BA Broadcast and Multimedia Journalism


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Degree of Bachelor of Arts



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Key facts

An important part of preparing for work, students practice reading radio news bulletins in our new radio room at Epic Studios in Norwich. Students learn to use the ‘Burli’ newsroom system for radio news bulletins which is used in commercial radio stations across the UK.

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In the second and third years of this course students take part in news days, replicating practice in industry newsrooms and covering stories of the day in the community. Students will produce news content for TV, radio and online platforms.

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Students benefit from working in a professional studio environment, developing skills and experience which will serve them well upon graduation.

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This course gives students the opportunity to sample real work situations. For example, students may have opportunities to hone their skills in a professional high definition studio working on discussion programmes with studio audiences, or covering live events such as World Speech Day.

This intensely practical programme offers a career path to the dynamic and rapidly changing world of the professional journalist. On this course you will receive a grounding in the storytelling and production skills of the digital age, enabling you to work across TV, radio, print, social media and online platforms.

Overview

The degree is developed in close consultation with the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC). The programme teaches core general skills such as writing, video editing, audio skills, camera skills, interviewing, news package production, court reporting, longer form programme making and website production. You will develop an understanding of media law and ethics, including defamation, copyright, legal constraints and media regulation. You will complete 15 days of industry placement as an essential part of your course. You will also participate in at least 15 days of newsroom production in years 2 and 3, closely mirroring practice within professional broadcast newsrooms. The BJTC is supported by major industry players such as Reuters, ITN, BBC, Channel 4, Associated Press, ITV and Sky News

Course Structure

Year 1

In the first year, course modules feature introductions to core written and production journalism skills alongside initial teaching of law and ethics. As a professional journalist operating in the UK you will be expected to have a thorough knowledge of the British legal system and contemporary ethical and regulatory constraints, as these all affect news gathering and publication. There is also an introduction to contemporary politics.

Year 2

n your second year you will undertake core modules in news production, and will take part in newsdays and further study of media law, public affairs and industry regulation. By the end of Year 2 of course, you will be able to:

  • Record and edit a radio interview and vox-pop
  • Record and edit an interview and vox-pop for video
  • Shoot and frame competently
  • Write broadcast cues
  • Write a short bulletin for broadcast
  • Write an online story
  • Upload stories online
  • Take publishable photographic stills
  • Source stills (using knowledge of creative commons licenses)
  • Upload text, stills, video or audio to the web
  • Embed audio and video in online/digital content
  • Understand basic media law and broadcast regulation
  • Use social media effectively as a newsgathering and publication tool
  • Live blog from an event
  • Deliver a two-way for radio
  • Source original news stories
  • Deliver a piece to camera
  • Understand basic numeracy

Industry placements will take place from the end of the second year’s teaching, including during the summer break.

Year 3

In your final year, you will draw upon the skills you have developed to produce more sophisticated forms of audio-visual content including longer form documentary production. You will undertake more newsdays, industry placements and an extended journalism project, as well as a choice of optional modules. Each year includes elements of voice and presentation training. Practical sessions in the newsroom are taught by experienced journalists and trainers with relevant professional experience. The course makes use of the department’s facilities on campus and at Epic Studios. Epic is a professional broadcast centre in Norwich where UEA currently has its own audio and HD TV studio facilities as well as access to the centre’s main broadcast studio. There is also digital timeline editing and an electronic newsroom system which, along with the video ingest and audio bulletin production capability, replicate the workflow of a professional news production centre.

Teaching and Learning

Teaching is primarily in workshops, containing elements of lecture, seminar and class discussion along with practical reporting or production activities. Some theoretical aspects or optional modules are taught under more formal lecture/seminar conditions. You will gain experience of interviewing, writing and presenting. You will acquire industry skills in shooting, recording and editing, both video and audio. You will also visit courts, councils and the institutions of government.

Independent Study

You will watch, read and listen to professionally produced news every day. The placements, which you will organise yourself with the support of the university, will give you real-world experience of modern news production. As you progress through the course, your confidence as a journalist will grow, and you will undertake increasingly sophisticated reporting and production assignments, culminating in your own extended journalism project in the final year.

Assessment

Assessment is based mostly on evaluation of your practical work: reporting, writing, interviewing and news production. At times you will work, and be assessed, collaboratively. There is an element of essay writing which follows academic norms, but primarily you will be expected to produce publishable works of accurate, balanced journalism which comply with ethical and legal standards as practiced in the industry. In your second year, you will be examined on media law and regulation, and satisfactory performance in that exam is a requirement for graduation.

Over the course, students shall be required to maintain a personal log, recording their successful completion of various journalism and production tasks, which will each be signed-off by a member of the teaching staff.

After the course

After the course students are ready to work as staff or freelance broadcast journalists in local or regional newsrooms. Students of related courses at UEA have gone on to careers in radio, TV, online and other forms of journalism.

Career destinations

Examples of careers you could enter include:

  • Independent local radio stations
  • Local BBC radio stations
  • Local or national newspapers
  • Independent media production companies
  • National/international broadcasters
  • Running your own business

Course related costs

You will be required to travel within Norfolk to report on news stories on a regular basis, and some limited travel outside of the county may be required. Some additional study trips or visits may require a student contribution. You will be required to purchase a portable storage device, such as a mobile hard drive, for saving your work. 

Please see Additional Course Fees for details of other course-related costs.

Course Modules 2020/1

Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits

BROADCASTING

You will explore a range of audio-visual and audio formats, including television, radio and more recent audio formats, such as Internet streaming, and podcasts. Throughout the module you will be introduced to key theoretical approaches to the analysis of broadcasting content, programming, policy and regulation and reception. Areas of interest will include topics such as narrative and soundtrack, flow, seriality, liveness, innovation and funding, and domesticity.

AMAM4032B

20

INTRODUCTION TO AUDIO VISUAL SKILLS

When you take up your career as a professional journalist, you will be expected to be multi-skilled: adept in writing, shooting, recording and editing all forms of media for radio, TV and digital. In this module you will learn and practise the technical and practical skills which will be further developed in years two and three of the degree.

PPLM4003A

20

INTRODUCTION TO CONTEMPORARY POLITICS

This module introduces you to some of the key contemporary debates and issues in the disciplines of Politics and International Relations. The central theme of the module is liberal democracy, its nature, scope and potential strengths and weaknesses. You will consider forces which have had an impact upon western liberal democracy - such as globalisation and immigration - and examine case studies which illustrate the success and failure of liberal democracy in practice. The case studies change from year to year, but currently include Weimar Germany, Northern Ireland, Britain, the Israel-Palestine conflict, Iraq, France and the US. You will be assessed on this module via coursework, usually a combination of an essay and/or a reading and seminar logbook. You will learn via attendance at weekly lectures and seminars, and your own private study. In addition to enhancing your subject knowledge, you will also acquire and develop skills which will be helpful in the rest of your degree, such as critical analysis and the construction of political arguments, in both written and spoken forms, as well as improving your confidence to participate in seminar discussions.

PPLX4052A

20

INTRODUCTION TO JOURNALISM

This module will get you started on the pathway to a career in professional journalism. It will introduce you to the news industry, exploring how it has changed and continues to evolve. You will explore some of the challenges facing the news business in the 21st century. You will also learn practical skill such as learning how to identify potential news stories, and come up with ideas for off-diary reports. You will learn about journalistic sourcing and research, and how to write simple text-based stories. These skills will create a sound foundation on which you will continue to build in your second and third years.

PPLM4002Y

40

LAW AND THE JOURNALIST

As a professional journalist, you will be at the interface of politics, law and public life. A professional journalist needs to work within the law, and know and follow the regulatory and ethical codes of the British system. Broadcast journalists in particular have unique duties and obligations, at a time when the internet and social media have created an environment where publishing is no longer the preserve of a privileged few. But what sets the professional apart from a blogger or vlogger? This module introduces you to the key principles of law and freedom of speech, and prepares you for more detailed study of the topic in year 2 of your course.

PPLM4004B

20

Students must study the following modules for 100 credits:

Name Code Credits

ESSENTIAL PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND LAW

This module teaches the essential elements of media law and regulation and builds on the study undertaken in 'Law and the Journalist' module. This module explores the law in more detail with specific consideration of the consequences of relevant legislation for the practice of journalism. It also covers public affairs, which explores the functioning of government at both local and national level.

PPLM5006Y

30

JOURNALISM PRACTICE AND ETHICS

This module builds on the skills learned in 'Introduction to Journalism' and develops those skills further. You will learn and develop skills in digital and data journalism. You will also reflect on the notion of journalistic responsibility and what it means to act ethically as a journalist. Practical ethical issues will include the manipulation of content, the suppression or otherwise of indecent or gruesome material, invasions of privacy, the confidentiality of and the way journalists deal with 'Fake News' and misinformation.

PPLM5007Y

30

NEWSROOM PRACTICE 1

This module will allow you to develop the skills you need to work as part of a team in a modern newsroom. It will involve a number of practical workshops, and 15 news days in which you will work as a team to create journalism using text, photographs, audio and video and publish those works of journalism either in a programme or online.

PPLM5008Y

40

Students will select 20 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits

DIGITAL MEDIA AND SOCIETY

For better or worse, digital technologies are hyped at having revolutionised society. This module will provide you with an introduction to the ways in which the internet and other digital technologies are (and are not) affecting society from theoretical and empirical perspectives, and how society shapes technology. Topics covered include: the evolution of the internet; the "network society"; regulating new media; the radical internet and terrorism; social networking, blogs and interactivity; culture and identity in the digital age; and how the internet affects politics and the media.

PPLM5053A

20

LIES, ALGORITHMS AND CONCERTOS: UNDERSTANDING MEDIA AND CULTURAL POLICY

How should we deal with the dissemination of 'fake news'? What role do algorithms play in the media we consume, and is it concerning? What kind of government intervention is there in media markets and in cultural life and how does this get decided? This module will enable students to understand the dynamics and issues of media and cultural policy and how various levels of governance are involved in regulating media cultural sectors. The module will start by introducing students to public policy and policy making processes, covering multi-level governance, multi-stakeholderism, and the policy cycle. It will then enhance students' understanding though deep dives into current issues in media and cultural policy, such as audio-visual media policy, arts institutions, net neutrality, harmful content on platforms, sports and premium content rights, urban regeneration through culture, evolving models of (self/co-)regulation. The module will draw on examples from across the globe and at various level including local, regional, national and supra-national policy making, with special efforts made to integrate ones from non-Western contexts. Students will have the opportunity to work on real policy issues and practice professional skills in simulations and assessment activities. This module is for anyone interested in media and culture or in public policy in general. It covers topics that touch our daily lives so would be useful to anyone concerned about the shape of our society.

PPLM5005B

20

MEDIA, GLOBALISATION AND CULTURE

What role do media and communication play in processes of globalisation? How is an ever more global media creating cultural change? In this module you will explore the cultural implications of global media and culture by investigating audience practices and media representations. It begins by introducing the main theoretical approaches to mediated globalisation, before examining how these work in practice. Indicative topics include the power of global branding, global celebrity culture, global publics and local audiences, transnational cultures, and representations of migration.

PPLM5003B

20

POLITICS IN THE USA

The election of Donald Trump as President in 2016 has radically changed US politics. Yet to fully understand the current times, contemporary American politics needs to be put into context. This module covers the historical themes that exist in US politics from the eighteenth century to the present day. The emphasis will be on modern political history and contemporary politics, but this will be underpinned by a knowledge of the political philosophy at the time of the formation of the United States, the governmental structures, and political developments over historical time.

PPLX5164A

20

THE MEDIA AND IDENTITY

How do the media shape how we see ourselves? Or indeed how others see us? In a world of social media, self-branding and the increasing importance of mediated forms of identity, on this module you will explore critical ways of thinking about the relationship between culture, media and the self. Drawing on a range of theoretical approaches in the field of media and cultural studies, this module asks you to use research methods from autoethnography to content analysis to explore both their own identities and the way in which identities more broadly are formulated through contemporary media culture. Through discussing the representation of identity in media content, as well as issues of media production, regulation and consumption, you will critically reflect upon the relationship between media culture and social power and consider how social and technological changes impact on the ways in which identity is experienced in everyday life. On successful completion of this module, you should be able, at threshold level, to critically reflect upon the ways in which media texts construct social identity and should be able to discuss the relationship between media and identity with awareness for social, institutional and technological factors that shape both media production and consumption. Assessment is by group presentation and independent research project.

PPLM5042B

20

Students must study the following modules for 80 credits:

Name Code Credits

EXTENDED JOURNALISM PROJECT

This module gives students the opportunity to create an extended journalism project which will normally take the form of a radio or TV documentary or long-form feature. The work you produce will examine and relate a story in some detail, and unless otherwise agreed will be a substantial work of video or audio journalism of between 15-20 minutes in duration. You will also produce a reflective report, documenting and reflecting on your production process, its successes and its limitations.

PPLM6005B

30

JOURNALISM PLACEMENT

Relevant work experience is important for students wishing to pursue a career in journalism, and for this module you must complete at least 15 days of work placement over the course of their degree. This will normally take place during the Easter or summer vacations of year two, or exceptionally, during year three. At least one placement must be at least 5 days in duration. You will write a reflective report, commenting on your experience and what you learned from it and submit a portfolio or other evidence of the work activity carried out during the placement. Note: The University will support students in applying for placement(s) and will endeavour to introduce them to suitable placement providers whenever possible. However, it will remain the responsibility of the student to ensure that suitable placements are obtained and satisfactorily completed.

PPLM6001Y

20

NEWSROOM PRACTICE 2

This module will allow you to further develop the skills you will need to work, independent from your lecturers, as part of a team in a modern newsroom. It will consist of 15 news days, some of which will take place during the early summer assessment period. You will work as a team to create journalism using text, photographs, audio and video and publish those works of journalism either in a programme or online.

PPLM6002A

30

Students will select 20 - 40 credits from the following modules:

Students must select an even balance of modules across the academic year. Therefore, you must select one autumn module and one spring module when selecting your optional modules from Option Range A and Option Range B.

Name Code Credits

INDEPENDENT FACTUAL PRODUCTION

If you are seeking a career in the broadcast industries and have ambitions to produce your own programmes and supply the country's major broadcasters, then this module will set you on your way. An independent producer is much more than just a freelancer. Working to your commissioning editor, the producer would have responsibility for all aspects of production, from deciding the content, organising the budget, contracting the presenter - and deciding the colour of the set. On this module you will receive instruction in setting up a small business and learn how to land your first commissions.

PPLM6003A

20

POLITICAL JOURNALISM

This module introduces students to the complex world of political journalism. Drawing on examples, both historical and recent it will explore how politics has been reported across all media. We will learn more about the practicalities of covering UK politics and making it informative and interesting for the audience. This module prepares students for roles as political reporters within established news organisations, or new media start-ups. It may also be of interest to students who wish to establish a career in politics, public relations or lobbying.

PPLM6004B

20

Students will select 0 - 20 credits from the following modules:

Students must select an even balance of modules across the academic year. Therefore, you must select one autumn module and one spring module when selecting your optional modules from Option Range A and Option Range B.

Name Code Credits

DIGITAL POLITICS

Today's political world is more than ever influenced by digital technologies, from innovative social movements to 'fake news' and digital election campaigns. We will explore how the technologies influence political processes and how political processes in turn influence technology. We will examine the impact of digital media on electoral politics, examining key election campaigns (including recent UK and US elections) and the impact of social media, big data, and targeted advertising on their results. We will investigate how social movements (from Black Lives Matter to the Alt-Right) have been transformed through their use of digital networks. We will navigate the world of online politics, with a particular focus on the new culture wars being fought out in online environments. Finally we will explore the politics of the everyday, and the political effects of the technology platforms on which we live our online lives.

PPLM6078A

20

TERRORISM AND COUNTER-TERRORISM

Although the term terrorism goes back to the French revolution, it was rarely employed until the 1970's. Contrast this with today when terrorism, it seems, is everywhere we look: in foreign policy decisions, military interventions, homeland security measures, legal frameworks, newspaper headlines, speeches and sermons, films and video games, and, of course, in university modules such as this. In this module, we engage in a critical exploration of terrorism, counter-terrorism, and the academic field of terrorism research. You will explore the history of terrorism, and engage in debates around the definition and character of terrorist violence. Is it possible, necessary, or even desirable to separate terrorism from other forms of violence, for instance? The module will introduce different perspectives on the causes, types, and threat of non-state terrorism. You will examine a range of strategies for countering terrorism, and their political and normative implications. The module also explores the emergence and contribution of critical terrorism studies, examining issues including state terrorism, gender and terrorism, cultural representations of terrorism, and the production and influence of terrorism 'experts.'

PPLI6041B

20

Disclaimer

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

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Entry Requirements

  • A Level BBB or ABC or BBC with an A in the Extended Project
  • International Baccalaureate 31 points
  • Scottish Highers AABBB
  • Scottish Advanced Highers CCC
  • Irish Leaving Certificate 2 subjects at H2 level, 4 subjects at H3 level
  • Access Course Access to Humanities & Social Sciences pathway preferred. Pass the Access to HE Diploma with 45 credits at Level 3
  • BTEC DDM. Excludes Public Services and Business Administration
  • European Baccalaureate 70%

Entry Requirement

You are required to have Mathematics and English Language at a minimum of Grade C or Grade 4 or above at GCSE.

UEA recognises that some students take a mixture of International Baccalaureate IB or International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme IBCP study rather than the full diploma, taking Higher levels in addition to A levels and/or BTEC qualifications. At UEA we do consider a combination of qualifications for entry, provided a minimum of three qualifications are taken at a higher Level. In addition some degree programmes require specific subjects at a higher level.

If you do not meet the academic requirements for direct entry, you may be interested in one of our Foundation Year programmes.

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading):

  • IELTS: 7.5 overall (minimum 7.5 in all components)

We also accept a number of other English language tests. Please click here to see our full list.

 

INTO University of East Anglia  

If you do not yet meet the English language requirements for this course, INTO UEA offer a variety of English language programmes which are designed to help you develop the English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study: 

 

Interviews

 Most applicants will not be called for an interview and a decision will be made via UCAS Track. However, for some applicants an interview will be requested. Where an interview is required the Admissions Service will contact you directly to arrange a time. 

Gap Year

We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year.  We believe that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry on your UCAS application. 

Special Entry Requirements

Applicants who are shortlisted will be asked to provide more information about their interests in journalism, to give them the opportunity to showcase their skills.  This information will be assessed by the academic team and will form part of our decision-making process.

Intakes

The annual intake is in September each year. 

 

Alternative Qualifications

 UEA recognises that some students take a mixture of International Baccalaureate IB or International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme IBCP study rather than the full diploma, taking Higher levels in addition to A levels and/or BTEC qualifications. At UEA we do consider a combination of qualifications for entry, provided a minimum of three qualifications are taken at a higher Level. In addition some degree programmes require specific subjects at a higher level. 

GCSE Offer

You are required to have Mathematics and English Language at a minimum of Grade C or Grade 4 or above at GCSE. 

Course Open To

UK and overseas applicants. 

Fees and Funding

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support

Tuition Fees

Information on tuition fees can be found here:

UK students

EU Students (2019 entry)

Overseas Students

Scholarships and Bursaries

We are committed to ensuring that costs do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds. 

The University of East Anglia offers a range of Scholarships; please click the link for eligibility, details of how to apply and closing dates.

How to Apply

Applications need to be made via the Universities Colleges and Admissions Services (UCAS), using the UCAS Apply option.

UCAS Apply is a secure online application system that allows you to apply for full-time Undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom. It is made up of different sections that you need to complete. Your application does not have to be completed all at once. The system allows you to leave a section partially completed so you can return to it later and add to or edit any information you have entered. Once your application is complete, it must be sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.

The UCAS code name and number for the University of East Anglia is EANGL E14.

Further Information

Please complete our Online Enquiry Form to request a prospectus and to be kept up to date with news and events at the University. 

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