FEATURE WRITING & MAGAZINE JOURNALISM

SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M2P524020
Module Leader Ken Garner
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
Subject Media and Journalism
Trimester
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Completion of Level 1 of any GSBS UG programme or equivalent

Summary of Content

This module introduces you to the range of practical skills required to produce various kinds of journalistic feature articles for newspapers and magazines, as well as an understanding of the structures, organisation and practices of the magazine industry. The skills covered in the module include: research; the use of personal sources; developing, refining and marketing feature article ideas; writing; self-editing; presentation. These practical skills will be taught in the context of aspects of journalistic work, including the structure, financing and business of magazines and freelance journalism; and some critical and professional perspectives on the discourse and value / functions of long-form journalistic texts.

Syllabus

Types of Feature Article The Magazine Industry and its financing, including branding Editorial strategy, scheduling, commissioning, production at magazines Distribution methods including digital Pitches, Proposals & Outlines: How to find ideas for, describe, plan and sell a Feature An Introduction to and Critical Reflection on use of Sources Practical ethics and legal considerations for magazine and feature writers Interviewing for a Profile Piece Basics of journalistic style: copy presentation, house style, use of English Feature style: Professional concepts/expectations of "colour" "character" "voice" "liveliness" Arts & Media Reviewing: skills, expertise, production & publication context Opinion Columns style and voice

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module students should have gained competence in the following key areas:- Use a range of primary & secondary sources, research, interviewing and writing skills for print and online feature articles- Exercise autonomy and initiative in creative developing, planning, pitching and producing key common types of print and online feature article (eg interviews, reviews, columns)- Critically reflect on practical application and experience of journalistic ethics, and basic legal and regulatory issues in feature and magazine journalism, in the light of occupational codes of conduct- Demonstrate a broad knowledge of the structures and economics of the magazine industry, including sectors (business to business, consumer), sources of revenue, distribution methods, strategy and scheduling, commissioning and branding

Teaching / Learning Strategy

-360 - 6 x 1hr introductory lectures on features, magazine industry, financing, planning / scheduling / commissioning, distribution -360 - 6 x 1 hr seminars: reviewing published features; discussing topic & reading; outlining & discussing forthcoming tasks; sharing responses to practical challenges - 12 x 120-minute practical workshop in newsroom/lab

Indicative Reading

-567 Books and articles: -284-280 Barber, Lynn. 1998. Demon Barber. London: Penguin -720-280 Bradshaw, Paul, and Lisa Rohumaa. 2011. The Online Journalism Handbook. London: Routledge Hennessy, Brendan. 2 005 . Writing Feature Articles. Oxford: Focal Press, 4th ed Clayton, Joan. 2000. Journalism For Beginners: How to Get into Print and Get Paid for It. London: Piatkus Press, revised edition -720-280 Collins English Dictionary: Complete and Unabridged . 2014. Glasgow: Collins, 12th edition The Economist Style Guide . 2015. London: Economist Books, 11 th edition. Franklin, Bob, et al. 2005. Key Concepts in Journalism . London: Sage -720-280 Hicks, Wynford. 2008. Writing for Journalists. London: Routledge, 2nd ed Hicks, Wynford, and Adams, Sally. 2009. Interviewing for Journalists. London: Routledge, 2nd ed -720-280 McKay, Jenny. 2013. The Magazines Handbook. London: Routledge, 2nd ed Morrish, John, and Paul Bradshaw. 2011. Magazine Editing: In Print and Online. London: Routledge, 3rd ed -720-94-280 Pape, Susan and Sue Featherstone. 2006. Feature Writing: A Practical Introduction London: Sage -720-280 Randall, David. 2011. The Universal Journalist . London: Pluto, 4th ed. Sanders, Karen. 2003. Ethics and Journalism. London: Sage -720-280 Smith, Jon. 2007. Essential Reporting: The NCTJ Guide for Trainee Journalists. London: Sage Spark, David. 1997. A Journalist's Guide to Sources. Oxford: Focal Press -284-280 Sylvester, Christopher. 1993. The Penguin Book of Interviews. London: Penguin Wheeler, Sharon. 2009. Feature Writing for Journalists. London: Routledge -567 Journals: British Journalism Review Journalism: Theory, Practice & Criticism -567 Online sources: www.journalism.co.uk www.pressgazette.co.uk www.allmediascotland.com www.thedrum.com www.ppa.co.uk/scotland -567 www.ipso.co.uk/IPSO/index.html

Transferrable Skills

By the end of this module students will have gained competence in the following key areas: self-confidence self-discipline self-reliance awareness of strengths and weaknesses creativity independence ability to reflect reliability integrity honesty and regard for others. ability to prioritise tasks time management flexibility independence and risk-taking

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (BL) 144.00
Seminars (FT) 6.00
Practicals (FT) 24.00
Lectures (FT) 6.00
Assessment (FT) 20.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 2 1.00 25.00 35% 1 hr class online test on core knowledge of magazine industry (LO 4)
Coursework 1 n/a 75.00 35% Coursework, 4 x short practical feature writing assignments, 2500 words equivalent (LO 1-3)