BA (Hons) Sports Journalism is an exciting and engaging programme of study which situates the rapidly changing practices and possibilities of the current journalism sector within the wider context of contemporary media industries and digital technologies. Students will both explore a range of theoretical/academic themes and develop practical experience and expertise with respect to a variety of essential journalist skills and technological/technical competencies. The focus throughout is on the development of an informed, confident, critically minded and highly reflective practitioner. This Sports Journalism programme aims to: • Provide students with opportunities to become skilled, critical, confident, responsible and a reflective user of digital media and communications technologies as part of a preparation for a future career in sports journalism. • Acquire and refine a range of fundamental skills (such as note-taking, capturing of audio-visual material, writing copy, editing, layout, online blogging) necessary for contemporary sports journalism. • Develop and demonstrate skills and competencies in the use of current leading mainstream and commercial digital media production and post-production technologies, techniques, packages and platforms • Design, develop and disseminate/publish a wide variety of news stories, reports, articles, features and interviews using these new/enhanced skills and competencies • Become familiar with legal frameworks, regulation and professional codes of conduct pertaining to sports journalism and publishing.
Level 4 Media, Technology and Culture Critically explore how rapid changes in information and communication technologies are bound up with and shape other social, economic and cultural transformations in contemporary societies. Consider issues of media production, dissemination/circulation and reception. Communication Techniques and Creating Content Explore a range of different approaches to communication and how different forms/technologies of mediation shape and structure what can and cannot be communicated. How might messages be communicated most effectively and to whom? Media Production The development of excellent practical media skills is central to the programme and here students will be given the opportunity to work individually and collectively using different digital media (including cameras, audio equipment, editing packages) in practical settings (computer suites, media labs, studios) to produce media artifacts/products using texts and audio/visual materials. Introduction to Sports Journalism A specialist module situating sports journalism as a profession within its context of the media industries. Identify key principles and concepts within journalism, developing skills using media technologies. See what journalists do and the kinds of aptitudes needed to succeed in this fast-moving environment. Be introduced to some ethical standards/principles and professional codes to which journalists adhere. Level 5 Sports Journalism Practice Focus on the value of sports journalism within the industry and sports journalism students’ employability in the sector. Students will consider case studies of roles, the importance of media usage rights and how industry models benefit society. Develop a personal career plan and engage in practical Sports Journalism to showcase skills, presenting a piece of Sports Journalism and demonstrating how it complements their career plan. Media Narratives Examine digital narratives, how stories can be constructed from a variety of perspectives using different platforms. How have digital technologies, immersive media and interactivity reconfigured media. Audio and Video Production Continue the development of practical skills focusing on the integration of contemporary digital technologies. Work together to produce their own media artifacts/artworks/videos for online dissemination and circulation. News Journalism Focus on issues of news reporting itself. How is ‘news’ identified, researched, authenticated, recorded, and presented using media? Experience the workings of a newsroom environment and have the opportunity to produce news reports. Level 6 Project Focus on an area of interest in the sports journalism domain. Demonstrate skills by undertaking a focused piece of work, performing an evaluation and communicating the results. The project may be related to a practical problem defined by a third party, proposed by staff or proposed by the student themselves. Media Law and Ethics Focusing on the UK context, explore key tensions endemic in media: the ‘free press’ and the need for regulation by government; ‘objectivity’, balance, fairness, and the opinion of powerful agents; the ‘legitimate public interest’ and the right to privacy; between confidentiality and the right to make public. Become familiar with regulations and codes of conduct and learn the legal requirements of court reporting. Advanced Sports Journalism A practiced-based module to refine reporting/editorial/presentation skills. Use long-form writing techniques to produce features. Allows students to focus on advanced reporting techniques, competing perspectives and consider contemporary applications with respect to either print or online. Data Journalism Reflects the increasingly important role data plays in current journalism. Data journalism has specific skills that need to be considered when manipulating and representing large data sets in ways that can be understood by the audience.
While engaging with this degree you will gain theoretical understanding of the topics you are exploring, you will also have opportunities to learn, develop and demonstrate a wide range of practical and applied skills and competencies. Therefore, University Academy 92 (UA92) will incorporate practical and competency based assessment of the attainment of the module and programme intended learning outcomes, where that is appropriate. Assessments will include individual and group work which is undertaken and submitted, in a range of relevant formats, as coursework in-module. These will include essays, reports, literature reviews, reflective logs and diaries, self and peer evaluations, group and individual presentations along with subject-specific skills and competency assessments.
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In addition to meeting the academic criteria, if your first language is not English, you may be asked for a recognised English language qualification. This is especially important if you are not a national of a majority English speaking country or you haven't completed a degree in English. If you are an international student, in order to obtain a Tier 4 student visa, you are required to demonstrate that you have the correct level of English language competency to study in the UK.
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|Northern Ireland||£10800||Year 1|