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BA (Hons) Journalism Portfolio Guide

How to put together a creative portfolio for your course application

On-campus interview

Most interviews are conducted in small groups and led by teaching staff. The workshop includes a short briefing by a member of the teaching team about the course, a basic news writing test, and a group interview workshop where we will explore your interest in, and understanding of journalism and the broader media. You will also have time to ask any questions.

Schedule

  • 12.00pm–12.30pm: Registration
  • 12.30pm–1.00pm: Welcome and newsroom tour
  • 1.00pm–2.30pm: Workshop groups
  • 2.30pm–5.00pm: Tour of facilities (45min) – optional 
  • 2.30pm–5.00pm: Visit one of our halls of residence (30min) – optional

Zoom workshop and interview

If you are genuinely unable to attend an on-campus interview, you may select an online interview and workshop.

Most interviews are conducted in small groups, led by teaching staff. The workshop includes:

  • a short briefing by a member of the teaching team about the course
  • a basic news writing test
  • a group interview workshop where we'll explore your interest in, and understanding of journalism and the broader media

You'll also have time to ask any questions.

Schedule

  • 12.30pm–1.00pm: Welcome and introduction to the course
  • 1.00pm–1.30pm: News writing task
  • 1.30pm–1.45pm: Break 
  • 1.45pm–2.45pm: Workshop

Your portfolio

Please bring along your portfolio of any journalistic material you have produced so far.

Why we need a portfolio

This is a professionally accredited course aimed at producing the next generation of journalists and other media professionals. A portfolio will help us find out what you already know about journalism and the media in general, and what you know about writing and producing material for a target audience. It will also give us some idea about your passion for writing and the media industry. This will all help us assess your application for the course.

We will look at your portfolio during the interview workshop and will return it to you before you leave.

What to include in your portfolio

We’d like to see, in your portfolio, content you’ve produced under any of the following conditions.

Content for the professional media

These could be stories from a work experience stint with a local newspaper, radio station or online publication. It might include work you have sent to a local newspaper for publication. It does not matter if the work is published or not.

Content for a school, college newspaper/magazine or online publication

This can include news stories or features, or sports reports or lifestyle articles, but might also be examples of other artefacts like creative writing, quizzes or comment pieces on national news, or feature issues.

Content as part of a previous study

These include:

  • blogs
  • vlogs
  • videos
  • radio packages
  • stories
  • magazine designs
  • photographs
  • smartphone packages

Other types of content

These can include:

  • Content you’ve produced for your own blog
  • Any academic coursework that might demonstrate a broader understanding of the media industry
  • Any other material you believe supports your application for a journalism course

How to present your portfolio

In advance of the interview, please make your portfolio into a digital version - your work can be collated into a PDF or uploaded to a site such as flikr and then you'll be asked to share your screen in Zoom.

Guidance can be found on the Zoom site - see the “Sharing your screen or content” section. The interviewing member of staff will be able to help if you get stuck during the interview.

What we’re looking for

We’re looking for your portfolio to demonstrate your:

  • Passion for writing and communication
  • Understanding of news and feature story gathering and story producing techniques for different platforms
  • Understanding of what makes news and how it is produced
  • Enthusiasm for, and commitment to, the study of journalism at university

And finally…

Don’t worry if you don’t have material that meets all of the above.  We don’t expect you to be able to do that at this stage of your development. Just provide as much evidence as you can to help us understand more about you and your interest in, and aptitude for journalism.

Contact us

Any questions? Contact the Faculty Student Recruitment Team.

Phone: +44 (0)23 9284 2990

Email: cci-enquiries@port.ac.uk