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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Sociology Short Name: SOC2026
Level: HE2 Module Co-ordinator: DUNN C Ms (Sociology)
Number of credits: 20 Number of ECTS credits: 10
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Assessment Pattern

Compare and contrast the print version of two newspapers with their online counterpart (2,000-word report); two original articles suitable for publication in a specialised section of a newspaper (750 words each); two original articles suitable for publication online (750 words each).



Module Overview
Module Aims


To examine the styles of different newspaper sections


To examine the internet’s role in the development of news media


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 consider the implications of satellite broadcasting and new technologies



Learning Outcomes

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


Understand the styles appropriate for different newspaper sections and be able to write for varying audiences


Understand the internet’s role in the development of news media


Understand the applications and implications of new technology for journalism


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


Write extended pieces of journalism for print and online, using appropriate software tools



Module Content

Analysing different sections and different style of writing, in two-week lecture/workshop blocks:


Weeks 1 and 2: travel


Weeks 3 and 4: entertainment


Weeks 5 and 6: sport


Weeks 7 and 8: introduction to online - blogging and writing for an interactive audience


Weeks 9 and 10: live online coverage of events (including multimedia provision)



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

Chippindale, Peter and Chris Horrie (1999) Stick It Up Your Punter (Pocket Books)


Cutts, Martin (2004) Oxford Guide to Plain English ( Oxford UP)


Davies, Kath and Julienne Dickey (1987) Out of Focus (Women’s Press)


Davies, Nick (2008) Flat Earth News (Chatto & Windus)


Engel, Matthew (1997) Tickle the Public ( Phoenix )


Fergusson, Rosalind and Manse (1998) The Macmillan Guide to English Grammar (Macmillan)


Goldacre, Ben (2008) Bad Science (Fourth Estate)


Hennessy, Brian (1993) Writing Feature Articles (Focal Press)


Keeble, R (2006) The Newspapers Handbook (Routledge)


McKay, J (2000) The Magazines Handbook (Routledge)


Niblock, S (1996) Inside Journalism (Blueprint)


Pape, S and Featherstone, S (2006), Feature Writing: A Practical Introduction (Sage)


Quinn, (2007) Law for Journalists (Longman)


Roget’s Thesaurus (Penguin)


Shiach, Don (1995) Basic Punctuation (John Murray)


Welsh, T et al (eds) (2007) McNae’s Essential Law for Journalists (Oxford UP)



Last Updated
September 2010