ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT JOURNALISM

SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code MHP525472
Module Leader Ken Garner
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
Subject Media and Journalism
Trimester
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

-108 This module enables undergraduate students who have taken at least one practical journalism module or equivalent, or who can demonstrate prior learning from experience (ie freelance or student journalism), to develop skills for the particular requirements of researching, writing and producing arts & entertainment journalism, in print, or broadcast or online, while locating this area of media practice within the critical study of the role of the critic and the interdependence of the media and entertainment industries.

Syllabus

History of the critic in Western culture Current Debates on The Role of the Critic Promotional Culture, the Entertainment Industry, and the Reviewer The Preview factory: the listings industry, suppliers, broadcasters and journalists Key functions of the review Tone, Voice, Address: Balancing analysis & authority with colour and personality Writing Previews: combining knowledge, enthusiasm and detachment in 50 words Dealing with arts, entertainment and features editors Making a name and voice for your reviewing The live down-the-line radio arts review and discussion The tie-in promotional feature newspaper interview The culture show: how TV deals with arts news and events Archiving and Updating reviews on the web

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the expectations and context of the arts critic or reviewer in Western culture, and the production, practical and promotional constraints in which he or she operates2. Identify the differing forms, scope and styles of arts and entertainment journalism3. Use a range of the principal arts & entertainment journalism techniques and skills4. Critically analyse arts-related media texts

Teaching / Learning Strategy

b7 A weekly two-hour practical arts writing workshop will introduce arts & entertainment journalism practices and types of writing, across print, radio & web. b7 During and as a result of these workshops, students will produce for continuous final summative assessment at least four short pieces (ie normally each <500 words) of original arts journalism to specific briefs of these types, plus a short final critical-reflective report, which will together form 60% of assessment. b7 Students will be encouraged to post formative articles and items - and edited versions of assessment articles after and in the light of feedback if they wish - to the module's customised, outward-facing Arts Journalism blog at <http://caledonianblogs.net/aej/> (all items will be moderated by module leader). b7 There will be shared field trips / reviewing exercises / formative assessments. b7 The academic curriculum, meanwhile, will be delivered via a one-hour weekly seminar/tutorial/guest speaker slot involving associated readings supported by online briefings and resources, and centres on the problem of the role of the critic and reviewer in history, the interdependent relationship between entertainment and the promotional / PR practices of the industry, and the challenges and practical / production of weekly/daily previewing and reviewing in contemporary online and print arts media. Academic summative assessment will take the form of an essay in arts journalism, focussing on an individually-chosen critical issue, specific art form, critic, publication or problem, chosen in consultation with the module teaching team, submitted during the assessment period (worth 40% of module marks). 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: Brooker, Charlie. 2004. Screen Burn. London: Faber and Faber Collini, Stefan. 2008. Common Reading: Critics, Historians, Publics. Oxford: OUP Fisher, Mark. 2015. How To Write About Theatre: A Manual for Critics, Students and Bloggers. London: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama Garner, Ken. 2000. 'Between One Medium and Another: What the British Press says about British Radio', Journal of Radio & Audio Media, 7:2, 392 - 409 Gener, Randy. 2009. 'Criticism in the Hybrid Newsroom: If a Theatre Critic Sounds off in the Digital-Media Forest, Does Anybody Really Listen?' American Theatre, Vol. 26, No. 6 Gilbert, Harriett. 1999. "Writing Reviews", in Hicks, Wynford Writing for Journalists. London: Routledge Harries, Gemma and Karin Wahl-Jorgensen. 2007.'The culture of arts journalists: Elitists, saviors or manic depressives?' Journalism 8 (6) 619-639 Hatton, Oona. 2014. '"Hey Asshole: You Had Your Say": The Performance of Theatre Criticism', in Theatre Topics 24 (2), 103-124 Heikki Hellman, Heikki and Maarit Jaakkola. 2012. From aesthetes to reporters : The paradigm shift in arts journalism in Finland', in Journalism, vol. 13 no. 6 783-801 Hicks, Wynford. 2013. English for Journalists. London: Routledge, 3rd ed James, Clive. 1981. The Crystal Bucket: TV Criticism from the Observer, 1976-1979. London: Jonathan Cape Kermode, Mark. 2013. Hatchet Job: Love Movies, Hate Critics. London: Picador Klein, Bethany. 2005. 'Dancing About Architecture: Popular Music Criticism and the Negotiation of Authority', Popular Communication, 3:1, 1 - 20 Lane, Anthony. 2002. Nobody's Perfect: Writings from the New Yorker. London: Picador Lopate, Philip, ed. 2006 American Movie Critics: An Anthology from the Silents Until Now. Library of America Mcdonald, Ronan. 2007. The Death of the Critic. London: Continuum Randall, David. 2010. The Universal Journalist. London: Pluto, 4th ed Rubinstein, Raphael, 2007. Critical Mess: Art Critics on the State of Their Practice. Hard Press Verboord, Marc. 2010. 'The Legitimacy of Book Critics in the Age of the Internet and Omnivorousness: Expert Critics, Internet Critics and Peer Critics in Flanders and the Netherlands.' European Sociological Review, VOL 26 (6) 623-637 Online sources: www.theguardian.com/culture/series/critics-notebook <http://www.theguardian.com/culture/series/critics-notebook> www.metacritic.com/ <http://www.metacritic.com/> www.theartsdesk.com/ <http://www.theartsdesk.com/> <http://najp.org/summit/> www.najp.org <http://www.najp.org>

Transferrable Skills

By the end of this module students will have gained competence in the following key areas: specialist knowledge ability to apply knowledge written and spoken communication self-confidence self-discipline self-reliance awareness of strengths and weaknesses creativity independence reliability integrity ability to prioritise tasks time management interpersonal skills presentational skills flexibility

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Seminars (FT) 12.00
Practicals (FT) 24.00
Assessment (FT) 30.00
Independent Learning (FT) 134.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 2 n/a 40.00 35% Essay (2,000>2,500 words)Submitted Week 14 of Tri B (assessment period)
Coursework 1 n/a 60.00 35% 4 x short pieces of practical arts journalism plus brief reflective report (3,000 words total)Submitted respectively in Tri B wks 3, 6, 9, 12 and 15