MCH3001 : Magazine Publishing
- Offered for Year: 2019/20
- Module Leader(s): Mr Chris Falzon
- Other Staff: Mrs Fiona Smith
- Owning School: Arts & Cultures
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||20|
This module aims to introduce students to the professional world of print publishing and provides an insight into all aspects of the process, both creatively and from a business perspective. The module will provide experience on a ‘live’ working title and students will work in teams to complete the tasks for the magazine and its launch.
The module aims to provide the opportunity for students to relate knowledge, understanding and skills gained in other modules and apply it to work on a magazine which will be read by prospective undergraduates. This is also a magazine which will be looked at by parents, but also by members of the existing student cohort.
Outline Of Syllabus
The module will be taught in four interwoven strands:
Strand 1: An overview of the magazine market and the way an individual publication fits into the market and addresses a target readership.
Strand 2: The management, organisation and running of a magazine.
Strand 3: Writing content for magazines – consumer and corporate.
Strand 4: An introduction to magazine design including theory and practical
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||3||10:00||30:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||12||2:00||24:00||Theory Lecture|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||1||20:00||20:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Practical||12||1:00||12:00||Practical workshop|
|Guided Independent Study||Skills practice||1||40:00||40:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Project work||1||24:00||24:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Reflective learning activity||1||20:00||20:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Student-led group activity||1||20:00||20:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||10:00||10:00||N/A|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
'Lectures' convey the underlying theory of magazine writing and publishing and
additionally provide a context for practical industrial concepts.
'Practicals' provide the opportunity to connect the theoretical with the
appropriate practical skills.
'Group Learning' is encouraged as an activity for students to negotiate their
project plans within their allocated groups and provides valuable student
autonomy in the formation of team relationships and the building of
self-initiated progressive essential for successful completion of their
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Oral Presentation||15||1||M||15||Group Presentation scheduled by School|
|Report||1||A||25||1500 word Reflective Report|
|Design/Creative proj||1||A||60||Group Project Work. Production of a full 24-36 page magazine.|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
'Oral group presentation' is a convenient way to assess the theoretical
understanding of the magazine industry, the difficulties of team project work
and the professional delivery of a team presentation under time-constraint as
required by industry.
The 'Project Work' enables the application of subject knowledge and skills in
providing appropriate content and the practical implementation to be assessed.
The successful completion of the end-product (the magazine) provides the means
to assess problem solving skills through choices made in identifying and
acquiring the skills needed.
The written 'Personal Report' provides a final opportunity for students to
critically reflect and provide evidence that they have met the aims of the
module and have understood the intended knowledge and skills outcomes.