Multimedia Journalism

BA single honours Journalism: Multimedia Journalism 2018/19

Year of entry

Apply from September 2017. Come to an Open Day

Learn to be a journalist – the best job in the world, according to Nobel Prize winner Gabriel García Márquez – on our Broadcast Journalism Training Council accredited programme. You will embark on a challenging, exciting and engaging three year journey from news novice to a multiskilled, multi-platform, social media savvy, 21st Century journalist.

Experienced media professionals will teach you how to generate, produce and publish journalism across TV, radio, newspapers, magazines and online, giving you an outstanding foundation for whichever sector of the journalism industry you choose to enter. Our course is fully accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC).

From day one we regard you as a student journalist, constantly seeking out your latest exclusive – fizzing with engaging multimedia content – to add to your ever-growing online portfolio. And we want to see you throwing yourself into our three student media outlets to further hone your skills – Unified, CSR Radio and CCTV.

You will explore areas including:

  • online, TV and radio journalism
  • newspaper and magazine journalism

As the journalism industry evolves to meet the dramatically new landscape it faces in the digital era, graduates need the skills to tell their stories across a range of media platforms. The modern journalist has a dizzying array of tools at their disposal and a 24/7 audience for their content online. Our graduates need to master both traditional and contemporary methods − which is why we teach everything from timeless newsgathering and production skills to social media monitoring and mobile journalism.

By choosing Multimedia Journalism you will be keeping your options open. You will have the foundation you need to go into any sector of this fast-paced and thrilling industry or specialise with further study.

We are very proud that 95% of our graduates have a graduate-level job or are in further study when surveyed six months after graduation, according to the latest survey of Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education.

The course offers the chance to do this with stimulating and engaging modules that give students the chance to acquire skills in print, radio, TV and online. 

Our approach is practical and hands on. We believe you learn more and enjoy it more if you are practicing what we teach. Taught by seasoned media professionals and academics, as well as regular sessions from senior journalists in the industry, the course concentrates on practical workshops across all media, giving students the chance to try out their skills in Newsdays and live studio events.

The course is accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council who described it as “Gold Star". They also praised our strategy for delivering professional skills, centred around print and broadcasting, and described our online Newsdays, as “exemplary.”

Our External Examiner, Sarah Rowlands, co-author of The Broadcast Journalism Handbook, described the online journalism work at Canterbury Christ Church University as “cutting edge” and “amongst the best student online work I’ve ever seen.”

Top reason to choose this course

Taught by media professionals with substantial experience of working at senior levels in journalism. Small and friendly, but packed full of practical skills, and that’s why we have such a strong employment record for our graduates. That close relationship continues through to the industry, as our graduates return to help current students find their first jobs and placements.

"Every tutor knew my name and it felt like they really cared. I got my first job at CNET two months after leaving and I’m sure it was my multimedia skills that gave me the edge over all the other applicants. I had to script my own reviews, film, present and edit at speed.”

Amie Parker Williams Video Editor, MTV

Awards

John McGhie –TV and Online Tutor.

  • Winner of New York Golden Globes Award for Best TV News Investigation (C4 film showing how the UN was involved with sex trafficking in Sarajevo).
  • Winner Best Environmental Film, BBC2 news documentary showing the epic North Sea struggle between Greenpeace and Shell in the “Battle for Brent Spar”.
  • Winner of the Special Red Cross prize at the Monte Carlo film festival for White Terror – a BBC Correspondent investigation exposing British war crimes against the Mau Mau.

Jonny Greatrex – Programme Director and Online and Print tutor.

  • Regional Press Awards Website of the Year 2015
  • Regional Press Awards Digital Award 2015 – Birmingham Pub Bombings 40th Anniversary
  • Midland Media Awards Campaign of the Year 2015 – Birmingham Pub Bombings memorial Thunderclap
  • Midland Media Awards Online Journalist of the year 2009

Jamie Stephens – TV and Radio Journalism Tutor

  • Winner EDF awards 2014. Best TV programme for ITV Meridian’s live D Day anniversary coverage.
  • Honorary WEBBY awards 2010. Best music website for Balcony TV.
  • Radio1 SRA award. Best Outside Broadcast 2009 and 2010.
  • Radio 1 SRA award. Technical achievement award 2010.
  • Radio 1 SRA award. Best southeast radio station for CSR FM 2009.
  • KM Broadcast journalist of the year 2004 and 2006
  • KM Multimedia Journalist of the Year 2006

In year one you learn to create your own website, TV and radio reports and put together a newspaper, magazine and website in small teams. Shorthand, and media law and ethics are also core ingredients.

We have regular masterclasses from working journalists in all fields.

During year two you will enhance and develop your skills in all of those as well as choosing from a range of options and languages allowing you to specialise – or broaden − your range of interests. A professional work placement will build your professional contacts and experience. Year three is devoted to building an impressive portfolio to showcase your skills to future employers.

Building contacts and strategies for entering the professional field of your choice is all-important, so we have a wide range of visiting professionals, including some of our former students who are now in senior positions in journalism. This is an undergraduate degree course and so, alongside the hard practical skills, we also teach you to think and evaluate the contemporary media scene and the role of journalism in society. We encourage you to form your own views on a number of controversial and exciting issues in journalism: what are the limits to press freedom? How should the industry be regulated, if at all? Can newspapers survive the digital revolution? If the industry is talking about it we want to learn about it. Working in a free media is not just a rewarding and fascinating career choice but carries responsibilities for the preservation of our democratic society, which is why it's worthy of serious academic study and debate.

Although the course has only been running for eight  years we have graduates now working in all the major journalism outlets including BBC and ITV, The Times, The Sunday Times, Mailonline, Huffington Post, all returning often to help and support current students on the course.

Work experience

You can study French, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish as part of, or alongside, your course.

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There is a compulsory work placement between Years 2 and 3. Students choose who to pitch themselves to according to their own interests and we have a good range of placement providers in our database. There are the ‘big names’ such as ITV, BBC, London Fashion Week, New Musical Express, Daily Express, Fabulous magazine etc. but also very valuable hands on experiences at local newspapers, press offices at organisations such as Gillingham Football Club, and specialist magazines such as Surf Girl or Good Food magazine. Some students go back to work for their placement provider after they’ve graduated. For example, last year, one student was actually offered a job during her placement with ITV; she finished her degree and went straight back to them to start her new job.

In his first year in journalism, Programme Director Jonny Greatrex swam with sharks, leapt from a plane, fed a tiger and hurtled down an Italian mountain with the British bobsleigh team. The perils of being a trainee reporter….

Core modules

Year 1

Online Journalism 1

You will learn the skills needed to be an online journalist, from creating your own website to generating stories from social media to crafting the perfect web headline. Using the iPod Touches provided to every student, you will learn how to create engaging video, images and audio for your assessed websites, which will be bursting with your original content. You will learn how to select from the dazzling array of tools and formats available to an online journalist to tell their stories.

Newspaper and Magazine Journalism 1

You will learn how to research and write articles for a wide range of publications, in both news and features; how to generate original ideas and angles that spot gaps in the market, write profiles, reviews and opinion pieces; and develop an individual writing style and “voice”. Software used includes Indesign for the creative layout of newspapers and magazines, and Photoshop. Workshops by visiting professionals will introduce you to specialisms such as sport and travel writing. As well as building your personal portfolio of writing, you’ll be involved in full day ‘newsdays’ in small teams, producing newspapers and magazines. Shorthand is taught twice weekly and we expect approx 60 words per minute to be achieved by the end of the year.

Television Journalism 1

You’ll learn how to film with your own Ipod and tripod kit (supplied at start of year) to generate news and feature footage, the grammar of television and how to edit television films using industry standard video editing software (Final cut pro). Skills in researching, interviewing and developing news stories are emphasised throughout. Techniques of good vocal delivery are studied, as are ‘pieces to camera’ whilst reporting on location. Collaborative skills are developed through team exercises to plan, edit and produce TV news bulletin programmes in our TV news studio.

Radio Journalism 1

You’ll learn to record interviews and voicepieces, write scripts for radio and edit your audio in order to produce entertaining and informative clips, packages, features and finally a programme. You’ll learn how to use the studio and how to adapt your voice for each story during broadcast. We also teach the key principles of journalism here; including balance, accuracy, and codes of conduct.

Politics, Law and Ethics 1

Currently taught by the Editor of the Kentish Gazette, who also examines law for the NCTJ, the module takes you through Media Law and Ethics in practical terms; how must you behave when reporting items involving children for example, or a court case, interpret reporting restrictions, avoiding ‘defamation’ or ‘libel’, and then there’s also human rights legislation; copyright, breach of confidence; negligence; misrepresentation; privacy; and taste and decency. You’ll also learn how the UK and the world work; for example the political system, NHS, employment, immigration and asylum and the EU.

Year 2

Online Journalism 2

Year 2 is about using the skill and knowledge gained in the first year to flourish as online journalists. Yes, you can do the basics, but we teach you to make every millimeter of your online content captivating for your audience. You will create a portfolio of online work to demonstrate just how many ways you can tell your stories, and take part in multimedia newsdays which simulate working days in a range of media organisations.

Television Journalism 2

In Year 2 you will build on television skills from year one. Using a series of practical exercises you will enhance your shooting and scripting skills; practice PTCs (pieces to camera); learn how to use editing software to bring pictures to life and discover how to effectively interview people on camera. You will bring these skills together to make a short, assessed, news film. In the second half of the module the focus switches to studio work. Here you will use our custom-built studio to create your own magazine programme, presenting, directing and making films to deadline.

Newspaper and Magazine Journalism 2

Your individual writing and design skills will be improved still further; writing complex news stories; generating features for specialised markets, including professional, business and customer magazines and effective sub-editing for print and online publications. You will have further sessions on Indesign and Photoshop in order to devise creative and imaginative magazine formats. More specialist workshops from visiting professionals will extend your skills. As well as building your personal portfolio of writing, you’ll be involved in full days producing newspapers and magazines in small teams. Teeline shorthand will be built on to speeds up to 80 words per minute.

Radio Journalism 2

This module brings your radio skills up to near professional standards. You will learn how to produce a range of creative audio features; podcasts, as lives, scene sets etc. There is voice training and tuition in individual use of a radio studio for news and general programming as well as working as part of a team to plan and produce live radio news bulletins and magazine programmes.

Politics, Law and Ethics 2

The module again underpins the entire course. As well as revising the key areas of Media Law taught in year one, the module covers intellectual property; copyright, confidentiality; data protection and the internet; injunctions; blasphemy; the Official Secrets Act; DA-Notices; and common ethical dilemmas and responsibilities. Taught by the editor of the Kentish Gazette who also examines law for the NCTJ, this uses real life examples from current news to bring the subject to life. Again, the political world is examined in more detail in Year two including local government, planning, social services, child protection, fostering and adoption, community care, police, fire and rescue, ambulance etc.

Year 3

Professional Perspectives

This module actually begins in Year two, helping and supporting you in your work placements which happen between years two and three and are so valuable in building contacts and skills. Throughout the third year, you receive masterclasses from recent graduates and senior figures in the industry to help you identify which area of work is right for you and how to get that all important ‘foot in the door’, including roleplay at interviews. The last assignment is to actually apply for a job, whilst still drawing on the staff’s skills and expertise. Shorthand is still taught twice a week, and you can sit for the NCTJ professional exams.

Newsdays

This module replicates working days in all the various media outlets. You will spend whole days being a ‘radio’ reporter or newsreader, an online, TV, newspaper or magazine reporter, together with experiencing other roles as well. Aside from being a key part of our accreditation with the BJTC professional body, this revises and sharpens up all the various skills you’ve learned over the whole course, ready to produce your final individual ‘showpieces’.

Multimedia Project

This is one of the jewels in the crown of the multimedia journalism course. Here all the skills you have learned during the three years are combined into one individual website. You are free to choose whatever subject interests you. In the past we’ve had sites dedicated to sports, fashion, music, video games, politics and crime. You then create a new website from scratch, populating it with an array of multimedia content and stories. Using words, video, polls, audio, maps, lists and links, the site is often used by graduates to show potential employers how good they really are.

Specialist Project

You can choose to do an extended investigation in your favourite media in any subject that interests you. You are allocated an expert supervisor who supports you through the production in a tutorial role. For TV or radio, you will make a short documentary/news investigation and in Print, you would produce report and design a whole publication on the subject of your choice. Graduates often make their finished production the centre piece of their show reel for future employers.

Likely optional modules

Year 1

Contemporary Media Debates

The module takes recent case studies in the media world and introduces students to the debate and the skills and knowledge needed to be able to explore the various sides of the arguments. This is your first introduction to ‘research’. Recent topics include terrorism and the media, celebrity culture, public service broadcasting, media ownership.

OR you can start to learn a language

Year 2

Documenting the Real

The module covers the history of documentary film, radio, and television. You are introduced to the key moments, movements, texts, and practitioners that have helped shape this history. Contemporary contexts and developments are explored, with visiting practitioners invited to present their work

Advertising in Context

An overview of advertising and attitudes to it from the media industry, governments and advertisers themselves From wartime propaganda, to the swinging 60s through to the 80s yuppies – we look at advertising campaigns of their time. How the industry has developed over the last 200 years and how it has been influenced by the state, legislation and commerce.

Celebrity News and the Media

The module looks at the history of ‘celebrity’ and how it is constructed. How does the concept of celebrity affect news and commerce in the press; magazines, reality and talk show TV, photojournalism and online media. Through a variety of case studies, students will also engage with ideas relating to how celebrity pervades cultural life from business and corporate culture to politics, sports and the entertainment and music industries

OR you can continue your language option

Year 3

Contemporary Broadcasting, Policy and Practice

This module brings together visiting speakers from all aspects of broadcasting to give weekly workshops on their genre and working practices. Over the year, you can develop your own script for a TV/Radio progamme with an award winning screenwriter or concentrate on a particular genre that interests you in an essay.

Advertising Practices

A practical module in which you will critically reflect on how advertising works in the real world and the factors that influence it. How to identify the target audience, develop the creative and media campaign and pitch the ‘big idea’, working with an industry partner in the real world.

PR in Practice

This module is for students interested in analysing how public relations campaigns work and those interested in getting some practical experience in how a public relations campaign is managed and planned. As well as essays, you will put together a PR campaign in small groups.

Youth Cultures

You will critically examine aspects of youth culture in today’s society. Themes may include gangs and deviance, style, music and identity, young women, sexuality and feminism, youth crime and the 'yob' culture, and illegal drugs.

OR you may continue your language option

“I got my dream job and I love it. I’ve got to be thankful to you all for pushing me – it was my online experience that got me my job. The course helped me so much . . . the Newsdays were great . . . Law and Politics were made easy to understand and fun by Leo; he’s a great asset to the course.”

Nick Verdier Online Editor The Rugby paper

By the end of three years you will be able to identify and understand key issues in the media, but equally important be able to write news stories and features, make radio and TV packages, work in TV and radio studios, manufacture your own website and populate it with rich multimedia content. These are the skills demanded by the industry. But not just in journalism. Whether it’s a press office, PR, advertising, social media, marketing the arts or international development – these are the talents everyone now needs to succeed in an era of global communication.

“I feel that I could not have been better prepared for applying for jobs. I particularly enjoyed the hands-on experience that this course provided, such as news days, placements and having camera and radio equipment at my disposal. The lecturers are not only extremely knowledgeable but are also supportive and approachable. I believe that the skills I have learnt and the confidence I have gained are what have led me to land my first job straight out of university as a local radio news presenter.”

Amber Stark Reporter Jack FM
Tuition Fees for 2018/19 have not yet been finalised - please read the 2018/19 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2018/19 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

Fees

The 2017/18 annual tuition fees for this course are:

 UK/EUOverseas
Full-time £9,250* £11,000**
Part-time £4,625 N/A

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

*Full-time courses which have a Foundation Year 0 will have a 2017/18 UK/EU tuition fee of £6,165 in Year 0.

**Tuition Fee Scholarship discounts of £1,500 are available to eligible overseas students. Visit the International webpages for further information.

Please read the 2017/18 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2017/18 tuition fees and year on year fee increases

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

CategoryDescription
Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any Library Fees and Fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

Course specific costs

CategoryDescription
Travel and Accommodation costs for Placements There is a compulsory work placement on this Course but students do have a choice where to apply. Costs of travel and accommodation etc are payable by the student but placements are available locally if students would prefer this.
Professional Body Registration If students wish to take the extra NCTJ exams in Shorthand in the final year they are payable by the student. This is optional, and the university provides its OWN certificate of shorthand achievement free of charge.

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) Yes, if the trip contributes to the course (whether it is part of an optional or compulsory module), but not including food and drink. Yes, if the trip is not an essential part of the course but is offered as an enhancement or enrichment activity, or for a student’s personal development.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.

Composition of the course

Most 20-credit taught modules require 200 student learning hours each. This usually comprises 50 hours of student contact and 150 hours of student study and practice.  In practical/professional modules, teaching will typically be delivered in a workshop setting in the newsroom or studios, learning practical skills. Other modules are delivered through lectures, seminars, and tutorials as well as practical work.

Academic input

The course is delivered by specialists in the field. All practical/professional modules are run by current journalists or senior lecturers that have had senior roles in journalism. 

In the practical and professional modules, you will put together an individual portfolio of work but also take part in team Newsday assessments. In the more theoretical modules, there are a range of assessment methods; including analysis, individual and group presentations, essays, research reports, and examinations.

Every student is given an iPod camera and tripod in Year 1 for their own personal use throughout the course. We have a TV studio with green screen, two newsrooms (one PC with audio editing software, one Apple Mac with industry-specialist software), and four radio studios. All the facilities associated with being part of the large School of Media, Art and Design, which has been delivering media programmes since 1980. 

The course is fully accredited by Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC) whose sponsors include ITV, BBC. We are part of the BBC Placement scheme which offers placements with across their newsrooms, channels and shows. We have close links with our local employers such as BBC Radio Kent, Meriden, KM Group and Trinity Mirror. We have built up a large database of journalism work placements suitable for our students.

BA (Hons) Multimedia Journalism with Foundation Year

This course can also be studied over four years with an additional foundation year (Year 0) for those without the formal entry qualifications. The foundation year is designed to provide you with the grounding you need to progress on to the degree.

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UCAS code

  • P501 Multimedia Journalism

Institutional code

  • C10

Length

  • 3 years full-time

    6 years part-time

Starts

  • September 2018

Entry requirements

  • A typical offer would be 88-112 UCAS Tariff points.

    Applicants have the opportunity to demonstrate their suitability for their chosen programme through an interview.

    More entry requirement details.

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