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Course content

Who is it for?

This course is suitable for students from any degree background with an interest in current affairs.

Students will have a keen interest in the media, specifically in news and/or features in print and/or online journalism.

Objectives

The course has an exceptional reputation and an outstanding graduate employment record. The degree has been helping aspiring journalists into employment since 1982.

The course combines professional skills training in reporting, interviewing, writing, editing, research and newspaper production (in print and online) with a concern for professional standards and critical and ethical reflection.

Many students undertake work placements in their chosen field, taking advantage of our  location, usually arranging them for the winter and/or spring break.

The department includes former Managing Editor of The Times, Professor George Brock; Professor David Leigh of The Guardian; ITN’s chief lawyer, John Battle; and award-winning Freedom of Information expert, Heather Brooke.

We have been running Journalism courses at City since 1976. In the years since, over 5,000 students have graduated and are now working in the media around the world.

Placements

We actively encourage all our journalism student to undertake work placements during their studies with us. Many of our students are very pro-active and opt to undertake a placement. Placements are an essential step in developing their career in journalism as they help students put their learning into practice and make contacts in the industry.

Work placements are not formally assessed or arranged as part of the MA Programme but your personal tutor can advise you in suitable organisations to approach that may suit your chosen specialisms.

Academic facilities

You will gain practical skills in our digital newsrooms, with access to cameras, audio recorders and other equipment, with dedicated technical support.

In 2014 we completed a £12m development project for our journalism facilities. These facilities were developed in consultation with experts from the BBC and ITN, and include two digital newsrooms - impressive modern facilities that enable you to learn the skills required to produce newspapers, magazines and websites.

Teaching and learning

Some modules are taught in lecture theatres, such as Ethics, Rules and Standards and UK Media Law, but some involve small-group workshops that allow you to develop your journalistic skills and knowledge with the support of our expert academics and journalists, including visiting lecturers.

Personal contact with tutors ensures individual help in developing through the course and in finding a job upon completion.

Shorthand

Our students have the option of taking part in a Teeline shorthand course alongside their studies. This costs £100 (refundable if you reach 100 words per minute) and runs across two terms.

Assessment

All MA Journalism courses at City are practical, hands-on courses designed for aspiring journalists. As a result, much of your coursework will be journalistic assignments that you produce to deadline, as you would in a real news organisation. Assessment is often through a portfolio of journalistic assignments of this kind.

Modules

This MA in Newspaper Journalism course combines practical skills training in reporting, interviewing, writing, editing, research and newspaper production with a concern for critical and ethical reflection and the highest journalistic standards.

All of our MA Journalism students must undertake underpinning core modules in Ethics, Rules and Standards, and a Final Project.

Core modules

  • Ethics, Rules and Standards (30 credits) – You put practical journalism in an ethical context with case studies and there are discussion groups in the second term.
  • Journalism Portfolio (30 credits) – covers the essentials of reporting, from ideas and research to interviewing and writing, news and features, and using the Freedom of Information Act in journalism.
  • Editorial Production (30 credits) – producing and editing content for print and online publication, including video as well as text and images.
  • Final Project (30 credits) – you explore a topic of your choice in depth to produce one or more pieces of longer-form journalism, ideally for publication online and/or in print.
  • UK Media Law (15 credits) – You learn the basics of UK Media Law to enable you to work in a UK newsroom.
  • Social and Digital Journalism (15 credits) – You learn how to make social media work for you as a broadcast journalist.
  • Political Headlines (15 credits) – You learn the structure of British Government and how it works; and you meet journalists who report and present it.

Elective modules

  • Lifestyle Specialism (15 credits)
  • Reporting the Middle East Specialism (15 credits)
  • Arts and Culture Specialism (15 credits)
  • Humanitarian Reporting Specialism (15 credits)
  • Finance and Business Specialism (15 credits)
  • Sports Specialism (15 credits)
  • Political Reporting Specialism (15 credits)
  • Entertainment Specialism (15 credits)
  • Security and Crime Specialism (15 credits)
  • Investigative Reporting Specialism (15 credits).

Career prospects

Students benefit from a central London location, unrivalled industry contacts and a thorough grounding in the best practices of professional journalism.

Graduates go on to work as Journalists, Reporters, and Editors.

Recent graduates have gone on to work at a range of newspapers, magazines, news agencies, websites and in television, including:

  • Vice News
  • BuzzFeed
  • BBC
  • The Times
  • Sunday Times
  • The Daily Telegraph
  • The Guardian
  • The Daily Mail
  • Channel 4 News
  • The Sun
  • London Evening Standard
  • New Statesman
  • The Independent
  • Metro
  • Bloomberg News
  • The Mail on Sunday
  • Mirror
  • Press Association
  • CNBC
  • PoliticsHome
  • National News Agency
  • City AM
  • Cambridge News
  • Hampstead & Highgate Express
  • Manchester Evening News
  • Prospect
  • Time Out
  • Take a Break
  • Caters News Agency.

Visit the Newspaper Journalism (MA) page on the City, University of London website for more details!

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