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BA (Hons) Multi-platform Journalism

This degree is awarded by Teesside University

Student journalists will be taught to work within the digital and multimedia industries - as print journalists using video cameras, writing for newspapers, magazines, and the internet (online news, blogs and vlogs), and video/audio journalism as well as the more traditional routes. New media is an industry that is taking advantage of the very latest digital technologies available including those mentioned above.

Using the latest in monitoring software students will analyse the trending news topics on the internet in order to assist their understanding of how journalists source and originate stories, as well as using social media as a new way of delivering content.

New media is, by definition, international, as consumers globally access web pages or gain access to distributed digital technologies, with the global Internet community growing between 50% and 100% annually. A revolution is also being seen in localisation, as media, news, entertainment and TV content is sought to respond better to local needs, creating new jobs and niche markets.

Digital Industries is one of Yorkshire and Humber's high growth sectors with significant clusters emerging in South Yorkshire and Humber. Over £250 million has been invested in digital infrastructure and cutting edge interactive broadband television technology in the Humber region over the last few years. For these reasons, digital industries have been adopted as one of the five key cluster strategies for the Humber LEP.

Through working with a range of industry partners and placement through the Institute's own cable and local Freeview TV channel, students will develop the qualities needed to be a multi-skilled journalist. This is undertaken at Level 5 and students work on employer set briefs, whereby they work in an on the job training environment with their tutor overseeing the work. There will also be an opportunity for students to undertake placements at other media employers.

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Duration of Course:

3 Years

Entry requirements:

You will need a minimum of 240 UCAS points or hold a relevant Access Certificate / Diploma with appropriate units. In line with the widening participation brief, however, the Institute will also encourage applications from students who lack formal qualifications.

International Students also require an IELTS score of 5.5 in all areas or a B2 equivalent English Language qualification

What you will learn:

Level 4:
Writing and Interviewing in the Digital Age
Production Skills for the Multi-Platform Journalist
Global Media Markets
Journalism in the Field 1
Journalism in the Field 2
A Nose for News

Level 5:
Magazine Journalism and Production
Multi-Platform Newsroom
News Writing for Print Media
Basic Digital Photography
Media and Global Conflicts
Online Production

Level 6:
Dissertation Planning
Profdessional Practice for Journalists
Final Project Pre-production for Multi-Platform Journalism
Final Project for Multi-Platform Journalism

How is the course assessed:

Whilst on this programme students will be assessed using a variety of methods: practical productions of media artefacts (e.g short radio and video projects), evaluative based reports/assignments, self-reflective writing, learning portfolios, logbooks, presentations, viva (oral examination) and open book examinations. All assessment methods are designed to incorporate key skills which are transferable to the workplace.

Employment information:

Upon successful completion of this degree, graduates will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to pursue a new career, or advance an existing one in the many different job roles across a range of media organisations. Whilst the journalism industry is very competitive, many will start out their careers as journalists in either print, online or broadcasting, work as broadcast assistants or researchers in factual programming. Some graduates may also pursue careers as editorial researchers, magazine journalists, or will pursue a more senior broadcast role working as a presenter or producer.


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Equal Opportunities

The Grimsby Instutute Group guarantees that it will deal fairly and effectively with all students, staff and visitors and offer equality of opportunity on the basis of age, creed, gender, impairment, learning difficulty, marital status, national origin, race, religion or sexuality.

Students have the right to expect that this will apply to them without prejudice or discrimination and that they also have the obligation to deal fairly and effectively with other students and staff regardless of age, creed, gender, impairment, learning difficulty, marital status, national origin, race, religion or sexuality.

The Grimsby Institute Group will endeavour to comply with the Equality Act 2010 and additional duties, which requires public bodies to make every effort to support persons with disability.

Course was last updated on 6/11/2013