Syllabus Journalism BA (B), Magazine Project, 7,5 credits

General data

  • Code: JO025G
  • Subject/Main field: Journalistik
  • Cycle: First cycle
  • Progression: (B)
  • Credits: 7.5
  • Progressive specialization: G2F - First cycle, has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
  • Answerable department: Media and Communication Science
  • Answerable faculty: Faculty of Science, Technology and Media
  • Established: 1/1/0001
  • Date of change: 7/1/2013
  • Version valid from: 7/1/2013


The aim of the course is to provide an introduction to journalistic writing in English as well as insight into magazine publication and content. Based on this knowledge, and the students' skills in basic graphic design and layout learnt in prior modules, the students will create their own magazine. The course consists of both individual and group-based assignments.

Course objectives

After passing the course students will:
- be able to demonstrate the ability to work as a part of team.
- be able to illustrate demographic information through content analysis.
- be able to identify demographical information through focus research.
- be able to produce texts aimed at particular target groups.
- be able to practise basic rules for magazine layout
- be able to identify the key roles and task associated with a magazines editorial team.


The course deals with:
journalistic and feature writing
visual communication
magazine layout
magazine analysis and deconstruction
magazine production

Entry requirements

At least 60 higher education credits (ECTS) including Graphic Design, 7.5 higher education credits (ECTS).

Selection rules and procedures

The selectionprocess is in accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance and the local order of admission.

Teaching form

The course consists of lectures, seminars, practical workshops and critiques.
Attendance is required at certain lectures and exercises, as well as all seminars and critiques.

Examination form

The exam consists of two parts: an individual written assignment based on the analysis of two magazine publications as well as a group based practical assignment in producing a magazine.
To pass the course, the student must satisfactorily complete the written assignment as well as the practical assignment. Additional instructions regarding examination are to be included in the course syllabus presented at the course start.

Assessment criteria for this subject can be found on

Grading system

The grades A, B, C, D, E, Fx and F are given on the course. On this scale the grades A through E represent pass levels, whereas Fx and F represent fail levels.

Course reading

Required literature

  • Author: Morrish, John
  • Title: Magazine: Editing: How To Develop and Manage a Successful Publication