The MA Broadcast Journalism programme builds on the strengths and achievements of the postgraduate diploma course, which has been running since 1981. Currently accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC), the course has a reputation for the quality of its students and their success in obtaining employment in the industry.
UCLan is committed to producing broadcast journalists who are realistically skilled and highly employable. The postgraduate Broadcast Journalism is designed to prepare students for working in the broadcast industry, so the emphasis is on learning by doing. You will learn in a newsroom environment, producing interviews, stories and packages for radio and television and online. You will also gain a thorough understanding of media law and public administration.
You will normally be expected to have an upper second or first class honours degree from a British higher education institution, or an equivalent overseas qualification. The degree may be in any subject, although complementary subjects, such as English, Politics or a foreign language are especially useful. You will also need a very good standard of written English and in normal circumstances, a good speaking voice. Mature students and candidates with non-standard qualifications may also apply, if they have substantial professional/relevant experience. All applicants are expected to show knowledge, enthusiasm and commitment, which may be demonstrated by a record of relevant work experience.
Candidates are required to submit a formal UCLan application form as well as a supplementary exercise.
Candidates for whom English is not the mother tongue, should be able to demonstrate high standards, at IELTS 7.5 or equivalent, in all four elements of reading, writing, speaking and listening. The focus of the course is the UK broadcast industry, and includes UK law and public administration.
180 credits required for MA
Creating Content (20 credits)
Newsroom Practice (40 credits)
Digital Journalism (20 credits)
Extended Journalism Project (60 credits)
Law for Journalists (20 credits)
Investigating Public Administration: Central and Local Government (20 credits)
All the students undertake an extensive work placement which will enable them to reinforce and develop their broadcast skills and knowledge.
Postgraduate broadcast journalism students begin their course with an intensive introduction to practical journalism. Students also begin a digital module that will enable them to develop the skills and strategies needed to exploit the changing media landscape and to respond to the challenges presented by the emergence of multiplatform production. In these first weeks, students enjoy a realistic and useful appreciation of collaborative and multi-skilled journalism since all our postgraduate journalism students will study and practice together. Students will also begin their practical skills and medium-specific training – including filming, recording audio, editing, writing and presentation skills.
Then, after the Christmas break, as we move into semester two, with their digital skills in place, they will take part not only in broadcast news days, but also cross platform events with other trainee journalists.
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