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Course content

News and reportage occurs on an international platform and this Journalism Masters programme, run by our specialist Screen School, will provide you with the expert support and industry knowledge required for your progression in this highly competitive industry.

•Course available to study full time (1 year) and part time (2 years)
•Course delivered in LJMU’s new £38million Redmonds Building, which offers industry-standard media facilities
•Liverpool Screen School part of the BBC North Developing Talent Scheme
•Excellent career opportunities in areas such as journalism, public relations, information management, press offices in local and central government and international organisations

The MA in International Journalism course will develop your thinking and improve your ability to analyse and evaluate the news media and reach an understanding of its importance.

The programme is designed so that if you have no experience you will receive basic training in journalism practice. If you already have journalistic skills, you will be able to concentrate on analysing the craft and your own part in it. In this way, the course will develop your ability to critically analyse the purpose and structure of journalism and to evaluate the processes and products of either your own or other people's work.

International Journalism is the first course aimed at developing critical analysis on the international stage for both practitioners and those who have a serious interest in this field. The programme concentrates on journalism with international relations and is suitable for students from abroad as well as those from the UK.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance below on core and option 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

Comparative Media Analysis

Gain knowledge and understanding of the main influences on news-orientated media in a variety of countries; analyse and evaluate how these influences affect the performance and influence of the media in different countries

Dissertation

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

The following option modules are typically offered:

News and Professional Practice

Identify a news story and produce a well-structured report and produce accurate reports for print and media outlets

Reflecting on Professional Practice
You will investigate the nature of journalistic skills and requirements

Magazine Production

Introduces you to the area of magazine production and publication, including the use of industry-standard software and aims to hone your long-form writing skills

Journalism Project

To allow working journalists or those with considerable experience in journalism to research an aspect of journalistic production in some depth

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.

Visit the International Journalism page on the Liverpool John Moores University website for more details!

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