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This module is being created to introduce radio journalism to the BA Journalism and New Media degree program, following recommendations by the external examiner and feedback from industry.


The module will examine historical perspectives on the medium of radio and the current organisational structures of radio in Ireland and internationally. The impact of broadcast journalism on democracy will be examined. Areas such as podcasting and on-line streaming, and their impact on news media and on democracy will also be explored. Lectures will also examine radio research techniques, interviewing for audio and on scriptwriting for the ear. Practical classes will focus on the development of skills for professional journalism practice for audio-based outputs, and will take place in studio and in a dedicated newsroom. Writing and presentation skills for radio, microphone technique, voice training, audio mixer operation, telephone recording procedures, the operation of portable recording devices and computer-based editing of audio reportage will be examined.

Learning Outcomes:

Cognitive (Knowledge, Understanding, Application, Analysis, Evaluation, Synthesis)

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to: Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of radio news operations. Appreciate the importance of radio in the development of contemporary journalism and modern democracy. Be able to evaluate news for broadcast radio journalism. Reflect on the products and processes of audio production.

Affective (Attitudes and Values)

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to: Demonstrate an understanding of the value of good research before conducting interviews. Show an in depth appreciation of the value of making and nurturing contacts for radio.

Psychomotor (Physical Skills)

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to: Operate appropriate broadcast hardware for ENG environments. Edit radio packages using suitable software. Produce radio news reports and present a news bulletin. Conduct radio interviews for news.

How the Module will be Taught and what will be the Learning Experiences of the Students:

Research Findings Incorporated in to the Syllabus (If Relevant):

Prime Texts:

Bull, Andy (2009) Multimedia Journalism: A Practical Guide , London: Routledge
Chantler, Paul and Harris, Sim (1994) Local Radio Journalism. , London: Focal Press
Hudson, Gary and Rowlands, Sarah (2007) The Broadcast Journalism Handbook. , Essex: Pearson
Kern, Jonathan (2008) Audio Reporting: The NPR Guide to Audio Journalism and Production , Chicago: University of Chicago Press
Starkey, Guy and Crisell, Andrew (2009) Radio Journalism - Journalism Studies: Key Texts. , London: Sage

Other Relevant Texts:

Corcoran, Farrell (2005) RTE and The Globalisation of Irish Television , London: Intellect Books
Horgan, John (2004) Broadcasting and Public Life: RTE News and Current Affairs 1926-1997 , Dublin Four, Courts Press
Riley, Richard (2007) Audio Editing with Adobe Audition , London: PC Publishing
Crook, Tim (2002) International Radio Journalism: Theory and Practice , London: Routledge
Bowman, John (2011) 50 Years of RTE 1961-2011 , Dublin: Radio Teilifis Eireann

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