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Course content

Who is it for?

The course is suitable for students with a good first degree, and a strong interest in international news and the way it is reported. The course combines a strong emphasis on practice with rigorous academic discussion of current trends in global journalism.

Students who successfully complete this MA in International Journalism are very employable in the media.

Objectives

The MA in International Journalism is a keystone course at City and has built up a worldwide reputation. This course has been running since 1982 and has more than 1,000 alumni working in journalism around the world.

During the course, you will become adept at print, broadcast and online journalism in a global context by:

  • Studying news in all its forms
  • Obtaining a profound understanding of international journalism from a UK perspective
  • Practising all platforms of journalism (print, broadcast and online) Exploring theory as well as reflect on your practice

You will learn how to gather and report in various styles and modes for a range of media (print, broadcast, online). You will also explore the contemporary global domain of journalism.

The course attracts students from all over the world, who will become your future professional network. You will benefit from being in one of the world’s most significant media cities with access to thousands of international journalists and sources.

On this course you will gain from using both traditional and contemporary journalism tools, and acquire comprehensive skills,which you can take back to your own country or move on with to anywhere in the world.

Placements

We actively encourage all our journalism student to undertake work placements during their studies with us. Many of our students are very pro-active and opt to undertake a placement. Placements are an essential step in developing their career in journalism as they help students put their learning into practice and make contacts in the industry.

Work placements are not formally assessed or arranged as part of the MA Programme but your personal tutor can advise you in suitable organisations to approach that may suit your chosen specialisms.

Academic facilities

You will gain practical skills in our state-of-the-art digital television studio, digital editing suites, radio studios and broadcast newsrooms.

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 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

The International Journalism MA is a professional/practice course with an emphasis on developing practical skills in journalism. The teaching staff are all professional journalists in print, broadcast or online. We focus on "learning by doing" - you cover real stories and produce newspapers, run a radio station, broadcast on the internet, and produce television news programmes and multimedia websites.

During the course, you have opportunities to meet, listen to and question journalists and other people from the media. You are encouraged to reflect on your own experiences as journalists and the ways in which practicing journalists do their jobs by developing an understanding of ethical issues in journalism, the media and international reporting.

You will be treated as a professional journalist throughout the practice-based elements of the course. Learning is intensive and at times teaching hours will resemble those of a full-time job.

Some modules are taught in lecture theatres, such as Global Journalism and Society and Ethics, Rules and Standards, but most are small-group workshops that allow you to develop your journalistic skills and knowledge with the support of our expert academics.

Assessment

Assessment is part of learning, and course assessments vary to reflect the learning being

achieved. They include workshop exercises, studio work, oral presentations, essays, reflections

and production (making journalism products), and different forms (written, oral, visual, aural), as

well as being individual and team-based.

Modules

You will take modules in storytelling and online journalism before specialising in either print, broadcast or online journalism. This choice informs your studies for the rest of the course through to the completion of a final project.

There is a dissertation option if you prefer a more academic route through the course.

You are encouraged to complete an internship, either in the UK or overseas. This must be arranged by you.

Core modules

  • Global Journalism (15 credits)
  • Journalistic Storytelling (15 credits)
  • International News (15 credits)
  • Production (30 credits)
  • International Digital Journalism (15 credits)
  • Journalism Ethics (30 credits).

Elective modules

Core electives:

  • Final project (30 credits)
  • Dissertation project (30 credits)
  • Lifestyle Specialism (15 credits)
  • Specialism Journalism Elective (15 credits)
  • Dissertation (45 credits).

Electives:

  • Print Journalism (15 credits)
  • Broadcast Journalism (15 credits).

Career prospects

According to the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey (DLHE 2014-15), 92.6 per cent of graduates from this course are in employment six months after completing the course (95.5 per cent in work or further study). Graduates work in both global and national media and in allied occupations around the world.

Most recently, these have included roles from researchers to editors in broadcasting such as:

  • BBC Radio and TV (including BBC World Service)
  • ITN
  • Channel 4
  • Al Jazeera
  • Deutsche Welle
  • CNN
  • France24
  • Bloomberg,
  • Sky News
  • Fox News
  • NHK (Japan)
  • Thomson Reuters
  • Associated Press
  • Dow Jones

and major newspapers and magazines including:

  • The New York Times
  • Financial Times
  • The Hindu
  • Politiken
  • GQ
  • Fairfax Media (New Zealand)

In the heart of London’s huge and diverse media district,students have unrivalled access to industry internships and contacts.


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

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