News Features Comment: Reporting & Writing in a Multi-Platform World
University of Westminster
Area of Study
Journalism, Media Studies
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units6
Hours & Credits
Practical - No portfolio required.
This module is an introduction to core journalism skills students will use wherever they end up working in the media. It focuses on research, reporting, writing and storytelling. The demands of particular platforms are considered ? the differences between print, broadcast and online for example ? but overall the module focuses on similarities across formats and on story types and genres that work across platforms. Students learn how to identify and find news stories, how to research them and how to deal with official sources. They develop interviewing skills and learn how to work with press offices and PRs. Lessons cover online research and fieldwork. The core of the module will focus on writing ? from short form news to longer features and comment pieces. Students will be encouraged to link the work they do with the skills they gain on the Semester 2 module, Digital First. A synoptic assessment on that module will test the storytelling and writing skills they gain here.
Assessment: News Portfolio (30%) ; Features Portfolio (50%) ; Group Blog (20%). *All transcripts are issued in UK credits.
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