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In the first semester you will be taught the basics of newspaper reporting, then move on to more advanced writing styles for features and specialised reporting. You will also be introduced to online journalism, learn how to blog and handle user generated content. You will also be introduced to law, given an insight into the workings of local and national government and learn T-line shorthand. We expect our students to gain a minimum of 100wpm. You will also have sessions on the changing media landscape and discussions on journalism ethics and regulation. The programme features regular talks and masterclasses by visiting journalists. In the second semester law, shorthand and PA remain as part of the taught syllabus, but there is more emphasis on group directed learning in the form of newspaper production. Students spend several weeks producing two rival newspapers, print and web editions, which contain the stories and features they have written. The dual aim is not only to prepare students for their work placement, which usually falls either side of Easter, but also to enhance their writing, sub-editing and layout skills. Great emphasis is placed on team work and the ability to work together. Over the years the School of Journalism, Media and Communicatom has built strong links with industry and organisations are happy to offer placements to our students. The Press Association, Liverpool Post and Echo, Mercury Press news agency, News & Star, Carlisle, Lancashire Telegraph and Bolton News are just a few of the newsrooms offering placements. Internal and external exams are taken in May. You will then start working on your project which includes a reflective element. In effect you will be working as a freelance journalist who?s been commissioned to produce work to an agreed brief. This takes you through Semester Three. Links with professional bodies: Accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists. You will be mainly working together in a newsroom atmosphere. Throughout the course you will learn basic skills during workshops and practical sessions. Law and Public Administration will be delivered separately through formal seminars and lectures. Attendance is mandatory at all sessions. The Masters project is an independently produced and largely unsupervised piece of journalism i.e. you are working as a freelance. Semester One Modules: Newspaper Journalism Practice Digital Journalism Law for Journalists and Investigating Public Administration for Journalists Semester Two modules: Newspaper Production Law PA and shorthand Work placement Internal and external exams. Semester Three Modules: Practical newspaper project

In the first semester you will be taught the basics of newspaper reporting, then move on to more advanced writing styles for features and specialised reporting. You will also be introduced to online journalism, learn how to blog and handle user generated content. You will also be introduced to law, given an insight into the workings of local and national government and learn T-line shorthand. We...

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