To develop students’ skills in a range of journalistic tasks required for political broadcasting on radio, including planning, research, writing, interviewing, reporting, producing, social media usage and blogging;
To enable students to plan, prepare and deliver different forms of political broadcasting, including news bulletins, expert interviews and special reports, both in a studio environment and on location;
To engage students in a simulation of real world broadcasting that will enable them to apply and develop their academic knowledge of politics through the demands of responding rapidly and authoritatively to political events as they unfold, in Britain, Europe and the world;
To provide students with an understanding of the range and inter-dependencies of roles in a broadcasting environment and of the responsibilities of journalists, including ethical and regulatory considerations;
To equip students with a range of advanced transferable skills of relevance to professional contexts beyond journalism, including communication, teamwork, problem-solving and time-management skills;
To enable students to understand the significance of the audience in political broadcasting and to develop the skills require to expand and engage audiences;
To develop students’ confidence in engaging in critical self-reflection and peer-review as a means of improving the quality of their work, both individually and collectively.