Introduction to Journalism

University of Westminster

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introduction to Journalism

  • Host University

    University of Westminster

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • UK Credits

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

    Practical/Theory - No portfolio required.
    This module introduces students to the principles and practices of journalism and the various roles and responsibilities of journalists. Students learn about the news media landscape in the UK and across the world, with a particular focus on technological change and how this has affected traditional organisations, publications and channels. The key aim of the module is to build students? multimedia literacy, to help them begin to consume news and journalism as a professional media creative rather than as a simple consumer. Students are also introduced to media law and the various codes that attempt to define ethical journalistic practice. At the end of the module students are encouraged to think about the kind of journalism they want to practice in the future, developing in the process a career/personal development plan they will refer back to as they progress on the course.
    Assessment: Coursework 1 (40%) ; Coursework 2 (30%) ; Career/Personal development plan (30%). *All transcripts are issued in UK credits.

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