Multi-Platform Journalism Performance Statement

The BA Multi-Platform Journalism programme provides undergraduates with the essential skills required of today’s journalist working in a multi-platform driven newsroom.

It provides a mix of theoretical study and practical training and puts them in challenging situations as a way of developing their knowledge and skills base.

Throughout their three years, students are taught how to write for different publications and platforms, how to take a good photograph and how to produce radio and TV packages and then translate it into ideas for online.

Embedded into this across the three years is the knowledge and understanding of media law, ethics and health and safety.

In Year 1, students are introduced to writing and interviewing skills for print based and broadcast media. Alongside this they also learn production skills for broadcast media (radio and TV). They undertake exams in media law and politics and learn about global media markets and how to develop story ideas and be creative across the platforms.

Going into Year 2, they are introduced to the multi-platform newsroom, which sees them working for a year producing news content for the Grimsby Telegraph and local cable station, Seven TV broadcasting on VirginMedia 879 and the internet. They learn digital photography skills and the role of photo-journalism to tell a story. Online skills are further developed by producing regular content for a website and they learn more about the media and the role it plays in reporting global conflicts. To develop their print based skills they undertake production of a magazine and develop advanced writing skills.

It is in their second and third year, that students are encouraged to undertake work placements either in newspapers, TV, or radio. This helps in their final year as part of their professional practice, which sees them develop their networking and interview skills and gives them help and support to enter the market as a freelancer.

The third year also sees students work on a final project, which is geared towards their specialism, but incorporates multi-platform elements. They also undertake the writing of a dissertation, which does not have to be linked to their final project.

Year 1

  • Writing and Interviewing in the Digital Age
  • Production Skills for the Multi-Platform Journalist
  • Global Media Markets
  • Journalism in the Field 1
  • Journalism in the Field 2
  • A Nose For News

Year 2

  • Magazine Journalism and Production
  • Multi-Platform Newsroom
  • News Writing for Print Media
  • Basic Digital Photography
  • Media and Global Conflicts
  • Online Production

Year 3

  • Dissertation Planning for Multi-Platform Journalism
  • Professional Practice for Journalists
  • Final Project Pre-Production for Multi-Platform Journalism
  • Dissertation for Multi-Platform Journalism
  • Final Project for Multi-Platform Journalism

To give a breakdown of the practical learning elements of the course, it is as follows –

Year 1

  • WIDA Workshop
  • PSMPJ Workshop
  • GMM Lecture and Seminar
  • JF1 Lecture and Seminar
  • JF2 Lecture and Seminar
  • NNews Seminar and Workshop

Year 2

  • MJP Workshop
  • MPN Workshop (live newsdays)
  • NWPM Workshop
  • BDP Seminar and Workshop
  • OnProd Workshop (live newsdays)

Year 3

  • DPMPJ Seminar and workshop
  • PPJ Seminar and workshop
  • FPPPMPJ Workshop
  • DMPJ Seminar and workshop
  • FPMPJ Workshop

 As part of student learning, students will attend events outside of the timetable to develop their journalistic skills, ie covering music concerts or theatre productions to develop review writing skills; covering a variety of events to develop live tweeting and blogging skills; tasting food to develop food review writing skills, etc.

All of this will encompass the multi-platform elements from writing to taking photographs, producing video or radio packages (podcasts) to using and sharing it on social media.

In addition to this the students have access to a radio studio and the intention is to have a radio station to broadcast across campus, thus developing their radio production skills. There is also a soft TV news studio for producing daily news bulletins for broadcast on Seven TV and the internet.

Two of the MPJ students working on a Grimsby Telegraph video


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