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FACULTY OF ARTS, CREATIVE INDUSTRIES & EDUCATION Department of Screen Media & Journalism

Journalism Foundations 1 (UACAAV-30-1) (September 2011 to January 2012)

Journalism Foundations 2 (UACAAW-30-1) (January to May 2012)


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1. What‘s it all about? 2. How does it work? 3. What do I need to do? 4. Who will I be working with? 5. What happens in a Seminar? 6. What happens in a Workshop? 7. What am I supposed to learn? 8. Does attendance matter? 9. Do I need to be technically proficient? 10.What books and equipment do I need? 11.What is my Workbook for? 12.How will my progress be assessed? 13.What are the deadlines for handing in assignments? 14.What are the assessment criteria? 15.Are there any legal issues I should watch out for? 16.Will I be doing anything risky? 17.What if I get into difficulties with the course? 18.What happens if I don‘t do well? 19.Is there anything else I should know about? 20.Where is the Module time table? PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENTS MODULE TIMETABLE

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What’s it all about?

These two foundation modules are a mix of theory and practice designed to provide you with a firm grounding in the skills you will need for the rest of your journalism course at UWE. You will discover what it feels like to be a journalist, how to explore the people, places, politics and problems that make up a big city like Bristol, as well as learning how to hold a mirror up to the practice of journalism, its history and the current issues affecting its development. From the outset you will be ‘learning by doing’—developing journalistic as well as academic writing skills, undertaking journalistic assignments, and learning how to use the internet for research and communications. Workshop tutors with a wealth of practical experience as journalists will encourage you to be curious about the world and develop your writing and investigative skills. They will help you gain the confidence to interview people you have never met before, and find outlets for your work, in the student newspaper and beyond... Meanwhile seminar tutors will be encouraging you to be curious about journalists and journalism, reflect upon their achievements and shortcomings, and develop an understanding of their industry. This will include close reading of newspapers and other publications which should in turn help in your appreciation of journalistic writing. All that we ask is that you  engage with the challenges offered by the course;  make friends with your colleagues on the module and encourage each other to operate outside your comfort zones;  get interested in the people, places and activities that surround you in Bristol;  read a variety of newspapers and magazines—making a note of the different ways (language, headlines, design, illustrations) they present information and opinion to their different audiences;  listen to and watch news and current affairs broadcasts, and think about how you would want to improve them.


How does it work?

These foundation modules cover two semesters (teaching and assessment periods). Part 1 runs from September to January. Part 2 from January to May. Between them they prepare you for all the practical and academic modules you will undertake in years 2 and 3. If you fail to complete, submit and pass ALL the formal assignments on these Modules, you may not be able to proceed to Year 2. Each MONDAY there will be a compulsory LECTURE (10:00 in H124), a SEMINAR and threehour WORKSHOP. You will be expected to attend all day (from 09:30). You will be part of a tutor group (see Qs 4 & 5) for both Seminars and Workshops. During the Seminars you will discuss weekly readings and issues. During the Workshops you will learn about journalism techniques and how to use related equipment and software. Journalism Foundations 1 Seminars during Journalism Foundations 1 will concern themselves with newspaper content and current journalistic issues as they unfold. The Workshops will concentrate on techniques for finding, fleshing out and writing up local news stories—learning about news sources, how to interview people, check your facts and illustrate articles. You will also review a book and an exhibition/film/play/show of your choice. And you will be introduced to an industry standard software package for laying out


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newspaper and magazine pages. Journalism Foundations 2 Workshops during Journalism Foundations 2 will focus on feature writing and the use of sound and images in web-based journalism. You will investigate the lives of key figures in Bristol and interview them, as well as develop ways of illustrating opinions about the changing face of the city. The Seminars will examine the history of journalism and some of the controversies that surround the trade. All of this practical and academic work is part of a broader project to prepare you for life after university, even if you have no plans to work as a journalist. You will be equipping yourself with eminently transferable skills that could be applied in any number of careers.


What do I need to do?

You are expected to  attend and take notes at all formal teaching sessions;  complete the reading and journalistic assignments set each week;  keep a detailed Workbook recording everything you do;  take an interest in contemporary journalism; and  supplement all this with self-directed private study. First of all make sure you know who your Tutors and Instructors are. Write their contact details and where Seminars and Workshops will take place into the appropriate spaces at the start of this Handbook. Read this Handbook carefully – it should answer all your questions about the Modules. If it does not, ask a Tutor or Module Leader. You must keep a record of your activities in a WORKBOOK (see Qs. 9 & 10) which may be inspected by your Tutor or the Module Leader at any time, and will be assessed along with your journalistic assignments. You may be asked at anytime to comment about the set texts or current news stories in Seminars or Workshop sessions, so keep up to date by paying attention to news and current affairs, locally, nationally and internationally. Make sure you always have enough credit on your Pharos account to print out your assignments. See Keep on top of the readings and weekly assignments and you should have no problem completing the Modules successfully, even if you are occasionally distracted by extracurricular activities!


Who will I be working with?

The whole year group is together for the Monday morning Lectures (make sure you are on campus by 09:30), which will be delivered by members of the Journalism Team. This is also when you will be reminded about readings and assignments for the week. (HINT: Don’t be afraid to ask questions if you don’t understand something.) You will be allocated to a Tutor Group of about 15 students for the weekly Seminars and


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Workshops. Each will be led by a different Tutor. You will also have technical help from an Instructor who will introduce you to the hardware and software needed to complete your assignments. Get to know them all, and talk to them if you are finding things difficult. Seminars and Workshops are designed to equip you with the skills you need to complete your degree course. Missing either will severely hamper your ability to complete the module assignments on which you will be assessed. If you know you will be unable to attend a session for legitimate and unavoidable reasons, let your tutor know in advance. If you miss a Seminar or Workshop it is your responsibility to find out what you have missed and catch up, by talking to colleagues who did attend. (See also Q.8)


What happens in a Seminar?

Each week  an attendance register will be kept;  there will be discussion about the week’s readings or a current news story (you are expected to bring a newspaper along);  you may have work or readings to complete by the following week.


What happens in a Workshop?

Each week  an attendance register will be kept;  there may be technical instruction about use of equipment and software;  there may be writing exercises;  there may be role plays;  you may even be sent out on a task, and  you will be set a task to complete by the following week. You will be ‘learning by doing’—improving your writing skills, developing journalistic techniques, revising each other’s written work, and finding out about the technical and creative aspects of print and on-line production, including uploading finished material onto web- and wiki-sites. You will be expected to write and prepare a variety of journalistic pieces using both print and visual journalism methods both during and between your weekly Workshop. Your tutors and student colleagues may review (sub-edit) your written tasks during Workshops as part of the process of honing your journalistic writing skills. Use this time to seek advice and share ideas with colleagues and tutors.


What am I supposed to learn?

Our aim is to give you:  an understanding of the purpose of journalism and the news media;  the confidence to produce journalism in a variety of styles and formats;  competence in a variety of editorial software applications;  critical awareness of journalistic products and target audiences, and  an introduction to journalistic conventions and codes of conduct. By the end of the module you should feel confident and competent enough to:  undertake basic journalistic research;


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meet and talk freely with complete strangers—conducting journalistic interviews; evaluate your own and colleagues’ work; exercise editorial judgement; edit, illustrate and layout newspaper articles; produce online journalistic material; appreciate the different requirements of print and online journalism; appreciate why different markets require different products; write or converse about current journalistic institutions and issues; appreciate aspects of how civil society operates.

Together with the technical skills you will accumulate, these are eminently transferable life skills that will equip you for both vocational and social activities beyond university...

TIME MANAGEMENT is one of THE most important things to conquer while at university  PLAN (your social life) so you arrive on time for all teaching sessions.  SET ASIDE A SPECIFIC TIME EACH WEEK for reading and assignments.  Complete tasks on time and assignments AHEAD of given deadlines.  Then you can ENJOY YOUR SPARE TIME with a clear conscience! ___________________________________________________________


Does attendance matter?

Yes it does. Registers are kept for Lectures, Seminars and Workshops. Your attendance record will be reflected in the overall mark for the Module and could make a significant difference not just to your mark for this year, but also to your eventual degree grade. If you are unable to attend a session for legitimate and unavoidable reasons you MUST let your tutor know (preferably IN ADVANCE) and catch up on work by consulting student colleagues. If you find that you may have to be away from sessions for an extended period, please inform your Tutor and speak to a Student Adviser who can decide whether these extenuating circumstances can be taken into consideration for marking purposes. You will be contacted by a Module Leader if you are absent for three consecutive weeks without explanation.


Do I need to be technically proficient?

You will need keyboard skills, and you should be competent with Microsoft Word or a similar word-processing programme. You should also know how to make a basic PowerPoint presentation, and how to access the Internet. However, you will be introduced to industry-standard publishing software such as Photoshop and Adobe InDesign, and taught how to use university recording equipment. You will also learn how to upload text, images and sound, create an audio slideshow, and explore content management systems including a bespoke wiki system.


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What books and equipment do I need?

The university supplies computers and the relevant software, but you are free to use your own laptop if you have one. However there are several essentials items you will need: 1. A sturdy and fully-bound (up to A4) Workbook from which pages should not be torn, in which to record your reading, research and lecture notes etc. You MUST bring this Workbook to all formal teaching sessions, and keep it up-to-date (see Q 11). It may be inspected at any time, and will count toward your total mark for the Modules, so please make sure you put your name in it. [The Student Union Shop on St Matts‘ Campus stocks an A4 notebook that is ideal. You may want a separate loose-leaf folder for cuttings etc.] 2. You MUST obtain, read, and makes notes in you Workbook about, these SET TEXTS: Journalism: Principles and Practice by Tony Harcup Sage paperback 2nd edition English for Journalists by Wynford Hicks Routledge, 2007 or later edition Your Right to Know: A Citizen's Guide to the Freedom of Information Act by Heather Brooke, Pluto Press These are ESSENTIAL reading for ALL the practice-based journalism modules on your degree course. The cheapest option may be to BUY them online from or from Blackwells on the Frenchay Campus, or bookshops in Bristol. There are a limited number of copies in the UWE library Throughout your university career, and beyond, you will find it helpful to have the following key reference works on your bookshelf:  a Dictionary,  a Thesaurus,  and at least one of the following amusing reminders: o Between You and I: A little book of bad English by James Cochrane (Icon Books, 2005) o Lost for words by John Humphrys (Hodder 2005) o Eats, Shoots and Leaves by Lynne Truss (Profile 2003) In the Autumn Term you will also need to obtain, read and review ONE of these books: Kate Adie The Kindness of Strangers; Corsets to Camouflage: Women & War; Nobody's Child; Into Danger: Risking your life for your work George Alagiah A Passage to Africa; A Home from Home: From immigrant boy to English man Yasmin Alibhai-Brown Some of my best friends are… Lynn Barber Mostly Men; Demon Barber Gerry Brown Exposed! Peter Burden News of the World? Fake sheikhs & royal trappings Hugh Cudlipp Publish And Be Damned! The astonishing story of the Daily Mirror Nick Davies Dark Heart: Murder on Ward Four; White Lies; Flat Earth News Colin Dunne Man Bites Talking Dog Emily O'Reilly Veronica Guerin: The Life and Death of a Crime Reporter John Pilger The New Rulers of the World; Freedom Next Time Dan Gillmor We the Media (available free online) Ben Goldacre Bad Science


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Geoffrey Goodman From Bevan to Blair: 50 years reporting from the political front line Tim Gopsill & Greg Neale Journalists: 100 years of the NUJ Maggie Hall The Mish-Mash Dictionary of Marmite Liz Hodgkinson Ladies of The Street Chris Horrie & Adam Nathan L?ve TV: Telly Brats & Topless Darts Nicholas Jones Sultans of Swing; The Lost Tribe of Fleet Stteet Feargal Keane Season of Blood: A Rwandan Journey Christina Lamb Small Wars Permitting: Dispatches from foreign lands; The Sewing Circles of Herat: My Afghan Years David Loyn Frontline: British mavericks who changed the face of war reporting Andrew Marr My Trade Linda Melvern The End of the Street Vincent Mulchrone The Best of Vincent Mulchrone Angela Phillips Good Writing for Journalists Anna Politkovskaya A Dirty War: A Russian Reporter in Chechnya; Putin's Russia Harry Procter The Street of Disillusion David Randall Great Reporters Roberto Saviano Gomorrah: Italy‘s other mafia John Simpson Strange Places, Questionable People; A Mad World, My Masters; News from No Man‘s Land: Reporting the world Ian Skidmore Forgive Us Our Press Passes Joe Trippi The Revolution will not be Televised Granville Williams Shafted: The media, the miner‘s strike and the aftermath


What is my Workbook for?

One purpose of the Workbook is to get you into the journalistic habit of recording what, when, where and how things happen. Another is to provide you, your Tutors, and the Module Leader with an accurate record of your progress. PLEASE NOTE: It will be assessed and Tutors may ask to see it at any time. Here are some of the things we shall be looking for: Attendance The opening pages should contain a simple chronology of your participation. For example: DATE: EVENT MESSAGE Mon xx Oct Lecture Read the Module Handbook. Buy Workbook & set books Seminar Local newspapers must appeal to all-comers Workshop Plan ahead for interviews. Complete & submit first draft Mon xx Nov


Hangover. NOTE TO SELF: no clubbing on Sundays

Notes Take notes on Lectures, Seminars & Workshops; exercises, research sources, contact details, interviews, and evidence of planning and drafts of your written assignments. Always begin each entry with a heading (date, time, place, topic etc.) For example Mon 27 Sept 2011, 10:00, H124 Lecture: Introducing the Module: MJ OR Sat xx Oct, 11.15: The Old Inn, Letsby Avenue, Frenchay Interview with landlord Mr Charlie Farnsbarnes about student drinking habits.


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Evidence of course reading Devote the back pages to chapter by chapter evidence of your reading of set book chapters or articles, highlighting quotes and questions you may wish to raise with tutors. Contemporaneous notes of interviews For example: WHO WHY WHEN did you did you did you interview? select this conduct the person? interview?

HOW was it conducted?

WHAT (web/statistical) sources did you use?

Full name (spelling?) & contact details

What makes them special to the story?

Record the date, time and location.

Eg. Face to face / over the phone / by email?

Where did you get information from?

You may want to get in touch again.

They may have useful contacts for other stories.

A vital verification habit

This might later prove significant.

Always seek reliable & authoritative sources & websites.

Assignment notes Jot down what the task is; what information you will need; where might you find it; contact details of people you need to talk to; the questions you want answers to; your ideas for illustrations. PLEASE NOTE: When assessing your Workbook, tutors will be less concerned with neatness than with evidence of a systematic approach to the Module and its tasks. They will expect to see that you have followed the instructions laid out in this Handbook.


How will my progress be assessed?

During each of the two Journalism Foundation Modules you will have a series of interconnected TASKS and formal ASSIGNMENTS to complete. The ASSIGNMENTS will be marked (alongside your Workbook and attendance record) according to agreed criteria (see Q.13). During the Autumn Term your TASKS will include: an illustrated personal profile of a colleague; reading newspapers on a regular basis; analysis of newspaper content; reviewing a film and a book about journalism; taking photographs; workshop exercises; conducting ‘vox pops’ and interviewing members of the public; reading articles and books about journalism; uploading your work onto web or wiki-sites. During the second Semester each Workshop group will focus on a different aspect of life in Bristol. Your TASKS will include: investigating the contribution of a significant local personality to the life of the City; arranging and conducting a face-to-face interview with your subject; considering ‘the changing face of Bristol’;


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recording the information you gather in your Workbook; uploading data onto a wiki-site. ASSIGNMENTS for Journalism Foundations Part 1 There are TWO components of assessment in this Module, each has TWO elements. In addition, you will be marked on your attendance record. 1. JOURNALISM PORTFOLIO (55% of Module mark) ASSIGNMENT A: NEWS You must lay out in Adobe InDesign and print off two pages of a local newspaper containing:  THREE NEWS STORIES (one 250-400 word illustrated page lead, one 150-250 word illustrated news story and one 100-150 word story);  THREE ‘News In Briefs’;  THREE illustrated ‘vox pops’, and  a revised version of your 500 word illustrated profile of a student colleague. Each must include headline/s (standfirsts, pull quotes, etc); (picture) by-lines and an accurate word count; captioned and credited illustrations; follow-up (web) references (where relevant). ASSIGNMENT B: REVIEWS You must lay out in Adobe InDesign and print off two pages of a magazine containing:  a 500-750 word review of a books by or about journalists from the list in Q.10;  a 400-500 word review of an exhibition, film, musical or theatrical event, you have been to during the Autumn term;  a 150-250 word revised version of your review of ‘Shattered Glass’. Each must include headline/s (standfirsts, pull quotes, etc); (picture) by-lines and an accurate word count; captioned and credited illustrations; follow-up (web) references (where relevant). 2. CRITICAL ANALYSIS (35% of Module mark) A. PRESENTATION You must prepare and deliver a (PowerPoint) Presentation (and handout) profiling a national or local newspaper, answering a specific set of questions. B. REPORT Submit 1,000-words (under a snappy headline) reflecting upon what you have learnt about journalism and what journalistic skills you have developed during the autumn term, drawing upon your Workbook for evidence. ASSIGNMENTS for Journalism Foundations Part 2 There are TWO components of assessment in this Module, each again has two parts. In addition, you will receive marks for your attendance record AND your Workbook. 1. JOURNALISM PORTFOLIO (65% of Module mark) A. FEATURE ARTICLE During the Spring Term you must hand in a 1,000/1,500-word illustrated feature article about a key Bristol personality, based on your own research and interviews.


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It must: 

be laid out in Adobe InDesign on a A3 sheet;

provide a comprehensive profile of your ‘subject’;

explain that person’s role in the life of the city;

contain genuine quotes;

include at least one captioned and credited photograph;

have a headline, a standfirst with (picture) by-line, and sub-heads/pull quotes;

contain contact details for follow-up;

display a word count.



By the final Spring Term deadline (see Q 13), you must submit a clearly-marked disk containing an online editorial about ‗The changing face of Bristol‘ using text, images and sound to advance a point of view which may be yours, that of your interviewee, or of any other individual or group from Bristol. It must be comprised of: 

up to 90 seconds of recorded background AND verbal sound;

a minimum of 10 and maximum of 15 (still) images; and

on-screen text (a MAXIMUM of 150 words, or 10-15 words per slide).

PLEASE NOTE It is your responsibility to ensure that your Online Editorial is properly rendered to disk and can be read with Windows Media Player QuickTime or RealPlayer, before handing it in WITH your Workbook.

2. CRITICAL ANALYSIS (25% of Module mark) Over the Easter Break you will be required to produce a 1,500-word ESSAY on a topic set by your Seminar tutor.


What are the deadlines for handing in assignments?

You MUST comply with the following deadlines, unless they have obtained consent for ‘extenuating circumstances’ from a student adviser.

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1. JOURNALISM PORTFOLIO Your written assignments (news & review pages) for the Autumn Term must be placed in a Coursework Envelope and handed in at Canon Kitson Reception with the cover sheet NO LATER THAN 14:00 on Thursday 8 December 2011 2. CRITICAL ANALYSIS  PRESENTATIONS will be take place in Seminars and on Monday 12 December 2011 

Your REPORT must be handed in at in at Canon Kitson Reception with the cover sheet NO LATER THAN 14:00 on Monday 9 January 2012

Journalism Foundations Part 2 1. JOURNALISM PORTFOLIO  TWO PRINTED COPIES of your FEATURE must be placed in a Coursework Envelope and handed in at Canon Kitson Reception with the cover sheet NO LATER THAN 14:00 on Tuesday 13 March 2012  Your ONLINE EDITORIAL must be produced on a disk clearly marked with your name and placed in a Coursework Envelope WITH YOUR WORKBOOK and handed in with the cover sheet NO LATER THAN 14:00 on Tues 3 April 2012 REMINDER It is your responsibility to ensure that the disk can be read by any PC or laptop with Windows Media Player QuickTime or RealPlayer before handing it in. 2. CRITICAL ANALYSIS Your 1,500-word ESSAY must be submitted online (details to follow) NO LATER THAN 14:00 on Tuesday 1 May 2012 PLEASE NOTE  If you miss the deadline but submit your work within 24 hours, your work will be subject to a marking penalty and cannot achieve more than 40%.  Seek advice from a Student Adviser if you believe you have extenuating circumstances for missing the deadline. IMPORTANT REMINDER  To pass Journalism Foundations 1 & 2 you must comply with the assessment requirements, and achieve a minimum mark of 40% for each Module.


What are the assessment criteria?

Your assignments will be marked by your Tutor and/or the Module Leader according to agreed criteria. They will assess the extent to which you comply with these requirements, and offer constructive criticism to help you improve your work. Criteria for journalistic assignments are set out below. Seminar tutors will explain the criteria for the presentation, report and essay at the time these assignments are set.

Journalism Foundations 1 Assignment A: News pages Do they contain all the required elements (News stories, NIBs, vox pops, profile)? Is the grammar, spelling and punctuation correct?


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Are headlines/sub-heads/standfirsts/pull quotes appropriate and effective? Are illustrations relevant, informative and appropriately captioned & credited? Are there (picture) by-lines, word-counts, & useful references for (on-line) follow-up? Do the news stories read well, with genuine hooks and relevance to readers? Are there direct quotes from eyewitnesses, experts and/or other secondary sources)? Is there sufficient background to provide readers with context? Do the stories look compelling on the page? Assignment B: Review pages Do they contain all the required elements (journalism book review plus two others)? Is the grammar, spelling and punctuation correct? Are full details of the items under review provided? Are headlines/sub-heads/standfirsts/pull quotes appropriate and effective? Are there (picture) by-lines and word counts? Is the use of language appropriate and effective? Are illustrations relevant, informative, captioned & credited? Are there useful references for (online) follow-up? Do the stories look compelling on the page?

Journalism Foundations 2 Assignment A: Bristol personality feature PRESENTATION Grammar, spelling & punctuation? Written to length with word-count, standfirst & by-line? Appropriate and effective headlines/sub-heads/pull quotes? Appropriate illustrations (photos/graphics/charts), captioned & credited? Is the layout compelling Does it hang together on the page? Are there useful references (for follow-up/evidence/on-line)? CONTENT Is there evidence of face to face interview/s? Are quotes original and informative? Is personal and professional life covered? Is the ‘sectoral context’ clear? Is there ‘something extra’ (local colour/unusual angle/good anecdotes)? STRUCTURE & STYLE Does the ‘intro’ pull the reader in? Is there a coherent structure? Does it read well? Is it informative AND entertaining? Is the use of language appropriate? Does the ‘outro/kicker’ work? Assignment B: On-line editorial CONTENT, STRUCTURE & STYLE Do the words, pictures and audio track work together? Does it have a coherent message (about change|)? Does it display originality of thought/research? SOUND Does the soundtrack create meaningful ‘actuality’? Quality of recording and editing/ consistent sound levels)? An appropriate mix of sound and voice? ILLUSTRATIONS Quality (focus, composition, mix) and originality of images? Do the pictures tell a story? Do they complement/supplement the sound and words?


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WORKBOOK Does it include: front-page chronology of activities? back section with notes on readings? evidence of continuous engagement (lecture, workshop & task notes)? research sources and contact details? story plans & drafts of news stories, reviews, features, online editorial? completed profile questionnaire? drafts of information for wiki-site & dates when uploaded? interview questions and responses? location/interview planning for on-line editorial? evidence of sound & picture planning for online product? PLEASE NOTE Your Workbook mark will be incorporated into the assignment marks. When your work is returned, correct your uploaded versions


Are there any legal issues I should watch out for?

Plenty, and you will learn about them as we go along. But remember  It is against the law to record phone calls without the consent of all parties.  When conducting interviews introduce yourself as a 'student of journalism at UWE'.  Make it clear that responses or information will be used in your coursework.  You must ensure that any individual you interview is at least 18 years of age.  Seek advice from tutors if you encounter special circumstances which make compliance with these rules problematic. You must also avoid the assessment offences of CHEATING, COLLUSION and PLAGIARISM. The University procedures for dealing with allegations of assessment offences are laid out in the UWE Student Handbook, and in the Academic Regulations.


Will I be doing anything risky?

You should not be undertaking any risky assignments during this Module, but you will be expected to visit public places outside the university campus, and to interview members of the public. Whenever you are in a public place there can be risks, with which we are all familiar as part of our daily lives. However, interviewing members of the general public and specific individuals, visiting workplaces or unusual locations, and investigating stories may pose additional problems—especially if you are dealing with controversial issues. It is both prudent and professional to get used to the idea of assessing and overcoming risks especially when operating in public places. On Journalism tasks and assignments you should:  always identify yourself as a UWE journalism student, and explain that you are preparing an article as part of a university assignment.  make clear that the item is unlikely to be published but that if it is you will seek to inform those who are quoted. (Hence the need to obtain and check contact details— name, ‗phone number/s, postal/email address.)  always dress and behave appropriately to the task in hand. (You will not be taken seriously if you do not show respect for the people and places you visit.)


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To limit risk and ensure PERSONAL SAFETY:  work in pairs or with a partner, especially at night. (For example one might conduct an interview while the other takes photographs, swapping roles for the other‘s assignment.)  when making appointments for interviews seek to ensure they will take place in public spaces.  never go alone to an unfamiliar location, or to a stranger’s home or workplace.  always make sure someone responsible knows where you are going, whom you are meeting and when you expect to return.  when visiting a location where special health and safety regulations are in effect always comply with requirements. (For example, wearing safety helmet/ footwear on a building site or protective clothing/headwear in a food factory.)  check and respect local customs when visiting unfamiliar locations. (For example, dress codes when entering religious buildings.)  carry a small torch and some basic first aid equipment with you. USE OF UWE EQUIPMENT You are not permitted to borrow university recording and photographic equipment until you have received appropriate tuition from technical instructors in its use, protection and the associated risks. You will be required to complete a ‘risk assessment form’ and have it countersigned by the Module Leader and a technician. To access the form visit and click on ‘Health & Safety’. Once you have signed equipment out you become personally responsible until it has been signed back in. For more information about health and safety issues see: QUICK RISK LIST ‘Take care while you are out there’ ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------DO DON’T work in teams at night to provide extra put yourself or any members of the security. public in harm’s way. let someone know where you’re going to conduct any of your practical work while be if you’re meeting a contributor. under the influence of drugs or alcohol. think carefully about how your camera film late on city streets, bars or set-up might injure yourself or a third nightclubs without prior permission. party. film anything illegal. handle equipment with care. take risks with the equipment (avoid use reflective clothing in the dusk and water, electricity, rough handling, etc). dark. attach the camera to a vehicle to get a consult professionally with third parties shot. if you need access to property for film in a moving vehicle without prior filming. consent. manage your time so you don’t rush film on private property without between locations. Panic often leads to permission. injury. be aggressive with contributors in order treat each other professionally even to secure an interview. when things get tense. pretend to be anything other than a make site visits before filming to be able UWE journalism student. to judge risks appropriately.



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What happens if I get into difficulties on the course?

Your Tutors are here for you. The Tutor allocated to your workshop sessions is available to discuss any aspect of the course or your work, in person or by email. Talk to your Tutor if you get behind with course work. Tutors normally set aside an ‘Office Hour’ each week when they are available to see students without an appointment. Or you may prefer to make an appointment to speak with the Module Leader. However, if your personal circumstances change and you need to go home, or you are thinking about changing courses, please see your STUDENT ADVISER. If you believe there are extenuating circumstances which may prevent completion and/or hand in of assignments on time, YOU MUST CONTACT YOUR STUDENT ADVISER IN ADVANCE OF THE HAND-IN DATES.


What happens if I don’t reach the pass mark?

If you have handed in your assignments, but you fail to reach the required targets you may be ‘referred’ - meaning you will have a chance of a summer ‘resit‘, when you will be expected to submit a similar range of assignments. If in doubt, ask a Student Adviser.


Is there anything else I should know?

LOTS! Bristol is a ‘media city’, and a commercial, cultural, industrial and political centre activities, activists, events and history that will benefit your journalism studies.

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Make the most of your spare time—and always carry a notebook with you! Keep an eye on Venue/Folio, the local listings magazine, SPARK (free on campus). Turn your discoveries and experiences into news stories and reviews for the Module, for Western Eye, the student newspaper, or Bristol Globe edited by lecturer Mike Jempson. Here are a few websites to whet your appetite: (AND HAVE A LOOK AT THE PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENTS ON pp 18 & 19)


Is there a detailed timetable for the two Modules?

YES. Your will find full details, including information about weekly readings and tasks on pages 20-24, of this handbook. BUT also check Blackboard regularly.


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NEW TO THE ACADEMIC WORLD? HELP MAY BE ONLY A CLICK AWAY This virtual learning space may be just what you need. Dedicated to academic literacy development, it’s a ‘one-stop-shop’ to formal and informal support mechanisms and human and online resources. Check it out.

DO YOU WISH YOU COULD TOUCH-TYPE? UWE’s Learning and Development Centre offers a flexible and fun online training to improve your typing speed & accuracy. E-type is an internationally recognised qualification and you can receive a certificate from the British Computer Society.

Look at your screen as you type – not your hands. Greater typing accuracy. More confidence, speed and efficiency when using a computer. Better posture and reduced stress. A qualification to enhance your career and job prospects. For more information, including registration details and costs, visit Learning & Development Centre e-type or contact Louisa Pick on 81202

Shorthand - the professional shortcut If you want to improve your chances of getting work as a journalist - teach yourself shorthand. There are copies of Teeline for Journalists by Dawn Johnston (book & audio CD) in St Matt’s library.




The journalism ethics charity MediaWise <> is based at UWE.

If you would like to help, contact Wayne Powell, Room 4CK3, 0117 03 99 333 /


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JOIN THE NUJ As a student of journalism you are eligible to join the National Union of Journalists It will keep you in touch with current industrial and professional issues. Bristol Branch is very active and welcomes student members, and has sponsored UWE students to attend union conferences.

AND WIN A PRIZE ! All Journalism students obtaining 70% or more for a feature article may enter for the annual Bristol NUJ £50 prize. So correct your copy after it has been marked and submit it to Module Leader Mike Jempson by Fri 25 May 2012. 6th ANNUAL NUJ BENN LECTURE (part of Bristol Festival of Ideas)


‘REEL WORLD’ A weekly screening of the films THEY don’t want YOU to see! Challenging, rare or banned documentary and feature films related to journalism, followed by animated discussion in the bar! WATCH OUT FOR DETAILS DON’T COME IF YOUR MIND IS ALREADY MADE UP


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SEMESTER 1 TIMETABLE Please note – content of Workshops may vary from time to time 1. Monday 26 Sept [Please arrive at 09:30] LECTURE Welcome & introductions Screening: ‗Shattered Glass‘ TASK: Write a 250 word review, to be completed by the day‘s end!

READING: Harcup Chapters 1 & 3 Adobe InDesign 1 Peer review NiBs & upload When YOU made news: Writing exercise TASK:Write up and illustrate your reallife story in the third person as a 250350 word local newspaper article for next Monday.

SEMINAR Welcome & introductions Reading through the Module Handbook Newspaper schedule

4. Monday 17 October LECTURE Publication Design Vox Pops

WORKSHOP Welcome & introduction to technology Complete & hand in 250 word film review Interview a colleague TASK:Write up 350-500 word profile to for next Monday

SEMINAR Judging a newspaper by its cover Bring your newspaper WORKSHOP Reading: Harcup: Ch 9; Hicks: Ch 1 & 2 Adobe InDesign 2 Peer review news story 1 & upload Talking to people 1 TASK: Obtain at least THREE vox pops on the best/worst thing about Bristol with pictures, names, occupations & neighbourhood - for next Monday.

2. Monday 3 October LECTURE Are you talking to me? Journalism writing, for audiences Mike Jempson News in Brief SEMINAR Anatomy of a newspaper Bring your newspaper

5. Monday 24 October LECTURE Sourcing Stories David Vickerman tbc Rolling news

WORKSHOP Check it out Peer reviewing your student profiles Street wise - news gathering Finding a story in Fishponds TASK: Produce at least THREE 25-50 word NiBs for next Monday

SEMINAR Reporting or writing the news — What‘s the difference? Bring your newspaper/check Blackboard for reading

3. Monday 10 October LECTURE What is news? —Panel discussion When YOU made news

WORKSHOP Reading: Harcup Ch 4 & Hicks: Ch 3 Adobe InDesign 3 Peer review vox pops & upload Moving stories on TASK:Follow-up a local news story with an additional genuine quote as a 150 word story by next Monday

SEMINAR So what is it? Bring your newspaper WORKSHOP


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6. Monday 31 October

WORKSHOP (Groups D, E, F & G) Reading: Hicks: Ch 6 Revise news stories Work on reviews Continue uploading copy TASK: Groups A, B & C Draft news story based on field trips Groups D, E, F & G: Draft 250-350 word review of recent film/show/gig/ concert/exhibition.

LECTURE Media regulation Dr Rakesh Kaushal SEMINAR ―Is it ok to shout ‗fire‘ in a crowded theatre?‖ And other questions Bring your newspaper/check Blackboard for reading

9. Monday 21 November

WORKSHOP Reading: Harcup Ch 2 & Hicks: Ch 4 Photoshop 1 Punctuation Finding your own story TASK: Find, illustrate and write up a 250-400 word genuine local news story with evidence you have spoken to at least three eyewitnesses/‘authorities‘.

FIELD TRIP GROUPS D, E, F & G LECTURE (Groups A, B & C) Damning with faint praise: writing reviews SEMINAR (Groups A, B & C) Guilty as not charged! Bring your newspaper/check Blackboard for reading

7. Monday 7 November LECTURE Libel and the law Dr Lee Salter

WORKSHOP (Groups A, B & C) Reading: Hicks Ch 7 Revise news stories Work on reviews Continue uploading copy TASK: Revisit your news stories; can they be improved or have you now found better? Make sure your news pages are ready to submit.

SEMINAR To PowerPoint or not to PowerPoint? Bring your newspaper/check Blackboard for reading WORKSHOP Reading: Harcup Ch 5 & 6; Hicks: Ch 5 Photoshop 2 Work on news stories TASK: Produce a picture by-line for use with your assignments Select & start reading a book to review from the list in this Handbook

10. Monday 28 November LECTURE Under the looking glass: Academic approaches to journalism Bernhard Gross SEMINAR What do they know up there in their ivory tower?/Presentations Bring your newspaper/check Blackboard for reading

8. Monday 14 November FIELD TRIP GROUPS A, B & C LECTURE (Groups D, E, F & G) Damning with faint praise: writing reviews

WORKSHOP Reading: Harcup: Ch 7 & Hicks: Ch 8 Troubleshooting Indesign & Photoshop Peer review of reviews TASK: Revise your reviews.

SEMINAR (Groups D, E, F & G) Guilty as not charged! Bring your newspaper/check Blackboard for reading


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WORKSHOP Reading: Hicks: Ch 9 Tutorial assistance with assignment portfolio

WORKSHOP PRESENTATIONS Holiday reading: Heather Brooke Your Right to Know




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SEMESTER 2 TIMETABLE Please note – content of Workshops may vary from time to time 1. Monday 16 January

4. Monday 6 February

LECTURE: Reviewing the situation: Feedback Mike Jempson & Bernhard Gross

LECTURE Remediation – slides online Janet Jones

SEMINAR What‘s going on? Bring your newspaper

SEMINAR The day after tomorrow‘s news? Bring your newspaper/check Blackboard for reading

WORKSHOP Reading: Brooke: Ch 1 & 3 Introduction to Content Management Systems Q & A on marked work TASK: Revise assignments & upload corrected versions

WORKSHOP Reading: Brooke Ch 4; Hicks, Appendix Audio capture on computers Interviewing public figures Task: email your target 5. Monday 13 February

2. Monday 23 January LECTURE Social issues and media representations Bernhard Gross

LECTURE Bristol: Sectors & segments Mike Jempson

SEMINAR What‘s in a label? Bring your newspaper/check Blackboard for reading

SEMINAR Going Local Bring your newspaper WORKSHOP Reading: Brooke: Ch 14; Hicks: Ch 10 Risk assessment / Using Audio equipment Picking your target Web-based research TASK: Start your research

WORKSHOP Reading: Brooke – remaining chapters Editing sound TASK: Interview your target 6. Monday 20 February LECTURE Feature & editorial writing Mike Jempson

3. Monday 30 January LECTURE Illustrating articles

SEMINAR You, the researcher Bring your newspaper/check Blackboard for reading

SEMINAR Objective, impartial, or biased? Bring your newspaper/check Blackboard for reading

WORKSHOP Reading: Harcup Ch 10 Onscreen design & editing Feature writing Uploading data TASK: Write up your feature

WORKSHOP Read Ch 11 on Brooke, Harcup & Hicks Searching the internet for images Illustrating people and issues TASK: Continue your research


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7. Monday 27 February

10. Monday 19 March

LECTURE The nature of journalistic production Dr Rakesh Kaushal

LECTURE A history of UK Journalism 2 Dr Rakesh Kaushal SEMINAR The way we are Bring your newspaper/check Blackboard for reading

SEMINAR: Strictly come dancing… Bring your newspaper/check Blackboard for reading

WORKSHOP Online Editorials

WORKSHOP Reading: Harcup: Ch. 12 Uploading sound Arguing a case – evidence based opinion TASK: Work on feature

11. Monday 26 March LECTURE The future of journalism Panel discussion

8. Monday 5 March

SEMINAR: The way we could be Bring your newspaper/check Blackboard for reading

LECTURE LIBRARY SESSION Morwenna Peters & Bernhard Gross

WORKSHOP Independent work on Online Editorials

SEMINAR Research & essay writing skills

12. Monday 2 April NO LECTURE NO SEMINAR (Tutorials support for essays)

WORKSHOP: Troubleshooting tutorials TASK: Work on feature

WORKSHOP Technical assistance with completion of Online Editorial

9. Monday 12 March LECTURE A history of UK Journalism 1 Dr Rakesh Kaushal


SEMINAR The way we were Bring your newspaper/check Blackboard for reading





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