Accredited by the BJTC, this is a practical, vocational programme designed to produce graduates with the skills and knowledge employers would expect of professional journalists starting their careers.
Taught primarily in the University’s purpose-built studios, students take six modules – news reporting, advanced news reporting, law, public affairs, television reporting and feature production.
After an initial foundation period in which students are introduced to journalistic skills such as news gathering, interviewing, writing and presenting, students spend two days a week in preparing and presenting news bulletins in line with practice at both the BBC and local radio stations.
Professional input is vital; full-time staff have extensive experience of both BBC and commercial broadcasting. Professional voice coaching is an important part of the course. In addition, visits are arranged to the BBC and several commercial stations. There is a programme of guest lectures and talks from current working, broadcast journalists. Special guest edits are also held where current news editors spend a day at the campus simulating a news day.
Work placement is an integral part of the course. Each student is sent on placement, usually with local radio stations, which actively recruit from the course. Visits are also made to criminal courts, local councils and the Scottish Parliament.
Staff are continually monitoring developments in the industry to ensure the course reflects professional requirements. This means that online is becoming an integrated element within traditional TV and radio modules.
The course has an excellent employment record. Recent graduates have been employed by the BBC, GMTV, Real Radio, Radio Clyde, Northsound, Moray Firth Radio and other commercial stations across Scotland.
Accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council