Throughout the degree programmes students create a range of print, online and broadcast portfolios covering news, features and special interest. Students learn how to produce, present and package their work to a professional standard using a range of software including In Design, Adobe Premier and WordPress.
Students have the flexibility to follow their interests and create print news portfolios, niche websites, glossy magazines and/or video and radio documentaries. All of our undergraduates and postgraduates are also encouraged to submit freelance work to professional publications, and many succeed in gaining commissions from newspapers, magazine and websites whilst they are still studying at university.
Work experience is a fundamental part of all of the degree programmes and both the university and individual staff members have access to a wide range of contacts within the media industry. These include the BBC (national and local), Johnston Press, Northcliffe Media, Newsquest and Future Publishing.
Click on the images and links below to see examples of student work including assessed work, freelance commissions and work experience publications:
An article on Dark season 2 written by final year student Abi Firth during her work experience with NME:
Second year feature-writer Tasha Jagger is a web content writer for FanFest. In June, she attended her first film premiere, where she met actor Mark Wahlberg:
Here are two examples of first year individual websites, which students are encouraged to keep as up-to-date as possible, as an online platform for their work:
Sounds from the Steel, niche website for final year Digital Journalism assessment
Tom Walton, final year project, Man Monthly magazine (print and e-magazine)
Emily Saxton, freelance commission, Maverick country music magazine
Shiregreen News, patch website for second year Breaking News assessment