BA (Hons)

Journalism

Teaching & Learning

The tabs below detail what and how you will study in each year of your course. The balance of assessments and overall workload will be informed by your core modules and the option modules you choose to study – the information provided is an indication of what you can expect and may be subject to change. The option modules listed are also an indication of what will be available to you. Their availability is subject to demand and you will be advised which option modules you can choose at the beginning of each year of study.

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic we are currently unable to advise on the mode of teaching for September 2021, however we will keep you updated and provide more information as soon as we can. We continue to follow government guidance and your teaching and learning will reflect the restrictions in place at the time of delivery. We currently anticipate that you may experience a blended approach – this is a mix of face-to-face, on campus and online teaching and learning. You can keep up to date with teaching and learning at Leeds Beckett via our Covid-19 website. Updated course specifications will be available in August 2021. In the meantime, our existing course specifications are available.

What you'll learn

Study the historical, cultural and social contexts of journalism while focusing on practical, hands-on tasks that will enable you to become proficient journalistic writer.
Gain the foundation knowledge required for journalists and media practitioners to understand their rights and responsibilities in relation to the public. You will examine the legal and regulatory systems which govern the print and broadcast media in England.
Explore essential themes in news production and journalism focusing on three central areas: industry, text and audience. You will examine concepts such as the public sphere, ethics, audience reception models, media effects, culture, professionalism, blogging and citizen journalism.
Study the the history of journalism. You will explore topics including how and why newspapers were first produced, the emergence of the professional reporter, the forces propelling the growth of news media and the origins and development of broadcast news.
Develop essential journalism skills in areas including court reporting, shorthand, voice work and presentations.
Learn the journalism skills you will need for radio and TV production including technical, studio and newsgathering.
Begin to study the journalism production, research and dissemination techniques used in online and digital contexts.
Study the historical, cultural and social contexts of journalism while focusing on practical, hands-on tasks that will enable you to become proficient journalistic writer.
Gain the foundation knowledge required for journalists and media practitioners to understand their rights and responsibilities in relation to the public. You will examine the legal and regulatory systems which govern the print and broadcast media in England.
Explore essential themes in news production and journalism focusing on three central areas: industry, text and audience. You will examine concepts such as the public sphere, ethics, audience reception models, media effects, culture, professionalism, blogging and citizen journalism.
Study the the history of journalism. You will explore topics including how and why newspapers were first produced, the emergence of the professional reporter, the forces propelling the growth of news media and the origins and development of broadcast news.
Develop essential journalism skills in areas including court reporting, shorthand, voice work and presentations.
Learn the journalism skills you will need for radio and TV production including technical, studio and newsgathering.
Begin to study the journalism production, research and dissemination techniques used in online and digital contexts.

What you'll learn

Develop the knowledge of current affairs required by professional journalists. You will look systems of public administration at central and local level in the UK, within the EU and at a global level. Your studies will include looking at the institutions, agencies and organisations at each level of government. You will put your knowledge into practice in a portfolio of journalistic work.
Learn essential skills in council reporting, shorthand, voice work and presentations.
This module explores the rapidly changing circumstances and environment of global media. You will look at the rise of network and digital technologies and how they impact on more traditional forms of media and provide critical awareness of changes in the production of the media. You will complete a practical element that will enable you to put your studies into practice.
You will build on the knowledge you acquired in the Introduction to Media Law module to develop the professional knowledge required for journalists and media practitioners to understand their rights and responsibilities in relation to their work in the public domain. You will examine the legal and regulatory systems which govern the broadcast and print media in England in relation to confidentiality, privacy, journalistic sources, data protection and copyright.
This practical module will encourage you to build on the skills you learned in the Reporting 1 module. You will learn how to source material to produce features, conduct in-depth interviews and write in a detailed, descriptive manner with specific publications in mind.
Examine the role of journalism in the development and advancement of democracy from a number of theoretical, historical and ethical perspectives. You will develop an understanding of how democracy is formed, the role of the media in policing its development and how it might be undermined.
Build on the digital newsgathering and production skills developed in the Digital Publishing module. You will create content in a newsroom environment during a series of production newsdays and workshops will help introduce you to contemporary techniques in data, newsgathering and distribution.
Refresh and build upon your knowledge and skills in radio and television reporting. You will have the opportunity to take part in industry-style broadcast radio, TV and live streaming newsdays.
Develop the knowledge of current affairs required by professional journalists. You will look systems of public administration at central and local level in the UK, within the EU and at a global level. Your studies will include looking at the institutions, agencies and organisations at each level of government. You will put your knowledge into practice in a portfolio of journalistic work.
Learn essential skills in council reporting, shorthand, voice work and presentations.
This module explores the rapidly changing circumstances and environment of global media. You will look at the rise of network and digital technologies and how they impact on more traditional forms of media and provide critical awareness of changes in the production of the media. You will complete a practical element that will enable you to put your studies into practice.
You will build on the knowledge you acquired in the Introduction to Media Law module to develop the professional knowledge required for journalists and media practitioners to understand their rights and responsibilities in relation to their work in the public domain. You will examine the legal and regulatory systems which govern the broadcast and print media in England in relation to confidentiality, privacy, journalistic sources, data protection and copyright.
This practical module will encourage you to build on the skills you learned in the Reporting 1 module. You will learn how to source material to produce features, conduct in-depth interviews and write in a detailed, descriptive manner with specific publications in mind.
Examine the role of journalism in the development and advancement of democracy from a number of theoretical, historical and ethical perspectives. You will develop an understanding of how democracy is formed, the role of the media in policing its development and how it might be undermined.
Build on the digital newsgathering and production skills developed in the Digital Publishing module. You will create content in a newsroom environment during a series of production newsdays and workshops will help introduce you to contemporary techniques in data, newsgathering and distribution.
Refresh and build upon your knowledge and skills in radio and television reporting. You will have the opportunity to take part in industry-style broadcast radio, TV and live streaming newsdays.

What you'll learn

Learn the practical skills required for magazine production including layout, aesthetics and design, flow, flat planning and content optimisation. Your tools will be digital, though the product you produce will be a magazine suitable for both print and digital contexts.
Pull together the skills you developed in the Reporting, Digital Publishing and Writing Features modules by producing a business magazine serving the region. You will gain professional experience that will enhance your employment prospects while you gain new perspectives on the publishing process and business scene.
If you choose to research and write a dissertation, you'll produce a major piece of independent research. If you choose to complete the project, you'll create a long-form piece of journalism for TV, radio, print or online equivalent to a dissertation.
Focus on your employability in preparation for the world of work. You will look at how to increase your attractiveness to employers through voice training and delivering professional-level presentations.
Develop the skills you will need for the real working environment of a multimedia journalist, including the need to work on the move, in the newsroom and in media studios.
Learn the practical skills required for magazine production including layout, aesthetics and design, flow, flat planning and content optimisation. Your tools will be digital, though the product you produce will be a magazine suitable for both print and digital contexts.
Pull together the skills you developed in the Reporting, Digital Publishing and Writing Features modules by producing a business magazine serving the region. You will gain professional experience that will enhance your employment prospects while you gain new perspectives on the publishing process and business scene.
If you choose to research and write a dissertation, you'll produce a major piece of independent research. If you choose to complete the project, you'll create a long-form piece of journalism for TV, radio, print or online equivalent to a dissertation.
Focus on your employability in preparation for the world of work. You will look at how to increase your attractiveness to employers through voice training and delivering professional-level presentations.
Develop the skills you will need for the real working environment of a multimedia journalist, including the need to work on the move, in the newsroom and in media studios.

Option modules may include

Learn to apply the traditional and digital techniques and skills you have acquired in the earlier levels of the course to the specialist area of fashion journalism.
Examine a range of theoretical approaches to the critical study of celebrity and its relation to media products. You'll focus on celebrity as a cultural fabrication and on mass media representation as one of the key principles in the formation of celebrity culture.
Study digital camera techniques through the process of researching and developing a substantial piece of photographic journalism. A series of photographic assignments will enable you to acquire technical and practical skills in digital photography and combine them with digital publishing and journalism skills.
Develop your understanding of key concepts in political thought in terms of how the role of the media impacts on and is impacted by government and business environments. In particular, you will examine the way public relations experts operate in a challenging international arena.
Through a mix of theory and practice, you will explore the relationship between sport and the media, and the role of the sports journalist. You will develop the skills of sports reporting across different media but will also examine the professional, ethical, cultural, sociological and financial background of the modern world of sport.
Learn to apply the traditional and digital techniques and skills you have acquired in the earlier levels of the course to the specialist area of fashion journalism.
Examine a range of theoretical approaches to the critical study of celebrity and its relation to media products. You'll focus on celebrity as a cultural fabrication and on mass media representation as one of the key principles in the formation of celebrity culture.
Study digital camera techniques through the process of researching and developing a substantial piece of photographic journalism. A series of photographic assignments will enable you to acquire technical and practical skills in digital photography and combine them with digital publishing and journalism skills.
Develop your understanding of key concepts in political thought in terms of how the role of the media impacts on and is impacted by government and business environments. In particular, you will examine the way public relations experts operate in a challenging international arena.
Through a mix of theory and practice, you will explore the relationship between sport and the media, and the role of the sports journalist. You will develop the skills of sports reporting across different media but will also examine the professional, ethical, cultural, sociological and financial background of the modern world of sport.