AMST40610 The Newsroom

Academic Year 2020/2021

We are living in a golden age of media. More people have greater access to a wider variety of content at faster speeds on multiple platforms than any other time in history. This module will give students an overview of the key issues impacting today's news media system. the boundaries between new and old media are constantly being re-negotiated. Students will learn how both mediums are co-evolving together and how this is creating new opportunities for different players to get involved in the political narrative formation process that shape the way we understand specific new events.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the module, students will not only understand today's evolving news media system, they will also have the practical skills to take part in it. The Newsroom will replicate the characteristics of a working digital media newsroom and students will be given specific tasks each week in order to collectively produce weekly content. This content will take the form of a weekly newsletter , podcast, video stories, ways to cover them, and what treatments resonate with the audience. Presentations, discussions and essay preparation will aid students in developing further skills in researching, oral communication of ideas, textual/visual analysis and critical interpretation.

Indicative Module Content:

Key topics include:

Hybrid media
News Media Logics
Political Narrative Formation
Digital Media Newsroom practices

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Seminar (or Webinar)


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Students will learn through various means, including weekly seminars, individual and group projects weekly in order to collectively produce weekly content. This make take the form of weekly newsletter, podcast, video story or social media post. Presentations will also form part of the class. Students are expected to be prepared to participate in discussions based on the week's assignments. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Continuous Assessment: Narrative Episode Presentation Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded Yes


Essay: Final Project Unspecified n/a Graded Yes


Assignment: Content Creation Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded Yes


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback is given to students both prior and post assessment.

Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.

Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Fri 11:00 - 12:50