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The University’s Journalism programmes are 'Recognised for Excellence' by the European Journalism Training Association.

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Introduction

The BA (Hons) Investigative Journalism degree aims to consider the history, theories and research techniques that underpin investigative journalism. Students have the opportunity to learn to use legislation, such as the Freedom of Information Act, to expose the truth and develop the skills to conduct rigorous interviews. Students are asked to apply this learning throughout the degree, researching and producing their own reports.

Course content is informed by the School of English & Journalism’s research programme, which aims to examine issues such as human rights reporting. The course is taught by academics, researchers and practising journalists. Journalist Angela Rippon is a Visiting Professor in the School.

Internationally acclaimed investigative journalist and honorary graduate of the University of Lincoln, John Pilger, has called Lincoln School of Journalism, 'one of the most enlightened centres for journalism education in the world.'

Accreditations

Lincoln School of Journalism is a member of the European Public Relations Education and Research Association, and is ‘Recognised for Excellence’ by the European Journalism Training Association.

Is This Course Right For Me?

This degree is built on the same foundations as the BA (Hons) Journalism programme.

The course aims to introduce to the fundamentals of journalistic practice, including media law, multiplatform news production and the structure of government. Later, students have the opportunity to shape their own learning from a broad choice of modules and to examine the significance of citizen journalism, the growth of global networks for sharing material and campaigns that support press freedom.

How You Study

This degree is built on the same foundations as the BA (Hons) Journalism programme. The course aims to introduce students to the fundamentals of journalistic practice, including media law, multiplatform news production and the structure of government. Later, students have the opportunity to shape their own learning from a broad choice of modules and to examine the significance of citizen journalism, the growth of global networks for sharing material and campaigns that support press freedom.

Contact Hours and Independent Study

Contact hours may vary for each year of your degree. However, remember that you are engaging in a full-time degree; so, at the very least, you should expect to undertake a minimum of 37 hours of study each week during term time and you may undertake assignments outside of term time. The composition and delivery for the course breaks down differently for each module and may include lectures, seminars, workshops, independent study, practicals, work placements, research and one-to-one learning.

University-level study involves a significant proportion of independent study, exploring the material covered in lectures and seminars. As a general guide, for every hour in class students are expected to spend two - three hours in independent study.

Please see the Unistats data, using the link at the bottom of this page, for specific information relating to this course in terms of course composition and delivery, contact hours and student satisfaction.

How You Are Assessed

As the course involves the acquisition of a wide range of communication skills, assessment is varied and includes practical work; often in the form of timed exercises or news days simulating industry practice, projects, the collation of a portfolio of work and presentations. The main part of assessment of theory-based modules is in the form of coursework, with some examinations.

Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to you promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date (unless stated differently above).

Methods of Assessment

The way you will be assessed on this course will vary for each module. It could include coursework, such as a dissertation or essay, written and practical exams, portfolio development, group work or presentations to name some examples.

For a breakdown of assessment methods used on this course and student satisfaction, please visit the Unistats website, using the link at the bottom of this page.

Staff

Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may be supported in their learning by other students.

For a comprehensive list of teaching staff, please see our School of English & Journalism Staff Pages.

Entry Requirements 2016-17

Applicants should have at least 300 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of two A Levels (or the equivalent). In addition to the two A Levels, other qualifications such as AS Levels, the Extended Project and the ASDAN CoPE for example, will be counted towards the 300 point requirement.

We also accept a wide range of other qualifications including the BTEC Extended Diploma, Diploma and Subsidiary Diploma, the European and International Baccalaureate Diplomas, and Advanced Diplomas. You can find tariff values on the UCAS website http://lncn.eu/cdez

Applicants will also be required to have at least three GCSEs at grade C or above (or the equivalent), including English Language.

For international students who do not meet criteria for direct entry to this degree we offer the International Year One in Journalism. Depending on your English language level you will study 3 or 4 terms then progress directly to the second year of this degree.

Applications are welcomed from mature students who are studying towards an Access to Higher Education programme. A minimum of 45 level 3 credits at merit or above will be required. We will also consider applicants with extensive relevant work experience.

If you would like further information about entry requirements, or would like to discuss whether the qualifications you are currently studying are acceptable, please contact the Admissions team on 01522 886097, or email admissions@lincoln.ac.uk.

Level 1

Journalism Skills

Students have the opportunity to progress through the key journalistic skills of newsgathering, writing, editing and design in the modern mass media world. Using a blend of practice and theory, students are encouraged to develop a rounded awareness of the media and produce portfolios of their work. There is a focus on newsgathering and writing skills which is then reinforced with the use of editing techniques. The way design influences different media is also analysed.

Law for Production Journalists 1: Democracy and Justice

Journalism students are required to abide by the law, in terms of newsgathering and research methods, data collection and retention, use of communication networks, publishing and broadcasting material to audiences. This module aims to introduce students to the legal system, to the operation of the courts, and examines the impact of legislation and codes of practice on the work of journalists.

Multiplatform News Production

This module aims to introduce students to the editorial and production skills required for broadcast news output in an increasingly multiplatform environment. The focus is on newsgathering and production for both radio and television with related online content. Students are expected to work in a newsroom environment within strict time constraints.

News Media Theory and Analysis

This module aims to explore media practices and institutions, utilising the theories of journalism studies and other related media theoretical concepts. It encourages students to discover the link between theory and practice through the use of case studies and appropriate methodologies and aims to engage them in critical evaluation of journalism practices across different platforms.

Public Administration 1: Democracy and Bureaucracy

Students need to understand how legislation is drafted and enacted in the UK and how journalism – the Fourth Estate – effects a check on Government and Parliament(s). This involves a study of the political, democratic and administrative structure of Parliament, government, local government and EU institutions. The module also examines how local government services are delivered around the UK, in the absence of a uniform structure and the emergence of various experimental models. Issues such as public accountability, consultation, responsibilities and decision-taking mechanisms are also studied.

Reporting Continuity and Change 1789-2000

The module aims to introduce students to key cultural and technological influences in the 19th and 20th Centuries that shaped the development of the modern media. Significant elements include the rise of the provincial papers, censorship and satire, new journalism and notions of the moral majority, the documentary film movement, the development of the BBC and the role of the media in moulding regional and national identities.

Level 2

Digital Photography (Option)

The module introduces student to the techniques of digital photography in the press environment, looking at subjects of different forms, framing, lighting and presentation. The role of the image in the press and online is explored.

Essential Public Affairs

Journalists frequently claim an important role as 'watchdogs' over public authorities, whether their work takes them to Westminster, Brussels, Whitehall, or Town Halls, health trusts, hospitals and trade organisations across the UK. This module builds on the work done in year one to further examine the role of the journalist in the coverage of local community, regional, and national affairs. It considers the specialist work of political, health, crime and business correspondents in the context of the relationship between government, the private sector and the citizen. It addresses issues such as media relationships with officials, representatives, and politicians and examines limitations on, and opportunities for, the reporter to obtain information that institutions prefer the public not to know.

Ethics and International Human Rights for Journalists (Option)

This module aims to highlight the importance of human rights issues to the practice of journalism and aims to develop students’ awareness of the range of ethical issues facing journalists.

Journalism Skills 2

Students will have the opportunity to gather news and feature stories, employing the full range of research and interview techniques in a newsroom setting. They may also participate in press conferences, press briefings and speech events. The emphasis will be on the creation of imaginative and original copy, conforming to professional standards with careful consideration of angle, choice of interviewees, attribution and corroboration of facts.

Law for Production Journalists 2

This module builds on legal and administrative knowledge gleaned at Level One. It examines how criminal and civil legislation affecting print, online and broadcast journalists has developed; identifies areas of conflict and uncertainty; and requires the student to apply knowledge of legislation and case law to given scenarios, including responses to actions in the civil courts.

Newspaper and Magazine Production, incorporating Digital Photography. (Option)

Students will have the opportunity to learn print design theory and create newspaper and magazine pages. Workshops will see students using Adobe InDesign software to make their own pages, work in groups to make newspaper pages and complete a substantial magazine project, with accompanying digital content. They can also use their writing skills, creativity and also use elements of Photoshop in their work.

Online Production (Option)

This module will provide students with the opportunity to build a news or feature-based web site using a content management system (CMS) or hosted service, such as WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr, etc. The module aims to help students develop web design and web writing skills, and to be aware of some of the implications of this medium for journalists, and for the industry.

Students will look at the history of the internet, and at some of the underlying technology-internet protocols and standards, and file formats, etc. They will also look at web page design, including page layout, site structure, usability and accessibility.

Throughout the module students will have the opportunity to learn to mark up copy in HTML (Hypertext Mark-up Language - the coding language that sets out the structure of web pages) and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets - which controls the look and format of pages written in HTML) using a text editor. They will also have the chance to talk about current web developments, such as blogs, social media sites, etc. and their impact on the journalism industry.

Radio News and Features (Option)

Students will have the opportunity to produce news bulletins, undertaking a range of roles within the radio newsroom environment. They may also develop a range of production skills culminating in the production of an individual radio package (short radio news feature) with supporting online materials and, as part of a workshop group, a current affairs magazine programme. Critical listening, voice training and presentation skills will be part of the curriculum.

Reporting Social and Cultural Diversity (Option)

The role of the media as a 'mirror' of society means that journalists encounter cross-cultural issues in their newsgathering and news processing functions. This module aims to prepare students to write stories with cultural sensitivity, care and compassion.

Television News Production (Option)

This module is designed to meet the needs of those students wishing to specialise in the production of television news as a professional discipline. Students have the opportunity to be taught to write, shoot and edit news stories for video which are broadcast either online or in a conventional television news format. Students can also take part in live television news days.

The Origins of Modern Britain 1945 - 1980 (Option)

This module examines British society from 1945 onwards. It aims to enable students to critically consider the historical background to some of the issues which feature in contemporary news agendas and look at the role of the press in recording them.

Level 3

Investigative Journalism Project (Option)

The module will focus on the practicalities of photographic production and how the resultant images are processed and incorporated into newspapers and magazines. Journalistic and editorial practices will also be examined in terms of the context in which images are employed to illustrate journals. The distinctive qualities of news and feature images will be addressed with reference to sources, composition, impact, purpose and function. The proposed usage and the location of the finished work will be assessed from the perspectives of audience and destination – newspaper, magazine, broadcast image or website, etc.
Ethical issues relevant to picture taking and manipulation of the image (including issues concerning the identification of children and the use of long lens photography) will be investigated within the broader context of the competitive and financial imperatives driving modern media organisations. At the same time the relationship between text and image will be analysed as part of the process of story composition and layout.

Investigative Journalism: A Critical Overview (Option)

The module will aim to provide a definition for investigative journalism and examples of major reports which explain its role. Students will apply their knowledge gained to critiquing a major piece of investigative reporting.

Journalism Independent Study

Students may undertake a dissertation topic of their choice within their chosen field of study and apply theoretical concepts to their research. They will be allocated an individual tutor to support their work but it will require a high degree of personal commitment by the student to work on their own initiative.

Journalism Research Project (Option)

Students build on the skills developed in the Research Methods and Theories of Communication modules to create an academically rigorous, critical and detailed study of an aspect of journalism or of the journalism industry. It encourages students to explore the theoretical underpinnings of practical work and to develop their own reflective approaches.

Theories of Communication (Option)

This module will explore the various theories relating to journalism and communication relevant to final project and dissertation work

The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

Special Features

ADOBE CREATIVE CLOUD

Students on this course will receive a licence for Adobe Creative Cloud free of charge.

Placements

Placement Year

When you are on an optional placement in the UK or overseas or studying abroad, you will be required to cover your own transport and accommodation and meals costs. Placements can range from a few weeks to a full year if students choose to undertake an optional sandwich year in industry.

Students are encouraged to obtain placements in industry independently. Tutors may provide support and advice to students who require it during this process.

Student as Producer

Student as Producer is a model of teaching and learning that encourages academics and undergraduate students to collaborate on research activities. It is a programme committed to learning through doing.

The Student as Producer initiative was commended by the QAA in our 2012 review and is one of the teaching and learning features that makes the Lincoln experience unique.

Facilities

This course is facilitated by a suite of newsrooms, with associated work stations and industry standard print production software. Broadcast journalism is catered for with exclusive access to the School’s radio and television presentation studios.

At Lincoln, we constantly invest in our campus as we aim to provide the best learning environment for our undergraduates. Whatever your area of study, the University strives to ensure students have access to specialist equipment and resources, to develop the skills, which you may need in your future career.

View our campus pages [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/campuslife/ourcampus/] to learn more about our teaching and learning facilities.

Career Opportunities

Graduates may be well-placed to secure positions at regional, national and international media organisations and press agencies or work in a freelance capacity. Some may use their degree as the basis for a career in PR, business, marketing or education. Some go on to further study at postgraduate level.

Careers Service

The University Careers and Employability Team offer qualified advisors who can work with you to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during your time at the University. As a member of our alumni we also offer one-to-one support in the first year after completing your course, including access to events, vacancy information and website resources; with access to online vacancies and virtual and website resources for the following two years.

This service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise your future opportunities.

The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.

Visit our Careers Service pages for further information. [http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/campuslife/studentsupport/careersservice/]

Additional Costs

For each course you may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required, depending on your course. Some courses provide opportunities for you to undertake field work or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for the travel, accommodation and your meals may be covered by the University and so is included in your fee. Where these are optional you will normally (unless stated otherwise) be required to pay your own transportation, accommodation and meal costs.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and you will find that our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that you are required to read. However, you may prefer to purchase some of these for yourself and you will be responsible for this cost. Where there may be exceptions to this general rule, information will be displayed in a section titled Other Costs below.

Related Courses

The BA (Hons) English degree at the University of Lincoln explores a lively and varied collection of texts within their historical and theoretical contexts, from Shakespeare and the Renaissance to postcolonialism and postmodernism.
The study of two closely related fields such as English and Journalism encourages students to analyse a diverse range of literary approaches.
The BA (Hons) Film and Television degree comprises academic study in both film and television, which is complemented by practical and creative projects in television studio production, film and scriptwriting. This programme is 75% theory and 25% practice based.
On the BA (Hons) Journalism degree students are encouraged to put journalistic theory into practice and have opportunities to produce news content to a professional standard while exploring the ethical and legal considerations of the industry.
The BA (Hons) Journalism and Public Relations degree aims to cover topics that are essential for communications professionals to develop analytical techniques and problem-solving abilities, as well as the cross-disciplinary skills needed for a career in journalism and public relations.

Introduction

The BA (Hons) Investigative Journalism degree aims to consider the history, theories and research techniques that underpin investigative journalism. Students have the opportunity to learn to use legislation, such as the Freedom of Information Act, to expose the truth and develop the skills to conduct rigorous interviews. Students are asked to apply this learning throughout the degree, researching and producing their own reports.

Course content is informed by the School of English & Journalism’s research programme, which examines issues such as human rights reporting. The course is taught by academics, researchers and practising journalists. Journalist Angela Rippon is a Visiting Professor in the School.

Internationally acclaimed investigative journalist and honorary graduate of the University of Lincoln, John Pilger, has called Lincoln School of Journalism, 'one of the most enlightened centres for journalism education in the world.'

Accreditations

Lincoln School of Journalism is a member of the European Public Relations Education and Research Association, and is ‘Recognised for Excellence’ by the European Journalism Training Association.

Is This Course Right For Me?

This degree is built on the same foundations as the BA (Hons) Journalism programme.

The course aims to introduce to the fundamentals of journalistic practice, including media law, multiplatform news production and the structure of government. Later, students have the opportunity to shape their own learning from a broad choice of modules and to examine the significance of citizen journalism, the growth of global networks for sharing material and campaigns that support press freedom.

How You Study

This degree is built on the same foundations as the BA (Hons) Journalism programme. The course aims to introduce to the fundamentals of journalistic practice, including media law, multiplatform news production and the structure of government. Later, students have the opportunity to shape their own learning from a broad choice of modules and to examine the significance of citizen journalism, the growth of global networks for sharing material and campaigns that support press freedom.

Contact Hours and Independent Study

Contact hours may vary for each year of your degree. However, remember that you are engaging in a full-time degree; so, at the very least, you should expect to undertake a minimum of 37 hours of study each week during term time and you may undertake assignments outside of term time. The composition and delivery for the course breaks down differently for each module and may include lectures, seminars, workshops, independent study, practicals, work placements, research and one-to-one learning.

University-level study involves a significant proportion of independent study, exploring the material covered in lectures and seminars. As a general guide, for every hour in class students are expected to spend two - three hours in independent study.

Please see the Unistats data, using the link at the bottom of this page, for specific information relating to this course in terms of course composition and delivery, contact hours and student satisfaction.

How You Are Assessed

As the course involves the acquisition of a wide range of communication skills, assessment is varied and includes practical work; often in the form of timed exercises or news days simulating industry practice, projects, the collation of a portfolio of work and presentations. The main part of assessment of theory-based modules is in the form of coursework, with some examinations.

Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to you promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date (unless stated differently above).

Methods of Assessment

The way you will be assessed on this course will vary for each module. It could include coursework, such as a dissertation or essay, written and practical exams, portfolio development, group work or presentations to name some examples.

For a breakdown of assessment methods used on this course and student satisfaction, please visit the Unistats website, using the link at the bottom of this page.

Staff

Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may be supported in their learning by other students.

For a comprehensive list of teaching staff, please see our School of English & Journalism Staff Pages.

Entry Requirements 2017-18

GCE Advanced Levels: BBC

International Baccalaureate: 29 points overall

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit

Access to Higher Education Diploma: A minimum of 45 level 3 credits at merit or above will be required.

Applicants will also be required to have at least three GCSEs at grade C or above (or the equivalent), including English.

We will also consider applicants with extensive relevant work experience.

For international students who do not meet criteria for direct entry to this degree we offer the International Year One in Journalism. Depending on your English language level you will study 3 or 4 terms then progress directly to the second year of this degree.

If you would like further information about entry requirements, or would like to discuss whether the qualifications you are currently studying are acceptable, please contact the Admissions team on 01522 886097, or email admissions@lincoln.ac.uk.

Level 1

Journalism Skills

Students have the opportunity to progress through the key journalistic skills of newsgathering, writing, editing and design in the modern mass media world. Using a blend of practice and theory, students are encouraged to develop a rounded awareness of the media and produce portfolios of their work. There is a focus on newsgathering and writing skills which is then reinforced with the use of editing techniques. The way design influences different media is also analysed.

Law for Production Journalists 1: Democracy and Justice

Journalism students are required to abide by the law, in terms of newsgathering and research methods, data collection and retention, use of communication networks, publishing and broadcasting material to audiences. This module aims to introduce students to the legal system, to the operation of the courts, and examines the impact of legislation and codes of practice on the work of journalists.

Multiplatform News Production

This module aims to introduce students to the editorial and production skills required for broadcast news output in an increasingly multiplatform environment. The focus is on newsgathering and production for both radio and television with related online content. Students are expected to work in a newsroom environment within strict time constraints.

News Media Theory and Analysis

This module aims to explore media practices and institutions, utilising the theories of journalism studies and other related media theoretical concepts. It encourages students to discover the link between theory and practice through the use of case studies and appropriate methodologies and aims to engage them in critical evaluation of journalism practices across different platforms.

Public Administration 1: Democracy and Bureaucracy

Students need to understand how legislation is drafted and enacted in the UK and how journalism – the Fourth Estate – effects a check on Government and Parliament(s). This involves a study of the political, democratic and administrative structure of Parliament, government, local government and EU institutions. The module also examines how local government services are delivered around the UK, in the absence of a uniform structure and the emergence of various experimental models. Issues such as public accountability, consultation, responsibilities and decision-taking mechanisms are also studied.

Reporting Continuity and Change 1789-2000

The module aims to introduce students to key cultural and technological influences in the 19th and 20th Centuries that shaped the development of the modern media. Significant elements include the rise of the provincial papers, censorship and satire, new journalism and notions of the moral majority, the documentary film movement, the development of the BBC and the role of the media in moulding regional and national identities.

Level 2

Digital Photography (Option)

The module introduces student to the techniques of digital photography in the press environment, looking at subjects of different forms, framing, lighting and presentation. The role of the image in the press and online is explored.

Essential Public Affairs

Journalists frequently claim an important role as 'watchdogs' over public authorities, whether their work takes them to Westminster, Brussels, Whitehall, or Town Halls, health trusts, hospitals and trade organisations across the UK. This module builds on the work done in year one to further examine the role of the journalist in the coverage of local community, regional, and national affairs. It considers the specialist work of political, health, crime and business correspondents in the context of the relationship between government, the private sector and the citizen. It addresses issues such as media relationships with officials, representatives, and politicians and examines limitations on, and opportunities for, the reporter to obtain information that institutions prefer the public not to know.

Ethics and International Human Rights for Journalists (Option)

This module aims to highlight the importance of human rights issues to the practice of journalism and aims to develop students’ awareness of the range of ethical issues facing journalists.

Journalism Skills 2

Students will have the opportunity to gather news and feature stories, employing the full range of research and interview techniques in a newsroom setting. They may also participate in press conferences, press briefings and speech events. The emphasis will be on the creation of imaginative and original copy, conforming to professional standards with careful consideration of angle, choice of interviewees, attribution and corroboration of facts.

Law for Production Journalists 2

This module builds on legal and administrative knowledge gleaned at Level One. It examines how criminal and civil legislation affecting print, online and broadcast journalists has developed; identifies areas of conflict and uncertainty; and requires the student to apply knowledge of legislation and case law to given scenarios, including responses to actions in the civil courts.

Newspaper and Magazine Production, incorporating Digital Photography. (Option)

Students will have the opportunity to learn print design theory and create newspaper and magazine pages. Workshops will see students using Adobe InDesign software to make their own pages, work in groups to make newspaper pages and complete a substantial magazine project, with accompanying digital content. They can also use their writing skills, creativity and also use elements of Photoshop in their work.

Online Production (Option)

This module will provide students with the opportunity to build a news or feature-based web site using a content management system (CMS) or hosted service, such as WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr, etc. The module aims to help students develop web design and web writing skills, and to be aware of some of the implications of this medium for journalists, and for the industry.

Students will look at the history of the internet, and at some of the underlying technology-internet protocols and standards, and file formats, etc. They will also look at web page design, including page layout, site structure, usability and accessibility.

Throughout the module students will have the opportunity to learn to mark up copy in HTML (Hypertext Mark-up Language - the coding language that sets out the structure of web pages) and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets - which controls the look and format of pages written in HTML) using a text editor. They will also have the chance to talk about current web developments, such as blogs, social media sites, etc. and their impact on the journalism industry.

Radio News and Features (Option)

Students will have the opportunity to produce news bulletins, undertaking a range of roles within the radio newsroom environment. They may also develop a range of production skills culminating in the production of an individual radio package (short radio news feature) with supporting online materials and, as part of a workshop group, a current affairs magazine programme. Critical listening, voice training and presentation skills will be part of the curriculum.

Reporting Social and Cultural Diversity (Option)

The role of the media as a 'mirror' of society means that journalists encounter cross-cultural issues in their newsgathering and news processing functions. This module aims to prepare students to write stories with cultural sensitivity, care and compassion.

Television News Production (Option)

This module is designed to meet the needs of those students wishing to specialise in the production of television news as a professional discipline. Students have the opportunity to be taught to write, shoot and edit news stories for video which are broadcast either online or in a conventional television news format. Students can also take part in live television news days.

The Origins of Modern Britain 1945 - 1980 (Option)

This module examines British society from 1945 onwards. It aims to enable students to critically consider the historical background to some of the issues which feature in contemporary news agendas and look at the role of the press in recording them.

Level 3

Investigative Journalism Project (Option)

The module will focus on the practicalities of photographic production and how the resultant images are processed and incorporated into newspapers and magazines. Journalistic and editorial practices will also be examined in terms of the context in which images are employed to illustrate journals. The distinctive qualities of news and feature images will be addressed with reference to sources, composition, impact, purpose and function. The proposed usage and the location of the finished work will be assessed from the perspectives of audience and destination – newspaper, magazine, broadcast image or website, etc.
Ethical issues relevant to picture taking and manipulation of the image (including issues concerning the identification of children and the use of long lens photography) will be investigated within the broader context of the competitive and financial imperatives driving modern media organisations. At the same time the relationship between text and image will be analysed as part of the process of story composition and layout.

Investigative Journalism: A Critical Overview (Option)

The module will aim to provide a definition for investigative journalism and examples of major reports which explain its role. Students will apply their knowledge gained to critiquing a major piece of investigative reporting.

Journalism Independent Study

Students may undertake a dissertation topic of their choice within their chosen field of study and apply theoretical concepts to their research. They will be allocated an individual tutor to support their work but it will require a high degree of personal commitment by the student to work on their own initiative.

Journalism Research Project (Option)

Students build on the skills developed in the Research Methods and Theories of Communication modules to create an academically rigorous, critical and detailed study of an aspect of journalism or of the journalism industry. It encourages students to explore the theoretical underpinnings of practical work and to develop their own reflective approaches.

Theories of Communication (Option)

This module will explore the various theories relating to journalism and communication relevant to final project and dissertation work

The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

Special Features

ADOBE CREATIVE CLOUD

Students on this course will receive a licence for Adobe Creative Cloud free of charge.

Placements

Placement Year

When you are on an optional placement in the UK or overseas or studying abroad, you will be required to cover your own transport and accommodation and meals costs. Placements can range from a few weeks to a full year if students choose to undertake an optional sandwich year in industry.

Students are encouraged to obtain placements in industry independently. Tutors may provide support and advice to students who require it during this process.

Student as Producer

Student as Producer is a model of teaching and learning that encourages academics and undergraduate students to collaborate on research activities. It is a programme committed to learning through doing.

The Student as Producer initiative was commended by the QAA in our 2012 review and is one of the teaching and learning features that makes the Lincoln experience unique.

Facilities

This course is facilitated by a suite of newsrooms, with associated work stations and industry standard print production software. Broadcast journalism is catered for with exclusive access to the School’s radio and television presentation studios.

At Lincoln, we constantly invest in our campus as we aim to provide the best learning environment for our undergraduates. Whatever your area of study, the University strives to ensure students have access to specialist equipment and resources, to develop the skills, which you may need in your future career.

View our campus pages [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/campuslife/ourcampus/] to learn more about our teaching and learning facilities.

Career Opportunities

Graduates may be well-placed to secure positions at regional, national and international media organisations and press agencies or work in a freelance capacity. Some may use their degree as the basis for a career in PR, business, marketing or education. Some go on to further study at postgraduate level.

Careers Service

The University Careers and Employability Team offer qualified advisors who can work with you to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during your time at the University. As a member of our alumni we also offer one-to-one support in the first year after completing your course, including access to events, vacancy information and website resources; with access to online vacancies and virtual and website resources for the following two years.

This service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise your future opportunities.

The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.

Visit our Careers Service pages for further information. [http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/campuslife/studentsupport/careersservice/]

Additional Costs

For each course you may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required, depending on your course. Some courses provide opportunities for you to undertake field work or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for the travel, accommodation and your meals may be covered by the University and so is included in your fee. Where these are optional you will normally (unless stated otherwise) be required to pay your own transportation, accommodation and meal costs.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and you will find that our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that you are required to read. However, you may prefer to purchase some of these for yourself and you will be responsible for this cost. Where there may be exceptions to this general rule, information will be displayed in a section titled Other Costs below.

Related Courses

The BA (Hons) English degree at the University of Lincoln explores a lively and varied collection of texts within their historical and theoretical contexts, from Shakespeare and the Renaissance to postcolonialism and postmodernism.
The study of two closely related fields such as English and Journalism encourages students to analyse a diverse range of literary approaches.
The BA (Hons) Film and Television degree comprises academic study in both film and television, which is complemented by practical and creative projects in television studio production, film and scriptwriting. This programme is 75% theory and 25% practice based.
On the BA (Hons) Journalism degree students are encouraged to put journalistic theory into practice and have opportunities to produce news content to a professional standard while exploring the ethical and legal considerations of the industry.
The BA (Hons) Journalism and Public Relations degree aims to cover topics that are essential for communications professionals to develop analytical techniques and problem-solving abilities, as well as the cross-disciplinary skills needed for a career in journalism and public relations.

Tuition Fees

2016/17 Entry UK/EUInternational
Full-time £9,000 per level £14,500 per level
Part-time £75 per credit point  
Placement (optional) Exempt Exempt

 

2017/18 Entry UK/EUInternational
Full-time £9,000 per level £14,500 per level
Part-time £75 per credit point  
Placement (optional) Exempt Exempt

 Please note that not all courses are available as a part-time option.

For further information and for details about funding your study, please see our UK/EU Fees & Funding pages or our International funding and scholarship pages. [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studyatlincoln/undergraduatecourses/feesandfunding/] [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/international/feesandfunding/]

The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions. [www.lincoln.ac.uk/StudentAdmissionsTermsandConditions]