Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies

BA BROADCAST AND MULTIMEDIA JOURNALISM

Key details 

BA BROADCAST AND MULTIMEDIA JOURNALISM

Start Year
2021
Attendance
Full Time
Award
Degree of Bachelor of Arts
UCAS course code
P500
Entry Requirements
BBB

Assessment for Year 1

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. 

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Assessment for Year 2

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. 

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Assessment for Year 3

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. 

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Year 1

In your first year, all modules are compulsory. The modules come to a total of 120 credits.

Law and the Journalist (PPLM4004B) - 20 credit

The internet and social media have created an environment where publishing is no longer the preserve of a privileged few. But what sets a professional journalist apart from a blogger? A professional journalist needs to work within the law, and know and follow the legal, regulatory and ethical codes of the British system. 
This module introduces you to the key principles involved and prepares you for more detailed study of the topic in year 2 of your course. You will be required to pass the exam at the end of this module to be allowed to progress to year two of the course.

Introduction to Audio Visual Skills (PPLM4003A) - 20 credits

The modern broadcast journalist is multi skilled and is expected to be able to record, shoot and edit their material for radio, TV or online. In this module you will learn the practical and technical skills which will be further developed in years two and three of the degree.

Introduction to Contemporary Politics (PPLX4052A) - 20 credits

Politics is changing. And changing faster than ever before. 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. 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.

Broadcasting (AMAM4032B) - 20 credits

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.

Introduction to Journalism (PPLM4002Y) - 40 credits

This module will introduce you to the news industry, how it has changed and continues to evolve, and explore some of the challenges facing the news business today. You will also learn practical skills 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 text-based stories.

 

Year 2

In your second year, you will complete three compulsory modules for a total of 100 credits and one optional module for a total of 20.

 

Compulsory modules

Essential Public Affairs and Law (PPLM5006Y) - 30 credits

On this module you will learn the essential elements of media law and regulation, building on the study undertaken in the ‘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. You will also learn about public affairs, which explores the functioning of government at both local and national level and is essential core knowledge for the practising journalist. You will be required to pass the exam at the end of this module to be allowed to progress to year three of the course.
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, as well as 15 news days in which you will work as a team to create works of journalism using text, photographs, audio and video and publish them either in a programme or online. Some of the newsdays may be held during assessment periods. While pandemic emergency conditions continue, some or all newsdays may be held virtually.

Journalism Practice and Ethics (PPLM5007Y) - 30 credits

In this module you will further develop your professional practice skills particularly with reference to research, written and data journalism. You will reflect on the notion of journalistic responsibility and what it means to act ethically as a journalist in an age of ‘fake news’ and misinformation. You will explore some of the challenges facing the news media today in preparation for your career.

Newsroom Practice 1 (PPLM5008Y) - 40 credits

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, as well as 15 news days in which you will work as a team to create works of journalism using text, photographs, audio and video and publish them either in a programme or online. Some of the news days may be held during assessment periods. While pandemic emergency conditions continue, some or all news days may be held virtually.

 

Optional modules

You must choose one of the following optional modules in your second year. Each module is worth 20 credits.

Lies, Algorithms and Concertos: Understanding Media and Cultural Policy (PPLM5005B)

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 you 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 you to public policy and policy making processes, covering multi-level governance, multi-stakeholderism, and the policy cycle. It will then enhance your understanding though deep dives into current issues in media and cultural policy, such as audiovisual 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 levels including local, regional, national and supra-national policy making, with special efforts made to integrate ones from non-Western contexts. You 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

Media, Globalisation and Culture (PPLM5003B)

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.

The Media and Identity (PPLM5042B)

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.

Politics in the USA (PPLX5164A)

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.

 

Year 3

In your third year, you will complete three compulsory modules for a total of 80 credits and two optional modules for a total of 40.
 

Compulsory modules

Journalism Placement (PPLM6001Y ) - 20 credits

Relevant work experience is important for students wishing to pursue a career in journalism, and for this module you are normally expected to complete at least 15 days of work placement over the course of the degree. This will usually 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. While pandemic emergency conditions continue, the Univeristy may devise alternative assessed activities to ensure and recognise students’ engagement with professional journalism and employers.

Newsroom Practice 2 (PPLM6002A) - 30 credits

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 may take place during  assessment periods.  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. While pandemic emergency conditions continue, some or all newsdays may be held virtually.

Extended Journalism Project - (PPLM6005B) - 30 credits

This module gives you 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. You will also produce a reflective report, documenting and reflecting on your production process, its successes and its limitations.

 

Optional modules 
Option Range A (20 - 40 credits)

As part of your optional study, you must pick at least one of the following two modules. You can pick both of them, but this would mean you cannot choose either of the ‘Option Range B’ modules. All four optional modules are 20 credits each.

Independent Factual Production (PPLM6003A)

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 independent producer has responsibility for all aspects of production, from deciding the content and narrative format, organising the budget, contracting the presenter – and maybe even 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.

Political Journalism (PPLM6004B)

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. You will learn more about the practicalities of covering UK politics and making it informative and interesting for the audience. This module will prepare you for roles as a political reporter 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.


Option Range B (0-20 credits)
As part of your optional study, you can pick one of the following modules. You cannot pick both of them, and you can choose to pick both the ‘Option Range A’ modules instead of either. These modules are worth 20 credits each.

Digital Politics (PPLM6078A)

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.

Terrorism and Counter-terrorism (PPLI6041B)

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 nonstate 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.’

 

 

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Entry Requirements

A Levels

BBB or ABC or BBC with an A in the Extended Project

BTEC

DDM. Excludes Public Services and Business Administration

Scottish highers

AABBB

Scottish highers advanced

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

European Baccalaureate

70%

International Baccalaureate

31 Points

GCSE offer

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

Additional entry requirements

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.

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.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:

Pre-sessional English at INTO UEA

Academic English at INTO UEA

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.

Course Reference Number: 1545897

Fees and Funding

Tuition Fees

Information on tuition fees can be found here.

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.

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 Reference Number: 1545897

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 number for the University of East Anglia is 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. 

Course Reference Number: 1545897
Key details
Attendance
Full Time
Award
Degree of Bachelor of Arts
UCAS course code
P500
Entry Requirements
BBB
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.
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