Undergraduate study
Journalism

BA (Hons) Journalism

UCAS code: P501 BA/Jour

Our BA (Hons) Journalism degree, accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ), offers a well-established entry point to one of the most challenging and sought-after graduate career paths. You are taught by industry professionals with a broad range of experience – in TV, radio, print and online.

Course information

Full-time

  • Length: 3 years

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Part-time

  • Up to 6 years

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  • Daytime
  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 342639

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Our aim is to ensure a high-quality student experience whilst meeting the needs of a rapidly transforming industry at a time of unprecedented global world.

Journalists graduating from Teesside are equipped with the necessary storytelling skills to succeed across multiple media platforms. Last year more than 80% of our final-year students received a first-class or 2.1 degree whilst student work is nationally recognised for its excellence.

Studying journalism at Teesside, you begin by learning the basics of original content creation – how to find a story, discover your individual voice, and expand your interests and knowledge. You understand how stories are reframed for digital and social media and how to set up your own website and generate revenue.

Our unique multimedia platform Tside includes a website, social media channels, print publication, a TV and radio show. Here you produce original journalism for a wide range of audiences.

Whether your passion is sport, fashion, music or traditional news, we aim to ensure that you are industry-ready to take up your chosen career.

Professional accreditation

National Council for the Training of Journalists logo This degree is accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ). This means that you study for your professional (pre-entry) qualifications alongside your degree, with no additional tuition charges.

The NCTJ diploma is a prestigious vocational qualification that is widely recognised and highly valued by journalism employers. Candidates are expected to enter all the NCTJ’s mandatory exams in reporting, essential public affairs, essential media law, court reporting and shorthand, and to complete the multimedia portfolio.

Research by the NCTJ in 2015 found that 96% those who passed its diploma at the ‘gold standard’ level were in work six to ten months after completion, the overwhelming majority in a journalism-related job.

Year 1 provides the basic tools to start producing quality journalism. You develop skills producing written, audio and video content.

In Year 2 your understanding of the work of a journalist deepens and grows as you are given more space and support to work in your chosen specialism.

In the final year you hone your entrepreneurial skills and work as part of a team on a media start-up project of you choosing.

Course structure

Year 1 core modules

Digital Portfolio

Refine your production and editorial skills as you discover how to use Twitter or Facebook to promote your work with key audiences. This module reveals how journalists gather, communicate and disseminate information in dynamic ways in emergent fields and technologies.

Journalism and News Culture

You examine the media through the central themes of industry, audience and text, debating ideology in news production as well as the role of the public sphere, representation and bias

Law and Regulation for Journalists

This module gives you the legal and ethical training required to practice as an effective, professional journalist. You learn about the judicial process and areas such as contempt, defamation, sexual offences, youth courts, inquests, copyright, privacy and ethics. You will also work towards your NCTJ Essential Law and Court Reporting exams.

Professional Working

Preparation for your future career begins in your first year at Teesside. You learn how to market yourself to media employers whilst participating in live newsdays alongside second and third-year students.

Reporting

Develop the core journalistic skills of news reporting and news gathering. Your focus is on learning different styles of writing, interviewing and research techniques whilst developing industry-level production skills and exploring usability and design for news audiences. You also work towards your National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) Reporting exam.

Sound and Vision

How can audio and video be used to tell compelling multimedia stories online? You learn how to record audio and video to a professional standard. With an emphasis on learning by doing, you are shown how to shoot and edit as well as writing for broadcast media.

 

Year 2 core modules

Digital Features

Use mobile phones to tell journalistic stories. Thanks to digital technology, it has never been easier to keep up to date with the news. But in the era of fake news and the filter bubble, going beyond the headlines has never been tougher or more important.

Global Communication

You study the interplay between mainstream and independent media, mediatised personas and the socio-cultural and political dimensions of the digital global communication revolution.

Journalism for Digital and Social Media

Explore ways of writing and communicating with audiences incorporating social media optimisation and the principles of branding and non-linear storytelling. You considers the dynamics of user experience by building web development skills for open source journalism platforms. You also work on producing quality video packages for online and TV and your NCTJ video journalism exam.

Multimedia News

Produce short-form video and audio news bulletins and packages to professional broadcast standards using the latest media technology.

Professional Strategies

Network with industry professionals and gain work experience at a range of national and local media companies.

Shorthand

You learn Teeline shorthand – a system of speed writing, proficiency at which is regarded as a pre-requisite for employment by many editors.

 

and one optional module

Digital Sport Reporting

Develop the key skills to excel in sports journalism and to understand the context in which specialist digital reporters operate. You consider the use of social media and live blogging at matches, fan interaction and the ethics of sports journalism.

Public Relations Campaigns

Journalism and public relations share common skills, using multimedia to tell stories that grab attention. You learn how to put together your own compelling multimedia PR campaign working with a partner from industry.

 

Final-year core modules

Advanced Professional Practice

Teesside University takes employability seriously and this module enables you to broach the gap between university and the workplace by preparing you for interview and job selection processes. As a third-year student you take on the role of editor for the print publication, TV news programme, and Tside radio show.

Digital Magazines

Discover how to excel in magazine feature writing in the digital age producing content on a range of topics including fashion, beauty and music. You build contacts with commissioning editors and learn to pitch multimedia lifestyle features across the magazine industry.

Global Futures

Research an area or development within digital communication or journalism and help predict future trends and directions in a global industry which is the midst of huge change.

Multimedia Journalism Project

The end-of-programme project empowers you to set up your own multimedia website in an area of journalism you really care about. Working in a group you can demonstrate the high-quality of your journalistic and content creation skills whilst showcasing your understanding of branding, usability, social media and search engine optimisation. You reflect on your experience in a research essay examining the project.

 

and two optional modules

Celebrity Culture

From Kim Kardashian to David Beckham you explore the concept of celebrity and its relationship with the media. The focus is on celebrity as a cultural fabrication and how modes of representation have come to define celebrity culture in contemporary culture.

Journalism for the Broadcast Media

This hands-on module teaches practical programme making skills enabling you to write professional-standard scripts and voiceover commentary. With HD broadcast standard recording facilities at your disposal, you produce features, film interviews and sequences.

Media, Money and Power

From the shock of Brexit to the triumph of Trump you understand how to cover top political and economic stories. This module provides a power map of Britain and the wider world - focusing on some of the most compelling debates in contemporary journalism.

Your Media Future

Focusing on a career in the media and the creative industries, this module helps you look at how you make your way in the outside world as a self-sufficient media professional, perhaps as a freelance blogger or a self-employed media researcher.

 

Modules offered may vary.

How you learn

A full range of the latest digital resources, software and digital recording equipment supports the newsroom environment. Independent and student-centred learning are encouraged in addition to taught sessions with staff.
Theoretical work is delivered through illustrated lectures and seminars where there is opportunity for collective and lively discussion.

The core learning, teaching and assessment tool for practical journalism is the Tside website which enables you to produce real content for a publicly facing platform. You also create your own digital platforms supported by the University an enabling you to develop open source web development skills.

Work created as part of assessment builds a professional portfolio of content, which you are able to take out into industry and show perspective employers.


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Career opportunities

A degree in journalism offers a well-established entry point into one of the most challenging and exciting careers. Graduates have taken up a range of roles at organisations such as BBC Tees, Sky Sports and Trinity Mirror.

Entry requirements

A typical offer is 96-112 tariff points from at least three A levels (or equivalent) – one must be in an appropriate discipline.

Applicants are normally invited for interview. The purpose of the interview is to determine each applicant's potential to succeed and assist in the setting of appropriate entry conditions matched to their personal circumstances and the demands of the course. The interview also enables candidates to see our excellent facilities, and meet staff and students. Each applicant will normally receive an individualised offer following their interview.

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

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You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Course information

Full-time

  • Length: 3 years

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Part-time

  • Up to 6 years

More part-time details

  • Daytime
  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 342639

Contact details

Further information