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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Sociology Short Name: SOC2025
Level: HE2 Module Co-ordinator: DUNN C Ms (Sociology)
Number of credits: 20 Number of ECTS credits: 10
Module Availability


Assessment Pattern

Portfolio comprising ten original and topical news articles (which must all be dated), with a total word count of 6,000 words.


Module Overview
Module Aims

Module Objectives:


To understand the styles appropriate for different newspapers, and be able to produce work stylistically suitable for publication


·         To examine the social, cultural, political and economic contexts of contemporary journalism practices


·         To assess and analyse styles of journalism produced for particular markets


·         To evaluate current debates in journalism studies concerning the ethics of reporting, regulation, and the ideological role of the news media


·         To produce original pieces of journalism appropriate for specific markets



Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes:


On successful completion of this module students will be able to:



·         Understand how the print news media operates


·         Understand the applications and implications of new technology for journalism


·         Apply critical perspectives to analyse examples of contemporary journalism from a range of different media


·         Write news journalism, using appropriate software tools 



Module Content
Week 1: How are newspapers put together? Looking at the “jigsaw”
Weeks 2 and 3: How to structure a news story – analysis and practical
Weeks 4 and 5: How to find a story – analysis and practical
Weeks 6 and 7: News sources and starting to research– what is reliable information? Introduction to interviewing
Weeks 8 and 9: Law and ethics
Week 10: Basic editing skills – how to wield the blue pencil
Methods of Teaching/Learning

This course will be taught through lectures addressing areas of theory; practical workshop sessions; seminar discussions; video screenings


Selected Texts/Journals

Background Reading :


Burns, Lynette S (2002), Understanding Journalism (Sage)
Cutts, Martin (2004) Oxford Guide to Plain English (Oxford UP)
Fergusson, Rosalind and Martin H. Manse (1998) The Macmillan Guide to
English Grammar (Macmillan)
Fleming, C (2006) An Introduction to Journalism, London: Sage
Harcup, T (2004) Journalism: Principles and Practice (Sage)
Marr, Andrew (2005) My Trade (Pan)
Niblock, S (1996) Inside Journalism (Blueprint)
Pape, S and S Featherstone (2005), Newspaper Journalism: A Practical
Introduction (Sage)
Roget’s Thesaurus (Penguin)
Shiach, Don (1995) Basic Punctuation (John Murray)
Strunk, William (2000) The Elements of Style (Longman)
Welsh, T et al (eds) (2007) McNae’s Essential Law for Journalists (Oxford UP)



Last Updated
September 2010