SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code MMN823596
Module Leader Angus Dixon
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
Subject Media and Journalism
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Honours Degree of UK University or equivalent

Summary of Content

This module aims to provide postgraduate journalism students with an introduction to all the essential technical skills required for producing journalism across all print, radio and TV platforms. Students will learn the skills from experienced practitioner tutors and lecturers in four regular practical workshops each and most weeks - print, radio, TV, & presentation. Additional directed independent learning of these skills will be encouraged by means of recommended regular student-centred onscreen page design, audio recording, filming and audio and video editing sessions during timetabled periods when equipment will be designated as available to this module. Assessment will be by individual production of sample packages and pages. On satisfactory completion of the module, students will be able to proceed to second trimester modules which involve the weekly or daily integration of journalistic newsgathering and writing skills (from MMN823601 Reporting) with these production techniques to produce final editions, bulletins, packages, podcasts and web pages, e.g. in the module MMN823271 Multimedia Newsdays.


Subbing and newspaper production principles Radio and TV interviewing: including technical, human and ethical preparation; conduct; use of Burli digital audio editing and production Writing for broadcast: for the ear, and to pictures Voice training, Radio and TV studio presentation Digital TV camera work Avid digital video editing Subbing and newspaper production principles Using Adobe InDesign

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:1 Use a significant range of the principal practical techniques associated with producing basic, radio, TV and print journalism2 Use a range of specialised skills at the forefront of producing online journalism3 Communicate journalistic messages effectively via verbal, non-verbal and technical means, to a range of audiences using appropriate medium-specific methods 4 Use a wide range of appropriate journalism production software systems and applications5 Practice journalism production in ways which draw on critical and ethical reflection

Teaching / Learning Strategy

12 x 2 hours weekly subbing, newspaper/magazine page design and page production practicals 12 x 1 hour weekly voice coaching, radio and TV studio presentation and PTC practicals 12 x 2 hours writing for broadcast practicals 12 x 4 hours digital broadcast newsgathering, recording, editing and production skills practicals Average of 2 hours per week directed independent learning/practice in technical skills Assessment via production of (for example) a 90 second radio package, a 90 second TV news report, A3 newspaper pages class test. Module pass mark: 50%

Indicative Reading

Adobe Creative Team (2012) Adobe InDesign CS6 Classroom In A Book. Adobe Press Beaman, Jim (2000) Interviewing for Radio. London: Routledge. Boyd, Andrew (2001) Broadcast Journalism: Techniques of Radio and Television News. Oxford: Focal Press, fifth edition Bradshaw, Paul & Rohumaa Liisa (2011) The Online Journalism Handbook: Skills to Survive and Thrive in the Digital Age. Harlow: Longman Bull, Andy (2010) Multimedia Journalism: A Practical Guide. Routledge Chantler, Paul, and Stewart, Peter (2003) Basic Radio Journalism. Oxford: Focal Press Evans, Harold (1982) Newspaper Design. London: Heinemann Giles, Vic, and F.W. Hodgson (1996) Creative Newspaper Design. Oxford: focal Press, second edition Hodgson, F. W. (1998) New Subediting. Oxford: focal Press, third edition Journal of Media Practice (intellect) Hudson, Gary, and Sarah Rowlands. 2012. The Broadcast Journalism Handbook. Harlow: Longman Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism. Sage (journal) Keeble, Richard (2014) The Newspapers Handbook. London: Routledge, 3rd edition Knight, Megan & Cook, Clare (2013) Social Media for Journalists: Principles and Practice. London: Sage Layton, Rob (2011) Editing and News Design. Palgrave MacMillan McKay, Jenny (2013) The Magazines Handbook London: Routledge Millerson, G. (2001) Video Production Handbook. Oxford: Focal Press, third edition Mills, Jenni (2004) The Broadcast Voice. Oxford: Focal Press Morrish, John (2012) Magazine Editing: How to Develop and Manage A Successful Publication. London: Routledge Quinn, Stephen (2012) Digital Sub-Editing and Design. London, Oxford: Focal Press Trewin, Janet (2003) Presenting on TV and Radio: An Insider's Guide. Oxford: Focal Press Yorke, Ivor, revised Roy Alexander (2000) 4th edition. Television News. Oxford: Focal Press <> <> <> <> <> <> <> <>

Transferrable Skills

logical thinking critical analysis problem-solving written and spoken communication computer literacy research skills self-confidence self-discipline self-reliance awareness of strengths and weaknesses creativity independence desire to go on learning presentational skills

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Tutorials (FT) 24.00
Independent Learning (FT) 24.00
Practicals (FT) 60.00
Assessment (FT) 42.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 0.00 100.00 45% Practical average of 3 individual assignments in print, radio and TV.