Media and Communication: Digital Journalism HNC
Campus Granton Campus
Qualification SCQF Level 7
Study mode Full time
Duration 41 weeks
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This course provides an excellent starting point for anyone interested in a career in online or broadcast journalism.
It also offers a range of skills that would support communication, marketing and PR roles, and might appeal to you if you currently have some responsibility for social media, marketing, newsletters or other promotional media, in a workplace or social group, and would like to develop your skills and knowledge further.
The course reflects contemporary demands on journalists to be multi-skilled and agile. It aims to provide students with the skills and knowledge to become self-shooting/editing reporters; proactive and empathic newsgatherers and programme-makers; articulate commentators, reviewers and presenters, and will also equip marketing and communications officers with the skills to produce media packages for a range of platforms.
By the end of the course, you will have a portfolio of work that demonstrates your applied skills in writing, presentation, radio, video and online production.
The course can be used as an access route to further study in relevant HND or degree subjects or can be seen as your pathway to an entry-level job within the industries.
On successful completion of the course, you will attain an HNC in Creative Industries: Media and Communication.
What you will learn
- The current landscape of journalism in the UK
- Research skills
- Planning and organisation
- Video production techniques for journalists
- Radio and podcasting techniques for journalists
- Writing for a range of media
- Editing and proofreading
- Presenting and presentation skills
- Interview skills
- Legal and ethical considerations for journalists and media professionals
- How to analyse a piece of journalism
How the course is assessed
You will be assessed on the work you produce in response to project briefs, for example online articles, social media content, podcasts, interviews or television news inserts.
Number of days per week
- Classes on campus on 3 days a week plus additional self-directed study
- Two Highers in relevant subjects (such as English, Media, Modern Studies) at grade B or above
- A strong pass in a relevant Level 6 qualification
- Mature applicants with no formal qualifications who have appropriate experience and well-developed writing and verbal communication skills may be considered
Information on Tests / Auditions / Interview Requirements
All applicants will be invited to interview.
English Proficiency RequirementsIELTS 6
Progression and Articulation Routes
- Journalism undergraduate degrees at university
- HND in relevant subjects such as Television or Audi-Visual Technology
- Media journalism
- Public relations
- Radio Broadcasting
- Freelance self shooter
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