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Summer Study Abroad - Journalism

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Pursue your career in content writing and journalism

This course is intended to develop your skills as a journalist, providing a rewarding insight into how to apply these core abilities to create accurate and compelling content across media platforms.

Summer: Journalism is taught through a series of lecture and workshop settings, students will study writing in a range of genres including news, features, reviews and comment pieces. Working closely with social media and online blogging tools, you will explore the modern digital landscape, applying this knowledge and practical skills to a personal, bespoke web project. Under the guidance of staff and industry guests you will plan, research, produce and publish a feature-length piece of journalism on a topic and in a medium or media of your choice. This course is ideal for students who are thinking about a career in content creation or journalism or are heading for further study in this area.

This summer school is based on classes from BA Journalism programme at London College of Communication. If you need and supporting documentation to convert this into credit for your home university we can provide that for you. Further information below.

Course Aims

  • Provide an understanding of multimedia journalism and relevant web platforms
  • Develop your ideas through observation and research
  • Develop research, writing and publishing skills appropriate to your digital project
  • Plan research, produce, publish and publicise through social media a feature-length piece of journalism on a topic and in a medium or media of your choice.
  • Present your journalism development and outcomes

Learning Outcomes

You will leave the course with an ability to:

  • Research ideas that can be developed into multimedia online features
  • Conduct primary and secondary journalistic research from a range of sources
  • Produce journalism in a range of media
  • Work with a range of technical equipment and publishing software to produce multi-platform content

Requirements for Assessment

  • Creation of pieces of journalism
  • Contribution to online media presence
  • Presentation of ideas and concept development

Follow On Courses

Once you have taken this course you may be interested in BA Journalism or MA Arts and Lifestyle Journalism.

Ben Gilbert

Ben Gilbert is an NCTJ-trained journalist with more than 15 years’ experience at the frontline of web media at leading digital platforms such as Yahoo and Microsoft. Most recently, he was editorial director at the disruptive startup MOVE Guides. A former music journalist, Ben has developed digital content strategy and created dynamic content as a writer, editor and producer. He is an Associate Lecturer at London College of Communication and Westminster University, holding an MA in Media, Culture & Communication from the Institute of Education.

Course Handbook: Download an example course handbook Summer Journalism handbook (301KB).

Please note that each year the content, dates and tutors vary slightly.

Reading List 

This list is indicative, please don't go out and buy all these books before beginning the course.

Bradshaw, P, The Online Journalism Handbook (Routledge 2017, 2nd edition) Briggs, M, Journalism Next: A Practical Guide to Digital Reporting and Publishing (CQ Press 2015, 3rd edition)

Davies, N, Flat Earth News (Vintage 2009)

Digital News Report (Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, 2018)

Harcup, T, Journalism Principles and Practice (SAGE Publications 2015)

Jenkins, H, Convergence Culture (New York University Press 2008)

Rusbridger, A, Breaking News: The Remaking of Journalism (Canongate 2018)

You may also want to look at Artefact, an arts and lifestyle magazine and website produced students at London College of Communication:

Summer Study Abroad Entry Requirements:

Academic - You should have some prior undergraduate study but do not need to have studied journalism before. If you have questions about your academic background, please make an enquiry to the UAL Study Abroad team.

English - You should be proficient in written and spoken English and be able to participate in group discussions and make presentations. As a guideline we would expect you to have an IELTS score of 6.0. The Language Centre at University of the Arts London offers English courses for overseas students.

On completion of this course you will receive a short course certificate of attendance.

If you need any additional supporting documentation to convert this into credit for your home university we can provide that for you. This summer school is based on classes from BA Journalism and will be taught by current members of teaching staff from the renowned journalism programme at London College of Communication.