This course will equip you with all the practical and intellectual skills you need to work as a multimedia, multi-platform journalist, at the same time allowing you gain a deeper grounding in the abilities of broadcast, or written journalism. You can choose one of two pathways Print and Online or Broadcast, in order to specialise chiefly in text based journalism as print and online practitioner, or as a multi-platform broadcast journalist. All students learn the basic skills of audio, video and web reporting. The course has a very practical focus, so you are expected to develop story ideas and contacts, and gather your own material for journalistic course work. You will be given full training in using our up-to-date media resources, ensuring that you graduate from the course as a multi-skilled, multi-platform journalist. Both the MA and the Postgraduate Diploma can be taken as a part-time course over two years.
You should hold a good first degree/ equivalent to a UK Upper Second Class Honours. You should also have some journalism work experience, whether a brief students placement, or more extensive professional experience. You will also need a good understanding of the media and current affairs. If English is not your first language you are expected to have at least IELTS 6.0 (with 6.0 in speaking and writing) at the time of application. Entry to the course is conditional on obtaining IELTS 7.0 with 7.0 in writing and speaking.
Applicants should be prepared to show a commitment to a career in journalism and a good knowledge of current affairs and the media. Two short assignments should be submitted as part of the application; the first should explain in 250 words why you have decided on a career in journalism, and the second should be either a 300 word analysis of how a recent news story was covered in different UK media (more suitable for UK based students).
These modules are taken by all students on both pathways:
Multimedia Journalism Skills: Part theory, part practice, this module takes a critical look at the concepts and techniques underpinning contemporary journalism and new media, and the surrounding issues.
Issues in journalism: You will gain an in-depth working knowledge of media law, explore the relationship between UK public institutions, and evaluate the ethical considerations which are of key concern to journalists;
Web Production- Westminster News Online: class teams work on developing the best online reporting techniques to run our live, multi-media news website.
Print and Online pathway modules
News and Feature Writing: You will develop the skills and techniques of writing news stories and features across print and web platforms, gain an understanding of news-gathering, and the importance of developing contacts.
Magazine Project: During this module you will develop advanced skills in the content, design and layout of magazines working in an editorial team in order produce both a glossy printed magazine, and its electronic version. This module is also offered as an option to the broadcast pathway.
Online Journalism: Combining your journalism and technical skills as part of a team you will learn coding, so that you can develop, design and provide content for a unique magazine website. This module is also offered as an option to the broadcast pathway.
Specialist Journalism: You can explore in depth the role of the specialist correspondent, and develop specialist reporting techniques to provide a number of ´multi-platform´ pieces of journalism. Currently we are offering three choices: Lifestyle * Health and Medical * and Sports . Previously Business and Financial * Environmental have also been on offer, depending on demand. It´s not always possible to run all the options.
Also on offer:
* Investigative Journalism, exploring the history, theory and practice of investigative journalism in different parts of the world, as well as carrying out your own investigation.
* Travel Journalism, developing the special skills and techniques of travel writing, and as well as gaining an understanding of how to liaise with and report on the travel industry.
* Sociology of News, A critical study of the news media in the context of current society; it examines different aspects of how news is created, disseminated and consumed.
Final Projects (MA only)
These are all individual projects:
Final Radio or Video Documentary Project: Researching, compiling and presenting your own investigative thirty minute radio documentary, or twelve minute film, and providing an accompanying critical analysis.
Final Journalism Project: For this project you will produce to a professional standard a themed series of articles in a publishable format, including the use of multimedia techniques.
Online Journalism Final Project: Designing and creating your own personal website, and providing multimedia content.
Though designed to prepare you for a career in journalism, this course could also lead to a career in public relations, communications, or any other professional pathway which requires effective communication skills, and the use of convergent media.
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