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JOUR9003 - Audio Broadcasting

Title:Audio Broadcasting
Long Title:Audio Broadcasting
Module Code:JOUR9003
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Expert
Field of Study: Journalism
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2018/19 ( September 2018 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: ROSE MC GRATH
Module Author: BRIAN DOYLE
Module Description: This module will enable the students to learn the skills of radio and podcasting including news, programmes and documentary making. Writing for the ear is a different discipline to writing for print so these skills will then be utilised in all relevant aspects of new media. Students will learn how to research facts, source relevant interviewees, record interviews and write for narrative pieces of varying length and format. The module will explain why stories are selected and how a running order is composed. Students learn how to create and use sound to maximise their potential in both broadcast and new media. Practical work days will allow them to compose and edit their own audio programmes under tight deadlines.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Construct and edit podcasts and radio bulletins to an industry standard
LO2 Conduct assignments and construct accurate and concise reports to an industry standard
LO3 Research and evaluate facts and develop interview skills
LO4 Discuss the potential of audio journalism in digital media
LO5 Apply strong editorial judgement
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named CIT module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).
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Incompatible Modules
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Co-requisite Modules
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This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Audio Documentary
Students will explore examples of creative, effective, impactful documentaries. Group work to develop storytelling techniques. Sourcing and stimulating ideas. Interacting with Participants and contributors.
Students will develop a range of creative techniques to produce podcasts across a wide subject area and covering numerous formats: studio discussion, closed narrative, commentary.
News Days
Students will be sent on real news assignments locally to conduct genuine interviews in the field. They will then edit and compile content for radio with their own material, deciding on running orders, how to compile stories and check facts and procedures.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Written Report An outline of the content and format of the audio project. This should include background to the story being covered, the list of proposed interviewees, the structure of the project and a description of the audio elements to be used. 2,3,4,5 30.0 Week 6
Practical/Skills Evaluation Construction of a Podcast using supplied material 1,3 20.0 Week 9
Project Broadcast Project – construction of original Podcast 1,2,3,5 50.0 Sem End
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Lectures on the essential skills of podcasting 1.5 Every Week 1.50
Lab Practical Audio editing 1.5 Every Week 1.50
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Learners' practice of podcasting skills 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Stewart, Peter 2010, Essential radio skills: how to present a radio show, 2nd Ed. [ISBN: 9781408121795]
  • Adobe Creative Team 2014, Adobe Audition CC Classroom in a Book [ISBN: 978-032192953]
  • Carla Schroder 2011, The Book of Audacity, No Starch Press [ISBN: 1-59327-270-7]
  • Mike Eiman 2017, Podcast: Learn how to Stop Babbling & Start Podcasting Like a Pro [ISBN: 978-152199622]
  • Jenni Mills 2004, The broadcast voice, Focal Oxford [ISBN: 0240519396]
  • Tee Morris and Chuck Tomasi 2017, Podcasting For Dummies [ISBN: 978-111941219]
  • Valerie Geller 2007, Creating Powerful Radio [ISBN: 0240519280]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Jim Beaman 2006, Programme Making for Radio [ISBN: 0415365724]
  • John Horgan 2004, Broadcasting and Public Life - RTE News and Current Affairs, Four Courts Press Dublin [ISBN: 1851828397]
  • Hugh Chignell 2009, Key Concepts in Radio Studies [ISBN: 1412935172]
  • Tim Pat Coogan 2008, A memoir, Weidenfeld & Nicolson London [ISBN: 0297851101]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_HJDCC_9 Master of Arts in Journalism and Digital Content Creation 1 Mandatory

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