Digital Journalism

Kingston University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Digital Journalism

  • Host University

    Kingston University

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    Journalism, Social Media

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Lower

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

    4
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    0
  • Overview

    Course Content:

    This module introduces students to the background of the ?online revolution? and its
    implications for the role of the journalist and the future of the industry. Students will gain
    understanding of the impact of the internet including social media on reporting and
    writing and an introduction to multimedia reporting including video.

    Topics covered include:
    ? Examining the history and background of the ?online revolution? and
    identifying key players and thinkers in the debate relating to the future of
    the industry
    ? Critically examining how the internet has transformed the way in which
    journalists are expected to select, write and present content
    ? Understanding the impact of search engines on the way journalistic
    content is sourced, written and presented on the web
    ? Creating a blog to develop skills in building an effective online journalism
    platform including web writing, creating and uploading multimedia and
    building a community
    ? Developing an understanding of visual storytelling through multimedia
    including video and exercises such as photoblogging, sourcing user?s
    images and aggregating multimedia content from around the web
    ? Understanding the importance of driving ?traffic? to online content and
    exploring methods to achieve this
    ? Using social media for journalism including live reporting
    ? Critically appraising online sources and applying journalistic checks on
    information and sources
    ? Developing an understanding of data journalism and and data
    visualisation
    ? Adapting journalistic content to multiple platforms including mobile
    technology
    ? Engaging with the concept of entrepreneurial journalism including
    building an online brand and making money from online content
    ? Engaging and building online communities
    ? Developing understanding of collaborative journalism and other uses of
    ?user-generated content?
    ? Exploring ideas for the future of journalism and identifying innovative
    practice.

    AUTUMN SEMESTER:
    Gaining key skills in writing for the web, focusing on style, speed and accuracy and using
    social media, blogging software and other digital tools. Learning about debates in the
    industry surrounding digital journalism through contextual lectures covering subjects
    such as investigative journalism in the digital age and strategies employed by major
    newspaper websites to drive traffic.

    SPRING SEMESTER:
    The role of multimedia in digital journalism and learning practical skills in visual thinking
    story research, filming and editing. Contextual lectures on relevant case studies and
    debates about changing technology in multimedia reporting.

    Teaching: Lectures and workshops

    Assessment:
    STUDY OPTION 1:
    ? A multimedia portfolio (100%) equivalent to 3000 words.
    STUDY OPTION 2: group project and live blog.
    STUDY OPTION 3: group project and live blog.

    Study Option 1 = Whole Year
    Study Option 2 = Autumn
    Study Option 3 = Spring/summer

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