News and Feature Writing (P4092)

30 credits, Level 4

Autumn teaching

The module introduces you to the practical and analytical skills involved in professional news writing, news gathering and research. In the autumn term the focus is on print media and you will learn about conceptual issues linked to the production of print news and features (such as news values, narrative structures and objectivity in reporting) and you will also acquire the skills necessary for the production of print news and features. Legal and ethical constraints on the work of journalists will also be covered in the module. You will work individually and collaboratively in order to produce stories, evaluate sources, carry out interviews and revise writing. The module will also encourage you to critically evaluate examples of news and feature writing, news gathering and research and to reflect critically on your own production practices.


Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 42 hours of contact time and about 258 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: