module specification

SJ5035 - Advanced Reporting (2024/25)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2024/25
Module title Advanced Reporting
Module level Intermediate (05)
Credit rating for module 30
School School of Computing and Digital Media
Total study hours 300
72 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
228 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 25%   Three audio media products showing evidence of reporting skills attained in this module: 2/3 minutes
Coursework 25%   Three video media products showing evidence of reporting skills attained in this module: 2/3 minutes
Coursework 30%   2500-word piece of long-form journalism showcasing investigative reporting skills, with multimedia links and options
Coursework 20%   Contribution to news days and engagement with class, assessed by online journal and moderated by tutor
Running in 2024/25

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Year North Wednesday Afternoon

Module summary

Continuing on from the first-year core Reporting Skills, students in Advanced Reporting will develop the skills and techniques necessary to succeed in more advanced forms of reporting, including investigative journalism, features, and in-depth interviews and profiles.

For Students studying on this course, you will learn to identify subject matter and potential readerships; master interviewing and editing techniques in audio and video; learn how to find original angles; undertake focused, widely sourced research on individuals and issues; and conduct on-the-spot reportage. You will also analyse statistics and develop stories based on them. This will be taught through a combination of workshops, masterclasses and site visits.

This module aims to develop students’ skills in multi-platform journalism. Via practical workshops and news days, which closely copy the latest UK industry working practices in modern multimedia newsrooms,  you will learn the basics of radio journalism, as well as TV/video reporting skills, including camera and editing skills, using cutting-edge software and equipment. This will reinforce  your  understanding of the need for 360-degree journalism in today’s society.

You will work on projects within class with a view to publishing them online via the course website,
Holloway Express, thereby providing an outward-facing portal for future employability.

The second half of the course will involve four six-hour long news days, which will offer chances to transform understandings into practice.

Successful completion of this module will involve the preparation of journalism and employability portfolios to be developed for presentation to prospective employers.   

Assessment will involve three portfolios of journalism, and an employability portfolio.
Contribution to news days will be both self-assessed and moderated by tutors.

The module will be assessed as follows:
Two portfolios of six stories (news and features) in total, comprising one podcast and one video package, both of which must show evidence of professional writing and newsgathering skills learnt in this module,
A piece of long-form journalism (2,500 words) showcasing investigative reporting (this can use multimedia).
Four assessed News Days, where students will work collaboratively to create radio and TV news programming reflecting the day’s news agenda.  Contributions to an online journal will assess class contribution, moderated by tutors at the end of the year.

Prior learning requirements

Pass level 4


This module focuses on originating stories and developing writing/creative/editing skills for different journalistic audiences and formats across a range of media.

You will learn to identify subject matter for potential readerships; develop research, interviewing and editing techniques for radio, TV and print; practise on-the-spot reportage; and find original angles and relevant sources for their stories.  They will be encouraged to seek professional publication for good stories, which will also be published on the course website. [LOs 1,2,3,]

How to write/create content in different formats, from in-depth profiles to on-the-spot crisis reporting or well-researched investigations, which will be assessed in two portfolios. [3,4]

Develop the professional techniques and writing disciplines required by the different approaches and styles of the industry, including news and report writing for newspapers, magazines, radio and TV, websites. Writing and creating media to precise length and deadline will be important, as will original research. Use of mobile technology will be encouraged. [1,2,3]

Explore risk evaluation and ethical concerns arising from collaboration and commissioning practice .

Evaluate ethical concerns in the wider world through-depth investigative journalism.

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

The module will be taught by a programme of weekly sessions, comprising a three-hour block for each of the 27 weeks in which it runs. Learning and teaching strategy will be based on an interactive, caoching model.

Sessions will mix tutor instruction with blended learning, in-class writing workshops, discussions and debate, site visits and guest lectures, with students required to do weekly reporting and writing exercises out of class as well as during sessions, where coaching will supplement group work.

News days will incorporate coaching sessions including voice training. Rather than a set programme of content, students will be led on a skills basis through a news agenda of the day.

Electronic resources, including the university’s virtual environment, will be used by students and staff.

Working in small teams will develop social as well as professional and academic skills.
The module will be supported by a VLE site containing notes, readings and extended bibliographies, and weblinks.

Independent, reflective study, including reading, individual reporting exercises and writing, will form the backbone of every session.

Support for pdp, via e-portfolio.

Learning outcomes

If students read all the required texts, participate in all the class activities and complete the required assessments and assignments, they should be able to:
1. Utilise the techniques and tools required for multi-media news gathering and writing to a level acceptable at professional entry;

2. Report from and about a wide range of situations, finding and using appropriate sources for stories, developing original angles, and displaying personal and professional skills in newsgathering.

3. Create journalistic products in a variety of platforms – radio, TV, print -- to length and to audience, working to a variety of audience, creating a portfolio of work;

4. Analyse and use in practice the newsgathering skills needed to develop stories from a variety of sources for variety of journalistic disciplines, including packages for radio and TV and investigations;

5. Discuss, codify and evaluate ethical concerns which may arise from collaborative working or risky situations.