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Multimedia Journalism - BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

London Met’s Multimedia Journalism BA degree provides you with skills for writing for online, TV and radio platforms. You’ll work in groups on news days and news weeks creating magazines, bulletins and podcasts to develop the skills used by journalists and establish your own online media presence. We’ll also teach you the techniques for gathering and telling stories, as well as the academic skills for analysing and creating arguments. Upon completion of the course, you’ll be equipped with a strong portfolio of skills, making you well prepared to enter the rapidly changing media marketplace. You can find out more about our students' experience studying journalism by taking a look at their Tumblr page.

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This undergraduate course offers a lively and professional introduction to the practices and ideas of multimedia journalism. By developing a range of writing techniques for different media outlets and covering breaking news, you’ll learn the skills necessary to succeed in the rapidly changing journalism industry.

You’ll have access to London Met’s state-of-the-art Newsroom - a £100,000 facility with over 40 computers, including Apple Macs, and flat screen TVs. We provide video cameras, microphones and memory cards for you to use in your assessment pieces, while the Reporters Room is also available with its own supply of Apple Macs and PCs.

There’ll be visits to newspapers like The Guardian and The Evening Standard and TV studios including the BBC and Bloomberg, helping you experience what it's like in environments where the news is made. The University’s London location provides you with a wealth of relevant work-related learning opportunities to give your career a headstart.

Our students have had placements at media organisations including InStyle Magazine, BBC Radio 1, Your Media London, Islington Gazette, Hayes FM, Business In The Community, Bracknell News, October Films, sport.co.uk, Bliss, Press Association, Sunday Times, ITN and Cambridge Evening News as well as the Daily Mail.

Our staff have worked at top providers, including the BBC, IRN, Sunday Times and The Guardian. Recent visitors have included Rossalyn Warren from Buzzfeed, Professor Steve Jones talking about science in journalism, while Gary Younge from the Guardian and the BBC’s Tom Symonds spoke on the big news stories of their time.

You can follow London Met's latest journalism updates on Twitter and Tumblr for news and events from alumni, students and staff. When you are accepted onto the course, you will also be able to join our Facebook group for further news and networking.

Assessment

You are assessed by individual written and group research projects, and for your final dissertation you’ll write a publishable article.

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • a minimum of grades BBC in three A levels (or a minimum of 112 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg Advanced Diploma)
  • English Language GCSE at grade C or above (or equivalent)

You will also need to submit a 200 word original piece of writing on an event that has recently happened in your locality.

Applications are welcome from mature students who have passed appropriate Access or other preparatory courses or have appropriate work experience.

These requirements may be varied in individual cases as prospective students will be invited to an interview.

Mature students with previous relevant experience are encouraged to apply.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2017/18 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday afternoon

    This module provides an introduction to digital image creation placing it within the wider context of the history of illustration, graphic design, photography and fine art. The programme provides support for the creation of a series of images and a design portfolio that convey a particular idea developed by the student. The module introduces a range of key techniques for originating, and developing images and documents from digital manipulation, and illustrationto document layout. It discusses further the technical issues relating to the media formats in which the students will present their image sequence and design portfolio.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday morning

    This module introduces students to the history of journalism, honourable and dishonourable, to the roles it has played and continues to play in society, and to the main theories used to understand how it works. Focusing on the UK, it will also highlight ethical concerns and take account of wider, global issues and contexts. This content will be used to develop transferable skills of critical thinking and analysis, crucial to employability.
    Political accounts, investigations which have transformed lives, human interest stories, arts reviews, in-depth profiles, cartoons, speculative columns, hot gossip, sports, fashion, celebrity… and now, for something completely different! What does it all mean and why do we produce and consume it? By the end of the module, students won’t necessarily have any answers, but they should be able to ask much better questions.
    Working together, individually and in small groups, students explore major events and stories, past and present. They develop skills of presentation and analysis, learning when to use academic writing and when the more vivid narrative of journalism can play an equally effective role. In addition, they will explore critically and practically, the techniques used in writing and broadcasting of the past so that they can better develop their own professional capacities in the future.
    Discussion, presentations, research, screenings and visits will all play a part in the development of critical thinking skills, which will be workshop-based.
    The module will be assessed by three essays and a self-assessed grid, which is moderated by tutors at the end of the year.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday afternoon
    • all year (September start) - Friday morning

    This module introduces students to a range of photographic and digital video and sound practices, through a variety of practical exercises. This will provide them with a range of potentially employable skills. Through this practical engagement with digital video and photographic technologies, students will also reach a greater understanding of a number of theories and histories relating to photography and to the moving image and sound.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Wednesday morning

    This module introduces students to the practical and analytical skills (including looking at ethical problems) involved in professional news writing, newsgathering, collaborating in teams to produce stories, evaluating sources and revising writing.
    Students will be required to produce news copy in professional formats, which will include online posts using images, video and audio and the use of mobile technology.

    They will research and write a series of news articles and publish them on a class blog. They will learn newsgathering skills: analysis of reports, press releases and user-generated content; deducing news content from press conferences and announcements (diary items); following up human interest via face-to-face and phone interviews, including vox pops and the death knock; organising a team response to a major event; follow-up stories and case studies; analysing facts and figures to use in sidebar boxes; cultivating contacts and FoI.
    They will study contemporary news coverage to develop an understanding of how news stories are reported and created. They will discuss ethical, legal and commercial constraints on journalists and how different genres serve different markets.
    Accuracy, subediting, headlines and search engine optimisation will be important, as will developing stories through new media, images, audio, and video.
    The module will be assessed by two portfolios and a timed class exercise.

    The first portfolio consisting of a) news stories of 250 words and follow-up ideas, up to 1,000 words in total;

    The second portfolio of a) two non-diary sourced news features, with multi-media elements – could include voicer and piece to camera, or written text with images.
    b) one-minute audio and video vox pops, recorded and edited
    c) a log book of story construction, including contact details.

    The timed class exercise will comprise a) a news story of between 250-300 words; b) a short story (nib) of between 30-50 words; c) a tweet to link to the story.

    Contribution in class will be measured by a journal recording the student’s activity, weekly updated, moderated by tutors at the end of the teaching period. This to include links to Youtube, soundcloud etc, with multimedia elements.

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Year 2 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Wednesday afternoon

    Continuing on from the first-year core Reporting Skills, students in Advanced Reporting will develop the skills and techniques necessary to succeed in more advanced forms of reporting, including investigative journalism, features, and in-depth interviews and profiles.
    Through a combination of workshops, masterclasses and site visits, students learn to identify subject matter and potential readerships; master interviewing and editing techniques; learn how to find original angles; undertake focused, widely sourced research on individuals and issues; and conduct on-the-spot reportage. They analyse statistics and develop stories based on them.
    This module develop students’ skills in multi-platform journalism. Via predominantly practical workshops, the students will learn the basics of radio journalism, as well as TV/video camera and editing skills, using cutting-edge software and equipment. This will reinforce their understanding of the need for 360-degree journalism in today’s society.

    They will work on projects within class with a view to publishing them online via the course website, www.hollowayexpress.co.uk
    Holloway Express, thereby providing an outward-facing portal for future employability.

    The module will be assessed by two portfolios of six stories (news and features) in total, comprising one podcast and one video package, both of which must show evidence of professional writing and newsgathering skills learnt in this module, plus a piece of long-form journalism (2,500 words) showcasing investigative reporting. Contributions to an online journal will assess class contribution, moderated by tutors at the end of the year.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Wednesday morning

    This module provides opportunities for students to gain experience of the journalistic working environment and to enhance and extend their learning by applying and building on their academic and journalistic skills.
    Students must find their three –week placement themselves, deploying employability and professional skills and their own developing portfolios.
    Placements will be supported by a session of workshops, of which students mustt attend the majority.
    Assessment will be by a reflective learning log, including ethical considerations and remarks by employers; a presentation to class and on the class blog; self-assessed engagement with classes when not on placement.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Thursday morning

    This module covers what student journalists need to know about how Britain works and the place of journalism within debates about ethics and the legal system.
    Classes will look at the ethical and judicial frameworks and constraints which control the reporting of legal matters, including crime and its contexts. Students will explore these subjects from the industry viewpoint, learning how to find and develop stories within the social and political landscape of Britain today.
    Within public adminstration, classes will survey: national systems of government and representation; local government; citizen remedies and freedom of information; foreign policy, the EU and defence; social services and education; health; the judicial system (civil) and human rights; ermegency services; the criminal justice system, including police; finance and the stock exchange.

    At the heart of this course is the study of ethics. How journalists ought to behave – and what we can learn from those who do not behave properly – is particularly important to the profession. The public relies on the profession to give information. How should journalists get that information and how convey it?
    Ethics gives a deeper meaning to the study of the legal system for journalists. Classes will locate the law which journalists need to know, both civil and criminal, within a broader ethical framework in today’s multi-platform, multi-national world. Analysis of current cases and case law will be as important as knowledge of existing frameworks and codes.

    Field trips to magistrate’s courts and local authority meetings will be key to personal experience and understanding, as will guest speakers.
    Discussion, research, screenings and visits will all play a part in developing students’ critical thinking skills and the professional skill of accurate, legally acceptable writing.

    The module will be assessed by two portfolios (one of which includes multi media), an essay, and an online journal moderated by tutors at the end of the year.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday morning

    This module focuses on creative design, technology, techniques and standards both for the web and the emerging mobile market. It will examine the web design process in a human and social context and encourage critical reflection on user-centred interaction and relevant contextual issues, while enabling the design of applications both for desktop and mobile digital environments and the production of creative and accessible websites.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Monday morning

    Online and digital journalism skills are becoming essential for the industry and other media activities. New job roles are created for community managers and social media editors to increased vacancies for other new areas such as data journalism.

    This module equips you with the learning to critically understand social media for audience feedback, community development, story development, and understanding analytics: how analytics are used to build audiences and how this data influences editorial decisions.

    It will also teach the basics of data journalism, starting with spreadsheets and making sense of statistics, newsroom maths and storytelling using free visualisation tools. This module will introduce you to what you need to master in order for you to work in a professional capacity as a digital journalist.

    This module will combine teaching the technical skills with an introduction to software tools – including understanding HTML embedding and writing for online and using free software such as datawrapper, Tableau, Tineye, Hootsuite and more.

    Some programming knowledge or blogging experience will be useful, as well as skills with graphics, but the main aim of the course will be to understand the principles of social media, what works for online and telling meaningful data journalism stories. Ethical concerns will be highlighted throughout, looking at verification and fake news, looking at web tools like webarchive.org, checking IDs and images.

    The module will be assessed by timed in-class assessments, an investigative portfolio using sources, and entries to an online journal, moderated by tutors at the end of the teaching period.

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Year 3 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Thursday afternoon
    • all year (September start) - Thursday morning

    Students will work in teams in the multimedia newsroom to research, write and present multi-platform journalism, specifically in video and audio formats. Working to specified job descriptions they will take on responsibility for the editorial and production processing and use knowledge to spot and prepare stories for forward planning diaries, with due regard to ethical and professional considerations.

    Student will work to tight deadlines and adhere to professional codes and standards during editorial cycles, which will periodically be explored in four newsdays and in two newsweeks. These will develop employability and focus around industry practices, including news conferences, bulletins and multimedia links.

    Students will be given the opportunity to work in specific professional genres (news, features, sport etc) or specific media (audio, video, newspaper, online). They will write, subedit and re-version copy for different platforms and purposes. They will use mobile technology and social media to enhance news values.

    Students will be encouraged to develop a contacts book and to publish work in professional publications, as well as on the course website. Language, writing and presentation styles will be developed to match or improve on contemporary industry practice.

    Through tutor coaching they will improve skills such as video, audio and copy editing, writing and editing copy and scripts, headlines and picture captions and learn how to use words, images, graphics, audio and social media, including tweeting, to construct narratives appropriate to stories and platforms.

    Students will work in teams in the multimedia newsroom to research, write and present multi-platform journalism, specifically in video and audio formats. Working to specified job descriptions they will take on responsibility for the editorial and production processing and use knowledge to spot and prepare stories for forward planning diaries, with due regard to ethical and professional considerations.

    Student will work to tight deadlines and adhere to professional codes and standards during editorial cycles, which will periodically be explored in four newsdays and in two newsweeks. These will develop employability and focus around industry practices, including news conferences, bulletins and multimedia links.

    Students will be given the opportunity to work in specific professional genres (news, features, sport etc) or specific media (audio, video, newspaper, online). They will write, subedit and re-version copy for different platforms and purposes. They will use mobile technology and social media to enhance news values.

    Students will be encouraged to develop a contacts book and to publish work in professional publications, as well as on the course website. Language, writing and presentation styles will be developed to match or improve on contemporary industry practice.

    Through tutor coaching they will improve skills such as video, audio and copy editing, writing and editing copy and scripts, headlines and picture captions and learn how to use words, images, graphics, audio and social media, including tweeting, to construct narratives appropriate to stories and platforms.

    Student development will be informed by sessions led by guest speakers from the industry and field trips to working news environments.

    Assessment will involve three portfolios of journalism. Engagement with class will be self-assessed and moderated by tutors.

    Voice training will be incorporated in news days.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Wednesday morning

    Creating Packages develops the advanced professional skills taught at level 5: identifying subject matter and potential readerships, research, interviewing and editing techniques, on-the-spot reportage, and finding original angles and relevant sources for stories, to a stage where students originate and source the elements for their own journalism packages, based on a subject area of their own choice, rather than as directed by tutors.

    Each package will have three instances, in print and online (or vice versa), to reflect the multimedia nature of such products in contemporary journalism. News days will reinforce a professional sense of urgency and the need to meet deadlines.

    The module allows students to enhance their skills in writing news features arising from topical issues, using data for feature articles, developing more in-depth interviews and/or feature stories based on interviews and research. Students will be directed towards identifying subject matter and potential readerships, on-the-spot reportage skills, and finding original angles and relevant sources for their stories.

    Assessment will be of three portfolios of work, adapted for printed text and for online; two critical, self-reflective commentaries; and contribution to class, self-assessed through journals where students will self-assess their own work, their editorial roles and their participation in group contributions to class, including group and individual oral presentations (where attendance is mandatory). This will be moderated by tutor.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Friday afternoon

    The module aims to develop planning, design, development and evaluation skills and give students a practical understanding of how to define and manage a small digital media project. The project topic is self directed and students are encouraged to pursue a topic which has interested them in the course of their studies. The topic must be approved by a tutor. Students are allocated a supervisor at the beginning of the module and are encouraged to meet with them at regular intervals to discuss their progress. Presentations of work in progress and group critiques are an essential part of the program.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Wednesday afternoon

    This module allows students to explore in depth a topic of their own choice, arising out of previous study and subject to supervisor approval. It must be a piece of longform journalism, aimed at a specified audience, not a study of journalism.

    Independent but supported learning and sustained research and writing will provide a focus for refining and drawing together a wide range of transferable skills.

    These must result in a high quality piece of journalistic writing with an academically rigorous critical and research underpinning.

    A synopsis and project management schedule, demonstrating a research strategy submitted at week 12, will provide material for pdp and a signpost for further work.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Friday afternoon

    Arts Journalism investigates and teaches the specific professional techniques and practices of arts journalism – in music, film, literature, art, architecture, dance, theatre, and other areas of student interest which relate directly to employability. Throughout this 15-week module, the arts are placed in the context of the relationship between journalist practitioners (in print, radio and online) and the arts industries.
    Field trips and guest speakers will demonstrate in depth the connection between professional journalists and arts practitioners.
    This module also surveys the cultural, historical and global business issues and conditions within which arts journalism takes place, enabling self-reflective and critical perspectives.
    Students are encouraged to publish their work inside the university website and outside, building up contacts and a portfolio of pieces.
    Students are assessed through a portfolio of practical and critical work, which can be across platforms, a diary of their critical reactions to arts events, and a final 1,000-word piece of arts journalism.
    Class participation will be assessed through contribution to an online journal.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Tuesday morning

    This module looks at the professional skills of the journalist in politics, public affairs and society. It is both theoretical and practical.
    Students will examine the historical and political contexts of journalism, the role of charities and special interest groups such as environmental and rights campaigners and how to cover lobbying and direct action. They will analyse the ethics of committed journalism and debate how to justify bias.
    They will explore, through discussion, presentation and professional practice, links with PR and internal comms professionals, viral and social media, humour and satire, human interest stories and running appeals.
    They will produce original work for a campaign of their choice, which they must pitch to their classmates and tutor.
    Formative assessment will be an essay on how campaigning has changed events and whether such campaigning is justified
    An overview of media law and ethical considerations will underpin a summative project of campaigning journalism which will combine original research, in either a series of three short articles or one long article and a log of events and contacts.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Thursday afternoon

    This module introduces students to digital media management and enterprise issues. The module focuses on management of interactive projects and explores issues in project management, including team management, client handling, outsourcing and asset management, copyright and legal issues, the planning and production life-cycle, resources and marketing. Students will learn how to manage a digital media project and how to effectively plan and execute a production cycle.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Friday afternoon

    This module develops professional skills of the journalist in writing about science. It is both theoretical and practical.
    Students will examine historical and current writing about science, look at the role of media in informing public debates and analyse communications issues. They will cover how scientific research is undertaken, globally and in the UK, and the influence of funding and lobbies (for example on tobacco consumption or climate change).
    They will explore how to cover protests, lobbying and direct action, on the one hand, and learn how to extract the information for stories from scientific data, journal articles and reports, on the other. They will take into account the ethics of how to cover health campaigns, from human interest stories to funding disputes and the bottom line.
    They will explore, through discussion, presentation and professional practice, links with grassroots organisations, PR and internal comms professionals, viral and social media, human interest stories and running appeals. They will become familiar with the basic legal frameworks around defamation, confidence and data protection as they apply to research and research protocols.
    They will produce original journalistic work, which they must pitch to their classmates and tutor.
    Formative assessment will be an essay on the pitfalls and triumphs of science journalism, as emplified in current UK and USA practice.
    An overview of media law and ethical considerations will underpin a summative project of practical journalism which will combine original research, in either a series of three short articles or one long article (or multi-media equivalents) and a log of research and contacts.

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Year 1 (Level 4) modules include:

  • Journalism: History and Ideas
  • Practical Journalism
  • Creative Digital Imaging
  • Digital Video and Sound Design

Year 2 (Level 5) modules include:

  • Media Law and Ethics; Public Administration
  • Responsive Web Design
  • Digital Humanities
  • Social Media Strategies
  • Data Journalism
  • Journalism Work Placement

Year 3 (Level 6) modules include:

  • Creating Packages
  • Broadcast Journalism
  • Journalism Project
  • Digital Media Project
  • Arts Journalism
  • Campaigning Journalism
  • Science, Technology, Environment and Health Journalism
  • Digital Management and Enterprise
  • Digital Media Work Placement

“I really enjoyed the course, it was well structured and informative. I can never get enough of the incredible guest speakers talking about interesting topics - I always made sure to attend these.”
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“The teaching has always been good. The teachers themselves are friendly and make our lessons fun. We have lots of equipments and facilities to use, which personally I believe is the best aspect about the course.”
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Our journalism graduates have gone on to work in TV, radio, print and online media all around the globe, as well as in diverse fields including PR, media consultancy, social media, management, web design, fashion and marketing.

They work as journalists, multimedia journalists, production assistants, managing editors, media and communications officers and production assistants. From The Daily Star, The IndependentThe Financial Times and Correos of Venezuela, to talkSPORT radio, the BBC, Swedish TV and CNN, our graduates have been making their mark.

You could also follow in the footsteps of our students who have gone on to postgraduate study in media, journalism, international conflict and film studies.

Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time. 

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2018. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of- the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

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How to apply

If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.

UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.

Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University, but please note that if you require a Tier 4 visa you are not able to study on a part-time basis.

All applicants applying to begin a course starting in January must apply direct to the University.

When to apply

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.

If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.

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