Online Journalism 1
You will learn the skills needed to be an online journalist, from creating your own website to generating stories from social media to crafting the perfect web headline. Using the iPod Touches provided to every student, you will learn how to create engaging video, images and audio for your assessed websites, which will be bursting with your original content. You will learn how to select from the dazzling array of tools and formats available to an online journalist to tell their stories.
Newspaper and Magazine Journalism 1
You will learn how to research and write articles for a wide range of publications, in both news and features; how to generate original ideas and angles that spot gaps in the market, write profiles, reviews and opinion pieces; and develop an individual writing style and “voice”. Software used includes Indesign for the creative layout of newspapers and magazines, and Photoshop. Workshops by visiting professionals will introduce you to specialisms such as sport and travel writing. As well as building your personal portfolio of writing, you’ll be involved in full day ‘newsdays’ in small teams, producing newspapers and magazines. Shorthand is taught twice weekly and we expect approx 60 words per minute to be achieved by the end of the year.
Television Journalism 1
You’ll learn how to film with your own Ipod and tripod kit (supplied at start of year) to generate news and feature footage, the grammar of television and how to edit television films using industry standard video editing software (Final cut pro). Skills in researching, interviewing and developing news stories are emphasised throughout. Techniques of good vocal delivery are studied, as are ‘pieces to camera’ whilst reporting on location. Collaborative skills are developed through team exercises to plan, edit and produce TV news bulletin programmes in our TV news studio.
Radio Journalism 1
You’ll learn to record interviews and voicepieces, write scripts for radio and edit your audio in order to produce entertaining and informative clips, packages, features and finally a programme. You’ll learn how to use the studio and how to adapt your voice for each story during broadcast. We also teach the key principles of journalism here; including balance, accuracy, and codes of conduct.
Politics, Law and Ethics 1
Currently taught by the Editor of the Kentish Gazette, who also examines law for the NCTJ, the module takes you through Media Law and Ethics in practical terms; how must you behave when reporting items involving children for example, or a court case, interpret reporting restrictions, avoiding ‘defamation’ or ‘libel’, and then there’s also human rights legislation; copyright, breach of confidence; negligence; misrepresentation; privacy; and taste and decency. You’ll also learn how the UK and the world work; for example the political system, NHS, employment, immigration and asylum and the EU.
Online Journalism 2
Year 2 is about using the skill and knowledge gained in the first year to flourish as online journalists. Yes, you can do the basics, but we teach you to make every millimeter of your online content captivating for your audience. You will create a portfolio of online work to demonstrate just how many ways you can tell your stories, and take part in multimedia newsdays which simulate working days in a range of media organisations.
Television Journalism 2
In Year 2 you will build on television skills from year one. Using a series of practical exercises you will enhance your shooting and scripting skills; practice PTCs (pieces to camera); learn how to use editing software to bring pictures to life and discover how to effectively interview people on camera. You will bring these skills together to make a short, assessed, news film. In the second half of the module the focus switches to studio work. Here you will use our custom-built studio to create your own magazine programme, presenting, directing and making films to deadline.
Newspaper and Magazine Journalism 2
Your individual writing and design skills will be improved still further; writing complex news stories; generating features for specialised markets, including professional, business and customer magazines and effective sub-editing for print and online publications. You will have further sessions on Indesign and Photoshop in order to devise creative and imaginative magazine formats. More specialist workshops from visiting professionals will extend your skills. As well as building your personal portfolio of writing, you’ll be involved in full days producing newspapers and magazines in small teams. Teeline shorthand will be built on to speeds up to 80 words per minute.
Radio Journalism 2
This module brings your radio skills up to near professional standards. You will learn how to produce a range of creative audio features; podcasts, as lives, scene sets etc. There is voice training and tuition in individual use of a radio studio for news and general programming as well as working as part of a team to plan and produce live radio news bulletins and magazine programmes.
Politics, Law and Ethics 2
The module again underpins the entire course. As well as revising the key areas of Media Law taught in year one, the module covers intellectual property; copyright, confidentiality; data protection and the internet; injunctions; blasphemy; the Official Secrets Act; DA-Notices; and common ethical dilemmas and responsibilities. Taught by the editor of the Kentish Gazette who also examines law for the NCTJ, this uses real life examples from current news to bring the subject to life. Again, the political world is examined in more detail in Year two including local government, planning, social services, child protection, fostering and adoption, community care, police, fire and rescue, ambulance etc.
This module actually begins in Year two, helping and supporting you in your work placements which happen between years two and three and are so valuable in building contacts and skills. Throughout the third year, you receive masterclasses from recent graduates and senior figures in the industry to help you identify which area of work is right for you and how to get that all important ‘foot in the door’, including roleplay at interviews. The last assignment is to actually apply for a job, whilst still drawing on the staff’s skills and expertise. Shorthand is still taught twice a week, and you can sit for the NCTJ professional exams.
This module replicates working days in all the various media outlets. You will spend whole days being a ‘radio’ reporter or newsreader, an online, TV, newspaper or magazine reporter, together with experiencing other roles as well. Aside from being a key part of our accreditation with the BJTC professional body, this revises and sharpens up all the various skills you’ve learned over the whole course, ready to produce your final individual ‘showpieces’.
This is one of the jewels in the crown of the multimedia journalism course. Here all the skills you have learned during the three years are combined into one individual website. You are free to choose whatever subject interests you. In the past we’ve had sites dedicated to sports, fashion, music, video games, politics and crime. You then create a new website from scratch, populating it with an array of multimedia content and stories. Using words, video, polls, audio, maps, lists and links, the site is often used by graduates to show potential employers how good they really are.
You can choose to do an extended investigation in your favourite media in any subject that interests you. You are allocated an expert supervisor who supports you through the production in a tutorial role. For TV or radio, you will make a short documentary/news investigation and in Print, you would produce report and design a whole publication on the subject of your choice. Graduates often make their finished production the centre piece of their show reel for future employers.
Likely optional modules
Contemporary Media Debates
The module takes recent case studies in the media world and introduces students to the debate and the skills and knowledge needed to be able to explore the various sides of the arguments. This is your first introduction to ‘research’. Recent topics include terrorism and the media, celebrity culture, public service broadcasting, media ownership.
OR you can start to learn a range of languages
Documenting the Real
The module covers the history of documentary film, radio, and television. You are introduced to the key moments, movements, texts, and practitioners that have helped shape this history. Contemporary contexts and developments are explored, with visiting practitioners invited to present their work
Advertising in Context
An overview of advertising and attitudes to it from the media industry, governments and advertisers themselves From wartime propaganda, to the swinging 60s through to the 80s yuppies – we look at advertising campaigns of their time. How the industry has developed over the last 200 years and how it has been influenced by the state, legislation and commerce.
Celebrity News and the Media
The module looks at the history of ‘celebrity’ and how it is constructed. How does the concept of celebrity affect news and commerce in the press; magazines, reality and talk show TV, photojournalism and online media. Through a variety of case studies, students will also engage with ideas relating to how celebrity pervades cultural life from business and corporate culture to politics, sports and the entertainment and music industries
OR you can continue your language option
Contemporary Broadcasting, Policy and Practice
This module brings together visiting speakers from all aspects of broadcasting to give weekly workshops on their genre and working practices. Over the year, you can develop your own script for a TV/Radio progamme with an award winning screenwriter or concentrate on a particular genre that interests you in an essay.
A practical module in which you will critically reflect on how advertising works in the real world and the factors that influence it. How to identify the target audience, develop the creative and media campaign and pitch the ‘big idea’, working with an industry partner in the real world.
PR in Practice
This module is for students interested in analysing how public relations campaigns work and those interested in getting some practical experience in how a public relations campaign is managed and planned. As well as essays, you will put together a PR campaign in small groups.
You will critically examine aspects of youth culture in today’s society. Themes may include gangs and deviance, style, music and identity, young women, sexuality and feminism, youth crime and the 'yob' culture, and illegal drugs.
OR you may continue your language option