Specialist Journalism 1

Module code: 5JRNL005W
Faculty: School of Media, Arts and Design
Credit Level: 5
Credit value: 20
Available to: Students in all faculties, however some courses already include cross-disciplinary modules and are structured to offer opportunities to expand professional skills. Students on these courses are unable to choose Westminster Plus Electives – check the list of courses

This module introduces you to the knowledge, skills and techniques needed to be a specialist writer/reporter, and explores the role of specialist journalism in the modern media. It develops both core journalistic skills (research, reporting, storytelling) and the more specific techniques and approaches required for different ‘beats’. You will choose from one of four specialist pathways – International Journalism, Fashion Journalism, Sports Journalism and Literary and Long Form Journalism. You will learn about different story types and formats, sources for specialist journalists, how online technologies and social media have changed the role of specialist writers, and the changing markets for specialist writing.

Teaching and learning will include a combination of lectures, practical workshops, tutorials, and site visits to organisations or locations relevant to your specialism. Assessment will be based on two pieces of coursework. The first will be a portfolio of short pieces of specialist journalism, such as news stories and reviews, and a critical analysis of the work of a particular specialist journalist, totalling 1,200-1,500 words. The second will be a portfolio of longer specialist pieces – features, interviews, profiles, opinion and analysis – with an overall word count of 2,500-2,800 words.