Journalism BA(Hons)

UCAS Code
P500
Location
Penryn Campus
Length
3 years full-time
Direct line
01326 213730

Falmouth has been famous for producing top-flight journalists for almost 40 years and is set to keep Cornwall at the cutting edge of journalism education by offering one of the few courses in this field accredited by all the relevant national training bodies.

This degree has been reimagined for the next generation of journalists - multimedia storytellers skilled in producing impactful text, audio, video and photography for every delivery platform to demanding deadlines. The curriculum is accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ), the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC) and the Professional Publishers Association (PPA) – a rare triple kitemark that could give you a real competitive edge when hunting for your first job in journalism, media relations or communications.

  • We are accredited by the top national news and magazine training bodies.
  • We have a state-of-the-art digital newsroom and broadcast studios.
  • We believe in putting enterprise on an equal par with employability.
  • We enable you to specialise in everything from culture and crime to fashion and foreign news.

How the course is taught

A distinguishing feature of this degree is the abundance of practical workshops, alongside news days, lectures, seminars, group and 1:1 tutorials. You'll be on campus for a minimum of 12 hours a week during term time, supplemented with at least 24 hours of self-directed study and journalistic assignments each week.

What you'll do

Year 1

The first year is foundational. You will be eased into what is recognised as a challenging transition to trainee journalist. A distinguishing feature of this degree is that it isn't only lectures and seminars: There is also an abundance of practical workshops. You learn by doing, and critically reflecting, on what you do.

All the fundamentals of journalism are addressed from the outset, from the language of news and opinion writing to politics and media law. You'll acquire a multimedia toolkit and learn shorthand, a skill that remains relevant and useful in the digital age. You'll also visit a working newsroom here in Cornwall.

  • News Reporting
  • Multimedia Methods
  • Journalism & Communications in Context
  • Blogging & The Personal Voice
  • Politics & Law for Journalists
  • Journalism & Communications Ethics

Year 2

The second year is transformative, and testing. This is when the NCTJ puts you through your paces, challenging you to apply the skills and knowledge most important in a deadline-driven industry: Reporting, law, public affairs and shorthand. You will also have a lot of creative fun by focusing on features and other long-form writing plus the production of multimedia magazines.

  • News Reporting
  • Magazine Content & Creation
  • Features & Long Form
  • Applied Media Law & Public Affairs
  • Advanced Multimedia Methods
  • Journalism & Communications Research

Year 3

We finish with a flourish at Falmouth, enabling you to experience what it is like to work in a real multimedia enterprise, both on campus and with leading media corporations around the world.

You undertake industry placements and must pitch for freelance commissions to both in-house and external commissioning editors. Also, you get a chance to specialise in everything from crime to culture, fashion to foreign news. You also produce a dissertation, which is not just the culmination of your academic learning but another excellent chance to network with potential employers in the news media and related communications fields.

  • Multimedia Enterprise
  • Dissertation
  • Multimedia Storytelling
  • Literature & Journalism
  • Specialist Correspondent (Students pick two specialisms from: Culture; Crime & Courts; Foreign; Fashion; Science & Technology; Environment; Heath & Social care)

 

Facilities

Our facilities include a well-equipped digital newsroom with news feeds and 25 workstations with professional scriptwriting and editing software. These are supplemented by TV and radio studios and a comprehensive range of DV cameras and audio recording devices. Students are encouraged to make the most of all these over the three years by working not only on course assignments but also on extra-curricular and externally sourced projects.

Staff

Head of Journalism Rob Brown has taught journalism and communication across the UK, Ireland and India and he is a former media editor of the Independent and TV reporter.

William Barclay draws on over a decade's experience with leading international news agencies such as Reuters to teach news reporting and sports journalism.

Kevin Bishop was a field producer with the BBC for over two decades, covering seismic world events with famous foreign correspondents such as John Simpson, and retains a strong connection with the corporation.

Steve Bough has a wealth of experience editing and contributing to magazines, including the surfing glossy Wavelength, now a sophisticated multimedia brand based in Cornwall.

Andy Chatfield is a former deputy editor of the Oxford Mail who teaches media law and public affairs along with spearheading production of the journalism department's output.

Linda Jackson is a seasoned freelance feature writer who teaches our students how to pitch story ideas successfully and produce copy which meets the expectations of commissioning editors.

Dr Julia Kennedy lectures in media ethics and regulation, blogging and literary journalism and completed her doctorate on medical communications in the digital age.

Dr Hayes Mabweazara is an internationally recognised researcher, specialising in digital media and journalism practice in the developing world and is on the editorial boards of three academic journals.

Greg McKinney is the School of Writing & Journalism's dedicated technician, playing a key supportive role in the teaching of digital technologies and techniques.

Sue Norcross is a highly experienced shorthand tutor who has long experience of teaching this crucial note-taking skill to the standards required by the National Council for the Training of Journalists.

Experience you'll get

  • You'll gain a range of essential and specialist journalism skills through a careful blend of vocational training and academic study
  • We place an emphasis on visual awareness as well as word weaving, offering modules in multimedia, print and broadcast journalism
  • Work placements and course trips provide an opportunity to contextualise your learning and offer valuable hands-on experience

Assessment

  • Continuous assessment via practical journalistic assignments, portfolios plus academic essays and presentations
  • Deadline-driven, in-class tests set by the NCTJ and concentrated in stage 2 of your studies
  • Final year freelance portfolio, as well as an extended critical dissertation

Careers

Whether you aspire to become an intrepid news reporter or an acerbic cultural commentator, this cutting edge course will equip you with the core skills and the critical intellect needed to break into the media business and rise rapidly up the editorial executive ranks, or flourish in closely related sectors, such as media relations and online communications.

Potential careers include:

  • Journalism/ Photojournalism
  • PR/Communications for public and private sector
  • General news and features
  • Social media strategy
  • Magazine production
  • Web content manager

Careers of previous students include:

  • Producer: Nickelodeon Television
  • Social Media Editor: Superdry
  • Environment Reporter: BBC News
  • Senior Reporter: Restaurant magazine
  • Creative Assistant: Virgin EMI Records

Work placements

This year, our students have undertaken work placements with the following:

  • Rocksound Magazine
  • Frank Public Relations
  • BBC Radio Cornwall
  • You Magazine (Mail on Sunday)
  • Food Magazine
  • MPAD Communications Truro
  • PitPilot Magazine
  • Amateur Photographer
  • Ford UK
  • Wyvern FM
  • Motorcycle News
  • Plymouth Herald
  • Western Morning News
  • Mojo Magazine
  • Top Gear Magazine (India)
  • Friflyt Magazine (Norway)
  • Henry's House Public Relations
  • CNBC European Business
  • FourFourTwo
  • Talk Back Thames TV
  • Conde Nast Traveler Magazine
  • Borkowski Public Relations
  • Tate St Ives Press Office
  • Falmouth Packet
  • Red Shoe Communications (Singapore)
  • Eden Project Press Office
  • Giorgio Armani Press Office

Student Mentor Scheme

Falmouth's Student Mentor Scheme matches new starters with a second year student, to help you settle in and find your feet. Our student mentors are now on Facebook. To chat to a mentor about the course, living in Cornwall or what to expect at Falmouth, check out the Journalism group. You'll need to join the group before you can post.

If you don't have access to Facebook please email your name and proposed course to: studentmentors@falmouth.ac.uk

For more information about the application process, portfolios, interviews and selection days, please contact our admissions team using our enquiry form