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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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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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Develop the practical skills and knowledge needed to succeed as a sports journalist or public relations professional. Sports journalism is one of the fastest growing areas in online media, and a major component of print and broadcast media. Read more

Develop the practical skills and knowledge needed to succeed as a sports journalist or public relations professional. Sports journalism is one of the fastest growing areas in online media, and a major component of print and broadcast media. Print Journalists are also in demand for the publicity departments of major sports clubs and organisations, which are also expanding rapidly. This is leading to an increasing demand for graduates with good journalistic and media skills and a sport-focused portfolio.

On this course, you learn how

  • the sports department of media organisations operate
  • to produce news stories, match reports, preview features, opinion pieces and personality profiles
  • to research and plan sports coverage for radio and television broadcasts.

You also gain public relations and media liaison techniques, such as how to devise and organise media opportunities and how to write • web pages • press releases • news items • personality features • promotional material.

We teach you the skills and knowledge required by employers. This involves a mix of traditional reporting skills and an understanding of the emerging technologies in the media industries that affect the way journalists record and report the latest stories. You learn about a range of technical and journalistic skills such as

  • writing sports news and features
  • reporting the action
  • commentating and interviewing
  • web development
  • editing
  • newsroom and broadcast suite skills
  • writing press releases
  • social media skills

You learn how to manage the print and broadcast media at sports matches and events and how sports publicity and marketing departments are organised and run.

You produce and process sports publicity material for media use and discuss the major issues affecting sports worldwide including • commercialism • globalisation • racism • hooliganism • political regulation and interference • sponsorship • match fixing.

We offer you regular one-to-one feedback, given by practising sports journalists and public relations professionals. We can also offer you opportunities to gain experience and insight through our links to major broadcasting, newspaper and sports organisations, such as professional football clubs.

There may also be opportunities to further your learning through work placements, working with sports publications, the sports departments of newspapers, or in the media departments of sports clubs and organisations.

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

Course structure

Modules

  • being a journalist
  • law and society
  • production and editing skills in radio and TV
  • sports journalism
  • specialist editorial skills: working in the newsroom
  • specialised production skills: television/radio
  • sport and the media

Assessment

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

Employability

Gain the relevant skills and knowledge for a career in

  • newspaper sports journalism
  • broadcast sports journalism
  • magazine sports journalism
  • online sports journalism
  • sports public relations

Sports journalism is an extremely competitive field. The industry relies heavily on freelance sports journalists, and the course equips you with the skills necessary to enter the freelance market.

It also provides the publicity skills and understanding of the media which are increasingly sought after by clubs and organisations.



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OVERVIEW. Digital has changed the game for sports business forever. Teams, leagues and federations no longer compete with each other; the new competitors are digitally-based activities such as social media, video streaming and gaming. Read more

OVERVIEW

Digital has changed the game for sports business forever. Teams, leagues and federations no longer compete with each other; the new competitors are digitally-based activities such as social media, video streaming and gaming. Some analysts have even observed sport to be the most disrupted of all industries. 

Digital is more about aligning strategy and the organization to behaviours and expectations of modern fans than it is about technology. 

Ultimately, digital is about growth and therefore 'Managing Digital Transformation in Sports' has been purposely developed for football and sport organisations to explain the digital challenge to sports leaders, managers and professionals in a way that will enable organization and career growth.  

It is a modern reality that whilst business models in sports are still adjusting to the new data and fan-first reality of the digital era, a new breed of technologies such as virtual and augmented reality have arrived to push the economy further into competition for personalized and immersive experiences. 

 Through all of this volatility, the principles that are needed to navigate digital disruption in our own roles and organizations are now understood. 'Managing Digital Transformation in Sports' takes lessons from all industries in the digital economy and combines them with football and sports business best practices to deliver a master class for career and business transformation. 

PROSPECTUS

You can download the program prospectus here.

AIMED AT:

The program is aimed at professionals looking to improve their digital literacy so that they can more effectively lead and contribute to business transformation in a sports/football organization. 

 

It is the first program focusing on the transformation and specialization of digital business in the sports industry. 

 

 KEY BENEFITS OF THE PROGRAM INCLUDE:

  • World class curriculum and teaching by faculty from the the top football clubs, governing bodies, sports brands, media outlets and athlete representation firms worldwide.
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  • Peer-to-peer learning through virtual lectures, online classroom discussion groups, project reviews and 360° feedback.
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  • Selective entrance criterion ensuring quality for the program and optimizing networking opportunities

PROGRAM CONTENT

To ensure you are fully prepared for a wide range of professional challenges, the course curriculum covers all business areas across the sport industry.

The well-rounded curriculum is divided into four terms that cover the following areas:

 

TERM 1 - SPORTS BUSINESS IN DIGITAL

1. Introduction - why sport is most disrupted of all industries

2. The new consumer and fan

3. New sport business responsibilities

4. Digital technologies and their impact on sports business explained

- Internet of Things

- Cloud Computing

- Mobile Computing

- Digital and Social Media

- Data and Analytics

- New technologies: Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality & Artifi cial Intelligence

 

TERM 2 - ACHIEVING DIGITAL MATURITY

1. What is Digital Maturity 

2. Obstacles to achieving Digital Transformation 

3. Digital Transformation Success Factors

- Leadership and Strategy

- Culture and Governance 

- Business Model Innovation 

- Fan-centered Design 

- Corporate requirements - Finance, IT and Marketing 

- Open Innovation (including special feature on Innovation best practice)

 

TERM 3 - BECOMING A SOCIAL BUSINESS

1. What is a Social Business 

2. Social Leadership 

3. Socially Inspired Trends

 

- Digital Marketing Models 

- Digital Marketing Capabilities 

- Digital Media and the changing broadcast landscape 

- Crowd sourcing, Recruitment, Employee Ambassadors 

- Social Media Platform Selection 

- Social Media Best Practice 

- Sponsorship and monetizing social media 

- Mobile Apps

- Esports - industry analysis and opportunities for traditional sports

TERM 4 - DATA STRATEGY AND MARKETING WITH ANALYTICS

1. How Data is transforming business 

2. Characteristics of Data high-performers 

3. Planning for data mastery

 

- Developing a Data-driven culture

- Data and Analytics best practices and case studies

- Attracting and retaining Data and Analytics Talent

- Innovating with Data

- Sources of Fan Data and Customer Data Platforms

- How Big Data drives Marketing Success in Sport Organizations



METHODOLOGY

You will benefit from the latest technology-enabled education and an interactive methodology that combines live web conferences led by top football industry professionals with an integral online platform through which the contents of the program are delivered.

FACULTY

The program brings together international industry executives from the top sports clubs, governing bodies and corporations across the world to provide candidates with the most relevant and up-todate information from the football industry through online guest speaker sessions.  

 

This course is led by Stephen Bourke, Sports Business Strategist and Digital Analyst. Stephen is an internationally experienced sports business specialist from Australia presently working in Qatar. He is a global executive board member of Sport and Entertainment Alliance In Technology (SEAT) Conference in the USA. Stephen’s passion for understanding the impact that the digital economy is having on sports business has led to him becoming the fi rst person to develop and deliver content online to inspire other sports professionals own transformation in our new digital-first reality.

 

The Sports Business Institute have provided training to executives from across the football industry at a global level including clubs, federations, and media outlets such as FIFA, Club Wembley, Liverpool FC, Manchester United, Manchester City FC, West Ham United, PSG, Inter Milan, Juventus, Galatasaray, the Mexican Football Federation among numerous other top sports properties.

REGISTRATION PROCEDURE

1. Visit http://www.sbibarcelona.com/events/managing-digital-transformation-in-sports

2. Click on the button "Secure your spot here"

3. Fill out online registration form on this page

4. Secure a spot in the program by paying a 50 Euro application fee. You must fill out the form on this page and click on the "Register" button.

5. Once the application fee has been paid a member of our team will contact you to confirm your registration. 

6. You must then complete the balance of your course tuition fee of 2,950 Euros* by bank transfer.



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Interested in sports journalism and keen to gain qualifications that will make you stand out from others? This course leads to both an MA and NCTJ Diploma. Read more
Interested in sports journalism and keen to gain qualifications that will make you stand out from others? This course leads to both an MA and NCTJ Diploma.

Course overview

This Masters is one of the few postgraduate degrees in the UK to be accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ). The combination of an MA and NCTJ Diploma will significantly boost your employability as a sports journalist. This course is ranked 6th out of the 17 UK NCTJ postgraduate courses by performance.

This is an intensive course that trains you to think, write and research like a journalist; previous study of journalism is not a requirement. You will learn how to write previews, match reports and sports features, and you will also cover media ethics and law, reporting and shorthand. In the final stage of the course, you will undertake a dissertation or a practical project, such as a sports journalism website or a series of in-depth articles.

We encourage you to publish your work and build up your portfolio. Opportunities for publication include SportsByte, our student-run website covering sport across Sunderland.

An important benefit of a Masters at Sunderland is the relevance of our research expertise, which includes sports and magazine journalism as well as web writing and social media. Sunderland hosts the Centre for Research in Media and Cultural Studies (CRMCS) and our Media Department has been recognised for producing some world-leading and internationally excellent research.

The Journalism Diversity Fund is aimed at people from diverse backgrounds who need help funding their journalism training.

Candidates must be from a socially or ethnically diverse background, be able to demonstrate genuine commitment to becoming a successful journalist and have secured a place on an NCTJ-accredited course.

For more information on the part time version of this course, please view this web-page: http://www.sunderland.ac.uk/courses/artsdesignandmedia/postgraduate/sports-journalism-part-time/

Course content

The content of the course is shaped by your personal interests with guidance and inspiration from Sunderland's supportive tutors. Modules on this course include:
Sports Journalism 1 (60 Credits)
-Sports Journalism: Principles and Practice 1
-Essential Media Law
-Essential Public Affairs
-Shorthand

Sports Journalism 2 (60 Credits)
-Sports Journalism: Principles and Practice 2
-Reporting
-Media Ethics and Society
-Shorthand

Sports Journalism 3 (60 Credits)
-You will complete a supervised dissertation on a topic of your choice

Teaching and assessment

Compared to an undergraduate course, you will find that this Masters requires a higher level of commitment and independent working. The course aims to stretch your creativity and maximise your sense of personal fulfilment.

In Stage 1 and Stage 2, you will have approx 22/23hrs teaching per week. This is arranged so that you have Friday off each week. We encourage you to publish your work. The department has strong relationships with local and national media including Johnston Press, NCJ Media and Room 501 Publishing.

Facilities & location

The facilities at the David Puttnam Media Centre help you gain skills in areas such as writing, page design, online research, managing production, IT, and time management and presentation skills.

The mediaHUB
Throughout your time in Sunderland you will have an outlet for your creative talents in the mediaHUB, a bustling multimedia newsroom on the top floor of our David Puttnam Media Centre that will give you a real taste of life as a working journalist. The mediaHUB runs websites covering sport, news, entertainments and fashion, provides the content for news bulletins on our award-winning Spark Radio and is responsible for writing and editing Spark magazine.

Journalism/PR suites
We have four journalism suites, each with 18 Apple Mac workstations with design applications and video editing. There’s an additional open access project completion suite with 20 more workstations and colour laser printing.

Broadcast Journalism Newsroom
The Broadcast Journalism Newsroom has 20 workstations plus a Sky feed with two 40” plasma screens. Each workstation has industry-standard software including Newscutter, Burli and ENPS.

Technical support
The Journalism Newsroom has another 20 Mac workstations and offers drop-in sessions run by a rota of working journalists who can advise on projects, assignments and your personal portfolio. These sessions are available every day of the week during term time. In addition, technicians are available to help you use all the software and equipment.

Radio studios
We have six radio studios including a transmission suite for 107 Spark FM, our student-run community radio station and a city centre hub.

TV studios
We have two broadcast-quality TV studios complete with green room and changing facilities. Equipment includes four Steadicam rigs plus dolly, track and mini crane. We have over 40 full HD tapeless field camera systems.

Other media facilities
We have a live Sky feed and off-air recording facility, including DVD and Blu-ray recording, plus extensive footage archive/library. There is also a 203-seat cinema with full HD projection, 7.1 surround sound facility and the capability to play 3D feature films.

University Library Services
We’ve got a wide range of books, journals and e-books on relevant topics, with many more available through the inter-library loan service. Some useful resources for your studies include:
-Lexis, which provides full-text newspaper articles as well as access to legal information
-JSTOR (short for ‘Journal Storage’), which provides access to important journals across the humanities, social sciences and sciences
-Archival Sound Recordings with over 12,000 hours of recordings
-British Universities Film and Video Council (BUFVC), which provides resources for the production, study and use of film and related media in higher education and research

Employment & careers

On completing this course, you will be equipped for employment at an advanced level, with opportunities throughout the sports journalism industry. Potential roles include various positions across the communications, media, marketing and sports industries.

The course’s accreditation by the National Council for Training of Journalists (NCTJ) will boost your employability within journalism. You can choose, at an additional cost, to gain the NCTJ’s Diploma in Journalism.

Recent Sunderland graduates are now working with organisations such as Sky Tyne and Wear and Durham County Cricket Club.

During the course we encourage you to gain industry experience which will enhance your skills, build up a valuable network of contacts and boost your employability. The Department has close links with regional organisations including North East Press and NCJ Media. The North East is famous for its sport and you will have opportunities for match visits, press conferences and interviews at local clubs including Sunderland AFC, Newcastle United, Newcastle Falcons and Durham CCC.

A Masters degree will also enhance career opportunities within Higher Education and prepare you for further postgraduate studies.

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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 Sports Journalism program is a unique post-graduate offering that prepares you for a career in the ever-changing world of sports media. Read more
The Sports Journalism program is a unique post-graduate offering that prepares you for a career in the ever-changing world of sports media.

During your time in this Toronto Sports Journalism program, you learn the best practices for the field in a diverse and gender-inclusive environment with peers just as dedicated to and as passionate about sports.

From covering local athletes and professionals to telling the stories behind the games, the players and the fans, you develop specialized talents in:
-Sports writing (print, TV, radio, online, social media)
-Broadcast (producing, on-air performance, chase and field producing, radio hosting, updates)
-Digital (using editorial publishing tools, blogging, video, audio, Storify, etc.)
-Social media (Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, etc.)
-News journalism that meets the changing needs of sports coverage (courts, police, etc)
-Advanced interviewing techniques
-Sports beat journalism
-Imaging for print and online
-Hosting in-studio and in the field
-Newspaper and online layout

You also have the opportunity to participate in the Centennial College Sports Journalism program's annual trip to baseball's spring training, where you can apply skills and develop confidence. Meanwhile, an industry field placement in a sports media organization in Canada or around the world complements your training.

Career Opportunities

Sportsnet.ca, Sportsnet TV, TSN, TSN.ca, Toronto Sun, Toronto Star, Baseball America, CBC Sports, CBCSports.ca, Mississauga News, National Post, 680 News, ABC News New York, ESPN New York, Miami Herald, MLB.com, Tennis Canada, Canadian Olympic Committee, World Fishing Network, Phoenix Coyotes, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, Toronto Blue Jays, Sirius XM Satellite Radio, Orillia Packet and Times, Barrie Examiner

Program Highlights
-As a Sports Journalism student, you learn to write and tell stories in an energetic, dynamic and interactive environment.
-Faculty members are experienced sports journalism and broadcasting professionals and educators.
-You develop a portfolio of published sports journalism stories, photos, videos, podcasts, columns, blogs and Tweets.

Career Outlook
-Journalist
-Photographer/videographer/podcast/iphoneography
-Writer in digital/print/TV/radio and social media
-Editor across multi-platforms
-Producer across multi-platforms
-Host
-Remote journalist

Areas of Employment
-Local, national and international news outlets
-Magazines
-TV
-Radio
-Online
-Multi-platform outlets

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A master's degree course that has been designed and will be delivered by sports journalism industry professionals to create practitioners of Sport Broadcast and prepare them to be industry ready for employment in sport broadcast journalism. Read more

A master's degree course that has been designed and will be delivered by sports journalism industry professionals to create practitioners of Sport Broadcast and prepare them to be industry ready for employment in sport broadcast journalism. The master's degree course has been written in collaboration with the Broadcast Journalism Training Council who will make an accreditation visit in 2017.

Students will develop and master a wide spectrum of broadcast journalism production skills, learn to self-shoot and edit and sharpen their journalistic instinct and editorial judgment. They will critically examine the reciprocal relationship between socio-political issues, modern media coverage and professional sport. Students will also study elements of media law, and analyse how ethics, a sense of fairness, impartiality, accuracy and a robust knowledge of regulations and rights play a crucial part in operating within the modern broadcasting landscape.

The inclusion of a significant work placement module (60 credits) in this sports journalism degree offers the opportunity to work in our internal broadcast unit for a minimum of 15 sport-news production days and provides a second placement opportunity with one of our external broadcast partners. We have placement opportunities with all the major broadcasters in Wales and further afield for students who are prepared to travel; these include a number of Welsh medium placement opportunities. Through this, students will gain practical, real-world experience of various broadcast roles; presenter, reporter, producer, director, videographer, camera operator, floor manager, video editor, social media producer, commentator and all-round broadcast journalist. Students will learn to research, network and build contacts, elevating their sports reporting and writing skills to the next level and master the art of story-telling and content making in the fast-changing digital age through social media platforms, blogging and podcasts.

Due to the popularity of the postgraduate sport programmes, please ensure you submit your application as early as possible within the year. Programmes will be closed over the summer of 2018 when full capacity is reached. Please contact the programme director for further information.

Course Content

Proposed modules on the programme include: 80 taught credits, a 60 credit professional broadcasting placement module and a 40 credit production dissertation. Proposed titles of the modules are: 

  • Television Broadcasting (20 credits) 
  • Radio and Digital Broadcasting (20 credits)
  • Research Skills in Journalism (20 credits)
  • Ethics, Media Law and Landscape (20 credits) 
  • Professional Broadcasting Placement (60 credits) 
  • Production Dissertation (40 credits) 

There are no option modules for the programme.

Learning & Teaching

All modules, with the exception of the Production Dissertation and the Professional Broadcasting Placement are 20 credit modules. Allocated teaching timetabled (contact time) delivery for such modules usually equals a minimum of 30 hours of time supplemented with up to 60 hours of directed study time and up to 60 hours of independent study time. Contact time is normally made up of lectures, seminars, practical laboratories/workshops, fieldwork, professional visits, placement learning and individual and/or group tutorials. Group discussions and practical tasks are frequently used. Student learning is supported through the use of our Virtual Learning Environment (Moodle) that provides learning resources over and above that found in the learning centre (library). All learners are supported with access to a personal tutor. Initially, this is usually the Programme Director with the dissertation supervisor adopting this responsibility at a later date within the students' programme of study. All students are supported with a professional placement supervisor from both the University and industry when undertaking the Professional Broadcasting Placement module.

Assessment

This programme will be assessed through coursework, work placement assessments, portfolios of creative work and group tasks. 

All students will receive support for assessment through academic support in the library, formative tasks and peer assessment.

Employability & Careers

A 60 credit work placement is designed to ensure that graduates of the programme have had significant “real world experience” and engagement with the industry that will make them uniquely prepared for work in the Sport Broadcast Industry. With its focus on skill acquisition together with academic reflection on the socio-political implications of Sport, graduates from this programme will be able to meet the needs of a rapidly developing Sport Broadcast industry.



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Our exciting new MA Sports Journalism programme builds on the glowing track record of our well-established undergraduate Sports Journalism programme. Read more
Our exciting new MA Sports Journalism programme builds on the glowing track record of our well-established undergraduate Sports Journalism programme. Graduates now work for organisations such as Sky and the BBC and in the media offices of football clubs and other sporting organisations.
This course offers you the chance to learn the multimedia skills and techniques of the sports journalist.

Sport is big business, influencing politics, finance, fashion and music as well as being the focal point of community joy and despair. It is also, of course, great fun and one of the most exciting jobs around. The role of the sports journalist is increasingly important, reporting the action and results that millions want to know about and also scrutinising the activities of those who organise and fund the increasingly varied sports agenda.

Students will also learn the essentials of law as it impacts on journalists and study and debate the ethics of journalism and learn about the business of sport. The course is very hands-on and students will learn in realistic newsroom and studio environments. Students also undertake an industry placement, so that they have every opportunity to emerge at the end of the course with excellent contacts as well as a track record of achievement.
This Masters programme is a rigorous programme of study that equips students with the knowledge, skills and practical experience needed to operate as professional sports journalists in a modern digitalised newsroom.
The course begins with an intensive introduction to creating content where students learn how to report and write stories for publication. Students also study a digital journalism 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.

Students will also appreciate the ethical, legal and commercial considerations they will need to consider in order to function as accurate and responsible journalists and understand the organisation and functions of the sports business.

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. Sports Journalism students will also take a module that will introduce them to the role of a sports reporter.

All teaching will take place over three intensive days. There is also a part time route available which will allow students to split the programme over two or three years.

Shorthand is offered as an additional 10th module. Many employers require entrants to have 100 wpm shorthand and we strongly advise applicants who wish to practise in the UK to take this module.
In semester two, students will move into either a print and online or broadcast newsroom where they will be providing sports contents for either newspapers and websites or TV or radio newsdays and websites.
You will also learn about the Sports Business in a module that aims to provide a critical understanding of the structures, policies and processes of sport both in the UK and internationally. It will also examine the key contemporary issues that are impacting on global sport and its management.

In semester three, students can undertake a major 60-credit sports journalism project. There is also the option of completing a shorter 40 credit module and taking a 20 credit optional module. Completion of the Masters project should enable students to develop, produce and manage a large-scale project independently in an effective manner and demonstrate a more sophisticated understanding of the sector.

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This unique diploma course delivered in partnership with IMG, the world’s largest independent sports producers, will equip students with the editorial skills required to produce state-of-the-art sports and live events coverage, highlights content and other material. Read more
This unique diploma course delivered in partnership with IMG, the world’s largest independent sports producers, will equip students with the editorial skills required to produce state-of-the-art sports and live events coverage, highlights content and other material.
Unique course.

-Job at IMG for one student on graduation.
-Intensely practical and hands on.
-Four week work placement at IMG .
-Unlike other schools, all production costs are met by the School.

We welcome EU/EEA Students. Course fees charged at UK rate.

COURSE OVERVIEW

IMG is the world's largest independent producer. It has major relationships with broadcasters including the BBC for the Football League show, snooker and darts, Channel Four for its exclusive horse racing coverage, and ESPN in the US for the Open Championship. It also enjoys a string of other important client relationships, most notably with Wimbledon, the R&A for the Open Golf Championship, the BCCI for IPL Cricket, FIFA, UEFA and the New York Road Runners (NY Marathon).

IMG produces Sport 24, the first ever-live global premium 24-hour sports channel for the airline and cruise industries, as well as other in-flight programming for over 50 airlines, and is also a partner with Associated Press for the sports news agency SNTV, and with the European Tour for European Tour Productions, the world's most prolific producer of golf programming.

The diploma course is 12 months full-time and is delivered at the NFTS and at IMGs' state-of-the-art facility IMG Studios.

Specifically students will learn about:
-Outside broadcast production
-Studio production
-Highlights production
-Planning and pre-production
-Storytelling in sports
-Chasing stories and ideas
-Shooting and editing effective pieces
-Scripting and Running Orders
-Logging and IPD Director
-Basic self-shooting and editing
-Casting and working with Talent
-Leading production teams
-Budgets & Scheduling
-Rights and Distribution

Students graduate with:
-The know-how to produce live and pre-recorded sports content
-A practical working knowledge of current television and digital production methods
-The ability to generate sports programme ideas and formats
-The confidence and know-how to pitch those ideas to commissioning editors and/or rights holders
-Work experience on high profile sports content
-Brilliant Industry contacts

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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. Read more
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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IN BRIEF. Study at our state-of-the-art MediaCityUK campus adjacent to the BBC and ITV. Learn from lecturers with strong journalism backgrounds and undertake placements in the industry. Read more

IN BRIEF:

  • Study at our state-of-the-art MediaCityUK campus adjacent to the BBC and ITV
  • Learn from lecturers with strong journalism backgrounds and undertake placements in the industry
  • Receive a diploma from the National Council for Training of Journalists
  • Based at MediaCityUK
  • Work/industrial placement opportunity
  • International students can apply

COURSE SUMMARY

This course has been designed to help you find challenging and rewarding work in journalism.

During your time with us, you will learn the skills that you will need to become an incisive, thoughtful and successful journalist.

As well as a general professional grounding in journalism, you will also be able to specialise in your second semester in print and online journalism, broadcast journalism or sports journalism, depending on which pathway you choose in your second semester.

Upon graduation, you will be awarded a PgDip or MA degree and will have had the opportunity to achieve the NCTJ Diploma - all are important qualifications to help launch your career in the UK media industry.

COURSE DETAILS

This is a highly intensive course and only for you if you are fully committed to becoming a working journalist, particularly in the UK. You will study modules closely aligned with the NCTJ syllabus so that you are also able to pass seven components of the NCTJ Diploma, such as Media Law and Reporting. 

During trimester 1, you will study the basic skills of writing news in print, broadcast and online formats. These key skills are supported by study of media law and also ethical practice to encourage you to become a highly aware journalist. Intrinsic to this course are daily sessions of shorthand, a traditional skill still valued by the modern news industry, including broadcast organisations.

COURSE STRUCTURE

You will be able to sit NCTJ examinations at the end of trimester 1 and also complete the NCTJ Portfolio during trimester 2, when you will be encouraged to sit the NCTJ's shorthand exam and pass at 100 words per minute.

At the beginning of trimester 2, you will be able to take one of the three pathways in news, broadcast or sports journalism. However, you will be able to gain the NCTJ qualification, irrespective of the pathway you choose.

Once you pass the Postgraduate Diploma, you are eligible to study the optional MA Major Project in trimester 3 (summer) to be submitted in mid-September.

Work placements are arranged during trimester 1 and trimester 2.

TEACHING

The majority of the course is delivered largely through workshops and students are assessed mainly by coursework and projects, with some formal examinations.

ASSESSMENT

80% Workshops and 20% Lectures.

EMPLOYABILITY

Careers range from newspapers to radio and TV, websites and the public relations sector.

CAREER PROSPECTS

Thanks to our strong links with the BBC, many of our graduates are now employed by the British public service broadcaster, working for news and sports output across radio, TV and online. Several of our students have secured the very competitive BBC news traineeships in recent years. Others have gone on to get positions with regional newspapers and news agencies, while some have entered public relations, where companies value the core journalistic qualification offered by the course.

LINKS WITH INDUSTRY

Students get the opportunity during the course to do industry placements in their chosen specialism area. This gives them valuable experience of working in newsrooms, having content published or broadcast, and the chance to establish useful links with professionals. Our placement partners include the BBC, ITV (Granada Reports), the Manchester Evening News, Bolton News, Key 103 and local news agencies.



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This Master's programme, run by former and currently practising sports journalists, is designed to prepare you for an exciting career in sports journalism. Read more
This Master's programme, run by former and currently practising sports journalists, is designed to prepare you for an exciting career in sports journalism.

You will have the chance to develop the skills to report on local and national sports events and you are given the opportunity to broadcast and produce your own sports content on one of our campus-based media platforms.

The programme’s work placement scheme gives you the opportunity to gain practical experience designed to help prepare you for a career in this sector. Previously, students have been able to draw on experience with BBC Sport and BBC Radio 5 Live, talkSPORT and ITV.

You also have the opportunity to hear from a number of guest speakers. Recent speakers have included BBC Director of London 2012 Roger Mosey, Controller of 5 Live Jonathan Wall, Editor of FourFourTwo David Hall and ITV commentator Clive Tyldesley.

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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. Read more
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.

Course content

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.

Associated careers

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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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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