BA (Hons) Journalism Studies
University of Lincoln
Lincoln, United Kingdom
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Journalism Studies goes beyond uncovering and crafting a good story; it explores the rich history of the profession and the important role it plays in our society.
Lincoln's BA (Hons) Journalism Studies aims to provide students with an informed understanding of the role of journalism in society, and the intellectual and practical skills required to succeed professionally as a journalist.
The programme examines the history, theories, and research techniques that underpin the practice of journalism. Understanding the social role of the journalist involves an exploration of the environment of journalism and its historical, social, political, economic, and legal settings, both in the UK and internationally.
The University of Lincoln's journalism programmes are continually revised to reflect the advancements in digital news production and convergence. Course content is informed by the School's programme of research. This examines issues such as human rights reporting, local radio broadcasting, literary journalism, World War I comics, journalistic diaspora, and sport. There are also opportunities to study journalistic theory modules.
"This information was correct at the time of publishing (July 2023)"
Scholarships and Funding
Going to university is a life-changing step and it's important to understand the costs involved and the funding options available before you start. For eligible undergraduate students going to university for the first time, scholarships and bursaries are available to help cover costs. The University of Lincoln offers a variety of merit-based and subject-specific bursaries and scholarships.
How You Study
Teaching on the course is delivered by tutors whose cumulative expertise embraces professional practice and academic studies, such as John Cafferkey and Tim Greenfield.
Students in this course can examine journalism in its historical and theoretical contexts, exploring essential ethical and legal considerations. They put theory into practice by producing news content across print, online, radio, and television platforms. Taking a multiplatform approach from the outset, students can explore the fundamental principles of journalistic practice, and produce news items on a regular basis.
In the second year, students can take part in news days, replicating industry practice in a range of media. There is a choice of theoretical modules including Journalism and Society, Journalism Histories and Ethics and International Human Rights.
In the final year of the degree, there is also a compulsory module in which students reflect upon 15 days of work placement experience. The School's industry links can help students to secure work placements with media organisations. Please note that students are expected to cover their own transport, accommodation, and general living expenses while undertaking this placement.
- Essential Journalism 1 (Core)
- Essential Law (Core)
- Introduction to Journalism Studies (Core)
- Introduction to Journalism Theory and Analysis (Core)
- Journalism Production 1 (Core)
- Politics for Journalists (Core)
- Shorthand (Option)†
- Essential Journalism 2 (Core)
- Journalism Production 2: News Days (Core)
- Journalism Production 2: Project (Core)
- Law, Ethics and Regulation (Core)
- Research methods (Core)
- Ethics and International Human Rights for Journalists (Option)†
- Histories of Journalism (Option)†
- Journalism and Society (Option)†
- Journalism International Exchange (Option)†
- Journalism Independent Study (Core)
- Professional Journalism Production (Core)
- Specialist Journalism (Core)
- Comparative Media History (Option)†
- International Media Policies (Option)†
- Journalism Production 3: Major Project (Option)†
- Journalists on the Screen (Option)†
- Peace and Conflict Reporting (Option)†
- Political Journalism (Option)†
- Professional Placement (Option)†
- Sports Journalism (Option)†
† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.
How You Are Assessed
As the course involves the acquisition of a wide range of communication skills, assessment is varied and includes practical work often in the form of timed exercises or news days simulating industry practice, projects, the collation of a portfolio of work, and presentations. The main part of the assessment of theory-based modules is in the form of coursework, with some examinations.
The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to students promptly - usually within 15 working days after the submission date.
Methods of Assessment
The way students are assessed in this course may vary for each module. Examples of assessment methods that are used include coursework, such as written assignments, reports or dissertations; practical exams, such as presentations, performances or observations; and written exams, such as formal examinations or in-class tests. The weighting given to each assessment method may vary across each academic year. The University of Lincoln aims to ensure that staff return in-course assessments to students promptly.
The University's Journalism programmes are recognised for excellence by the European Journalism Training Association. The School of English and Journalism is a member of the European Public Relations Education and Research Association.
Program Tuition Fee
Graduates have gone on to secure positions at regional, national, and international media organisations and press agencies, or to work in a freelance capacity. Some may use their degree as the basis for a career in PR, business, marketing, or education. Others go on to study further at postgraduate level.
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