Audio and Podcasting Journalism (P4095)

15 credits, Level 5

Spring teaching

Using models derived mainly from the BBC, but also from National Public Radio and other broadcasters around the world, this module will introduce you to a range of audio broadcast journalism genres from documentaries to features to essays.

The relationship between narrative structures, aesthetic modes and content will be analyzed in best-practice examples as a foundation for your own production of a 10-minute podcast (packaged for the web) on a non-fiction subject and style of their choice.

Theoretical readings will focus largely on the evolution of the audio documentary, the creation of media narratives for audio, audio-specific strategies for content communication, and styles and aesthetics of well-know radio documentarians and journalists. Theoretical discussion will keynote storytelling skills that are transferable to other spheres (especially video and online multi-media journalism).


100%: Practical (Workshop)


100%: Coursework (Portfolio)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 45 hours of contact time and about 105 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2022/23. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: