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MA International Journalism

Course Description

This is an integrated multimedia journalism course that prepares you for a career in the global journalism industry by providing you with the core skills for print, broadcast, magazine and online platforms.

During the course you learn how to gather, organise, write and present information to a professional standard across a variety of platforms and to different audiences.

Key areas of study include:
-Digital/online journalism.
-Writing and presentation skills.
-TV and radio presentation skills.
-Professional practice.
-Global journalism.

By selecting options to meet your own interests you are able to specialise in print journalism, magazine journalism, radio journalism and television journalism. You can also choose to stud: media law and regulation; public affairs; practical PR and professional experience; PR: politics and lobbying; sports journalism.

Throughout the course you gain an understanding of how your chosen area operates in Britain and internationally by examining different examples of journalistic practice. You are able to bring your own experience of journalism in your home country and gain insight into practices in Britain, Europe and the wider world. You study case-studies from regions of the world that interest you in order to compare different approaches to journalism.

Print and online journalism modules prepare you to develop the multiplatform skills to operate effectively as a news and feature journalist in any global newsroom. This means learning to develop a strong news sense, an ability to select and prioritise key facts and quotes, and writing skills for different platforms.

You also:
-Learn how to produce accurate material for publication to a given length and deadline.
-Develop an understanding of how news is consumed and how to meet the needs and expectations of a range of audiences.
-Develop both multidisciplinary and team working skills that equip you to work with people from a range of backgrounds.

Increasingly, both consumer and specialist and business-to-business magazines attract readers and consumers from across the world. The magazine journalism module develops the skills to enable you to work in one of the fastest growing areas of journalism. You learn the business of magazines – including branding and marketing and use of social media techniques – as well as how to source and write lively and creative features, edit copy and write attention-grabbing headlines and coverlines, and how to design and layout magazines.

Broadcast journalism modules develop your skills in radio and TV broadcasting, and in interviewing and presenting. You produce radio and TV packages in a dedicated TV and radio studio and two dedicated newsrooms.

Alongside practical skills, the course gives you the opportunity to study the ethical, legal and regulatory context in which journalism is practised. Theoretical content deepens your understanding and critical awareness of on-going debates about the economic and political role played by journalists and global news organisations in modern societies.

If you want to work as a journalist in the UK, you may choose to follow a National Council for the Training of Journalists pathway and sit the professional examinations necessary to gain a job in journalism in the UK market. You need an IELTS equivalent of 7.0 to follow this pathway.

Sheffield Hallam University acts as a centre for the NCTJ national examinations.

For more information, see the website: https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/find-a-course/ma-international-journalism

Course structure

Full time – typically 13 months.
Part time – typically 3 years.
Starts September.

Semester One core modules
-Writing for the media
-Radio journalism
-Magazine journalism
Semester One optional modules
-Sports journalism 1
-Media law and regulation 1
-Practical PR and professional experience

Semester Two core modules
-Print and online reporting
-TV journalism
-International journalism and PR
Semester Two optional modules
-Sports journalism
-Media law and regulation 2
-Public affairs
-PR: politics and lobbying

Semester Three core modules
-International journalism project

Assessment: coursework; critical evaluation; dissertation or project; a combination of practical and theoretical work.

Other admission requirements

You may also be considered if you do not hold a degree but can provide evidence of relevant professional experience. We encourage applications from UK and international candidates who:
-Have a diversity of backgrounds.
-Are considering a career in journalism.
-Show the required aptitude and potential.

We base our selection criteria on your relevant experience and potential for development. Previous experience of journalism is preferable, but not necessary.

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

Entry Requirements

Normally an honours degree (2.2 or above) or equivalent in any subject. Overseas applicants from countries whose first language is not English must normally produce evidence of competence in English. IELTS score of 6.5 with 5.5 in all skills (or equivalent) is the standard for non-native speakers of English. If your English language skill is currently below an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English level. See course description for further admission details.

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