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Who is it for?. This course is suitable for students with a first degree, looking to become well-rounded broadcast journalists. You will have a keen interest in TV and radio news and current affairs plus sport, lifestyle and national and international politics. Read more

Who is it for?

This course is suitable for students with a first degree, looking to become well-rounded broadcast journalists. You will have a keen interest in TV and radio news and current affairs plus sport, lifestyle and national and international politics. Though this course is NOT about presenting on screen or on air, you must be prepared to present your material on camera or mic, and write and direct material for others to perform. The MA in Broadcast Journalism is essentially about visual and audio communication of topical information, and requires a desire to communicate through essential team working. City provides an alumni network second to none in the UK broadcast industry; and provides possibly the best employment opportunities of any postgraduate broadcasting course in the UK.

Professor Sir Paul Curran, President says this about Journalism at City:

"Journalism at City began as a postgraduate department in 1976 and has developed some of the most respected MA Journalism courses in the country. Alumni include the BBC¹s Sophie Raworth and BBC Head of News James Harding, Sky News' Dermot Murnaghan, Editor of The Sun Tony Gallagher, Justine Picardie, Editor-in-chief of Harper's Bazaar UK, Channel 4's Ramita Navai and Al Jazeera's Barbara Sheera. Recent graduates are reporters, producers, editors and web content providers, across platforms ranging from the Financial Times and the BBC to Buzzfeed and Vice TV."

Objectives

The MA in Broadcast Journalism produces award winning young journalists and has a superb reputation. You will learn learn comprehensive TV and radio skills. The course benefits from a large cohort of between 50 and 60 students with great networking and peer support. Teaching groups of 15 ensure personal contact with Professor Lis Howell; TV reporter Colette Cooney; Dr Abdullahi Tasiu; and key staff like radio practitioner Sandy Warr.

New from autumn 2016 Broadcast Journalism aims to offer 45 minutes long TV news programmes on news-days produced by students gaining practical training. Newswriting, television and radio journalism are taught in groups of fifteen and larger groups through lectures, workshops and broadcast simulation.

Accreditation

This degree is accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC)

Placements

Work placements are an integral part of the Broadcast Journalism MA. MA Broadcasters arrange their own placements - with help from academics if necessary. You must have 15 days of work experience whilst on the course. This usual happens during the the Christmas break. The size of the City cohorts past and present means unique networking opportunities with present students and 4,000 alumni.

Organisations who have hosted City students in the past include:

  • ABC
  • Al-Jazeera
  • BBC
  • BBC local radio stations across the UK
  • Blakeway Productions
  • Blink
  • CTVC
  • Flame
  • Hardcash Productions
  • ITN
  • ITN Sport (Olympics)
  • NorthOne
  • October Films
  • OR Media
  • Plum Films
  • politics.com
  • Reuters
  • Sky
  • Talkback.

Academic facilities

In 2014 we completed a £12m development project for our Journalism facilities. These facilities were developed in consultation with experts from the BBC and ITN and were praised by the BJTC. They include:

  • A television studio: enabling simultaneous multi-media simulated broadcast and a major expansion in the number of news and current affairs programmes produced
  • Four radio studios: enabling an increase in output and the potential to explore a permanent radio station
  • Two radio broadcast newsrooms: high-tech facilities that enable you to learn how to produce a radio programme
  • Two digital newsrooms: impressive modern facilities that enable you to learn the skills required to produce newspapers, magazines and websites
  • Two TV editing and production newsrooms: state-of-the-art facilities that enable you to learn about TV production.

Teaching and learning

Some courses are taught in lecture theatres, but most are small-group workshops that allow you to develop your journalistic skills and knowledge with the support of our expert academics.

Activities include lectures, practical work in groups and individually, personal tutorials, and independent learning

This pathway is taught by professors, senior lecturers and lecturers, with industry practitioners as visiting lecturers, and a number of key industry visiting speakers.

Assessment

All MA Journalism courses at City are practical, hands-on courses designed for aspiring journalists. As a result, much of your coursework will be journalistic assignments that you produce to deadline, as you would in a real news organisation.

Assessments vary from module to module but include coursework, practical work both in groups and individually, a Final Project, a written timed test, and essays.

Modules

All of our Broadcast Journalism MA students must undertake core modules in Ethics, Rules and Standards and a Final Project. As a Broadcast Journalism student you will take a module in Newsgathering for TV and Radio; a module in Newsdays and longer form film-making; and a module in Data Journalism. Teaching hours are between Monday to Friday during working hours, and occasionally outside those times.

Career prospects

According to the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey (DLHE), 96.8% of previous graduates from this course were in employment six months after completing the course earn an average salary of £23,000.

Previous graduates go on to work as journalists, producers, or Head of Media & Communications.

Alumni include famous names such as:

  • Sophie Raworth (BBC)
  • Dermot Murnaghan (Sky News)
  • Barbara Serra (Al Jazeera)
  • Jo Whiley (BBC Radio).

Recent graduates of the MA Broadcasting include:

  • Ramita Navai, Emmy Award-winning documentary maker
  • Chris Mason (BBC Political Reporter)
  • Isobel Webster (Sky News)
  • Darren McGaffrey (Sky News)
  • Minnie Stephenson (ITN)
  • Cordelia Lynch (Sky News Washington).


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The MA Broadcast Journalism is aimed at people who have decided to pursue a career in radio or television news and current affairs. Read more
The MA Broadcast Journalism is aimed at people who have decided to pursue a career in radio or television news and current affairs. Our aim is to help you to get your first job in a highly competitive industry.

All journalists need to know how to find and research stories, how to interview people and how to write well. These days, that’s not enough. Modern broadcast newsrooms are digital and multi-media. Entry-level journalists are expected to be multi-skilled and familiar with the latest technology.

We use digital TV and radio studios to teach you how to gather and broadcast your content. We also organise a three-week industry placement for you to put into practice the skills we teach.

We will encourage you to originate and distribute your stories through the latest social channels. Are you comfortable using Twitter, Instagram, or Steller in a professional way? You will be by the time you leave us.

We are looking for people who can demonstrate a keen interest in news. We expect you to be engaged with what’s happening in the world. If you regularly watch and listen to TV and radio news programmes, that’s a good starting point.

We also look for people who already have some evidence of their commitment to a career in journalism. This could be acquired through student journalism or work placements in a newsroom. We don’t mind what subject you have studied at undergraduate level.

You will leave us with an MA that is widely recognised as being at the forefront of postgraduate training for a broadcasting career in digital multi-media newsrooms. Your time with us will be hard work, but hopefully it will be rewarding, and the beginning of an exciting career.

Distinctive features:

• MA Broadcast Journalism is accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council
• Industry placements in the second semester
• An outstanding alumni network across the media

Structure

This is a year-long course.

Broadcast journalism skills are acquired through a series of lectures, demonstrations, practical exercises and feedback sessions of increasing complexity and realism - from 'paper exercises' in the early days to complex radio and television productions that report on real events in real time. These sessions are supplemented by seminars, playbacks, group discussions and industry guests.

Basic writing, reporting and technical skills are taught in the first semester against a background of group listening and viewing to good current professional practice.

The second semester adds editorial and production skills in both radio and television. We use the device of twice weekly ‘production days’ to integrate newsgathering and production skills with the team working and editorial/resource management skills needed to produce real-time broadcast outputs.

During the Easter break you will test your skills against the real world in a work placement (or placements) of a minimum three weeks duration in a radio or television newsroom of your choice.

Following the Easter recess you will have the opportunity to study from a wide and varied selection of elective modules which include sports, motoring, business and data journalism.

Finally individual writing, reporting and storytelling skills are tested in both media are tested in the final portfolio of work and the final practical examinations.

Your major project will be self-accessed and student-led. You will originate, research and produce a story that will be delivered for radio, television and online.

Core modules:

Public Administration
Reporters and the Reported
Digital Journalism
Broadcast Journalism
Broadcast News Production
Broadcast News Reporting & Production
Media Law and Ethics
Professional Development
Major Project

Optional modules:

Motoring Journalism
Business and Financial Journalism
Lifestyle & Consumer Journalism
Political Reporting
Sports Journalism
Data Journalism
Yr Agenda Cymreig

Teaching

You will be taught through a variety of practical workshops, studio time and productions days which replicate an industry environment as well as lecture series to support the more academic elements of the course.

Assessment

You will be assessed through a wide range of formative and summative assessments throughout the course. These range from practical class room activities to academic essays and examinations.

Career prospects

This is a period of great change in all fields of journalism – including broadcast – but our employment record continues to be good.

Our graduates typically leave us to work as broadcast journalists in local radio or regional TV newsrooms. Recent graduates are now working for organisations like BBC and ITV News, SKY, CNN, Reuters, Bloomberg and Al Jazeera English. Over the years we have helped hundreds of people to start their careers in broadcast journalism. Many are now working at the top of the profession.

Placement

You will undertake a 15 day industry placement during the Easter break. Placements are co-ordinated by the course tutors and take into account your geographical preferences. Placements may be in radio or TV newsrooms, or both.

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The MA Broadcast Journalism programme builds on the strengths and achievements of the postgraduate diploma course, which has been running since 1981. Read more
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.

This course is eligible for a BAFTA Scholarship. Selected students will receive up to £10,000 to cover course fees, an industry mentor and free access to BAFTA events around the UK.

INDUSTRY LINKS

The course enjoys superb links with industry – across the region and nationally. Many former postgraduate broadcast journalists who now work in BBC and commercial radio and TV, make regular return visits – to pass on their invaluable knowledge and insights as well as providing one-to-one feedback on radio and television newsdays.

Our MA Broadcast Journalism programme is recognised as providing “general excellence in broadcast journalism training" by its accrediting body – the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC).

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AND ASSESSMENT

Greenbank Building has five sound studios, each with professional mixing desks and computers, a large talks studio, and a television studio, with remote cameras, lighting, Autocue, control room and AVID digital editing suite.

The broadcast newsroom is equipped with telephones, digital editing workstations, ENPS and Burli news management systems, AVID iNews and news feeds from Independent Radio News and the Press Association.

The course enjoys excellent support from the broadcast industry. Students benefit from frequent guest lectures and industry speakers as well as editors and producers from radio and TV who visit regularly to work with the students.

The work placements are an essential part of the course and students are expected to spend at least three weeks in a BBC or commercial radio newsroom and one week at a television programme or company.

Most assessed work is in the form of practical assignments. For radio, students submit a portfolio of work, including a news bulletin, interview and news package. For television, students work on a variety of assignments.

For Law and Public Administration students must produce an essay and pass a final examination.

WORK EXPERIENCE

Work experience is a vital part of the programme and is often the starting point for paid employment. We ensure students are fully aware of the opportunities available to them and encourage them to make the most of the unprecedented access to our network of industry contacts. The official 6 week placements will normally take place in early summer – after students have completed their major project. However, we actively encourage all our students to make the most of any opportunities to participate in on-going placements during weekends/holiday periods.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of the course we expect you to have acquired the skills and knowledge required to carry out the work of a professional broadcast journalist and be capable of operating independently in a confident and reflective manner. To achieve this, the course sets out to:
-Provide you with the key journalistic skills and knowledge required by professional broadcast journalists
-Promote self-awareness and self-confidence, and the ability to communicate clearly
-To provide you with underpinning knowledge of relevant legal and ethical requirements
-Stimulate all-round development within a positive, supportive and creative learning environment.
-Provide you with the opportunity for a substantial piece of independent production or research
-Provide you with the intellectual skills and creative insights necessary for your development as a reflective practitioner

FURTHER INFORMATION

We provide training and support in an environment that enables students to reach the high standards of professional competence demanded by the industry. Entry into the profession is competitive and most employers recruit new journalists only if they have completed a recognised postgraduate course.

For the Masters award, students will demonstrate their practical skills and critical understanding of the medium by producing an extended broadcast project under the supervision of a module tutor.

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About the course. Accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council. Read more

About the course

Accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council

Determined, articulate, and fascinated by current affairs? Learn journalism in our Broadcast Zone, using industry-standard tech, then go into the city to film and record – and put your skills to the test on production newsdays, working with a team to hit tough deadlines for the bulletins you create.

We'll prepare you for the multimedia environment by teaching you how to create audio and video for the web and how to use social media effectively.

Your career

A masters from Sheffield is the mark of someone who thinks differently. Graduates from our applied courses are creative, disciplined journalists.

They’re working in radio and television, newspapers and magazines, print and online, across the UK and internationally.

The BBC, Guardian, Daily Mail, Channel 4, Sky and Wall Street Journal all employ Sheffield journalists.

About us

Our teaching staff are professionals who have worked at the highest level in newspaper, magazine, radio, television and online journalism. This is a great place to learn practical skills. Three quarters of our research is rated world-leading or internationally excellent. The discussion of ideas about journalism, its past, present and future, is part of all our courses.

We have strong links with the industry. We send our masters students on a three-day field trip to London, visiting national news organisations for briefings on current developments with senior editors and meeting politicians and political journalists.

Guests from the media industries, regulators, campaigning groups and research institutes give lectures in the department. Broadcast editors run radio and television newsdays, and print and online production editors bring their expertise to newspaper, web and magazine exercises.

Work experience

If you’re taking one of our applied courses, we encourage you to go on a work placement of one to three weeks during vacation time. Employers regularly notify us as opportunities come up and we have a dedicated work placement administrator to help you find a placement that’s right for you. Our students often find a work placement leads to a job after graduation.

Professional accreditation

All our applied postgraduate courses are accredited by the main professional bodies representing the media industries: the National Council for the Training of Journalists, the Broadcast Journalism Training Council and the Professional Publishers Association. Our International Political Communication and Global Journalism programmes are not accredited and have limited practical content.

Real-world learning environment

The University has invested £3 million in a superb new home for the department in 2014, with four large newsrooms designed to simulate a real working environment. The print newsroom is equipped with 30 PCs, all of which have access to the latest print production software such as Adobe Indesign, Incopy and Photoshop. You’ll also have access to a Press Association newsfeed, telephones, daily newspapers and Sky TV.

The broadcast newsroom is equipped with industry-standard software for radio production. We have a state-of-the-art radio studio and digital audio recorders. Students on the applied MA courses learn how to create packages, put together live news bulletins, shoot professional news pieces on HD TV cameras, and use Apple Final Cut X to cut rushes together. They acquire the skills needed to prepare text, audio and video content for publication online. These degrees also show how to use audio recorders, video and stills cameras to gather content. In the web newsroom, students use audio, video and image editing software to create their own sites.

Studentships

There are a limited number of external bursaries for UK students on the Print, Magazine and Broadcast courses, from the AHRC, Scott Trust and Journalism Diversity Fund. Please see our web pages for details.

Core modules

  • Researching News
  • Law for Journalists
  • Ethics and Regulation
  • Power and Society
  • Broadcast News
  • Advanced Broadcast Journalism
  • Broadcast Journalism Dissertation/Portfolio (PGDip students don’t take this module)

Examples of optional modules

A range including:

  • The Principle of Publicity (I)
  • Journalism and Britain; Media, Society and International Crises
  • Global Communication: History, Theory and Practice
  • Propaganda, Media and Conflict
  • Online Journalism Studies
  • Media Freedom: European, UK and US Perspectives

Teaching and assessment

There are lectures, seminars, group workshops, individual and team assignments.

You’re assessed on essays, examinations and practical broadcast journalism – producing news stories, radio and TV news items and features, web pages and portfolios.



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This course is highly vocational and our students often progress into industry jobs before graduating. The course has full accreditation from the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC) and students are also able to take the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) core exams.

You will work with a team of top journalists and academics. Two of your main tutors have a vast amount of experience in television and radio, having been in charge of news and sports departments at regional and national level.

You will learn how to self-shoot and edit a TV package, how to present on television and radio and how to operate as a multimedia journalist. You will also be taught how to write news pieces and then present them on TV, radio and online; how to report, how to interview, how to use a TV camera and how to produce and direct in a studio.

The latest industry-standard equipment is used and stories relating to events in the local community, national politics, international affairs, sports news and celebrity gossip are all covered. Recent graduates work at Sky, MTV, BBC, ITV and on BBC local and commercial radio.

Course content

Through comprehensive core modules, we provide the opportunity to tailor your award to your specific career goals.

You will study:
-Broadcast Journalism: Theory and Practice
-Government, Politics and Journalism
-Legal, Ethical and Regulatory Issues
-Specialist Broadcast Journalism
-Journalism Studies
-Research Project

Accreditation

This award is accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council, an organisation part-funded by the broadcast industry to maintain standards of delivery of broadcast journalism training at accredited centres in the UK, including Staffordshire University.

In addition all students are able to sit National Council for the Training of Journalists pre-entry exams. The NCTJ, the awarding body, is regulated by Ofqual, and offers professional pre-entry qualifications recognised by the industry for those seeking a career in journalism.

Past NCTJ papers are used in class exercises to give students appropriate material relevant to newsroom practice and as preparation for NCTJ examination content and format.

Shorthand is taught through workshops delivered by an experienced specialist shorthand tutor who takes the students from scratch, by exposition, example and class practices, up to, potentially, the ability to pass the NCTJ 100 words per minute.

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One of Britain's leading industry-accredited broadcast journalism courses it provides a very high-level of vocational training, preparing trainees for careers in radio, television and online news. Read more

About Broadcast Journalism Degrees

One of Britain's leading industry-accredited broadcast journalism courses it provides a very high-level of vocational training, preparing trainees for careers in radio, television and online news.

Leeds Trinity University was the first UK institution to introduce a postgraduate programme in Broadcast (Radio and Television) Journalism and the Diploma is accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC). The programme provides thorough training in the techniques of broadcast news and is impressively successful in providing enhanced employment prospects for graduates.

Trainees spend one month on-air where they produce radio bulletins and online material in real time for Bradford Community Broadcasting. During this period all of the Broadcast trainees gain experience in the roles of news editor, newsreader and reporter.

Working to tight deadlines trainees also produce Yorkshire Voice regional news programme, showcasing their television skills, and its associated web content. Each edition is reviewed by senior industry figures.

Our alumni are strongly represented in the BBC, commercial radio and television, and newspaper and magazine newsrooms across Yorkshire and the rest of the country.

Leeds Trinity’s continuing partnership with many of the major news organisations ensures access to placements and monitoring opportunities.

Graduate Destinations

The Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism is a highly vocational, calendar year programme which prepares trainees for roles as journalists in a multi-platform environment.

Our alumni are strongly represented in the BBC, commercial radio and television, and newspaper and magazine newsrooms across Yorkshire and the rest of the country.

The course provides a thorough grounding in the techniques of broadcast news, writing for newspapers and magazines, and website production. Trainees work in dedicated newsrooms and studios with all trainees taking roles of responsibility as editors, producers or presenters.

Trainees who follow the broadcast pathway produce Leeds Today, a regional TV news programme that showcases television skills. They also spend a month on air with Bradford Community Broadcasting during which bulletins are produced in real time against deadlines. Trainees following the Print and Magazine pathways produce the North Leeds Newspaper and MORE magazine. Trainees on all pathways are also expected to produce online video, audio and written material for the course’s main news website.

The Broadcast pathways are accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC) while the Print and Magazine pathways have National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCJT) accreditation.

Structure

The following five modules make up the diploma:

- News Skills – an intensive, practical module providing the multi-media skills needed in any newsroom, regardless of platform and including shorthand.
- Law, Ethics and Regulation – the knowledge required to be legally safe and ethical journalists, and to follow regulatory codes.
- Live Production – Producing real packages in real time for Yorkshire Voice and the BCB radio.
- Public Affairs – where public affairs embraces British Central and Local Government.
- Professional Work Placement – all trainees must complete at least four weeks of placement in a professional newsroom environment.

The MA in Journalism consists of one module which trainees may register for up to two years after completion of the Diploma.

Research Methodologies and Journalism Research Project – culminates in the production of a supervised research dissertation.

Assessment – Trainees must attend a four-day introduction session in January and submit their research proposal by Easter. Trainees have 12 months to complete their thesis.

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Our MA Broadcast Journalism course will equip you with the necessary skills, knowledge, understanding and other attributes expected of professional broadcast journalists at the start of their careers. Read more

Our MA Broadcast Journalism course will equip you with the necessary skills, knowledge, understanding and other attributes expected of professional broadcast journalists at the start of their careers.

You will engage critically with, and make informed judgments on current professional practices and ethical issues. In addition you will be expected to apply specialised techniques. At Masters' level, you will plan and carry out a significant project of original research, culminating in a documentary or broadcast portfolio.

Areas of focus will include:

  • News Journalism – students compile and broadcast radio bulletins. Newswriting, interviewing, editing, and online content are taught. Professional voice coaching is also an important element of the module.
  • Journalism Law and Regulation – the main legal and regulatory issues that confront working journalists are taught and analysed.
  • Television Journalism – students make television packages, conduct live two-ways, write out of vision scripts, and present live television news bulletins.

Our course is accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC).

Course Details

To flourish in the digitally-enabled field of contemporary journalism our course will equip you with the following essential skills: 

  • Technical 
  • Practical 
  • Critical thinking

Modules

As a student on the MA Broadcast Journalism course, you will take three modules: 

  • Journalism Law and Regulation
  • News Journalism 
  • Collaborative Project

These modules will hone your journalistic practice.

Your creative and collaborative skills will be developed by producing infographics, working with short form video, and broadcasting 'live' on social platforms, as well as undertaking a work placement.

In addition, you will undertake three pathway-specific modules:

Broadcast: 

  • Television Journalism 
  • News Journalism 
  • Journalism & Public Affairs

Sport: 

  • Sports Reporting 
  • Sport & Society 
  • Television or News Journalism

Mobile & Social Media: 

  • Digital Journalism Practice 
  • Social Media & Society
  • Television or News Journalism

All students them complete the MA by undertaking a significant research practice project.

Career Prospects

The course has an outstanding employment record. Recent graduates have found work at the BBC and STV, a host of commercial radio stations such as Radio Clyde and Heart, busy media offices, and a range of high-quality journalism employers. 

"It's clear that without the training and experience gained by studying at UWS I wouldn't be where I am in my career. From practice 'news days', to learning media law, all of the knowledge gained during my Postgrad is put to daily use. The teaching provided is second to none, with regular visits from industry professionals. Employers are regularly impressed with the quality of graduates from UWS. One just needs to look around my newsroom to see the large number of people who studied the course; proof that it's a well-respected and clear route into the profession."

Alan Jenkins, Broadcast Journalist, STV



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The MA in Sports Broadcast Journalism is the only course of its type in the UK. It provides professional opportunities in the world of sports media for many postgraduates who are now working at the BBC, ITV, Sky, ESPN and several top football clubs. Read more
The MA in Sports Broadcast Journalism is the only course of its type in the UK. It provides professional opportunities in the world of sports media for many postgraduates who are now working at the BBC, ITV, Sky, ESPN and several top football clubs. The award has been praised and accredited by the BJTC. It is run by professional sports broadcasters and offers an exciting blend of practical and academic subjects.

You will learn the practical essentials of broadcast journalism including use of cameras, TV and radio studios and Premiere Pro video editing. Newsdays will replicate professional practice and students will report, present and produce to broadcast standards.

Other subjects include sports broadcast studies and law; you will also undergo six weeks of work placement in a professional setting; and learn how to produce documentary features.

Industry links

National newsrooms visit:
The course includes a three-day visit to London in January when students get the chance to go to the heart of the industry – the main newsrooms. We visit Sky News, Sky Sports News, ITV News (formerly ITN), the Daily Telegraph and others. The trip is a huge opportunity for students to observe newsrooms in operation at close quarters and make valuable contacts. The cost is included in the course fees.

Accreditation

This award is accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council, an organisation part-funded by the broadcast industry to maintain standards of delivery of broadcast journalism training at accredited centres in the UK, including Staffordshire University.

All students also have the opportunity to sit the National Council for the Training of Journalists pre-entry exams. The NCTJ, the awarding body, is regulated by Ofqual, and offers professional pre-entry qualifications recognised by the industry for those seeking a career in journalism.

Past NCTJ papers are used in class exercises to give students appropriate material relevant to newsroom practice and as preparation for NCTJ examination content and format.

Shorthand is taught through workshops delivered by an experienced specialist shorthand tutor who takes the students from scratch, by exposition, example and class practices, up to, potentially, the ability to pass the NCTJ 100 words per minute.

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Want to bring your sports knowledge to radio, the internet or television screens? Southampton Solent’s Sports Broadcast Journalism master’s degree is an advanced course designed to help bring you closer to a career working in video or audio production in the world of sport. Read more

Want to bring your sports knowledge to radio, the internet or television screens? Southampton Solent’s Sports Broadcast Journalism master’s degree is an advanced course designed to help bring you closer to a career working in video or audio production in the world of sport. Taught by industry professionals and academics, this is a challenging course where teaching is led by professional standards and industry practices.

On this advanced-level course, students learn how to source, gather and deliver professional sports content on numerous different video and audio platforms across a wide variety of sports. The course also encourages students to develop their editorial and technical skills and build relationships with external clients, whilst creating a portfolio of video, audio and academic material to showcase their abilities to potential employers. 

With an increasing demand from sports audiences for innovative approaches to storytelling and high-quality production, broadcasters must constantly update their practices and utilise social media to research and promote their work. Understanding and adapting to changes within this fast-moving industry is core to the teaching on this master’s degree.

Regular ‘news days’, where students will need to respond, gather and produce stories for a same-day news and radio output, are built into the course programme to further increase students’ exposure to a realistic broadcast environment and prepare them for the deadlines and quick-thinking they’ll need to demonstrate to become a sports broadcaster. This element of the course is regarded by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council as good teaching practice.

What does this course lead to?

Recent BA (Hons) Sports Journalism graduates gained full-time employment at Daily Mail Online, The Guardian, Sky Sports, BBC Local Radio, M&Y Media, Inside the Games, Southend United FC, plus a variety of Freelance Journalist roles. Some students have moved into Public Relations, with one in an Account Manager role that earns £50,000 straight out of university. 

Who is this course for?

This course is well-suited to those with a sport or journalism background who wish to move into sports broadcasting across traditional and digital platforms.

The course content is ideal for students wishing to gain a deep understanding of the technical and practical aspects of broadcasting. 

Facilities

Students on this course have full access to the University’s industry-standard broadcast facilities, which include four television studios, eight radio studios and extensive editing and production facilities which are configured to industry standard. High definition camera equipment is also available to all video production students.

Students also have access to camera equipment and professional recording devices, plus radio and TV studios. Use of computers with Final Cut Pro X and Adobe Audition plus the use of normal Solent resources: library and IT centres.

Your future

Suitable roles for graduates include sports journalists or editors at TV stations, radio stations, productions companies or live TV units; newspaper or magazine content production; online presenter/producer; freelance broadcasting; public relations; digital and social media communications; crisis management. 

Graduates would be advised to gain the Diploma in Journalism or National Qualification in Journalism which is offered by the National Centre for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ).

MPhil/PhD options are open to those wishing to pursue academic research and teaching.

Industry links

The course team themselves are current industry professionals engaged in regular broadcast practice with television and radio channels such as Sky Sports, Sky Sports News, BT Sport, ITV, BBC, BBC Radio Solent. 

The course also builds on Solent’s current relationships with professional and amateur sports clubs in the South, including Hampshire County Cricket Club, for whom the University is an official provider of video content, and Southampton Football Club. Previous students on our sports journalism courses have benefitted from guest lectures and workshops by industry speakers. 

The MA course is new but the BA (Hons) Sports Journalism course is taught by lecturers who are all still working in the industry (Sky Sports, ITV, BT Sport, BBC Radio Solent) which means that getting high-profile guests in to talk is very easy. The guest lecturers have come down to do Q&A's, Mock Interviews, critique work and offer career advice. 

Recent broadcast guests include: Sarah Gomme and Fred Dinenage (ITV Meridian); Tom Hepworth (BBC South Today); Nigel Dean (Sky Sports); Chris Eldergill (CNN World Sport); Jeff Freeman (IMG); Paul Belverstone (Premier League Productions)

Assignments in several units to suit the needs of their employers, including:

  • Dissertation/Final Project 
  • Sports Broadcast Production 
  • Sports Documentary-making  
  • Professional Practice

Placements

Half of the Professional Practice unit involves an extended work placement within the Broadcast Industry. The course has links with industry and will provide an extended work placement (up to 15 weeks) with a broadcaster. That's Solent is the first partner but there are also conversations happening with BT Sport, Eurosport and Perform. The placement will take place in Period Two of the course but will include one day of university work each week to attend Sports Broadcast Production.

There will be one assessment in Period 1 which will be on the lecture-based teaching and then a Period 2 assessment will be a reflection on their 15-week work placement.

Students are able to gain vital hands-on experience in relevant environments such as local or national television and radio stations.

The course is aligned with and has been written in consultation with the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC), who also accredit the University’s Sports Journalism undergraduate degree. BJTC partners include the BBC News, ITV News, Sky News, Reuters.



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This specialist course prepares you to work in radio and TV news and factual programming and includes a work placement. The course is based at the University's Centre for Broadcasting and Journalism, with dedicated newsrooms and studio facilities. Read more
This specialist course prepares you to work in radio and TV news and factual programming and includes a work placement. The course is based at the University's Centre for Broadcasting and Journalism, with dedicated newsrooms and studio facilities.

Why choose this course?

The Centre for Broadcasting and Journalism (CBJ) at Nottingham Trent University has been training aspiring journalists for 20 years. We provide specialist training to equip students with the well rounded skills required within this industry.

This course is accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC). This professional accreditation reflects the high standard of this course.

It focuses on areas such as video editing, story selection, bulletin production, camera work, TV and radio presentation, interviewing, voice training, plus specialised reporting such as sports writing, documentary making and two-way work. You will be taught by our team of experienced media professionals, and their knowledge is supplemented by a lecture and tutorial programme of visiting professors, journalists and other guests.

The course has a practical focus, and you are expected to develop story ideas and contacts and gather your own material for journalistic work. Online production is an integral part of the course with students focusing on the key multi-media skills required by the industry. The course also incorporates a work placement to allow students to put their newly developed skills into practice and build valuable experience.

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The broadcast pathway of this course will equip you with all the practical and intellectual skills you need to work as a multi-platform journalist, at the same time allowing you gain a deeper grounding in the abilities of broadcast journalism. Read more
The broadcast pathway of this course will equip you with all the practical and intellectual skills you need to work as a multi-platform journalist, at the same time allowing you gain a deeper grounding in the abilities of broadcast journalism. All students learn the basic skills of audio, video and digital reporting. The course has a very practical focus, so you are expected to develop story ideas and gather your own material through research and reporting 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 journalist being competent in digital and broadcast journalism. Both the MA and the Postgraduate Diploma can be taken as a part-time course (daytime) over two years studying two days a week.

The PG Diploma and MA have been accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC) which means we provide industry backed journalism training for online, TV & radio. The organisation accredits a number of British journalism courses, providing the syllabus meets their requirements. Our students regularly win BJTC awards, and the course has been awarded the BJTC award for excellence in teaching.

The University of Westminster itself is designated a Skillset Media Academy, Skillset being the UK skills body for the Creative Industries ensuring excellence and quality for education and skills training in television and interactive media.

Our teaching staff are highly experienced journalism professionals, and our graduates go on to work with a variety of leading media organisations including BBC TV and Radio, BBC News Online, ITN, Russia Today, Al Jazeera, the Financial Times and The Guardian, Conde Nast, and many other media houses in Britain and around the world.

Course content

There's a strong emphasis on learning through 'hands-on' practice, in small class groups, using our professional standard facilities. Most of your assessed course-work will be 'real' journalism assignments, a preparation for the world of contemporary journalism.

As well as regular classes taught by experienced journalists on our staff, we also invite other media professionals as guest speakers or to critique student work. We support you in applying for work placements, encourage you go to journalism events and network with professionals, and to pursue other journalism experiences. We work closely together with the charity One World Media, for example. One World Media promotes coverage of the wider world and offers bursaries for students who wish to cover a story in a developing country for their final project.

You will have the chance to air your work on Smoke Radio, the University's multi-award-winning internet radio station, or post items onto the MA's own news site, Westminster World.

The course is taught over two semesters, and for the Master's students followed by the largely self-directed final project in the summer. Unlike many other journalism MAs, you can undertake an extensive practical Final Project. This could be a TV or radio documentary or a digital project. Students usually undertake their placements in the period from the Easter break to the end of the course.

Modules

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.

CORE MODULES - SEMESTER ONE:
-Documentary Skills
-Multimedia Journalism Skills
-Issues in journalism

CORE MODULE - SEMESTER TWO:
-Digital Journalism

OPTIONAL MODULES - SEMESTER TWO:
-Investigative Journalism
-Travel Journalism
-Online Journalism
-Sociology of News
-Specialist Journalism

Final Projects (MA only)
These are all individual projects:
-Final Radio or Video Documentary Project
-Final Journalism Project
-Online Journalism Final Project

Associated careers

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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Full-time 1 year. Like journalism itself, this practical course is fast and dynamic, and you’ll be expected to work in a range of newsroom contexts within weeks of starting your course. Read more

Course Duration

Full-time 1 year

Summary:

Like journalism itself, this practical course is fast and dynamic, and you’ll be expected to work in a range of newsroom contexts within weeks of starting your course.

Under the guidance of award-winning journalists who have worked with organisations ranging from the BBC and The Bureau of Investigative Journalism to commercial radio and magazines, you’ll develop a keen eye for a story. You’ll also develop advanced newsgathering and data journalism techniques that help you establish the facts, experience how to work within a range of newsroom contexts and tell those stories across a range of online and social media platforms.

You’ll have access to some of the industry’s most respected journalists who are working in the field now, learn about the legal, commercial and ethical contexts surrounding the future of journalism.

The course is completed full time across three semesters covering one year. Students can choose to focus on either the online journalism route or the international broadcast journalism route.

Modules:

Semester one
Narrative: from Media to Interactive Media (core)
Research in Practice (core)
Online Journalism option: Multiplatform, Mobile and Data Journalism
International Broadcast Journalism option: International Broadcast Journalism

Semester two
Media Law, Ethics and Security (core)
Entrepreneurship in Practice (core)
Industry Placement (core)
Online Journalism option: Specialist Journalism, Investigations and Coding
International Broadcast Journalism option: News and Current Affairs Production

MA by Practice

Assessments:

Assessments usually emphasise scholarly or professional practice through which the key learning objectives are tested. Three weeks are set aside for assessment work.

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With strong links to the media, The Liverpool Screen School houses the industry relevant technology that will advance your professional development, and ability to gather and report throughout this globally relevant News Journalism Masters programme. Read more
With strong links to the media, The Liverpool Screen School houses the industry relevant technology that will advance your professional development, and ability to gather and report throughout this globally relevant News Journalism Masters programme.

•Masters degree available to study full time (one year)
•Teaching delivered in £38million Redmonds Building
•Develops your understanding and knowledge of the practice of journalism, particularly broadcast, for use in an international context
•Gain a working knowledge of international relations relevant to the concerns of mainstream news organisations
•Secure the expertise required to produce quality journalism suitable for broadcast
•Develop research skills at Masters level

News journalism in the 21st century is a 24-hour business, transcending boundaries, timelines and cultures. You will become part of a supportive, scholarly community dedicated to developing your skillset to meet contemporary broadcast standards for the UK.

The Masters in International News Journalism, delivered by the respected Journalism teaching team within the Liverpool Screen School, has been designed to provide a deep understanding and knowledge of the practice of professional journalism, particularly focusing on broadcasting.

The course delivers a combination of practical experience, using the School’s state of the art media suite facilities and strong, Masters-level research skills which you will demonstrate in your dissertation.

You will develop a working knowledge of international relations and several key journalistic disciplines. You will also be expected to show originality in the application of knowledge, and the boundaries of knowledge, through ground-breaking research. On completion of the Masters, you will be able to deal with complex issues systematically and creatively and you will be encouraged to show originality in tackling and solving problems.


You will develop the knowledge and qualities needed for employment in circumstances requiring sound judgment, personal responsibility and initiative, in complex and unpredictable professional environments.

The course is designed for international students and will allow you to develop your language skills alongside your intellectual and journalistic knowledge and key skills.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance below on core modules for further information on what you will study.

Journalism Studies

An introduction to the theoretical concepts surrounding the study of journalism. The module will cover a range of subjects including news values, law and ethics, agenda setting, gatekeeping, representation and stereotyping, the use of language, the business of a newsroom and the effects of online journalism on the news agenda

International Relations for Journalists

Examines the theory and practice of international relations focusing in particular on cultural, economic and security relations

Academic research for Journalists

Provides you with a thorough understanding of academic research methods and methodologies suitable for journalism social research and the production of research papers and dissertations at masters level

Advanced UK broadcast Journalism

You will synthesise your skills in writing, reporting and production while working to produce journalism broadcast artefacts both in groups and individually that approach professional UK standards

Introduction to UK Journalism

You will research and produce original news artefacts for a range of media outlets. You will demonstrate developed writing and production skills for a range of news outlets showing a clear understanding of target audiences

Dissertation

You will produce a written dissertation that researches a key issue relating to International Journalism and demonstrates mastery in its analysis or evaluation

Broadcast Journalism Project

This module builds on the Advanced UK Broadcast Journalism module to enhance your professional practice and apply features treatment to a story

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled 'What you will study' is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Academic Framework reviews are conducted by LJMU from time to time to ensure that academic standards continue to be maintained.

Please email if you require further guidance or clarification.

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This is an integrated multimedia journalism course that prepares you for a career in the global journalism industry by providing you with the core skills for print, broadcast, magazine and online platforms. Read more

This is an integrated multimedia journalism course that prepares you for a career in the global journalism industry by providing you with the core skills for print, broadcast, magazine and online platforms.

During the course you learn how to gather, organise, write and present information to a professional standard across a variety of platforms and to different audiences.

Key areas of study include • print • broadcast • digital/online journalism • writing and presentation skills • interviewing • TV and radio presentation skills • professional practice • global journalism • shorthand.

By selecting options to meet your own interests you are able to specialise in print journalism, magazine journalism, radio journalism and television journalism.

Throughout the course you gain an understanding of how your chosen area operates in Britain and internationally by examining different examples of journalistic practice. You are able to bring your own experience of journalism in your home country and gain insight into practices in Britain, Europe and the wider world. You study case-studies from regions of the world that interest you in order to compare different approaches to journalism.

Print and online journalism modules prepare you to develop the multiplatform skills to operate effectively as a news and feature journalist in any global newsroom. This means learning to develop a strong news sense, an ability to select and prioritise key facts and quotes, and writing skills for different platforms.

You also

  • learn how to produce accurate material for publication to a given length and deadline
  • develop an understanding of how news is consumed and how to meet the needs and expectations of a range of audiences
  • develop both multidisciplinary and team working skills that equip you to work with people from a range of backgrounds

Broadcast journalism modules develop your skills in radio and TV broadcasting, and in interviewing and presenting. You produce radio and TV packages in a dedicated TV and radio studio and two dedicated newsrooms.

Alongside practical skills, the course gives you the opportunity to study the ethical, legal and regulatory context in which journalism is practised. Theoretical content deepens your understanding and critical awareness of on-going debates about the economic and political role played by journalists and global news organisations in modern societies.

Read about opportunities and experiences available to our students on our Journalism blog.

Sheffield Hallam University acts as a centre for the NCTJ national examinations.

Course structure

Semester one core modules

  • writing for the media
  • radio journalism
  • magazine journalism

Semester one optional modules

  • sports journalism 1
  • media law and regulation 1
  • practical PR and professional experience

Semester two core modules

  • print and online reporting
  • TV journalism
  • international journalism and PR

Semester two optional modules

  • sports journalism
  • media law and regulation 2
  • public affairs
  • PR: politics and lobbying

Semester three core modules

  • international journalism project

Assessment

  • coursework
  • critical evaluation
  • dissertation or project
  • a combination of practical and theoretical work

Employability

Journalism is a global industry and this course prepares you for a career in your home country or elsewhere in • print journalism • magazine journalism • sports journalism • online journalism • broadcast journalism (TV and radio) • public relations.

Journalism is a broad term and you could pursue a very rewarding career in any of its many forms.

A career in journalism suits those who are flexible and enjoy team work as you may be dealing with breaking news and a tight deadline. In today’s newsrooms journalists require skills across a range of media-platforms and need to be able to communicate news and information to a range of audiences.

There are opportunities to work on regional newspapers, television and radio throughout the world, but some choose to pursue a career in a national media industry and may therefore be based in a capital city. Many journalists work on a freelance basis and the demand for experienced freelancers is increasing, making this an attractive option, especially for feature writing.

In the UK salaries vary considerably depending on whether the post is a regional or national one. A regional journalist just starting out on a career in the UK can expect to earn £12,000 – £15,000 as a trainee, whereas an experienced person working for a national newspaper can expect up to around £35,000 – £40,000. 



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This MA is a practical introduction to TV journalism, and aims to teach you the professional conventions of UK news and current affairs broadcast journalism and relevant production skills. Read more

This MA is a practical introduction to TV journalism, and aims to teach you the professional conventions of UK news and current affairs broadcast journalism and relevant production skills.

The programme encourages a critical understanding of television journalistic practice, and an informed knowledge of the overall political and industrial contexts in which journalists are now working, including an introduction to multimedia journalism; it locates this understanding and creative development within a wider enquiry into the relationship between media practice and culture.

At the end of the programme you should be familiar with the techniques and practices of television journalism, and conversant with the wider ethical, legal and technological contexts of broadcast journalistic practice.

You will be able to describe the qualities of your own work and of its cultural significance, and have a professional standard portfolio of original television news, current affairs and online reports.

Hands-on experience

You'll be involved in all aspects of studio work, filmmaking and multimedia web journalism, including editorial experience on eastlondonlines.co.uk, our student-run independent news site. All teaching is workshop-based.

Where practicable and possible, you may undertake a placement of three to four weeks in a news or current affairs production company.

Winner of a Broadcast Journalism Training Council Award for Excellence in Teaching Broadcast Journalism 2007-8.

Modules & structure

The programme is a practical introduction to TV news journalism. Modules are practical and skills-based, but are taught within a theoretical framework which is only possible in an institution renowned for its research work.

You'll cover:

  • television journalism practice
  • practice theory
  • research methodologies
  • key media law and ethical issues in relation to UK and US media law

In the first term you are taught in lectures, small group seminars and practical workshops for a period of approximately 12-15 hours. During the rest of the week, you are expected to work on individual and joint projects without supervision.

In the second term, teaching time of 8-10 hours is usually concentrated on two or three days per week to allow more time for production.

In the third term you are expected to work, with support, on your production for assessment.

Core modules

Assessment

Essay; unseen examination; production portfolio comprising the research, planning, shooting and editing of original current affairs reports; coursework assessment.

Skills

You'll develop:

  • A critical understanding of television journalistic practice
  • an awareness of the techniques appropriate to television journalism
  • project management skills
  • multimedia journalism skills

Careers

Our graduates have gone on to pursue careers in:

  • television
  • radio
  • broadcasting
  • the press
  • the web
  • publishing
  • film-making
  • advertising
  • marketing
  • public relations

Find out more about employability at Goldsmiths



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