All students undertake a year-end project to produce a written work of 4,000 words in the realm of business journalism. This can take the form of a dissertation, an investigative article or a feature story. By the end of the second term, faculty members will have advised students on the topics for their year-end projects and approved their proposals.
A series of lectures in the third-term will inform students on the various aspects of Investigative Journalism, where the reporter tries to uncover facts that are hidden either deliberately by people in power or because of a lack of transparency. In contrast to conventional reporting, where the “news” is often provided by others, investigative reporting requires the journalist to unearth the material through his or her own initiative. Where the subject of the investigation is of real public interest, the story may have a major impact.
Students opting to do a dissertation will be required to defend their work in a viva voce session with the designated supervisor. The dissertation could be on a business topic requiring extensive secondary research and some field work which explores it from multiple angles; it could also be an analysis of the media coverage of a major economic event.