Welcome to the Department of Journalism Studies at the University of Sheffield – an extraordinary institution in an extraordinary city.
During your time with us you’ll study, practise and reflect on a wide range of journalism skills and issues. You’ll come across different learning styles and techniques, from traditional academic research methods to shorthand practice and newsroom experience. It will be hard work. But when our students leave the department, they’ve had the experience of a lifetime. And employers know a Sheffield journalism graduate has the skills and personal qualities needed for success – whether you work in the media or choose another profession.
The Department of Journalism Studies is a centre of excellence in teaching and research, and promotes rigorous ethical journalism. As a student at one of Britain’s most prestigious universities, you will be taught by experienced practitioners and academics who are immersed in the study and practice of journalism across a range of digital and traditional media. You’ll practise journalism, and you’ll reflect on how others practise it, and its place in society. You will criticise it and talk about it. You will read and listen and watch... and analyse, write and broadcast.
It’s this combination of thinking and doing that makes our graduates the best – and could help to make you a great journalist too.
As a leader in our subject area, in a world- class university, we ask a lot from our students. We expect drive, determination and intelligence. We know you’ve got what it takes: that’s why we gave you a place on the course. But we also know that the transition from home and school to university can be difficult. So we want to make that transition as smooth as possible. That’s why we’ll support you as you begin the course – and throughout your time with us.
Both the department and the University have specialist staff and resources ready and waiting to help you with any personal, emotional, financial and academic difficulties you might experience. See section 2 of this handbook for more about this. Remember – if you ever need help, or you’re uncertain about something, just ask.
Enjoy yourself. Enjoy the course. We look forward to working with you and getting to know you.
The Department of Journalism Studies was launched in 1994 and within 10 years became one of the major journalism teaching and research establishments in the UK.
The University of Sheffield is a proven academic centre of excellence and the department strives to provide both theoretical and professional teaching based on the highest journalistic and academic standards.
We have an excellent network of international contacts in both the media industry and the academic world, and our staff have built close ties with regional institutions and local print, broadcast and online media.
In keeping with the ethos of the University of Sheffield, Journalism Studies is a research- led department and has developed strong research and teaching links with other academic departments in the University.
Since its inception, the department has been committed to establishing an active research programme covering a wide range of topics within the fields of journalism, mass communications, and new communications technologies.
Recently the University of Sheffield has invested £3million in a stunning refurbishment of our new home at 9 Mappin Street. Our students and staff now have three storeys of state-of-the-art broadcast studios, multimedia newsrooms, breakout spaces, bright new offices, and a fabulous common room.
It’s the perfect setting for our students to gather experience of a real working news environment.
The production suite comprises a multi- camera HD TV studio and gallery, voiceover booths and radio studio. This makes industry- standard multimedia digital production easy, with the capacity to live-stream anywhere in the world. The suite is adaptable to future generations of digital technology.
Our revamped newsroom spaces are designed for both large and small group work. Students can work on their own, in workshop groups and on team projects. And on the ground floor the 180-square-metre student common room has soft lighting and sofas and is being fitted with computers, wi-fi, and tea and coffee machines. It’s a great place to meet, chat, unwind and catch up.
Newsrooms and resources
The department has four newsrooms where students undertaking practical modules will work on a range of media production tasks. Each newsroom has telephones, LED screens and data projectors for displaying output from PCs, laptops, iPads and TV stations. We also provide students with access to the Press Association’s PA Mediapoint, Sky News Radio and the Press Association wire websites.
Three of our four newsrooms have PCs running the University’s managed Windows 7 desktop, which means that software used in the department can also be accessed across the University and 24/7 in the Information Commons.
Standard software available on the managed desktop for journalism production includes Reaper for editing audio, Burli and ENPS for creating TV and radio news bulletins, and Adobe Creative Suite including InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator.
On the first floor, Newsroom 2 has 24 iMacs with software for video and multimedia production, including Photoshop and Final Cut Pro X. Next door, newsroom 1 has 24 PCs.
Still on the first floor, we have the production suite with radio studio, soundproofed production booths for voice recording and 12 iMacs for video editing. There is also a HD television studio and control gallery.
On the third floor, Newsrooms 3 and 4 have another 30 PCs each, and there is a resources corridor for student printing and reading newspapers and magazines.
Together the newsrooms and production suite represent a first-class opportunity for students to develop their skills in a professional setting. Please respect the facilities and keep the newsrooms as tidy as possible.
Please use the facilities for journalism work only and be aware that you will have to move during scheduled classes or book workspace at busy times.
TV cameras, audio recorders, DSLR cameras and tablets are available to students for coursework. You must reserve these using the My Rooms and Resources facility in the online portal MUSE (My University of Sheffield Environment). This equipment is in the Media Store on the third floor (room 306), which is open Open
Monday - Friday
9:30 - 10:30
1:00 - 2:00
4:00 - 5:00
(3:00 - 5:00 Mondays & Fridays)
Any equipment borrowed from the Media Store must be collected and returned by the person who made the booking.
Equipment must only be returned to the Media Store during the allocated opening hours. Any media equipment which is left unattended, returned late or misused in any way may result in a temporary ban on your media booking account.
Any media equipment which is lost or damaged while booked under your username will incur a penalty of £35.00, and you may be liable for the cost of replacement or repair of lost or damaged equipment up to the value of £500.00.
Media equipment may only be used for producing content related to your degree.
You will also need to complete this liability form before you borrow any equip
Staff information and contact details
Here are the semester dates for 2015–16. Please note that students are expected to be available for teaching and assessment purposes for the whole of each semester.
Intro Week 21–26 September 2015 Monday 28 September to Saturday 19 December (total 12 weeks) Four weeks Christmas vacation Monday 18 January to Saturday 6 February (total 3 weeks)
Monday 8 February to Saturday 19 March (total 6 weeks) Three weeks Easter vacation Monday 11 April to Saturday 11 June (total 9 weeks)
Student Support and Enquiry Office
The office is in room 235, on the second floor of 9 Mappin Street, and is staffed between 9:30am and 3:00pm Monday to Friday. If you have any queries, we will be happy to help.