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.

Key facts

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

PPLM4003B

20

INTRODUCTION TO CONTEMPORARY POLITICS

Politics is changing. And changing, faster than ever before. The COVID pandemic, the rise of populist movements, environmental challenges, economic crises and the rise of digital politics are reshaping the relationships between states and citizens. Liberal democracy, once thought to be the triumphant political system, is under threat. But perhaps it is being renewed and just reshaped? This module will provide you with an overview of the different ways the subject has been approached so far to assess whether these are fit for purpose in new times. You'll then be provided with knowledge of a series of case study countries including from Africa, Europe, Asia and the Americas, around the world from our in-house experts. Finally, we'll explore the nature of these challenges thematically to give you a cutting-edge knowledge of contemporary politics.

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.

PPLM4004A

20

Students must study the following modules for credits:

Name Code Credits

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 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

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

Important Information

The University makes every effort to ensure that the information within its course finder is accurate and up-to-date. Occasionally it can be necessary to make changes, for example to courses, facilities or fees. Examples of such reasons might include a change of law or regulatory requirements, industrial action, lack of demand, departure of key personnel, change in government policy, or withdrawal/reduction of funding. Changes may for example consist of variations to the content and method of delivery of programmes, courses and other services, to discontinue programmes, courses and other services and to merge or combine programmes or courses. The University will endeavour to keep such changes to a minimum, informing students and will also keep prospective students informed appropriately by updating our course information within our course finder.

In light of the current situation relating to Covid-19, we are in the process of reviewing all courses for 2020 entry with adjustments to course information being made where required to ensure the safety of students and staff, and to meet government guidance.

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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. 
  • 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, 4 subjects at H3
  • Access Course Access to Humanities & Social Sciences pathway. Pass the Access to HE Diploma with Merit in 45 credits at Level 3
  • BTEC DDM. Excludes Public Services and Business Administration
  • European Baccalaureate 70%

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

Applications from students whose first language is not English are welcome. 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

If your application tells us that you're capable and enlivened by your chosen course, we will invite you to a one-to-one online interview with one of our experienced journalists. This is a chance to meet us, discuss the course and tell us about your interest in Journalism, giving you a taste of what it would be like to study it here at UEA. You'll be asked to talk about your favourite news programme, for example, and what kind of articles you'd enjoy writing, and you'll also have the chance to talk about your current studies, extra-curricular interests and what excites you about being a journalist.  

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.

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

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 application 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 is sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.

The Institution code for the University of East Anglia is E14.

FURTHER INFORMATION  

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