Undergraduate Course

BA Journalism with Business Management

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BA Journalism with Business Management

Overview

The details
Journalism with Business Management
P520
October 2019
Full-time
3 years
Colchester Campus

Help the general public understand the complex world of finance and commerce. Explain how the economy is fluctuating. Expose the scandalous stories hiding within big businesses.

This course offers the unique opportunity to expand your knowledge of business management practices whilst growing your journalistic prowess, developing an array of transferable skills across both disciplines. In the digital age, where demand for news is at an all-time high, we help you to develop your own journalistic style and ability to find and share a story that is engaging and powerful.

You explore a wide spectrum of business and management topics ranging from strategy and organisational behaviour, to marketing. This is intertwined with the practical journalism component of this course, where you develop your skills in using multi-media channels such as radio, television and online media, and deepen your knowledge of journalism on an international scale.

This course gives you flexibility to choose the areas of the subject that most interest you.

Topics may include:

  • journalism in practice
  • management practices
  • production techniques
  • business strategy
  • international journalism
  • human resource management

During your final year, you have the opportunity to bring all aspects of the course together in a final multimedia project on a subject linked to the business element of your studies.

As a student at one of the UK’s leading social science institutions, you are uniquely placed to acquire a deep understanding of the world you report on. You will join our Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies and Essex Business School, which is ranked the UK’s top 25 for research excellence (REF 2014). We champion responsible management, business ethics and sustainability in our teaching and are committed to making organisations better places to do business.

Why we're great.
  • Our journalism teaching staff have a broad range of up-to-date hands-on industry experience.
  • You create and broadcast your own online content, radio and TV programmes.
  • You can build your knowledge of multimedia journalism whilst also specialising in your favourite subject.
THE Awards 2018 - Winner University of the Year

Study abroad

Your education extends beyond the university campus. We support you in expanding your education through offering the opportunity to spend a year or a term studying abroad at one of our partner universities. The four-year version of our degree allows you to spend the third year abroad or employed on a placement abroad, while otherwise remaining identical to the three-year course.

Studying abroad allows you to experience other cultures and languages, to broaden your degree socially and academically, and to demonstrate to employers that you are mature, adaptable, and organised.

If you spend a full year abroad you'll only pay 15% of your usual tuition fee to Essex for that year. You won't pay any tuition fees to your host university

Our expert staff

At Essex you learn from the best. Our course director Tim Fenton, is a former managing editor of the BBC News Online website and a journalist with more than 35 years' industry experience ranging from sports reporting for local radio to presenting and producing national current affairs programmes on TV and radio.

Other core journalism staff include:

  • Penny Wrout, a former BBC correspondent and producer who is currently a freelance documentary film-maker and multimedia arts producer.
  • Paul Anderson, former editor of Tribune and deputy editor of the New Statesman, who now works as a print/online subeditor on the Guardian.
  • Dr Fatima el Issawi, an international correspondent with more than 15 years’ experience covering conflict zones for a wide range of broadcast and online outlets including Agence France Press and the BBC.
  • Dr Alexandros Antoniou, lecturer in media law and a specialist in communications regulation, intellectual property and cybercrime.

Throughout the course you’ll also have the opportunity to meet visiting lecturers and teachers who are leading figures in different branches of journalism, and who provide an important link to an extended network of industry practitioners.

Our Essex Business School is home to a highly qualified and international team who blend strong academic backgrounds with industry experience. Our business academics use research in their teaching to ensure your education is always up-to-date with the fast-changing world of business.

Specialist facilities

As a journalism student at Essex, your material is published on a dedicated website, and you also spend time gaining on-the-job experience with a range of professional news operations, creating and publishing real stories and building up a portfolio of published and broadcast work. You will work in a purpose-built newsroom with access to television, radio studios, and computer software that allows journalists to create and edit content across all media and platforms quickly and professionally. The University’s Media Centre is equipped with state-of-the-art studios, cameras, audio and lighting equipment, and an industry-standard editing suite.

You can also gain experience with our Students’ Union media platform Rebel, and benefit from access to our impressive Essex Business School facilities:

  • A state-of-the-art trading floor with Bloomberg Financial Market Labs, giving you access to real-world business data to draw upon in your assignments and news reports
  • Modern lecture theatres
  • Study pods and innovation booths for group working
  • Bonds café with adjacent sun terrace

Your future

This course provides you with a wide variety of skills, so as an Essex journalism and business management graduates are equipped to embark on a wide range of career paths. By combining communication and practical multi-media skills with an understanding of business, this course gives you the flexibility to explore a career in journalism, as well as roles in management, publicity and content marketing upon graduation.

You compile an impressive portfolio of published work and complete a detailed multimedia project linked to business management in your final year, allowing you to offer real evidence of your range and capabilities to future employers.

You become familiar with production techniques in television, radio, online and newspaper journalism, and have the option to gain advanced skills in specific areas in your final year.

Digital technology encourages entrepreneurship, which your business management studies will prepare you for. This allows young journalists to work outside traditional employment routes with established media organisations in favour of creating their own niche brand online.

You benefit from a range of career support and employability opportunities from the University’s Employability and Careers Centre, including information about further work experience, internships, placements and voluntary opportunities.

In 2015, 84% of Essex Business School undergraduates and 98.6% of international (non-UK/EU) undergraduates were in graduate level work or study within six months of graduating (DLHE 2015 leavers).

Entry requirements

Clearing entry requirements

Specific entry requirements for this course in Clearing are not published here but for most of our degree courses you will need to hold a Level 3 qualification. If you are interested in applying and have already received your results, use our Clearing application form to apply for 2019 entry and find out if you are eligible. You will be asked to provide details of your qualifications and grades.

English language requirements

English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 6.0 overall. Different requirements apply for second year entry, and specified component grades are also required for applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.

Other English language qualifications may be acceptable so please contact us for further details. If we accept the English component of an international qualification then it will be included in the information given about the academic levels listed above. Please note that date restrictions may apply to some English language qualifications

If you are an international student requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK please see our immigration webpages for the latest Home Office guidance on English language qualifications.

If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.

Structure

Example structure

We offer a flexible course structure with a mixture of compulsory and optional modules chosen from lists. Below is just one example structure from the current academic year of a combination of modules you could take. Your course structure could differ based on the modules you choose.

Our research-led teaching is continually evolving to address the latest challenges and breakthroughs in the field, therefore all modules listed are subject to change. To view the compulsory modules and full list of optional modules currently on offer, please view the programme specification via the link below.

Basic Practical Journalism (Joint Honours)

This module introduces you to the basics of news and of storytelling, core skills for all jobs in journalism. You discuss the nature of news and how to identify a story, learn how to look for and uncover the information that will make a story, and study the different ways in which that information can be presented. You develop your skills in absorbing and condensing information and producing an accurate and engaging narrative. Understanding the need to check and verify everything that you write, you begin to learn the basics of multimedia production, and start producing content for print, online, radio and television outlets. You work on practical reporting assignments from an early stage.

View Basic Practical Journalism (Joint Honours) on our Module Directory

Introduction to Management and Marketing

Explore the most significant issues in management theory and practice. You draw out some of the connections and disjunctures between management theory and management practice. You also consider the ethics of managing, and how to balance a business’s priorities with the organisation's wider responsibilities to society and other stakeholders.

View Introduction to Management and Marketing on our Module Directory

Navigating the Digital World (optional)

What does it mean to be a "digital citizen"? How are digital technologies transforming society? To what extent do digital technologies curb or enhance our rights? Some say that we live in a "post-truth" era filled with "fake news" that traps us in a digital "bubble" or "echo chamber". Others see digital technologies as the key to unlocking social change and finding new ways to bring people together across geographical boundaries. Which view is right? What are the actual legal, ethical, social, political, creative, and economic implications of living in an increasingly digital world? This module gives you an opportunity to explore these important issues, and it also provides you with hands-on training from experts in the practical skills required to navigate the digital world.

View Navigating the Digital World (optional) on our Module Directory

Intermediate Practical Journalism: Audio/Video (Joint honours)

This module focuses on helping you to operate effectively in a number of different news and features platforms, and with a clear understanding of the distinctive nature of each and its implications for the way you work. Supported by your tutor, you find news and features stories, pitch them in editorial meetings, research, write, edit, proof-read and determine how best to present and publish them. You develop your use of social media, and understand more about how social networks are used as a part of mainstream journalism. As you begin to produce radio and television programming for streaming across the campus, classes will examine interviewing techniques, voice training and presentational techniques.

View Intermediate Practical Journalism: Audio/Video (Joint honours) on our Module Directory

Intermediate Practical Journalism: Print/Online (Joint honours)

Alongside and complementary to the Multimedia Journalism module, this module develops the technical and production skills you learned in Year 1. You examine in more detail the individual characteristics and technical requirements of different media, and to start producing radio, television and more advanced print and online content, both on your own and as part of a team. You learn how to use appropriate editing software, and to produce engaging and dynamic content in each medium.

View Intermediate Practical Journalism: Print/Online (Joint honours) on our Module Directory

Organisational Behaviour

This module builds on your understanding of management, work and organisation, exploring how these concepts have evolved over time and how they are understood now. You look at how management theory relates to organisational practice, examine the social dynamics underpinning the field of organisation studies and analyse some of the most important themes affecting management today.

View Organisational Behaviour on our Module Directory

Business Strategy

The business world is increasingly global, complex and fast changing. While some organisations are consistently successful over a long period of time, many fail and are forgotten forever. In theory it should become consecutively easier to imitate the strategies of winning companies and dissipate their profits. In practice, however, only a few firms become long-term leaders. In this course, you explore why that is.

View Business Strategy on our Module Directory

Digital Marketing and Social Media

Marketing practices have dramatically changed with the rise of social media and new technological developments in devices, platforms, and applications. The digital environment presents new opportunities and challenges for marketers. Through a combination of theory, case studies, best practice examples, current news items, and assignments, you learn how the internet is now integrated into all the marketing functions and activities of modern businesses.

View Digital Marketing and Social Media on our Module Directory

Comparative Media Law and Regulation

This module provides an insight into the major legal questions facing the media, and an appreciation of the complexity of journalism and publication generally in a global context. You consider a broad outline of the principal areas of UK law that apply to the media, and which are set in turn against broader principles as enshrined in the European Convention on Human Rights. A range of themes around Article 6 (Fair Trial), Article 8 (Privacy) and Article 10 (Free Speech) will be explored against practice and issues in a selection of other jurisdictions, including the UK’s equivalent focus on Contempt, Confidentiality and Libel .

View Comparative Media Law and Regulation on our Module Directory

Leadership in Organisations

This module aims to develop your understanding of leadership in organisations. You explore a range of traditional and current leadership theories and relate these to business and managerial practice. You also examine business ethics and develop your team working, critical thinking and problem solving skills.

View Leadership in Organisations on our Module Directory

Human Resource Management

Since the 1980's, Human Resource Management (HRM) has promoted the view that it is the people (rather that the technology, products or marketing strategies) of the organisation that are the key to organisational success. You question the assumptions made within HRM as a philosophy and practice, and how this approach has implications for the way that employees are conceptualised, managed and treated within organisations.

View Human Resource Management on our Module Directory

Advanced Practical Journalism

This module builds on everything you have learned so far about writing, reporting and production, with a particular emphasis on the broadcast media of radio and television. You will already have had the opportunity to gain extensive experience of newspaper and online reporting, and this module will bring your broadcast skills up to the same high standard of knowledge and expertise. This module will also prepare you for the Specialist Option element of your NCTJ Diploma.

View Advanced Practical Journalism on our Module Directory

Management, Society and New Forms of Work (optional)

This module explores the future of management and work in light of contemporary social theory and social, political and economic changes. You look at new organisational forms, such as management consultancy, symbolic analysis and affective labour, as well as new forms of exchange, such as Open Source software. You explore resistance to social-economic change, such as neo-Luddism, culture-jamming, alternative media, anti-globalization and popular movements against precarious labour. By comparison, you also examine more conventional forms of organisation, including sweatshops, fast food, retail, call centres, mining and agriculture.

View Management, Society and New Forms of Work (optional) on our Module Directory

Brand Management (optional)

Explore the fascinating world of brands in our contemporary cultures, and investigate the consequences for contemporary marketing practices and for organisational practices more generally. You examine the notion of brand identity, brand image, the issues of brand development and extension, and the consumption of brands. You are also introduced to managerial and marketing issues central to brand management.

View Brand Management (optional) on our Module Directory

Teaching

  • Teaching will mainly take the form of lectures and classes of about 20 students
  • Opportunities for placements
  • Mentoring from professionals in your specialist subject
  • A typical timetable involves a one-hour lecture and a one-hour class for each of your modules every week

Assessment

  • Your final mark for each module is determined half by coursework and half by examination
  • A mark for class participation is included in your coursework mark

Fees and funding

Home/EU fee

£9,250

International fee

£15,000

Fees will increase for each academic year of study.

Home and EU fee information

International fee information

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2019 Open Days (Colchester Campus)

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Interviews

We don’t interview all applicants during Clearing, however, we will only make offers for the following course after a successful interview:

  • BA Multimedia Journalism
  • BSc Nursing (Adult)
  • BSc Nursing (Mental Health)
  • BA Social Work

The interview allows our academics to find out more about you, and in turn you’ll be able to ask us any questions you might have. Further details will be emailed to you if you are shortlisted for interview.


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