Course Brief


This unit aims to develop learners' understanding of television news and provide them with the skills needed to plan, write, record and produce television news to broadcast standard.

Unit abstract

Television producers are constantly attempting to dream up new ideas for programme formats and yet the news strand has changed little over the past couple of decades. Although sets have become largely digital and technology has increased the reach of reporters in the field, the format of double heading early evening news programmes, with a single anchor presenting in-depth investigative programmes later in the evening, is still the most popular. This unit will give learners the opportunity to come up with a format for a news and current affairs programme, which they will plan, write, record, edit, script and produce, according to the needs of their target audience. Learners will explore the differences between news productions and the conventions of television news journalism.

  • This course is offered in 48 contact hours

On successful completion of this unit a learner will:

1. Understand the formats of television news programmes

2. Be able to design television news programmes

3. Be able to produce television news programmes of a specified format

4. Be able to reflect on own television news work.