There’s a strong emphasis on learning through ‘hands-on’ experience, often in small teams, using our broadcast quality facilities, and preparing you for the new world of multi-platform journalism.
The course is taught over two semesters, followed by the largely self-directed Final Project, with the opportunity of work placement. Unlike most journalism MAs you can undertake a practical Final Project: a TV or radio documentary, a print portfolio or an online project. Some students choose to write a 15,000-word dissertation instead.
You should hold a good first degree equivalent to a UK Upper Second Class Honours. Ideally you should have some journalism work experience, whether a short placement or more extensive professional experience. You will also need a good understanding of the media and current affairs. Unless a large part of your education has been in English, you will need an IELTS score (or its equivalent) of 7.0 in speaking and in writing.
Applicants should submit two short assignments with their application; the first should explain why you have decided on a career in journalism (250 words maximum), and the second should be either an analysis of the print, online or broadcast media in your home country, or an analysis of how a recent news story was covered in different media (300 words maximum).
Whether you have already begun your career in journalism, or you are planning to start it, this course will give you the practical and intellectual skills necessary to pursue a career in either broadcast journalism (TV and radio), working as a multimedia online journalist, or print journalist for newspapers and magazines.
The course has a strong practical focus, you will be expected to develop story ideas and contacts, and gather your own material for your course work assignments. Your stories could be local, national or international.
The University is proud of its state-ofthe- art media resources, newsrooms and studios, and our journalism graduates emerge multi-skilled. Our teaching staff are highly experienced journalism professionals, and our department and its students have won many awards. Graduates go on to good jobs around the world, many at well-known international organisations such as Al Jazeera, BBC, CCTV, CNN, Phoenix TV, Reuters, The Economist, and The Washington Post.
ISSUES IN JOURNALISM: FREEDOM, HUMAN RIGHTS AND DEMOCRACY
PRINCIPLES OF JOURNALISM
Documentary Skills (Radio and TV)
Broadcast News (Audio and Video for the Web)
Web Production for Westminster News Online (www.wnol.info)
Choose two from:
INTERNATIONAL MEDIA BUSINESS
SOCIOLOGY OF NEWS
Although designed to prepare you for a career in journalism, this course could also lead to a career in public relations, communications, or any other profession requiring effective communication and practical skills. In recent years MA students have been able to go as ‘embedded journalists’ on Royal Navy and NATO training exercises, sometimes on board ship, as well as visits on exchange to Moscow State University’s Faculty of Journalism, and to the European Commission and Parliament in Brussels.
Our journalism graduates are now working at Al Jazeera, Associated Press, BBC Arabic and Persian TV, BBC Radio Five Live, BBC Radio Four, BBC Three Counties Radio, BBC World Service, Central China Television, Indian news channels NDTV, UTV and CNN-IBN, LBC Radio, Reuters, Sky News, Sky Sports, The Economist website, The Guardian, The Washington Post, and many other news organisations around the world.
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