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Digital Journalism
Undergraduate course
BSc (Hons)

Digital Journalism

Overview

In the age of mobile technology, anyone can use their phone to take pictures and video, sending stories across the globe as soon as they happen, but it is the quality of the material that matters. Gain the skills and confidence to spot a story and think about the different ways it could be told, whether using interactive photos, sound or the written word.

You will learn the art of taking a striking picture, the techniques for writing editorial content and how to use industry-standard editing software. You will gain the ability to work in a collaborative environment through group projects, including an online magazine. For each edition you will take on a new role, learning the varied skills involved in producing a publication. We will encourage you to keep the audience for your stories at the forefront of your mind and teach you how to tailor your content for a particular readership.

We will keep you up to date with advances in digital journalism to ensure your learning is current and prepares you for the future. You will learn about how media has shifted from print to online and assess the impact this is having on journalism, giving you the knowledge and ability to adapt to these changes.

Your learning is grounded in real-world experiences such as work placements and internships. You could work with a local newspaper or pitch your ideas to an online publication and get your stories in the path of professionals.

You can also practise your skills with Be Media, our Students' Union's student-led media project. They provide support and industry links for budding writers, designers, presenters, producers, editors and photographers.

You will have the opportunity to meet journalists and publishers from industry through guest lectures and workshops. Previous speakers have included Rob Orchard, a journalist and publishing director. Our teaching team also boasts expertise from across media and journalism, so you will learn from tutors who have had their work published globally in print and online.

90%
Student Satisfaction
Student Satisfaction*
*National Student Survey 2017

Course Features

  • Placements
  • Sandwich year
  • Real-life projects
  • Study abroad option
  • Expert careers service
  • 24/7 Library
  • University accommodation
  • TEF Silver Award

Entry Requirements

96
POINTS REQUIRED
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
UCAS Tariff Points: 96 points required. (Minimum 64 from two A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies).
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
Additional Requirements:
GCSEs:
GCSE English Language and Maths at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
Access to HE Diploma:
Pass overall with a minimum of 96 UCAS tariff points.
Scottish Awards:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2.
Selection Criteria:
We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.
International Baccalaureate: 24 Points
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

UCAS Tariff Points:96 points required. (Minimum 64 from two A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies).
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
Additional Requirements:
GCSEs:
GCSE English Language and Maths at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
Access to HE Diploma:
Pass overall with a minimum of 96 UCAS tariff points.
Scottish Awards:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2.
Selection Criteria:
We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.
International Baccalaureate: 24 Points
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
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Careers

Ajay Kumar

Careers

Ajay Kumar
Studio Manager Accent Clothing

BSc (Hons) Photographic Journalism (now Digital Journalism)

“"The expertise and passion of my tutors made my time at university a pleasure. I'm still in touch with them and I've been asked to return to Leeds Beckett to talk to current students. I've even taken on placement students from the course to work with me here at Accent Clothing, so I'm able to share with them my experiences and pass on the skills I learned on my course."

Modules & learning

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Explore how to capture digital photography and video as you learn about planning a shoot, using lighting and manual camera controls. You'll produce a portfolio of work to showcase these skills.

Learn the key skills involved in journalism and content production including news gathering, interview skills and the techniques involved in multi-platform publishing.

Look back over history to find out how innovations in technology have affected journalistic content and methods of coverage. You'll also consider the impact of editorial content on society as a whole.

Consider how editorial content is used to construct cultural identity and how images communicate their meaning.

Gain an understanding of how to polish and edit content ready for publishing using complex image processing tools.

Build your confidence in creating story ideas and brand concepts. We'll encourage you to be forward thinking, helping you to identify gaps in the editorial market and journalistic technology.

We'll introduce you to the industry standards for written journalism, with an emphasis on digital platforms, helping you develop your core journalistic skills.

Deepen your understanding of the impact digital journalism can have on current affairs and how it can drive change in society.

Develop your practical and creative skills through a series of assignments which focus on features photography suitable for magazine publication.

Work alongside your fellow students to identify potential gaps in the market for new brands and develop a house style, design templates and editorial content for your new idea.

Following on from The Business of Journalism 1, explore the production and post-production of editorial content for your brand.

Gain a practical knowledge of the copyright law and codes of practice that affect photojournalists working lives.

Use the knowledge you've gained throughout your course to plan and develop a project from a client-led brief.

Build your skills with a series of workshops exploring photographic technique, creative language for editorial feature writing, design for editorial publications and creative project development.

This is your opportunity to promote you and your work - workshops will help you select work, identify markets, construct pitches and showcase your work in a suitable format.

Research and write an extended essay examining the issues impacting on the future of journalism. Your tutor will help you choose an essay title that's relevant to your Production Project.

Gain an understanding of the physics, mechanics and history of photography and image processing.

Focus on editorial portraits, features and fashion photography as you explore the stages involved in a constructed photographic project, from initial concept through to post-production.

Through a series of assignments, you will improve your practical skills and creative approach to visual journalism. This module focusses on observational, reportage features photography.

Sarah Cooper
Sarah Cooper
Senior Lecturer
Sarah's experience is vast and varied. She has worked on consumer, contract and business publications, including The Sunday Times, Time Out London and NW (a leading celebrity magazine in Australia). As a journalist, she spent two years working in Australia, a year and a half in UAE and six months in Hungary. She is currently developing her own online publication, Yella, and is researching into the impact of print on readerships for her PhD.
It's an exciting time for journalism, with developments in technology continuing to shake up the industry. But the very heart of journalism remains the same – it's all about the hunger to find a story and portray it in the most accurate and engaging way possible.
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Fees & funding

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Facilities

  • Editing facilities
    Editing facilities

    We'll provide you with up-to-date, industry-standard software, including editing software and Adobe Cloud.

  • Sound recording studios
    Sound recording studios

    You will have access to 10 recording studios complete with control rooms, live areas, instruments, amps, mixing facilities and editing suites.

  • Library and online resources
    Library and online resources

    Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

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