Stage 2 (60 credits):
- Digital and Video Journalism (30 credits)
Learn how to film, conduct interviews and edit to produce video journalism content for use across a range of platforms. Learn how to shoot video with correct exposure, white balance, focus and audio quality using industry-standard mobile apps and video cameras, and how to edit video using both mobile apps and desktop software. Look at techniques for framing, continuity editing, sequences, camera movement and cuts, as well as approaches to video content across various social media, online and broadcast platforms. Cover approaches to interviewing for video and storytelling treatments, as well as digital skills relevant to video journalism production including search engine optimisation, online writing, social and web analytics, and approaches to maximising awareness and engagement and conversion. Produce video content to be published on our public-facing journalism news websites. Apply legal and ethical approaches to journalism taught in previous modules to the production of video journalism, as well as considering health and safety best practice.
- Investigative Journalism (30 credits)
Learn the techniques needed to produce exclusive and compelling investigative journalism using up-to-the-minute digital techniques. Cover key areas including crime reporting; open source investigations and verification; Freedom of Information; and data journalism, data scraping and computer-assisted reporting. Work individually, in small groups, and as a class on in-depth investigations that will serve the public interest, and distinguish you as a journalist with advanced reporting skills. Learn all about the power structures of the UK to give you the knowledge needed to hold those in authority to robust scrutiny. Look at the techniques used to produce contemporary True Crime documentaries and podcasts. Study for the NCTJ Public Affairs qualification. Work on completing a portfolio of exclusive multimedia stories in a live newsroom setting for an online audience, featuring a blend of multiplatform storytelling including writing, video, photography, interactives, graphics, audio and podcasting.