NEWSDAYS

SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3P525465
Module Leader Angus Dixon
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
Subject Media and Journalism
Trimester
  • A (September start)-B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Completion of Level 2 of BA Multimedia Journalism OR equivalent

Summary of Content

This module builds on the editorial and production skills learned at previous levels and involves the application of these skills to the production of editions of newspapers, radio and television bulletins, and on-line pages, under real-time, live newsroom and deadline conditions. These formative weekly "newsday" assessments will take place in an industry-standard newsroom and digital broadcasting production facilities. Each newsday will begin with a 9am one-hour news conference & briefing tutorial in advance; student teams will then, self-directed, plan and carry out their newsgathering until 4pm; the final 90 minutes of the newsday will in effect form weekly continuous formative assessment, which will be conducted with academic staff, plus regular contributions from visiting senior, experienced or working journalists, giving formative feedback at the end. Background technical briefs and reminders on topics such as subbing, proofreading, headline and caption writing, broadcast production standards, news values, news agendas, and running orders will be available via GCU Learn. Copy and news items for the editions and bulletins will be drawn from a variety of existing sources (agency and newswire services, other journalism modules in other levels producing copy), but will primarily be originated by student teams on the newsday itself. There will be not less than 24 newsdays held, of which at least 15 will be broadcast productions (radio or TV) in order to meet BJTC accreditation requirements. By utilising group work and rotating roles, all students by the end of the module will have experienced formative assessment on all key production roles in each news medium. This will help facilitate in-depth learning of the edition/bulletin production process from all sides of this team activity. There will be part-assessment of progress in key Newsdays skills at end of Tri A. Team members will be required after the final summative assessed newsdays end Tri B to complete an online confidential peer assessment of the level /extent of their teammates' respective contribution to the production.

Syllabus

An introduction to news values, running orders The daily conference The running story Scripting, voicing, and presentation of radio bulletins Creative use of sound sources, music, wildtrack in radio news bulletins Essentials of headline and caption writing Subbing copy: practice, marks, principles Proofreading: learning the international symbols Effective newsgathering across all platforms, on and off-diary - including press conferences and live news events Managing video news sources on digital files for bulletins Using TV graphics, captions, stills, effectively Striving for team collaboration: hierarchical relationships within the news room Producing further copy for the web: conditions and styles Effective use of social media to source and distribute news stories

Learning Outcomes

1 Learning OutcomeOn successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:1.Use Adobe In Design to produce routine editions of news and magazine pages under professional deadline conditions2.Use Burli digital radio editing software and a radio studio to produce/present news bulletins under professional conditions3.Use HDV cameras, Avid digital video editing and a TV studio to help produce and present routine TV news bulletins under professional deadline conditions4.Use social media platforms as journalistic tools to source and distribute stories5.Use Wordpress software and associated web tools to produce news web pages under professional conditions6.Critically understand concepts such as news values, and news agendas, relative to the appropriate medium and assessment exercise7. Identify and reflect on routine professional and ethical issues in news editing

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Directed reading of materials/Blackboard briefings, and technical refresher 2 hr workshops/practicals in preparation for or during newsdays Weekly 1-hour tutorial news conference briefing 3 hours' weekly self-directed independent learning via news gathering, editorial decision making, pre-production, in student teams Continuous formative assessment, via weekly 1-hour Newsroom and studios-based assessed final edition / bulletin / web page(s) Progress assessments end Tri A (worth one third of main CW) Final Full newsday/newsweek Assessment, end Tri B (two-thirds of main CW) Confidential on-line peer assessment of team mates' relative contribution to production Reflective online journal highlighting the individual student's key learning points every month, to be completed by the end of the assessment diet in Trimester B GSBS will continue to use the advancement of GCU Learn as a blended learning tool through its teaching and learning as well as through engagement with students. GSBS will ensure that all modules are GCU Learn enabled and with the support of the Learning Technologists at the cutting edge of development of online materials. Academic staff and the Learning Technologists will continue to work together to develop and operate all modules on GCULearn to ensure student support and information sharing. Students are provided with formative and summative feedback via a variety of mechanisms. Feedback on coursework is provided within 3 working weeks of submission

Indicative Reading

Books and articles: Adobe Creative Team (2012) Adobe InDesign CS6 Classroom In A Book. Adobe Press Boyd, Andrew (2008) Broadcast Journalism: Techniques of Radio and Television News. Taylor & Francis 6th ed Bradshaw, Paul (2017) The Online Journalism Handbook: Skills to Survive and Thrive in the Digital Age. Abingdon: Routledge Bull, Andy (2010) Multimedia Journalism: A Practical Guide. Routledge Hodgson, F. W. (1998) New Subediting. Oxford: focal Press, 3rd ed Hudson, Gary, and Sarah Rowlands. 2012. The Broadcast Journalism Handbook. Harlow: Longman, second edition Keeble, Richard (2015) The Newspapers Handbook. London: Blackwell, 5th edition Knight, Megan & Cook, Clare (2013) Social Media for Journalists: Principles and Practice. London: Sage McIntyre, Christina (2018) Mind Your Language! Writing with Impact for Broadcast News. Amazon Millerson, G. (2011) Video Production Handbook. Oxford: Focal Press, fifth edition Mills, Jenni (2012) The Broadcast Voice. Taylor & Francis Quinn, Stephen (2002) Digital Sub-Editing and Design. London, Oxford: Focal Press Ward, Mike (2002) Journalism Online. Oxford: Focal Journals: Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism Journal of Media Practice Online sources: <http://www.bbc.co.uk/academy/journalism>

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 knowledge of international affairs ability to reflect reliability integrity honesty and regard for others ability to prioritise tasks time management interpersonal skills presentational skills ability to work in teams and leadership skills flexibility innovation independence and risk-taking

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Tutorials 22.00
Independent Learning 70.00
Practicals 66.00
Assessments 42.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 2 n/a 25.00 35% Reflective journal, due in sem B assessment diet
Coursework 1 n/a 75.00 35% Production of radio, video, online and print editorial material, Sem A and sem B assessment diets