MP5037 - Reviews and Features

What will I learn on this module?

Reviews and Features aims to further your understanding of the the media industry and its place in society. The module will encourage independent learning and production of original work. You will develop a variety of research skills for example, but not limited to, synthesising academic research for a generalist and/or specialist audience, primary researching using digital archives and interview techniques. You will also learn to analyse and critique contemporary writing styles in order to develop your writing across a long-form features. You will be able to gather and write feature articles in addition to shorter reviews akin to those found in contemporary media outlets.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through lectures, workshops and independent learning. You will be expected to complete a research-related activity each week, which will be discussed during the seminars. Seminars provide you with opportunities for further discussion of each week’s lecture topic and you will be expected to proactively contribute to each week’s discussion through presenting the fruits of your research task. Class participation is therefore highly encouraged.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be supported in a variety of ways: the module tutor is available to discuss issues both during and outside scheduled teaching. Tutors can discuss issues during pre-determined Office Hours each week, and also via email. Additionally, information, teaching materials and other support is available through the Electronic Learning Portal system.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at:
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team –

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
• The ability to recognise, employ and utilise the major techniques of feature writing in practice and in theory. (LO1)
• An understanding of feature audiences in various fields.(LO2)
Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• Demonstrate an ability to undertake, with a level of independence, feature writing work of a high quality. (LO3)
• Demonstrate how to find, research and write stories for the appropriate market. (LO4)

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
• Knowledge of legal, economic, ethical and regulatory controls on news production. (LO5

How will I be assessed?

To prepare you successfully to undertake the summative assessment(s) on this module, formative assessments will be set by the module team. These may take the form of in-class tasks or projects, developmental activities undertaken between classes, or learning exercises/activities set over a longer period. Feedback (written and/or oral) will be provided to help you learn from, reflect on, and develop in light of these formative assessments.

1. A review on a subject of the student’s choice (such as but not limited to film, TV show, play, video game, album, book, restaurant) – 500 words. 40%) LO 1-3
2. A feature article of 1,500 words, to include a 300-word ‘sidebar’. (60%) LO 1-3





Module abstract

Reviews and Features aims to develop skills and a theoretical understanding of writing critical reviews and features for a learned public. You will learn how to write text for a variety of disciplines, such as popular magazines and websites, including profiles and features and understand and utilise visuals within the context of the contemporary mediascape. You will learn to write clear and concise material to professionally acceptable standards in an industry-style environment for both general magazines, websites and specialist publications. You will be assessed by the production of a portfolio of work demonstrating writing skills across a range of disciplines. This module and prepares students for work placement at magazines, news outlets, and career paths into other areas of the cultural and creative industries.

Course info

UCAS Code P305

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years Full Time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Arts

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2024 or September 2025

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