Investigative Journalism – Skills And Theory
This module introduces two core themes of the programme: The underpinning knowledge that we need to be effective practitioners and the scholarly analysis of the world of the investigative reporter. You will study the range of law which affects journalists, including libel, copyright, contempt, privacy and confidentiality, Freedom of Information and data protection. There will also be a detailed introduction to regulatory frameworks such as Ofcom and an exploration of wider ethical issues. Political structures and politicians, at all levels, are integral to almost all stories and form a second focus of the module. We also begin the exploration of the history of journalism and how that has been perceived by the academic community.
Introduction to Practical Investigative Journalism
This workshop-based module is where you get your hands dirty and begin to produce journalism. We begin by looking at where stories come from and how we develop the narrative around those stories. A variety of experts will share the tricks of their trade in a wide range of practical skills, from interview techniques to dealing with the technology to get those stories in to the public arena.
Investigative Journalism – Global Perspectives
This module builds on the basic theoretical frameworks of earlier modules and applies them to the in-depth study of significant investigations. Students will learn about the research methods appropriate for the production of master’s level projects and dissertations. There will also be a focus on dealing with complex data – knowing how to read a financial spreadsheet has been the source of many key investigations.
Advanced Practical Investigative Journalism
Throughout the programme there is an emphasis on applying material from each module to practical situations. This module is where everything comes together and you use the skills and competencies you have learned to produce journalist pieces. There will also be more advanced work with editing, multimedia production and dealing with specialist equipment such as undercover filming. Industry experts will be on hand to make sure students understand the current markets for their work and how to pitch and complete their ideas.
You will have a choice of options for your final project which is completed over the summer. It is expected that most students will produce, either on their own or in small groups, a piece of investigative journalism suitable for broadcast by one of the mainstream outlets. A traditional 15,000 word dissertation may be selected in lieu of this.
Please note that these modules are correct at time of print and are subject to review each year so may vary.