BA Hons Journalism
The BA Journalism focuses on developing the technical and theoretical skills required for working in radio, television and online journalism. Intensive training in practical skills is complemented by options allowing students to explore broader communications environments, including online and multimedia journalism, documentary production, political journalism, and the creative and cultural industries. For admissions enquiries, contact the Admissions Tutor, Ian Bucknell.
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This course gives you the knowledge and skills to pursue an exciting career in the multimedia world of journalism.
You’ll receive hands-on training in TV, radio and digital production, alongside theoretical study. You’ll learn how to spot and investigate a story and then write, produce, record and edit your own stories in our cutting-edge studios, editing rooms and media suites. You’ll explore ethical issues and the role of journalism in society – and choose optional modules on topics from documentary production to citizen media.
If you want to broaden your studies in later years, you can transfer to our BA Journalism and Media degree, allowing you to put the study of journalism into the broader context of media and communication and choose from a wider range of options.
You’ll complete a work placement to gain hands-on experience of a working newsroom and put your skills into practice. You could even get involved in Leeds University Union’s (LUU) award-winning student media societies.
You’ll benefit from the chance to hone your skills in excellent facilities. Our TV studio and gallery are equipped with four Hitachi digital cameras and a large green screen area, and our Burli-equipped radio studio is broadcast standard. In our newsroom, you’ll also have access to Burli-equipped software so you have the time and space to perfect your programmes.
Film and new media projects can be developed in our editing suites and new media lab, all equipped with up-to-date specialist software, and we also run an extensive loans service for digital recorders, video cameras and other equipment that you’ll use during your studies.
The programme is designed to meet the requirements of the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC). We will be seeking accreditation for this degree.
From the moment you start the programme you’ll explore key concepts in journalism and build your journalistic skills. You’ll examine the role of journalism and its relationship with politics in particular, while learning how to spot a story and developing key investigative techniques, alongside writing skills for different news media. You’ll also be introduced to media and communication research.
In Year 2 core modules will focus on specialist aspects of TV and radio news production, as well as introducing you to vital ethical issues in the field. You’ll also choose from a range of optional modules focusing on topics that interest you, from PR to media policy and the role of technology in media and communications.
Across the first two years, you’ll produce your own news output for radio, television and online outlets, as well as learning how to record for radio, film for TV, and edit your stories to professional standards. Between Years 2 and 3, you’ll spend three weeks gaining industry experience on a work placement where you’ll put your skills and knowledge into practice.
In your final year, you’ll move towards examining current affairs output. In addition, you’ll gain a vital grounding in media law and select from optional modules on topics such as war and the media or documentary journalism. You’ll also have the choice either to showcase your research skills with a dissertation, or to develop your own project portfolio – a chance to research and produce your own TV and radio documentaries on a topic of your choice. This could tackle a specialist area, such as sports or science journalism.
BA Journalism and Media
At the end of Year 1, you’ll have the option to broaden your studies by switching to BA Journalism and Media. This course involves less compulsory practical training in Years 2 and 3, giving you more scope to explore topics across the fields of media and communication. You could continue with some journalism practice while taking modules in digital media, film, photography and media studies, as well as other disciplines across the University.
In your final year, you’ll undertake an independently researched dissertation on a topic of your choice – although if you have chosen to take some practical modules you could also still complete a project portfolio.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
- Introduction to Media and Communication Research 20 credits
- Introduction to Journalism 20 credits
- Journalism, Politics and Society 20 credits
- Camera and Editing for Journalists 20 credits
- Journalism News Skills 20 credits
- The History of Communication 20 credits
- Introduction to Media and Communication Theory 20 credits
- (Broadcast) Journalism Ethics 20 credits
- Issues in Journalism 20 credits
- Journalism Practice A credits
- Journalism Practice B credits
- Technology in Communication and Media 20 credits
- Communication Skills 20 credits
- Digital Storytelling 20 credits
- Digital Cultures 20 credits
- Media Policy 20 credits
- Working in New Media 20 credits
- Communication Research Methods 20 credits
- Introduction to Public Relations 20 credits
- Live News Production 20 credits
- Media Law 20 credits
- Broadcast Journalism Placement 20 credits
- Communication Dissertation OR Broadcast Journalism Individual Project Portfolio 40 credits
- The Documentary and Reality 20 credits
- Feminism, Identity and Media 20 credits
- Statistics and Data for Journalists 20 credits
- The Reporting of Politics 20 credits
- TV Documentary Journalism 20 credits
- The Ethnography of Speaking 20 credits
- Mobile Media 20 credits
- Citizen Media 20 credits
- War and Media 20 credits
Broadening your academic horizons
At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.
Learning and teaching
You’ll learn under the guidance of professional broadcasters and world-renowned academics using a wide range of teaching and learning methods to give you the breadth and depth of knowledge and skills that you need. These will include practical classes as well as lectures, seminars and tutorials.
Newsdays are an important element of your practical training. You’ll work in teams, taking on different roles as part of a radio, TV or multimedia production team – you could be a roving reporter, editor, producer or another role. You’ll put together your own TV programme, radio broadcast or online page reporting real local events.
In addition, you’ll have a reading list for each module and independent study is a crucial part of the degree, allowing you to develop your own ideas and understanding. Your tutors are available during their office hours to discuss any issues or questions that arise.
We use a variety of assessment methods so you can demonstrate different skills. These will include practical production coursework, team presentations, group projects, essays and exams.
This is a new course that builds on the success of our previous BA Broadcast Journalism. It’s designed to equip you with the skills you’ll need to thrive as a media professional today, from traditional newspapers to TV, radio and online news channels. You’ll also gain a wide range of valuable knowledge and skills which can help you to stand out from the crowd in a variety of careers.
Our graduates can be found working at Sky News and Sport, BBC News, BBC Sport, CNN and Channel 4 among others. Many work overseas, from Channel 4’s offices in Washington D.C. to The Japan Times. Others have gone on into politics and the civil service, and a number have worked in the NNC’s political unit at Westminster either for parliamentary bodies or MPs.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. Thats one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.
Within the School, we also offer opportunities for you to enhance your learning and gain an insight into life as a media professional. We invite a wide range of industry experts to speak about their experiences at our Media Futures events, from documentary filmmakers to radio producers. Our annual Careers Day also allows you to meet and learn from professionals across the media and communications industries.
On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America.
Find out more at the Study Abroad website.
In line with BJTC requirements, you’ll undertake a three-week placement in the broadcasting industry.
You’ll gain hands-on experience in a working newsroom – placements can range from working in daily radio, TV and online output to documentary production companies. You’ll also have the chance to reflect on what you’ve learned from your experience: you’ll write a blog during your time in the newsroom and a report on your experiences when you come back for your final year.