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Full time & Part time September MA, PGDip 1 year full time

About the course

This course prepares you to work in an editorial team to supply material across a multi-platform newsroom.  You will seek out original stories, conduct incisive interviews and produce crisp and engaging copy. You will train to be what Nobel Prize winner Gabriel García Márquez calls the best job in the world – a journalist.

You will be taught by staff with extensive experience in news journalism with input from leading journalists and editors from publications across the country going from news novices to multi-skilled, multi-platform, social media savvy and highly employable 21st Century journalists.

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Entry Requirements

A 2.1 honours UK honours degree and enthusiasm for, or experience of journalism.
Applicants with a 2.2 and substantial experience will be considered.
A written test.
Applications from candidates with non-standard entry qualifications will be considered on an individual basis if they can demonstrate relevant professional experience.

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Lucy Pegg

Why did you decide to do postgraduate study? "As I hadn’t studied journalism as an undergraduate, I knew postgraduate study would give me the skills needed to pursue a career in such a competitive industry as journalism.”

What made you choose NTU? “NTU’s course met all my requirements. The MA includes an NCTJ qualification, which I knew was essential for many jobs, whilst the facilities looked extensive and it seemed clear there would be lots of opportunities for work experience. NTU was also a more affordable choice than most other universities I looked at, which was a huge bonus.”

What do you enjoy most about your course at NTU? “I most enjoy the days where we focus on developing our practical journalistic skills, whether that be news writing, data journalism or using video-editing software. I also like studying the ethics of journalism – discussing the problems of today’s journalism really invigorates me to go and write the kind of stories I hope will be part of creating a better, more democratic, journalism industry in the future.”

What do you think about the facilities available to you? “The facilities at CBJ are great – coming from an undergraduate discipline where all you need are books and some stationary, the technical equipment available and the amount of space given specifically to CBJ was really surprising.”

How do you think the course, and having a postgraduate qualification, will help you to progress your career? “Almost everyone trying to getinto journalism has a good undergraduate degree now, so I hope the MA will give me headstart when applying for jobs. Even only a few months in, I already feel much more confident that I’ll get to where I want to be after I graduate.”

ecently interviewed local activists in the People’s Vote campaign and produced an article that I think brings a national political issue to a local level in a vivid and interesting way.”

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