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Course content

The course prepares you to work in the UK journalism industry across a range of multi-media platforms.

On this course you learn how to

  • work effectively in a multi-media newsroom
  • source and write news stories and features that are legally safe and adhere to industry codes of practice
  • use social media platforms to develop stories and engage in a dialogue with your audience
  • to create accurate, clear vigorous copy for publication across different platforms within the required length and to deadline. This includes high standards of grammar, spelling and punctuation
  • write using shorthand

You also gain a sound knowledge of media law and an understanding of central and local government, together with a critical awareness of the debates and issues surrounding the practice of journalism in the 21st century.

You need to complete a minimum of two weeks on professional placements and this, together with coursework activities, enables you to develop an extensive portfolio of journalism.

The course is delivered by an award-winning team of journalists with extensive professional experience.

We also offer an extensive guest lecture programme. Recent speakers have included editors and journalists from Buzzfeed, ITV News and Sky News.

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

Course structure

Modules

Semester one core modules

• writing for the media • media law and regulation 1

Semester one optional modules

• radio journalism • sports journalism 1 • magazine journalism

Semester two core modules

• print and online reporting • media law and regulation 2 • public affairs

Semester two optional modules

• TV journalism • sports journalism 2

Semester three core modules

• journalism project

Assessment

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

Employability

This course gives you the skills and knowledge for a career in • print journalism • magazine journalism • sports journalism • online journalism • broadcast journalism (TV and radio) • public relations

Journalism can be a very rewarding career. Flexibility and team work are important as you may be dealing with breaking news and a tight deadline. In today’s newsrooms journalists require skills across a range of media-platforms.

There are opportunities to work on regional newspapers throughout the UK, but some choose to pursue a career with a national newspaper or newsroom and may therefore be based in London. Others prefer to be geographically mobile and look for opportunities to work abroad.

Many journalists work on a freelance basis and the demand for experienced freelancers is increasing, making this an attractive option, especially for feature writing.

It is sometimes said that journalists have a passion for news and don’t do it for the money, but good salaries can be earned especially for those with experience. Salaries vary considerably depending on whether the post is a regional or national one. A regional journalist just starting out on a career in the UK can expect to earn £12,000 – £15,000 as a trainee. An experienced person working for a national newspaper can expect up to around £35,000 – £40,000.


Visit the Journalism MA page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!

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