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This course is aimed at those wishing to pursue a career as a news journalist, whether at a hyperlocal, regional, or national level.

Overview

News Journalism is the National Council for the Training of Journalists’ top performing postgraduate journalism course for 2016 and is aimed at those wishing to pursue a career as a news journalist, whether at a hyperlocal, regional, or national level.

You will learn the basics of how to find, produce, and publish a story using the most effective – and relevant – tools available. You will be taught how to write news, features, and opinion, how to research stories, build up contacts, and work a news patch that they are allocated.

In addition, you will also learn how to shoot short videos and stills on mobile for online reporting on our own public-facing news site and how to maximise the use of social media to share and promote your stories.

Distinctive features

  • An accredited National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) course.
  • NCTJ’s top performing postgraduate journalism course for 2016.
  • Industry placements in the second semester.
  • An outstanding alumni network across the media.

Learning and assessment

How will I be taught?

You will be taught through a variety of practical workshops and productions days which replicate an industry environment as well as lecture series to support the more academic elements of the course.

How will I be supported?

You will be allocated a Personal Tutor, for help and support with academic and pastoral needs, who is available when needed to discuss progress, provide advice and guidance.

You will be supported by the Student Support services in the school and through wider university resources.

You will have regular tutorials with programme directors/personal tutors as well as the opportunity to meet with module co-ordinators on request.

Career prospects

The range of careers open to those who succeed on this course includes reporting for online providers, from the BBC to local start-ups, and various news organisations with print and online operations in Britain and abroad.

Graduates typically work for local and national newspapers, news websites, blogs, news agencies and PR agencies.


Visit the News Journalism - MA page on the Cardiff University website for more details!

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