BA (Hons) Magazine Journalism

The Course

BA (Hons) Magazine Journalism offers students the opportunity to explore the vibrant, challenging and diverse magazine industry, while producing practical work in digital and print.

Working out of our suite of fully-equipped newsrooms, students can learn the core values of good journalism and how to apply them on the different media platforms available today. They are also encouraged to develop their own areas of interest and put these into practice in academic and practical work.

The course shares some core aspects with BA (Hons) Journalism to enable students to develop the essential skills and knowledge required to work as journalists, including news-gathering, media law, ethics, interviewing and writing. The course enables students to specialise in magazine journalism in theory, production (print and digital) and writing modules.

Students can learn from industry professionals and academics, and will have the opportunity to produce academic work alongside magazine writing and whole magazine brand projects as they progress through the course. Students can learn digital and multi-platform broadcast journalism in core lectures and seminars, and apply that knowledge in project work.

An exploration of the commercial aspects of modern magazine brands will form part of the course, giving students an insight into the financial, marketing and distribution challenges faced by this multi-faceted industry.

Students can study core journalism modules and specific magazine modules throughout the course. These can allow them to follow their own specialism in line with their specific interests.

Contact Hours and Reading for a Degree

Students on this programme learn from academic staff who are often engaged in world-leading or internationally excellent research or professional practice. Contact time can be in workshops, practical sessions, seminars or lectures and may vary from module to module and from academic year to year. Tutorial sessions and project supervision can take the form of one-to-one engagement or small group sessions. Some courses offer the opportunity to take part in external visits and fieldwork.

It is still the case that students read for a degree and this means that in addition to scheduled contact hours, students are required to engage in independent study. This allows you to read around a subject and to prepare for lectures and seminars through wider reading, or to complete follow up tasks such as assignments or revision. As a general guide, the amount of independent study required by students at the University of Lincoln is that for every hour in class you are expected to spend at least two to three hours in independent study.

Essential Journalism 1 (Core)
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Essential Journalism 1 (Core)

This module will be a blend of practice and theory and aims to create a progression through the key journalistic skills needed to tell stories on the most appropriate platform using traditional, digital and mobile media. This module aims to develop a rounded awareness of the media and to give students the skills and insight that equip them to develop further in levels two and three. The focus is on newsgathering and storytelling skills. The way design influences different media is also analysed.

Essential Law (Core)
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Essential Law (Core)

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.

Introduction to Journalism Studies (Core)
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Introduction to Journalism Studies (Core)

Journalism is a key activity not simply in the communication of news and current affairs, but as a primary definer of social, political and psychological contexts in which we live and work as citizens in the twenty-first century. This module introduces students to key cultural, commercial and technological developments that have shaped the modern media, exploring those developments in terms of their history as well as the social impacts of modern mass communications.

Journalism Production 1 (Core)
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Journalism Production 1 (Core)

This module aims to introduce students to the editorial and production skills required for web-based multiplatform news production with a focus on digital convergence and effective use of social media. From the basis of a digital core of content production, the focus is on newsgathering and output for broadcast and online. Students will have the opportunity to work in a newsroom environment under strict but appropriate time constraints.

Magazine interviewing and writing 1 (Core)
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Magazine interviewing and writing 1 (Core)

In this module students would be introduced to the various forms of magazine interviewing and writing across different brands. It would cover interviewing of different styles and would primarily look at consumer brands. There will be case studies, interviewing skills and analysis of different writing styles, depending on audience and platform. Assessment would be a portfolio in which the student could specialise in a subject area of their choice.

The Magazine Business (Core)
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The Magazine Business (Core)

Magazine brands are continuously adapting to meet the needs of audiences, delivering content on a variety of platforms. This module takes an in-depth look at the industry, how it has changed during the digital revolution and how titles have transformed themselves to make best use of this powerful medium.

Essential Journalism 2 (Core)
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Essential Journalism 2 (Core)

This module aims to develop the basic skills studied in Journalism Skills at Level One. Students are expected to proactively gather news and feature stories employing the full range of research and interview techniques. Students will be encouraged to produce imaginative and original copy conforming to professional standards, with careful consideration of topic, angle, choice of interviewees, necessary attribution and corroboration of facts in a variety of writing styles suitable for a range of traditional, digital and mobile platforms.

Journalism Production 2: Project (Core)
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Journalism Production 2: Project (Core)

This module gives the students the opportunity to specialise in a medium of their choice. In consultation with tutors, students will be able to produce radio or television bulletins, features and magazine programmes, a web site with multimedia content or print magazines and newspapers.
More advanced skills appropriate to each medium will be taught and workshops will be tutor led and supervised as required. Materials produced will be outward facing where appropriate.

Law, Ethics and Regulation (Core)
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Law, Ethics and Regulation (Core)

This module aims to build on legal and administrative knowledge gleaned in Essential Law 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 students to apply knowledge of legislation and case law to given scenarios, including responses to actions in the civil courts.

Magazine Writing and Interviewing 2 (Core)
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Magazine Writing and Interviewing 2 (Core)

In this module students would extend their knowledge of magazine interviewing and writing, looking at B2B, B2C and niche sectors and the skills they require. Assessment would be a portfolio in which the student could specialise in a subject area of their choice.

Public Relations Organisations and People (Core)
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Public Relations Organisations and People (Core)

Effective management of PR does not depend on luck; there are Codes of Conduct for practitioners to follow and the typical client / consultant relationship is usually organised into a Contract. This module will look at Public Relations and how it works as a business in its own right, together with how it works as a function of other businesses in order to provide students with a clear image of the establishment, structure and style of a PR consultancy, linked to the professional processes that go on within the business. As well as the world of PR consultancies, this unit will consider and discuss the role of PR within an organisation, considering the similarities and differences between the structure and performance of consultancy and in-house PR resources.

Research methods (Core)
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Research methods (Core)

This module is designed to equip students with the understanding of research design and methods for undertaking research. The module gives students the opportunity to develop their observational, analytical and writing skills. It has vocational relevance in enabling students to select a relevant research topic for in-depth analysis and evaluation in their final year.

The Digital Magazine (Core)
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The Digital Magazine (Core)

In this module students would explore digital and social media specifically for magazine brands and put skills learnt into practice. There would be an in-depth look at magazines and the digital economy – understanding the impact of digital and social media. There would also be scope for putting theory in to practice, using skills in digital and social media in individual project work, and video and photography skills for magazine digital media.

Creativity in Public Relations (Core)
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Creativity in Public Relations (Core)

Creativity is a crucial element in the PR practitioners toolkit as the industries of advertising and PR are becoming more closely aligned.

Different ways of attracting the attention of clients, target audiences, stakeholders and journalists need to be embraced as we communicate in increasingly noisy environments.

Using traditional and digital/social media to best effective requires a deep understanding of effective writing and what makes eye catching and excellent design.

This module aims to bring together elements potentially studied in the first two years and in brand and reputation.

This module examines the way PR teams work with creative disciplines – designers, writers and creative advertising. Students have the opportunity to attain knowledge and skills to effectively draw up a creative brief and manage its delivery.

Journalism Independent Study (Core)
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Journalism Independent Study (Core)

Students undertake a dissertation topic of their choice within their chosen field of study and are expected to apply theoretical concepts to their research. They will be allocated an individual tutor to support their work but students are expected to demonstrate a high degree of personal commitment and to work on their own initiative.

Journalism Minor Project (Magazines) (Core)
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Journalism Minor Project (Magazines) (Core)

This module gives students the opportunity to work on an individual basis in a magazine brand project. They may produce printed work or originate new digital magazine brands.

Journalism Production 3: Major Project (Core)
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Journalism Production 3: Major Project (Core)

Working in small production groups and independently, students will have the chance to build on the experience they have gained at Levels 1 and 2 and produce weekly and termly news and features outputs, in their choice of media, some of which will be for public consumption.
Using the School's web-based multimedia news site, LSJ News, and the University's campus-based community radio station, Siren FM, students will work in a professional environment for the full year.

An advanced level of editorial and production skills will be expected, including story and idea origination, news and feature management and agenda setting, along with an awareness of the differing journalistic treatment demanded by each medium.

Journalism Production3: Professional Practice (Magazines) (Core)
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Journalism Production3: Professional Practice (Magazines) (Core)

This module focuses on employment opportunities in journalism. It aims to give students experience of the media industry that can be linked to their studies, gain vital skills which may prepare them for the job market and also establish and maintain links with industry professionals which may help them in their chosen career. There will also be a focus on opportunities for magazine journalists in terms of working as freelancers, setting up their own businesses or publishing enterprises and utilising skills learnt to make best use of opportunities in the magazine industry.

Specialist Journalism (Core)
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Specialist Journalism (Core)

Students have the opportunity to examine and analyse their chosen specialism across a wide range of publications, from general readership websites, magazines, and newspapers to specialist and niche publications aimed at the 'expert'. Students can study the particular attributes needed for specialist journalism including: authority, expertise, ability to access specialist information and format requirements. Throughout this module, students will select one particular strand to focus on in order to develop their specialism in the following indicative areas: sport, music, fashion, science, arts or business.

†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.

Assessment Feedback

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

Methods of Assessment

The way students are assessed on this course may vary for each module. Examples of assessment methods that are used include coursework, such as written assignments, reports or dissertations; practical exams, such as presentations, performances or observations; and written exams, such as formal examinations or in-class tests. The weighting given to each assessment method may vary across each academic year. The University of Lincoln aims to ensure that staff return in-course assessments to students promptly.

Successful applicants will be required to attend an interview to assess their suitability for this course.

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.

Work experience forms part of the course and we encourage students to seek placements. Previous students in the School of English and Journalism have gained placements on well-known magazine brands or in areas such as public relations and copywriting. Please note that students are expected to cover their own transport, accommodation and general living expenses while undertaking placements.

The School of English and Journalism has good links with local media, including a work experience programme with a magazine publisher.

There are a number of other extracurricular activities available for students to develop their writing skills. These include at the University’s student newspaper, news website, and community and student radio stations, Siren Radio and Brayford Radio, both based on campus.

Placement Year

When students are on an optional placement in the UK or overseas or studying abroad, they will be required to cover their 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.

Tuition Fees

2018/19UK/EUInternational
Full-time £9,250 per level £15,600 per level
Part-time £77.00 per credit point†  N/A
Placement (optional) Exempt Exempt

 

2019/20UK/EUInternational
Full-time £9,250 per level £15,900 per level
Part-time £77.00 per credit point†  N/A
Placement (optional) Exempt Exempt


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

The University undergraduate tuition fee may increase year on year in line with government policy. This will enable us to continue to provide the best possible educational facilities and student experience.

Fees for enrolment on additional modules

Tuition fees for additional activity are payable by the student/sponsor and charged at the equivalent £ per credit point rate for each module. Additional activity includes:

- Enrolment on modules that are in addition to the validated programme curriculum

- Enrolment on modules that are over and above the full credit diet for the relevant academic year

- Retakes of modules as permitted by the Board of Examiners

Exceptionally tuition fees may not be payable where a student has been granted a retake with approved extenuating circumstances.

For more 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/]

Additional Costs

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

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that students are required to read. However, students may prefer to purchase some of these for themselves and will therefore 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.

Other Costs

Students are expected to cover their own transport, accommodation and general living expenses while undertaking work experience.

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 to include 30 at merit or above.

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

Mature students with extensive relevant experience will be selected on individual merit. All relevant work experience should be noted on the application form.

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.

Learn from Experts

Staff include media professionals with a wide variety of industry experience. The School of English and Journalism has good links with local media, including a work experience programme with a magazine publisher.

Tim Greenfield

Tim Greenfield

Programme Leader

Tim Greenfield has spent much of his career as a journalist working on regional newspapers in the UK. He spent five years working for a national newspaper in Bermuda, taking on the role of reporter, tourism correspondent, chief reporter and sub editor. He has also worked as a freelance journalist.


Your Future Career

With more than 7,000 magazine titles in the UK, there are various roles and opportunities available for talented magazine journalists. Previous graduates in the School of English and Journalism have gone on to work at national and local magazine brands across a variety of sectors at titles including Autocar, Esquire and Company.

Careers Service

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

This service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise our graduates 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/.


Facilities

This course benefits from a suite of newsrooms, with associated work stations and specialist print production software.

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

Our library is open 24/7 for the majority of the academic year. Resources include more than 250,000 printed books and approximately 400,000 electronic books and journals, as well as databases and specialist collections.


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