The Masters is a collaborative programme from the Departments of Media and Communications and Computing. Our academic staff combines Goldsmiths lecturers and lab tutors working at the frontiers of digital journalism practice and research and a terrific range of industry guests ranging from the biggest media organisations in London to start-ups and charities.
With its unique inclusion of real software, design, and code training in Computing, complemented by fundamentals of news writing, media law, and multimedia production, the MA/MSc in Digital Journalism seeks to redefine journalistic practice for digital media.
Our students will become proficient in the intersections of:
Journalism skills (writing, reporting, editing, photography and picture use, law and ethics) Computing skills (coding, hardware/software, data, digital methods) Multimedia skills (video, video editing, audio) We educate aspiring or mid-career professionals seeking to retain the fundamentals of quality, credibility, and transparency that define journalism whilst pushing boundaries and transforming its craft and practice. Applicants should be determined to explore critical and entrepreneurial approaches and be enthusiastic about in-depth and hands-on experimentation with innovations in journalism.
Contact the department
If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Miranda McLachlan.
Modules & Structure
Students without a technical background will be encouraged to take our pre-session Digital Bootcamp in September to gain a basic literacy in digital fundamentals, and to get to know fellow students.
The degree consists of modules taught by both departments in a truly interdisciplinary and collaborative style.
Core modules in Media introduce you to:
-Digital News Writing -Multimedia Production -Media Law
Core modules in Computing include: -Extensive training and experimentation time in the Digital Sandbox (lab) developing a capability and literacy in Computer Science and Design -Digital Research Methods for scraping social networks, conducting investigative reports, and project management
The final practical project will be in two parts: you will undertake a period of group working running EastLondonlines.co.uk, the local news website run by the Department of Media and Communications as an editorial team, and produce an individual written and digital research project in consultation with a supervisor.
Digital News Writing- 15 credits Multimedia Production- 15 credits Media, Law and Ethics- 15 and 30 credits Digital Sandbox- 30 credits Digital Sandbox Seminars- 15 credits Digital Research Methods- 15 credits MA/MSc in Digital Journalism Major Project/Dissertation- 60 credits
You are required to undertake and pass every element of the programme. Each module is individually assessed using a variety of provisions including digital projects, written work, and exam.