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MA International Journalism for Digital Media

Course Description

Our course explores in both theoretical and practical terms current issues in journalism in the context of the digital revolution and media convergence.

• It combines solid foundations of journalism practice with the latest developments in multimedia techniques, digital journalism and social media
• It puts students through the fast-paced newsroom environment experience and offers opportunities to get engaged in specialisms such as foreign affairs correspondent, health and science reporter, business and finance writer or data journalist
• It builds students’ professional portfolios, launches live brief media and journalism projects and embeds students in community programmes on work experience.

Key benefits:

• Study at our state-of-the-art MediaCityUK campus, alongside students from around the world
• Strengthen your CV with work experience opportunities in the UK or abroad
• Explore potential solutions to international multimedia journalistic issues.

Visit the website: http://www.salford.ac.uk/pgt-courses/international-journalism-for-digital-media

Suitable for

Students progressing from an undergraduate journalism course or media professionals looking for a cutting-edge journalism postgraduate course. You should want to explore concepts, trends and challenges in journalism and related fields of communication. And you should have an interest in the impact of social media on journalism.

Programme details

With guest lecturers from the BBC and other media organisations, practical workshops and newsdays in industry standard radio and TV studios, the syllabus is as close to real life in the world of digital media as one can get. The theory informs the practice to produce critical and autonomous professionals capable of working with confidence in any global media environment.


For the full MA International Journalism for Digital Media award you will take two core 30-credit modules in Semester 1, one 30-credit core and one elective module in Semester 2, and you will complete your final major project in Semester 3 either as an academic dissertation or a journalistic project. For overseas students this project may be completed in your home country subject to approval. The PgDip will be awarded on successful completion of the first 120 credits.

This course will be taught through lectures, presentations, seminars and workshops aimed at developing your understanding of the theory and practice of international and online journalism. There will be a number of visiting speakers and guest lecturers, and full use will be made of the growing links between our courses and the BBC and ITV through our base at MediaCityUK to facilitate joint projects and enable students to attend and participate in industry events.

Student-led independent research, independent study, and project work such as newsdays, will be used alongside ‘problem-based’ and ‘task-based’ teaching, learning and assessment strategies. These will be integrated with an assessment strategy based on outcomes, students’ reflective self-assessments and learning plans. You will also undertake a period of work placement within the journalism community of practice, which will be supported by your module tutors. In certain cases, international students may be able to undertake this work placement in their home country.

Semester 1

• Core Module: Global Perspectives on Journalism
• Core Module: Digital Journalism

Semester 2

Core Module:

• Journalism Practice in a Multimedia Newsroom

One of the following optional modules:

• Specialist Journalism Practice
• Sports Journalism
• Community Project

Semester 3

• Major Project


Assessment methods will include:

• production exercises and portfolios of work
• practical media projects
• peer reviewing
• essays
• oral presentations by students
• work-based learning diaries and reports
• a dissertation or major project supported by substantial self-reflection.

Career potential

Graduates can enter careers in various forms of journalism (print, broadcast or online) either in reporting or management roles, public relations, researchers, media analysts and advisers all either working in this country or abroad. Journalists could work as UK-based foreign correspondents travelling abroad or full-time in overseas postings.

How to apply: http://www.salford.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/applying

Visit the MA International Journalism for Digital Media page on the University of Salford website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A good honours degree (2:1 or above) but appropriately experienced applicants will be considered for entry in line with the University’s APL procedure.

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