those key skills in the publication, distribution, maintenance and curation of multimedia news.

You will learn methods for identifying and developing stories using (introductory) methods in data journalism and computer-assisted reporting.

You will learn how to tell stories as they break using a range of media, employing standards and best practice in the field of Mobile Journalism (MOJO).

You will be introduced to theoretical considerations in the form of (for example) interactivity, and apply these theories towards the practices of publication, circulation and consumption in multimedia journalism.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module is aimed at students who are familiar with the basic functions involved in creating multimedia journalism, who wish to further develop skills in the publication, distribution and maintenance (or curation) of multimedia journalism. In addition, this module aims to instil a critical awareness of the form of multimedia journalism, its purpose and its function in the wider journalistic (and social) environment.

The multimedia journalism pathway on our Journalism, Media and Culture BA comprises three modules mapped to the (progressive) stages of journalism practice:

Level 1: Newsgathering: MCH1037 Introduction to Multimedia Technologies
Level 2: Production: MCH2060 Multimedia Journalism I
Level 3: Distribution: MCH3079 Multimedia Journalism II

Learning on this pathway is therefore a cumulative process, and so each preceding module in this chain is necessarily pre-requisite.

As MCH3079 is the third stage in our learning process, the syllabus of this module will largely concern those processes and protocols involved in the publication and distribution of multimedia journalism. The topics covered may therefore include, but are not limited to:

• Interactivity (theory)
• Journalism epistemologies (the beat, newsgathering, gatekeeping) (theory)
• Developing an online audience (audience engagement) (practice)
• Applied online metrics (practice/theory)
• Live reporting (practice)
• Data journalism and data representation (practice/theory)
• Pitching multimedia ideas (practice)
• Multimedia curation (and the online archive) (practice)
• Computer-Assisted Reporting (practice/theory)
• Data visualisation for news audiences (practice/theory)
• Jobs and careers in online journalism (and other forms of journalism, and related fields)
• Web design: an introduction to HTML and CSS for improving web usability (practice/theory)

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
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture111:0011:00Learning consolidation. On campus or, if necessary, online
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion310:0030:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities112:0022:00Online guidance, exercises and readings
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching112:0022:00Developing skills and knowledge. On campus or, if necessary, online
Guided Independent StudySkills practice165:0065:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity150:0050:00N/A
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lecture materials will allow students to explore the module’s key themes, while undertaking their own original research in various theoretical fields of online journalism studies (including, for example, interactivity, normative theories of data representation and histories of online journalism).

Scheduled lectures for the full cohort will provide an opportunity to embed the learning introduced in the online materials.

Small-group workshops will all help students to develop their critical thinking and skills and understanding in the field within a collaborative approach to learning.

Guided Independent Study is a crucial component of this module; it is essential that students learn to critique 'best practice', from its origins at the dawn of the internet to the present day. Students will use this time to advance their skills and knowledge, develop as reflexive practitioners and prepare their assessments.

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 proj1M25Liveblog (regularly updated multimedia liveblog of a 2-hour-long news event, reported in real-time)
Design/Creative proj1M25Beatblog project (regularly updated beatblog, developed over the course of 6 weeks)
Essay1A50Critical essay (2000 words)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

These assessments allow students to develop a grounding in the theory and practice of multimedia journalism.

Assessment components one and two refer directly to key skills and practices in multimedia journalism: live reporting, professional mobile journalism, audience development and engagement in an online ‘beat’, and in niche areas such as data journalism.

Feedback to students during (formative) and on completion (summative) of each element will reinforce key learning outcomes.

Assessment three refers directly to the application of theory across a range of domains across (for example) histories of online journalism, interactivity and normative theories in data representation. This assessment will help students to reflect upon their own praxis and develop as reflexive practitioners.

Reading Lists

Timetable