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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Communication & Media Studies

  • Start Date

    January, September

  • Course Duration

    1 year full-time including a compulsory 3-week placement in a journalism/news media organisation

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees


  • Last Updated

    10 July 2019

This multi award-winning MA will enable you to cover any news story for the web, television, radio or print. It also offers the opportunity to specialise in areas such as radio and TV documentary, investigative journalism, and digital magazines.

In the ever-changing media landscape, core journalistic skills are more at a premium than ever. The mix of broadcasting and online writing in this intensely practical course sharpens the defining elements of cutting-edge journalism. You will produce live news and broadcast bulletins across the internet, gathering news and feature stories both nationally and locally. Using professional-standard studios and newsrooms, you will be encouraged to take key roles as editors, news editors, convergence editors, and reporters on all of our media outlets. 

The ways in which we select our students are socially inclusive, and we have a broad mix of international and UK students studying with us. The course suits new entrants to the profession and those wishing to extend their skills across different media, at home and abroad.

It is accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC), which means it teaches practical journalism skills to a professional standard.

Learn more about our journalism courses from Dr Karen Fowler-Watt, Senior Principle Academic.

The School of Journalism, English & Communication is delighted to once again sponsor the British Journalism Awards, watch the highlights video.  

Core units

  • Multimedia Reporting Skills: Develop your skills in researching and reporting news and current affairs in radio, TV and online formats. The unit will nurture your ability to write fluently, concisely and coherently to deadline, develop contacts and sources using traditional and emerging social media techniques, consider intellectual, ethical and professional issues associated with news reporting and execute depth of research and imaginative presentation. Tasks include researching, interviewing and editing, in professional standard newsrooms and studios.
  • Journalism in Global Contexts: This unit explores journalism in global contexts, offering insights into the issues relating to gathering and distributing news in - and for - varied news cultures. You'll be challenged to debate the ethical, political, social and cultural dimensions involved in journalism products for national and transnational audiences, which will prepare you to assess journalism in today’s predominantly digital media environment.
  • Legal & Ethical Context: Gain an understanding of media regulation, issues with press and broadcasting freedoms and approaches to the role of journalism and journalists, along with their ethical dilemmas and professional codes of conduct. You'll learn what you're legally allowed to report in the UK in situations including court proceedings and council meetings and how to avoid being sued, and consider what might be justified for publication in the public interest. This unit continues in Semester 2.
  • Digital Journalism: Insights and practices of multi-media journalism, using a mix of text, radio and TV. You'll become familiar with multiplatform publishing, collaborating in multimedia teams, and develop competence in producing and analysing evolving styles of journalism in many digital forms.
  • Professional Placement: A chance to complete work experience at one or more professional news organisations, where you'll develop your understanding of journalistic practices. The placement usually takes place during the Easter vacation and must last a minimum of three weeks. The organisation you work at will be approved by a supervisor, and you'll produce a reflective account of your experience.
  • Journalism Project: You'll complete a self-conceived piece of independent research and produce an extended journalistic production under the guidance of a nominated supervisor. You’ll critically explore key issues and debates in journalism studies and develop a more specialised understanding in an area of your choice. There will be an opportunity to consider the relationship between journalistic practice and digital technologies. You’ll produce a reflective submission linked to your practical project. You’ll also be integrating, synthesising and extending the skills and knowledge you’ve gained so far and be able to prove you've met the intellectual, technical and personal skills demanded of a Master’s graduate. You can take this unit as distance learning, subject to your supervisor’s approval.

Placement opportunities

An exciting and valuable part of your studies with us is the opportunity to spend at least three weeks on a professional placement. This takes place during breaks in the course.

The Faculty of Media & Communication has a range of established, high-profile contacts which offer excellent placement opportunities. Organisations our students have previously worked with on placements include the BBC, the Press Association, Sky News, Associated Press and The Independent.


In this course you'll cover radio, television, print and online journalism, which will prepare you for a fast-changing industry where emphasis is placed on multi-media.

Given the range of skills they develop through this course, our graduates have gone on to work across various media and often make rapid progress into senior positions.

Roles our Multimedia Journalism graduates have taken on include:

  • TV Reporter
  • Radio Producer
  • Online Content Editor
  • Social Media Consultant
  • Multimedia Journalist

Visit the MA Multimedia Journalism page on the Bournemouth University website for more details!





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