BSc (Hons) Broadcast Journalism - University of Portsmouth
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BSc (Hons)

Broadcast Journalism

UCAS codePP50

full time3yrs

placement option1yr

Creating skilled broadcast journalists

Course Overview

Why take this course?

This exciting new course prepares you for a career in the broadcast journalism industry as news producers, reporters, editors and writers for radio and television organisations. The curriculum reflects the growth of news and digital information delivery incorporating social media.

Teaching is focused on the future, covering both digital online and traditional journalism modes. It covers several aspects of journalism, including broadcast news writing, videography and editing, radio and television reporting, social media and producing and delivering live newscasts on the University TV channel.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • Learn through a mix of hands-on practical classes, workshops, seminars, presentations, live broadcasts, essays and independent study
  • Equip yourself with the tools to analyse and understand the ‘how’, ‘what’ and ‘why’ of broadcast news
  • Undertake a work placement in a professional news studio/environment
  • Learn how to use social media professionally and as an effective tool for delivery of news

What opportunities might it lead to?

This is a highly vocational course, equipping you with the ability to tackle the challenges you may meet in a broadcast news career. You'll gain the essential techniques to succeed in the industry while your personal confidence and project management skills will also grow - vital attributes in a whole range of careers. There is a focus on employment opportunities throughout your programme of study.

Here are some routes graduates could pursue:

  • journalist / reporter
  • TV / radio news presenters
  • producer
  • camera operator

 

Gary Bown, Course Leader

This course has been developed in close association with major media organisations to offer innovative and relevant education and training for careers in radio, live television news and professional use of social media.

Gary Bown, Course Leader


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Structure & Teaching

Year one

In your first year you will produce your own news output for radio, television and online outlets, learning how to record and edit for radio and video. We also offer particular studies that will help develop your CV and future contacts in the broadcast industry.

Core units in this year include:

  • Editing for Film and Video
  • TV and Film Practices
  • Presenting and Writing for Broadcast
  • Government
  • Journalism in context
  • Theories and Techniques of Journalism
  • Career and Study Skills

Year two

In this year you will gain an understanding of local laws and procedures and make live broadcasts both on radio and TV. You will be creating news packages and broadcasting Live TV programmes. Core units in this year include:

  • Radio and video for the web
  • Newsroom Techniques and Practice
  • Broadcast Journalism and News Packages
  • Mobile and Social Journalism
  • Law for Journalists
  • Press and PR

Options to choose from in this year include:

  • Student Enterprise
  • Professional Experience
  • Languages

Year three*

In your third year you will move towards critically examining current affairs outputs, researching and producing your own TV and radio programmes on a topic of your choice and undertaking a notable area of study for your dissertation.

Core units in this year include:

  • Final Year Project or Dissertation/Major Project or a Journalism Special Investigation
  • Broadcast News Days
  • Broadcast Transmission

Options to choose from in this year include:

  • Global Journalism and Human Rights
  • Money, Government and Power
  • Special Investigation

*This course is also available as a 4-year sandwich (work placement)

Placement year

You may undertake a sandwich year after year two, spending a year working for a company and returning to complete the course the following year. We also encourage short work experience placements in professional newsrooms such as Meridian ITV and SKY.

Teaching

As well as the standard lecture and seminar format of learning, there is also a hugely practical element to your study. Practical workshop sessions and group-based activities will see you learning from industry professionals who have experience in reporting, broadcast production and editing.

However, independent study and self-motivation is also an essential part of your studies. We encourage you to read from our numerous electronic resources, take out University kit or use computer workstations in your own time to enhance your learning.

The time you spend in teaching activities may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year typically spent their time as follows:

  • Year one students: 21% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, 79% studying independently and 0% on work placement
  • Year two students: 22% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, 71% studying independently and 7% on work placement
  • Year three students: 23% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, 77% studying independently and 0% on work placement

Assessment

Due to the practical nature of this course, assessment is extremely varied and includes:

  • essay and report writing
  • sound and video artefacts
  • blogging
  • journal writing
  • written exams
  • practical exams emulating real-world practice
  • media artefacts

The way you’re assessed may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year one students: 17% by written exams, 40% by practical exams and 43% by coursework
  • Year two students: 4% by written exams, 39% by practical exams and 57% by coursework
  • Year three students: 8% by written exams, 35% by practical exams and 57% by coursework


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Facilities & Features

Studios and Broadcast Hub

The School of Creative Technologies has its own Broadcasting Studio based around a Tricaster, and is the main user of the University's purpose built TV and Radio Studios. Here, you'll use professional cameras (Sony, JVC, Canon) and professional grade audio equipment (Sennheiser, Sony, Mackie).

Our TV studios allow the production of all types of television and film work including Chroma Key (green screen) technologies. We also have a Radio Studio, a Virtual Reality Lab and motion capture facilities within the faculty.

CCI Channel

You will be able to take part in your very own TV shows or produce broadcast-quality documentaries and news packages using our CCI TV channel. TV has no boundaries and you will be able to easily promote yourself via the work you are producing. We are also fully equipped for outside broadcasting with mobile TV studios (DataVideo, BlackMagic Design) and a MiniCaster Satellite system. All this equipment enables you to get lots of practical experience and it ensures you are working to an industry standard.

Big Screen

​The City of Portsmouth and the University of Portsmouth have collaborated on a unique venture that allows the CCI TV Channel to broadcast live to the main civic centre, and show other prerecorded media content (short films, documentaries, etc). The Big Screen is viewed by approximately 25,000 people each week, and this provides an amazing platform for students who wish to exhibit their work or present TV programmes.

CCI Radio

You will have the opportunity to present and produce your own radio features, programmes and news items on a station that delivers high quality talk radio.

Budgeting for your studies

There are extra costs associated with studying, which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.

Recommended texts:
If you wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow from the University Library, the average price is £50-£60. You may be studying up to 6 units a year, each with a standard recommended text.

General costs:
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for costs of photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

Final year project:
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose to develop.


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Careers & Opportunities

Career prospects

Career prospects
Where next?

Once you’ve completed this degree, you will possess all the required skills to succeed as a broadcast journalist. However, this is not the only route open to you. You’ll gain valuable transferable skills in analysis, writing, presentation, editing, TV production and so on, which will stand you in good stead to enter a wide range of careers within the broadcast industry.

Roles our graduates could take on include:

  • journalist / reporter
  • TV / radio news presenters
  • producer
  • camera operator
  • production manager
  • floor manager
  • digital and social media Roles
  • researcher
  • editor / sub editor

Work experience

Work experience
Employment boosting opportunities

We at CCI are committed to improving your employability. Whether it’s placements, self-employed placements, internships, short-term work experiences, freelancing opportunities and volunteering, we will help you find valuable and relevant work experience to complement your degree. The experienced team is always on hand to offer advice on everything from producing high-quality applications through to preparation for a company assessment day.

Career planning

Career planning

To make sure you take the right steps on your career path, we’re here to give you help, support and advice throughout your study. Even after you’ve graduated, we continue to give you support for up to five years.

Employers tell us that they want graduates to be able to demonstrate certain skills when they come out of university. Our courses take account of this. We make sure we prepare you for employment through work-related learning, projects, placements and working in simulated environments that are designed to prepare you for the working world.


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