Bournemouth University

Master Journalism Studies - Máster en Estudios Periodísticos

Bournemouth University
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  • Imparte:
  • Modalidad:
    Presencial en Dorset
  • Precio:
    Unlimited number of Scholarships available for September 2016/January 2017
    Please fill out the enquiry form for more information

    EU £7,750 Non EU £13,500
  • Comienzo:
    Septiembre 2017
  • Lugar:
    Fern Barrow, Poole,
    Dorset (Bournemouth) BH12 5BB
    Reino Unido
  • Duración:
    1 Año
  • Idioma:
    El Master se imparte en Inglés
  • Titulación:
    Journalism Studies MA


The normal minimum qualification is a 2:2 Honours degree or comparable professional qualification.


Graduates from a wide variety of disciplines seeking to develop research interest in news and journalism
Graduates with a Lower Second Class Honours degree or comparable professional qualifications (2:2)
Journalists and related media professionals who wish to update their knowledge and / or pursue careers in research
People with relevant experience from NGO or government organisations
Enquiries from non-standard applicants with relevant professional experience are invited, and will be treated on a cas


This MA course in Journalism Studies aims to develop postgraduates who can critically explore the ways in which new media forms and practices are facilitating a transformational shift in news and journalism. Of particular interest is the impact the internet is having on the news industry, with relevant issues including:

The emergence of innovative strategies of news gathering, distribution and presentation;
Efforts to secure new business models;
Changing patterns in news consumption;
Challenges for government policy-making and regulation;
And the rise of collaborative, citizen-based approaches to news reporting, amongst many others.


Semester One
Journalism in Global Contexts (Core Subject)
This unit aims to explore journalism in global contexts, seeking to provide insights into the issues relating to the gathering and dissemination of news in – and for – varied news cultures. Students will be challenged to debate the ethical, political, social and cultural dimensions involved in journalism products for national and transnational audiences. The purpose is to prepare students to assess journalism in today’s predominantly digital media environment.

Researching Journalism & the Internet (Core Subject)
The unit aims to provide you with a critical understanding of key issues in journalism and the internet, as well as with the methodological frameworks and scholarly skills required to research those issues. The key technological, political, social, economic, cultural and ethical implications of the internet for journalism will be used as the starting point from which you will be able to draw and link ideas, identify relevant scholarship, generate research questions and hypotheses and design a research project. A range of research methods will be introduced, putting particular emphasis on emerging techniques for the study of journalism in a globalised and online environment.

Hence, the purpose of this unit is to enable you to formulate topical research questions, choose appropriate conceptual and methodological tools and produce a research proposal that they can then use for your final research project or dissertation.

Plus one other subject, such as:-
Social Media and Citizen Journalism
This unit aims to provide you with a critical and systematic understanding of issues and debates relating to citizen journalism and social reporting.

You will examine how ordinary citizens, activists, grassroots and social movements are increasingly taking on the roles of journalists by utilising online and mobile communications in a spontaneous or bottom-up way to help report or make sense of challenges facing them.

When used in this way, participatory media such as blogs, wikis and social networks can be a democratising force and help empower citizens. Within this context, the role and purpose of traditional forms of mass media, what counts as ‘public service’ and who provides this in an online environment is subject of exploration.

However, you will also study sinister use of new media, as applied in repression of peoples across the globe – including propaganda, surveillance, totalitarianism, discrimination and mobilisation of violence.

Semester Two
Applied Research Project (Core Subject)
You will undertake an in-depth study of an aspect of journalism to be agreed with your supervisor. This will involve extensive data collection which may be based off campus, for example developing a case study of a newsroom, or a research project. You will be putting into practice the skills and methodological understandings developed in the first semester unit, Researching Journalism and the Internet, and applying them to a real-life situation. The unit is intended to be developed through independent study, aided by the oversight of a supervisor. The insights you gain may help form a foundation for your Dissertation in semester three.

Plus two other subjects, such as:-
New Media Innovation
This unit aims to explore areas where journalism and new media intersect. Focus will be on how new media innovation facilitates different forms and practices for news production, distribution, consumption and interaction. You will critically engage with key issues and debates facing a networked media landscape, where audiences as passive consumers make way for collaborative reporting, crowdsourcing.

Ways in which new media can complement and enhance existing journalistic processes will be at the forefront – including data journalism, increased transparency and accountability, as well as mobile news applications and augmented reality.

This unit also aims to equip you with an understanding of how to undertake developing online civic media projects for journalistic purposes.

However, you will also study sinister use of new media, as applied in repression of peoples across the globe – including propaganda, surveillance, totalitarianism, discrimination and mobilisation of violence.

Environment, Conflict & Crisis News
This unit aims to explore the ‘journalisms of crises’ – specifically, environmental disasters, war, terrorism and other conflict situations that are an integral part of the media coverage. It will provide insights into the ways in which journalists report such news, the constraints they work under, and the potential influence their reportage could have on the crisis concerned. The intention is to equip you with the theoretical knowledge and essential journalistic skills required to function in an informed, self-reflexive and safe manner in crisis situations.

Other optional subjects may be added according to course development.

Semester Three
You will undertake a self-conceived piece of independent research and produce an extended essay under the guidance of a nominated supervisor.

The unit aims to allow you to critically explore key issues and debates in journalism studies and allows you to develop a more specialised understanding in an area of your choice.

You will critically explore the relationship between journalistic practice and digital technologies. The unit not only enables you to integrate, synthesise and extend the skills and knowledge so far acquired on the course but also acts as evidence of the extent to which you have met intellectual, technical and personal skills demanded of a Master’s graduate.

Subject to approval by nominated supervisor, this unit may be taken as distance learning.

Salidas profesionales

Graduates will be equipped with the skills necessary to identify and pursue a number of career options, particularly within research enquiries and/or journalistic investigations of topics relevant to their interests.

Recent graduates from courses in our Postgraduate Framework in Journalism are now working as:

Journalists for Associated Press
Journalists for BBC Southampton - where the course has an unbroken line of employment of editorial roles in online journalism since 2002
Supervising Editor at
Manager of a radio station in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
Classic FM, and launch manager of another, Magic FM
Journalist for BBC Breakfast TV News, and also working as an ambassador for the BBC visiting colleges and universities in the UK
Freelancer, for publications, such as Campaign magazine
A TV reporter in Norway
A multimedia journalist and leading website development for Ericsson, the Finnish telecommunications company
An Online Journalist with The Lawyer magazine, Lon

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