Multimedia Journalism

BA single honours Multimedia Journalism 2019/20

Year of entry

Learn to be a journalist – the best job in the world, according to Nobel Prize winner Gabriel García Márquez – on our Broadcast Journalism Training Council accredited programme. You will embark on a challenging, exciting and engaging three year journey from news novice to a multiskilled, multi-platform, social media savvy, 21st Century journalist.

100% of our Multimedia Journalism students were satisfied with the quality of their course.

National Student Survey, 2018

Experienced media professionals will teach you how to generate, produce and publish journalism across TV, radio, newspapers, magazines and online, giving you an outstanding foundation for whichever sector of the journalism industry you choose to enter. Our course is fully accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC).

From day one we regard you as a student journalist, constantly seeking out your latest exclusive – fizzing with engaging multimedia content – to add to your ever-growing online portfolio. And we want to see you throwing yourself into our three student media outlets to further hone your skills – Unified, CSR Radio and CCTV.

You will explore areas including:

  • online, TV and radio journalism
  • newspaper and magazine journalism

As the journalism industry evolves to meet the demands of the digital era, graduates need the skills to tell their stories across a range of media platforms. The modern journalist has a dizzying array of tools at their disposal and a 24/7 online audience for their content. Our graduates need to master both traditional and contemporary methods, which is why we teach everything from timeless news gathering and production skills to social media monitoring and mobile journalism.

By choosing Multimedia Journalism you will be keeping your options open. You will have the foundation you need to go into any sector of this fast­paced and thrilling industry or specialise with further study.

We are very proud that 95% of our graduates are in employment or further study when surveyed six months after graduation, according to the latest survey of Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education.

The course offers the chance to do this with stimulating and engaging modules that give students the chance to acquire skills in print, radio, TV and online.

Our approach is practical and hands on. We believe you learn more and enjoy it more if you are practicing what we teach. Taught by seasoned media professionals and academics, as well as regular sessions from senior journalists in the industry, the course concentrates on practical workshops across all media, giving students the chance to try out their skills in Newsdays and live studio events.

The course is accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council who described it as a “Gold Star" course. They also praised our strategy for delivering professional skills, centred around print and broadcasting, and described our online Newsdays, as “exemplary.”

Our External Examiner, Sarah Rowlands, co­author of The Broadcast Journalism Handbook, described the online journalism work at Canterbury Christ Church University as “cutting edge” and “amongst the best student online work I’ve ever seen.”

Top reason to choose this course

Taught by media professionals with substantial experience of working at senior levels in journalism. Small and friendly, but packed full of practical skills, and that’s why we have such a strong employment record for our graduates. That close relationship continues through to the industry, as our graduates return to help current students find their first jobs and placements.

"Every tutor knew my name and it felt like they really cared. I got my first job at CNET two months after leaving and I’m sure it was my multimedia skills that gave me the edge over all the other applicants. I had to script my own reviews, film, present and edit at speed. I’m now at MTV UK still using those skills I learnt at Christ Church.”

Amie Parker Williams Video Editor, MTV

Awards

John McGhie –TV and Online Tutor.

  • Winner of New York Golden Globes Award for Best TV News Investigation (C4 film showing how the UN was involved with sex trafficking in Sarajevo).
  • Winner Best Environmental Film, BBC2 news documentary showing the epic North Sea struggle between Greenpeace and Shell in the “Battle for Brent Spar”.
  • Winner of the Special Red Cross prize at the Monte Carlo film festival for White Terror – a BBC Correspondent investigation exposing British war crimes against the Mau Mau.

Jamie Stephens – TV and Radio Journalism Tutor

  • Winner EDF awards 2014. Best TV programme for ITV Meridian’s live D Day anniversary coverage.
  • Honorary WEBBY awards 2010. Best music website for Balcony TV.
  • Radio1 SRA award. Best Outside Broadcast 2009 and 2010.
  • Radio 1 SRA award. Technical achievement award 2010.
  • Radio 1 SRA award. Best southeast radio station for CSR FM 2009.
  • KM Broadcast journalist of the year 2004 and 2006
  • KM Multimedia Journalist of the Year 2006

In year one you learn to how to find and write original news stories, make TV and radio reports and work as a team to cover the day’s news agenda. You will also learn the crucial role journalism plays in society as well as the fundamentals of media law and ethics.

We have regular masterclasses from working journalists in all fields.

During year two you will enhance and develop your skills in all of those as well as choosing from a range of options and languages allowing you to specialise – or broaden − your range of interests. A professional work placement will build your professional contacts and experience. Year three is devoted to building an impressive portfolio to showcase your skills to future employers.

Building contacts and strategies for entering the professional field of your choice is all-important, so we have a wide range of visiting professionals, including some of our former students who are now in senior positions in journalism. This is an undergraduate degree course and so, alongside the key practical skills, we also teach you to think and evaluate the contemporary media scene and the role of journalism in society. We encourage you to form your own views on a number of controversial and exciting issues in journalism: what are the limits to press freedom? How should the industry be regulated, if at all? Can newspapers survive the digital revolution? If the industry is talking about it we want to learn about it. Working in a free media is not just a rewarding and fascinating career choice but carries responsibilities for the preservation of our democratic society, which is why it's worthy of serious academic study and debate.

Although the course has only been running for eight  years we have graduates now working in all the major journalism outlets including BBC and ITV, The Times, The Sunday Times, Mailonline, Huffington Post, all returning often to help and support current students on the course.

Work experience

You can study French, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish as part of, or alongside, your course.

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There is a compulsory work placement between Years 2 and 3. Students choose who to pitch themselves to according to their own interests and we have a good range of placement providers in our database. There are the ‘big names’ such as ITV, BBC, London Fashion Week, New Musical Express, Daily Express, Fabulous magazine etc. but also very valuable hands on experiences at local newspapers, press offices at organisations such as Gillingham Football Club, and specialist magazines such as Surf Girl or Good Food magazine. Some students go back to work for their placement provider after they’ve graduated. For example, one student was actually offered a job during her placement with ITV; she finished her degree and went straight back to them.

In his first year in journalism, Programme Director Jonny Greatrex swam with sharks, leapt from a plane, fed a tiger and hurtled down an Italian mountain with the British bobsleigh team. The perils of being a trainee reporter….

Core modules

Year 1

Introduction to Journalism (20 credits)

This module serves as a broad introduction to the journalism industry. You will learn about the UK (and global) media landscape, its history and its much­ debated future. We will also guide you through some of journalisms' biggest ever stories – from Watergate to the Thalidomide Scandal to the MPs expense revelations – showing you what you might achieve in your journalism career.

Journalism: Writing (20 credits)

You will learn the basic concepts and skills needed to write for a range of journalism platforms including online, radio, TV and magazines. You will learn the core skills of research, writing, accuracy and balance common to all journalism. We will encourage you to develop a clear and concise writing style while understanding the differences in writing for text­based or broadcast media outlets.

Journalism: Story Finding (20 credits)

You will learn how to generate original journalism by finding and cultivating contacts as well as deploying several established methods for generating exclusives. You will learn how to identify potential stories from research or interviews. This module will also introduce the concept of integrating text, audio and video online to produce multimedia content by building on the Journalism: Writing, Radio Journalism 1 and TV Journalism 1 modules.

Television Journalism 1 (20 credits)

You’ll learn how to film with your own iPod Touch 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 (20 credits)

You’ll learn to record interviews and voice pieces, 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 (20 credits)

This 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.

Year 2

Multimedia Journalism (40 credits)

You will learn how to be a self­starting multimedia journalists conversant with a broad range of digital content types, online story­ telling methods and social media. You will apply the newsgathering, news writing, video and audio production skills and legal and ethical knowledge developed in year 1 to produce a portfolio of original multimedia journalism. The module will teach you how to operate in a digital newsroom and help you understand and analyse the status, role and sustainability of the journalism industry in the digital era. Shorthand is taught as an optional extra.

Television Journalism 2 (20 credits)

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 custom­built studio to create your own magazine programme, presenting, directing and making films to deadline.

Radio Journalism 2 (20 credits)

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 (20 credits)

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; DA­Notices; 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.

Year 3

Professional Perspectives (20 credits)

This module is all about 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 taught as an optional extra.

Newsdays (40 credits)

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’.

Multimedia Project (20 credits)

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. Specialist Project

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.

Individual Study by Dissertation (20 credits)

You will produce a 5,000 word research project focusing on an area of the media industry of your choice. You will demonstrate you understand the field you are investigating with an in­depth literature review before collecting original primary data on which to draw your findings.

Likely Optional Modules

Students can choose an optional module in year 2. These modules are part of other programmes in the School of Media, Art and Design. The choice of optional modules varies each year. Below are examples of optional modules our students have taken in previous years.

Documenting the Real (20 credits)

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 (20 credits)

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 (20 credits)

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.

“I got my dream job and I love it. I’ve got to be thankful to you all for pushing me – it was my online experience that got me my job. The course helped me so much . . . the Newsdays were great . . . Law and Politics were made easy to understand and fun by Leo; he’s a great asset to the course.”

Nick Verdier Online Editor The Rugby paper

By the end of three years you will be able to identify and understand key issues in the media, but equally important be able to write news stories and features, make radio and TV packages, work in TV and radio studios, manufacture your own website and populate it with rich multimedia content. These are the skills demanded by the industry. But not just in journalism. Whether it’s a press office, PR, advertising, social media, marketing the arts or international development – these are the talents everyone now needs to succeed in an era of global communication.

“I feel that I could not have been better prepared for applying for jobs. I particularly enjoyed the hands-on experience that this course provided, such as news days, placements and having camera and radio equipment at my disposal. The lecturers are not only extremely knowledgeable but are also supportive and approachable. I believe that the skills I have learnt and the confidence I have gained are what have led me to land my first job straight out of university as a local radio news presenter.”

Amber Stark Reporter Jack FM

Fees

The 2019/20 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  UK / EU Overseas
Full-time £9,250 £11,900
Part-time £4,625 N/A

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

Please read the 2019/20 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2019/20 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

CategoryDescription
Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any Library Fees and Fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

Course specific costs

CategoryDescription
Travel and Accommodation costs for Placements There is a compulsory work placement on this Course but students do have a choice where to apply. Costs of travel and accommodation etc are payable by the student but placements are available locally if students would prefer this.
Professional Body Registration If students wish to take the extra NCTJ exams in Shorthand in the final year they are payable by the student. This is optional, and the university provides its OWN certificate of shorthand achievement free of charge.

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) No, if the trip contributes to the course as an optional module. Yes if the trip is optional.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.

Teaching

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and practical workshops. You will typically have around 12 contact hours per week in a standard teaching week. 

Throughout the course you will take part in newsdays. Year 1 students do eight newsdays (contact time 60 hours), year 2 and 3 students do sixteen newsdays (contact time 120 hours).

You will use industry-standard software. You will have access to specialist facilities throughout your course.

In the summer after year 2, you will be expected to undertake at least 15 days of work placements with external organisations.

In addition, you will meet with your academic personal tutor and project supervisors.

Your actual contact hours depend on the option modules you select.

ll programmes are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2020.

Independent learning

When not attending lectures, seminars, workshops or other timetabled sessions you will continue learning through self-study.  Typically, this involves doing journalism in your own time in activities such as carrying out interviews, editing video footage or gathering background research. For the academic element of the course self-study typically involves reading journal articles and books, undertaking research in the library, working on projects, and preparing for coursework assignments/examinations, workshops and seminars.

Your module tutor will direct you towards specific readings and/or activities to complete before class.

For the Dissertation in year three, you will undertake independent research. You will work under the supervision of a member of the course team. You will meet with your supervisor regularly.

For the Multimedia Project and Specialist Production Project you will undertake independent practical work. You will work under the supervision of a member of the course team. You will meet with your supervisor regularly.

Overall workload

Your overall workload typically consists of 12 contact hours.

For each 20-credit module, your study time is about 10 hours a week.

Academic input

The team consists of highly qualified academics. They have a range of expertise and all have experience working at senior levels in the journalism industry. You should note members of the teaching team might change. You will also be taught by sessional lecturers who are active journalists.

The course is assessed through a mixture of practical and academic work. In the practical modules, you will put together an individual portfolio of work but also take part in team newsday assessments. In the more theoretical modules, there are a range of assessment methods; including analysis, individual and group presentations, essays, research reports and examinations.

Each module normally contains at least one piece of practice or 'formative' assessment for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark.

There is a formal or 'summative' assessment at the end of each module.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

The balance of assessment by examination and assessment by coursework depends to some

extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by coursework is as follows:

Year 1

93 per cent coursework 7 per cent written exams

Year 2

93 per cent coursework 7 per cent written exams

Year 3

100 per cent coursework

Feedback

You will receive feedback on all practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken

by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.

We aim to provide you with feedback within 10 working days of hand-in (practice assessment) and 15 working days of hand-in (formal coursework assessment).

The programme is fully accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC) whose sponsors include ITV, BBC. We are part of the BBC Placement scheme which offers placements with across their newsrooms, channels and shows. We have close links with our local employers such as BBC Radio Kent, Meriden, KM Group and Trinity Mirror. We have built up a large database of journalism work placements suitable for our students.

Every student is given an iPod camera and tripod in Year 1 for their own personal use throughout the course. We have a TV studio with green screen, two newsrooms (one PC with audio editing software, one Apple Mac with industry-specialist software), and four radio studios. All the facilities associated with being part of the large School of Media, Art and Design, which has been delivering media programmes since 1980.

The course is fully accredited by Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC) whose sponsors include ITV, BBC. We are part of the BBC Placement scheme which offers placements with across their newsrooms, channels and shows. We have close links with our local employers such as BBC Radio Kent, Meriden, KM Group and Trinity Mirror. We have built up a large database of journalism work placements suitable for our students.

BA (Hons) Multimedia Journalism with Foundation Year

This course can also be studied over four years with an additional foundation year (Year 0) for those without the formal entry qualifications. The foundation year is designed to provide you with the grounding you need to progress on to the degree.

UK/EU

Full-time study

Apply via UCAS

International

Full-time study

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UK

For advice on completing your application please contact the Course Enquiry Team:

Email:  courses@canterbury.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1227 928000
Tel:+44 (0)1227 928000  (0)1227 928000

EU/International

Contact our International Team

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UCAS course code

  • P501 Multimedia Journalism

UCAS institution code

  • C10

Length

  • 3 years full-time

    6 years part-time

Starts

  • September 2019

Entry requirements

  • A typical offer would be 88-112 UCAS Tariff points.

    Applicants have the opportunity to demonstrate their suitability for their chosen programme through an interview.

    More entry requirement details.

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