Online Journalism: Theory and Practice

Module code: MS3025

This module introduces the theory and the practice of online journalism.  It provides a theoretical overview of the production of, and the associated issues with, online journalism. It offers you an opportunity to gain hands on experience in online journalism practice, through the planning and the producing of an online journalism group project.

Topics covered:

  • Introduction to online journalism
  • Journalistic work in transition
  • News writing, dissemination and audience engagement
  • Blogging + Podcast/Audio
  • Visual Storytelling
  • Data and journalism
  • Online journalism, politics and citizens
  • The business of online journalism
  • Continuing debates and issues
  • Project show 
  • Assignment guidance


  • 8 hours of lectures
  • 16 hours of seminars
  • 1 hour of tutorials
  • 9 hours of supervised time in the lab/studio/workshop
  • 116 hours of guided independent study


  • Group online journalism project, 700 words (40%)
  • Group presentation (10%)
  • Essay, 1,500 words (25%)
  • Reflective commentary on group project and marketing strategy, 1,500 words (25%)