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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 28/04/2022 17:21:08

Title of Module: Newsroom Practice

Code: JOUR09006 SCQF Level: 9
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 40 ECTS: 20
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Business & Creative Industries
Module Co-ordinator:Dr Kenneth  Pratt

Summary of Module

This module provides students with ‘real-world’ experience of working in a simulated newsroom environment to produce a range of multimedia content to deadline during a series of weekly news days, culminating with a series of consecutive news days.

The module combines the students’ range of existing journalistic skills including generating, researching and producing content for a range of multimedia platforms to deadline and in keeping with industry practice. Throughout the module students are required to work in teams, experiencing different roles within multimedia newsrooms, as well as working on their own initiative. Students are also tasked with generating appropriate images, video and audio to complement their text copy and to edit them as appropriate using digital editing techniques. The production element of the news days involves using a wide range of journalistic media.

Students are also expected to complete a notional 100 hours WRL (to meet BJTC requirements) within an industry environment that is relevant to their study. Employment will normally be organised by the student but some opportunities will be made available via the School. If the student is working part time in an area related to their programme of study they may be able to gain credit based on their experience. The module also provides the students with an opportunity to present an extensive portfolio of work completed either as a result of workplace experience or work-related projects. The module will also include lectures on reflective and critical analysis of industry practice.

Key scope:

  • Produce news and sports content appropriate for online, audio and video to appropriate industry standards

  • Conduct research and interviews to generate news and sport content

  • Work in teams and on their own initiative within news days to deadlines

  • Undertake the appropriate work placements within the media industry

  • Produce portfolios of content from news days and on the relevant industry placements

Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully OnlineHybridCHybridOWork-based Learning
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Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

Online with mandatory face-to-face learning on Campus

Online with optional face-to-face learning on Campus

Work-based Learning
Learning activities where the main location for the learning experience is in the workplace.

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:


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Term(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. Demonstrate well-developed skills in working in a range of newsroom roles, both individually and as part of a team

L2. Demonstrate proficiency in the production and presentation of a range of journalistic content.

L3. Consider and evaluate their own work in a reflexive manner, with reference to professional standards, issues and conventions applicable to multimedia journalism and the effectiveness of their work experience and their role within it

L4. Negotiate appropriate learning objectives in conjunction with the University and the external client if appropriate

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 9.

Demonstrating an ability to work as part of a team to deadlines.
Knowledge of a range of writing and text-handling styles suitable for multimedia platforms.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 9.

Practicing a range of newsgathering techniques including researching, investigating, achieving factual accuracy, balance, as well as recording interview material.
Using journalistic techniques of writing, editing, and design and applying them to multimedia news production.
Applying knowledge of legal and regulatory systems in keeping with professional standards.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 9.

Undertaking critical analysis of a range of approaches to producing news and features material.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 9.

Using specialised digital technical skills to produce a range of Journalism for a variety of multimedia platforms.
Communicating effectively and appropriately in speech and writing for a variety of audiences.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 9.

Exercising initiative and autonomy to produce Journalism at a professional level.
Demonstrating leadership skills.
Dealing with complex ethical and professional issues and make informed judgements on issues.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
Module Code:
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* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
The module will include lectures and practice-based workshops/newsroom days.
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Lecture/Core Content Delivery12
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity12
Laboratory/Practical Demonstration/Workshop96
Independent Study233
Asynchronous Class Activity47
400 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:

Bradshaw, P. and Rohumaa, L. (2011) The Online Journalism Handbook. Harlow: Pearson Education.

Bull, A. (2010) Multimedia Journalism: A Practical Guide. Abingdon: Routledge.

Frost, C. (2011) Journalism: Ethics and Regulation. 3rd ed. Harlow: Pearson Education.

Hudson, G. & Rowlands, S. (2012) The Broadcast Journalism Handbook, Routledge.

McInnes, R. (2010) Scots Law for Journalists. 8th ed. Edinburgh: Green.

Quinn, F. (2011) Law for Journalists. 3rd ed. Harlow: Pearson Longman.

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Engagement Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement procedure

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardArts & Media
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelArts & Media
ModeratorJames Mahon
External ExaminerDr John Price
Accreditation Details
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Assessment 1: portfolio submission of news days (60%)
Assessment 2: evidence of work placement (20%)
Assessment 3: reflective essay (20%)
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Portfolio of written workcheck markcheck mark  600

Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Performance/ Studio work/ Placement/ WBL/ WRL assessment  check markcheck mark200

Component 3
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Essay  check mark 200
Combined Total For All Components100% 0 hours

A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

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  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
Aligned with the overall commitment to equality and diversity stated in the Programme Specifications, the module supports equality of opportunity for students from all backgrounds and with different learning needs. Using Moodle, learning materials will be presented electronically in formats that allow flexible access and manipulation of content. The module complies with University regulations and guidance on inclusive learning and teaching practice. Specialist assistive equipment, support provision and adjustment to assessment practice will be made in accordance with UWS policy and regulations. The University’s Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Policy can be accessed at the following link:

Our partners are fully committed to the principles and practice of inclusiveness and our modules are designed to be accessible to all. Where this module is delivered overseas, local equivalent support for students and appropriate legislation applies.

UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

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