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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 28/04/2022 17:26:33

Title of Module: Sports News Production

Code: JOUR09002 SCQF Level: 9
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Business & Creative Industries
Module Co-ordinator:Dr Kenneth  Pratt

Summary of Module

Sports News Production will offer students the opportunity to write design and produce a specialist publication on a sporting subject of their choice for online and broadcast markets.

The students will identify a sport or sporting issue and conduct in-depth research and interviews before planning and producing a sports publication for online and broadcast markets, which will include sports commentary and live reporting for a sporting event.

The module builds on the students’ existing professional skills including identifying issues of sports news value, generating, researching and writing articles within tight deadlines in line with “real life” industry conditions and expectations. The students’ will also be expected to create and select appropriate photographs and video and audio material that will build on the skills developed in year 1 and 2 on broadcast modules including audio and video production.

Delivery will be predominately tutor-led production days, following the format used in Newsroom Practice and students will produce a range of print and online publications as well as broadcast programmes to daily deadlines. There will also be a number of guest lectures and workshops from professional sports commentators.

Key skills/scope:

  • Research a sport/sports event

  • Decide on content for publication: written, audio and/or video

  • Use news judgement skills to decide on content format

  • Produce a range of content which illustrates written and broadcast abilities

  • Develop contacts in a range of sports

  • Hone interviewing skills to produce a series of interviews

  • Work to deadline and professional journalism standards and build on editing skills to produce a range of sports content

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. Competently generate sports material and design a range of sports publications suitable for online.

L2. Demonstrate proficiency in producing, editing and selecting appropriate material to generate content suitable for sports broadcasting.

L3. Demonstrate newsgathering and interviewing to a professional standard.

L4. Demonstrate an ability to provide sports commentary and/or live reporting and/or audio production to create podcasts to a professional standard.

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.

Demonstrate detailed knowledge of a range of sports publications styles as well as the understanding of the target audiences.
Illustrating an understanding of different media audiences.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 9.

Using advanced journalistic techniques of writing, editing and design to create a range of print, online and broadcast sports publications.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 9.

Identifying and analysing ways of developing sports articles for specialist publications and programmes.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 9.

Communicating effectively in speech and writing

Exercising advanced page layout and broadcast skills to produce specialist sports publications

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 9.

Dealing with ethical and professional issues of producing a sports publications for print, online and broadcast.

Exercise initiative and autonomy to produce a sports publications or broadcast at a professional standard.

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

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Learning and Teaching
Teaching will comprise a series of seminars and practical workshops. Students will explore the market in terms of producing content across a range of platforms and sports, guest lecturers from the industry will help you to explore and learn about the opportunities to become more entrepreneurial and compete successfully in this dynamic sector. The focus of the module will be on practice-based and production workshops with the production of digital and online content for a range of audiences.
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
Laboratory/Practical Demonstration/Workshop50
Independent Study138
200 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:

Allan, S. (2006) Online News: Journalism and the Internet, Open University Press.

Andrews, P. (2013) Sports Journalism: A Practical Introduction, Sage Publications Ltd. 2nd Edition

Boyle, R. (2006) Sports Journalism Concepts and Issues, Sage Publications.

Hudson, G. and Rowlands, S. (2007) The Broadcast Journalism Handbook, Harlow, Pearson.

Toney, J. (2012) Sports Journalism: The Inside Track, Bloomsbury Sport

Spinelli, M. and Dann, L., 2019. Podcasting: The Audio Media Revolution. London: Bloomsbury.

(**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
ModeratorElizabeth McLaughlin
External ExaminerDr John Price
Accreditation Details
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Assessment 1 (LO 1, 2, 3 & 4): Portfolio of written/audio and video content on a sports area/sports event (100%)
(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
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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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