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Who is it for?

If you are attracted to an exciting international career reporting on global finance, are passionate about consumer affairs, or interested in investigating money stories this is the programme for you. Most students don’t have any background in finance but are interested in working as financial journalists. The programme also attracts working journalists who want to specialise in financial journalism, and graduates with a background in the financial sector who want to work as journalists. We welcome applications from UK/EU graduates and non-EU graduates with good English skills.

Objectives

The MA in Financial Journalism is unique in its international reach and includes the chance for overseas travel. The course teaches the skills needed for financial journalism. Supported by the Marjorie Deane Foundation the course aims to develop the professional skills and knowledge needed to work in a multimedia environment…

Through the generous support of the Marjorie Deane Foundation for Financial Journalism, the MA Financial Journalism degree offers two unique features:

  • A study abroad programme that subsidises student travel to study financial journalism in New York and Shanghai. Find out more about the Majorie Deane Summer School.
  • Full tuition scholarship opportunities through the generosity of the Marjorie Deane Financial Journalism Foundation for both UK/EU students and overseas students from developing countries.

Placements

Many media organisations approach the MAFJ course with requests for interns.  All students are encouraged to seek work experience while they study on this course. Internships can be undertaken full-time during the six-week winter break and the summer, as well as part-time during the spring. This programme does not grant academic credit for any work experience undertaken. Some internships, particularly those by large media organisations over the summer, are paid. Examples of the kind work experience students on this programme have successfully arranged:

  • Bloomberg
  • Reuters
  • BBC
  • Financial Times
  • Wall Street Journal
  • CNBC
  • Sky News
  • CityWire
  • Which Money

Additionally, several media organisations have offered dedicated paid internships exclusively to students on MA Financial Journalism course, including Argus Media and AFP, subject a separate application process. These have often led to full-time job offers.

Visits to Media Organisations

Throughout the course there are opportunities for you to visit and gain inside understanding of the application process at a number of leading media organisations including: Reuters, Bloomberg, CNBC and the Wall Street Journal.

Academic facilities

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

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

Teaching and learning

The MA Financial Journalism is currently led by Tom Felle, a former international foreign correspondent. Module tutors include The Sunday Times Banking Correspondent Aimee Donnellan, former senor Reuters journalists Roger Jeal and Anne Senior. Recent guest speakers have included Financial Times interactive editor Martin Stabe, Bloomberg News editor-in-chief Matt Winkler, and economist Jim O'Neill. Guest lecturers from the highly rated Cass Business School also provide tuition on specialised topics in business and financial journalism.

The programme includes an online live production day reporting on the UK Budget, producing a web-based special report, and a TV production week during which you will produce a half-hour current affairs business television programme.

This pathway is taught by professors, senior lecturers and lecturers, with industry practitioners as Visiting Lecturers, and a number of key industry visiting speakers. Activities include lectures, practical work in groups and individually, personal tutorials, and independent learning

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

Modules

By the end of the course, you will have had extensive training in the best professional practice of reporting business and financial news, working across television, radio, print and online media.

You will develop professional skills in

  • interviewing
  • researching
  • writing news stories and features
  • you will develop an understanding of how to obtain and use key economic and financial data, using state-of-the art Bloomberg terminals.

You will have a firm grounding in corporate, financial and economic reporting, the ability to understand and manipulate financial data and to critically analyse announcements by companies and government departments.

You will also complete a final project which demonstrates their ability to write a longer piece of written journalism or a broadcast video to a professional standard.

All of our MA Journalism students must undertake underpinning core modules in Ethics, Rules and Standards and a Final Project.

Teaching hours are between Mondays to Fridays during working hours, and occasionally outside those times.

Core modules

  • Journalism Portfolio
  • Editorial Production
  • Journalism Ethics
  • Fundamentals of Financial Journalism
  • Data Journalism.

Electives

  • Reporting Business (markets and corporates)
  • Reporting the Global Economy
  • Journalism Innovation
  • Advanced Data and Coding.

Career prospects

Three quarters of our Alumni are still working in London, with others located in major financial centres like New York, Hong Kong, Mumbai, and Singapore. In 2014, nearly all our students had received job offers within three months of graduating from the programme.


Visit the Financial Journalism (MA) page on the City, University of London website for more details!

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