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The MA in Journalism is accredited by the Periodical Publishers Association and combines practical and theoretical approaches to journalism as a multimedia skill- http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/ma-journalism/

This MA covers everything from online news writing to digital methods of delivering news and feature content and magazine production. It is taught by highly skilled industry professionals, all with experience at senior national level in newspapers, broadcasting and magazines.

You will work on our own local news website - EastLondonLines - which covers a large area of East and South London and provides unrivalled experience of practical journalism.

Graduates enjoy high levels of success and go on to work in a variety of jobs in newspapers, magazines - both in print and online - and in broadcasting. To find out more about the kind of career you might have with a Goldsmiths MA in Journalism, read about our graduates on our own special alumni site.

But do not just take our word for it. This is what the PPA Accrediting Panel said in 2012: "A course packed full of knowledge, experience and academic stretch and focus is on the right things - producing creative, thinking, enthusiastic and good journalists." And this is what they said after their last visit in 2014: "There is nothing to be improved on. We can't find fault with this course!"

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Terry Kirby.

Modules & Structure

The programme module is divided into a series of modules that cover the key practical skills and theoretical background. There are no optional modules or alternate pathways.

The four practical modules focus on the basic journalistic skills common to different media: news and feature research and writing, interviewing, image, video and data skills print and online production techniques. You will learn how to apply these skills across all platforms.

In the summer term, you work in groups to produce magazines. In the past, these have won the annual Periodical Publishers Association competition for student magazines. This year, one group of our students took the top prize in the successor Magazine Academy Awards for a magazine about independent cinema.

There are four lecture-based theoretical modules in which we give you the background theoretical knowledge to become expert practictioners. These are:

Journalism in Context, which places journalism in the wider political and social context
Media Law and Ethics, which delivers a grounding in legal issues
Asking the Right Questions, helping you develop key research skills
Politics and Power, a module that delivers a basic grounding in how government and public sector operate
Practice modules are largely assessed by portfolios of your work, while theory modules are all assessed by essays or written research work.


Graduates go on to work in a wide variety of jobs in newspapers, magazines, TV, radio, and online media. You can read some of their profiles on our alumni site.


You'll develop:

familiarity with a wide range of journalistic techniques and practices
specific practice skills to a high level
awareness of the wider ethical, legal and technological contexts of journalistic practice
awareness of the qualities of your own work and its cultural significance
an understanding of the pleasures of media consumption
Find out more about employability at Goldsmiths.

Alumni profiles

Take a look at some of our recent success stories:

Serina Sandhu (graduated 2014) Reporter, Independent on Sunday

Emma Craig (graduated 2012) Sub editor, Daily Mail

Lena de Casparis (graduated 2009) Culture Director, Elle Magazine

Laurance Dodds (graduated 2012) Assistant Comment Editor, Daily Telegraph

Daisy Bowie Sell (graduated 2010) Time Out

Riddi Shah (graduated 2005) The Hindustan Times


Please visit http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/fees-funding/ for details.

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






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