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Who is it for?

This course is suitable for students with a first degree looking to become good all-round television journalists capable of working in newsrooms, on multi-media and in documentaries and current affairs. Applicants should have an interest in video and TV films and have a broad general knowledge including lifestyle, sport and politics. While this course is NOT about TV presenting, it’s important that you aren’t afraid to be in front of the camera and even more important that you are keen to write and provide material for others to present. Vitally, you should want to communicate using moving pictures and be excited by the wonderful world of television!

Objectives

The MA in Television Journalism has unparalleled contact with the TV industry and each Wednesday in term one and two, students work in the TV journalism industry. The course is designed for a cohort of between 30 and 40 students subdivided into teaching groups of around 15 with personal contact with Professor Lis Howell, and Sally Webb,  film-maker on award winning programmes like Tonight with Trevor McDonald and documentary series including Panorama. Students make half hour documentaries in teams of three in term three and these films have won awards like Guardian Young Journalists of the Year; The BJTC documentary award; and been re-worked for broadcast on BBC 2’s ‘Newsnight’. The course is grounded in news production but also branches out with a Question Time programme which has included guests such as Jeremy Corbyn; Stephanie Flanders; Jon Snow and Yasmin Alibi Brown plus may more.

Accreditation

This degree is accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC)

Placements

MA TV have tailored placement each Wednesday. There is no doubt that the size of the City cohort means unique networking opportunities with present students and 4,000 alumni.

Organisations that have taken our students for placements include:

  • ABC
  • Al-Jazeera
  • BBC
  • Blakeway Productions
  • Blink
  • CTVC
  • Flame
  • Hardcash Productions
  • ITN
  • ITN Sport (Olympics)
  • NorthOne
  • October Films
  • OR Media
  • Plum Films
  • politics.com
  • Reuters
  • Sky
  • Talkback

Academic facilities

In 2014 we completed a £12m development projects for our Journalism facilities. These facilities were developed in consultation with experts from the BBC and ITN, and were praised by the BJTC. Our facilities include:

  • a television studio: enabling simultaneous multi-media simulated broadcast and a major expansion in the number of news and current affairs programmes produced
  • four radio studios: enabling an increase in output and the potential to explore a permanent radio station
  • two radio broadcast newsrooms: high-tech facilities that enable you to learn how to produce a radio programme
  • two digital newsrooms: impressive modern facilities that enable you to learn the skills required to produce newspapers, magazines and websites
  • two TV editing and production newsrooms: state-of-the-art facilities that enable you to learn about TV production

Teaching and learning

All MA Journalism courses at City are practical, hands-on courses designed for people that want to become 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.

Some courses are taught in lecture theatres but most are small-group workshops that allow you to develop your journalistic skills and knowledge with the support of our expert academics.

Teaching hours are between Mondays to Fridays during working hours, and occasionally outside those times.

Assessment

Assessments vary from module to module but include coursework, practical work both in groups and individually, a Final Project, a written timed test, and essays.

Activities include lectures, practical work in groups and individually, personal tutorials, and independent learning

This pathway is taught by professors, senior lecturers and lecturers, with industry practitioners as Visiting Lecturers, and a number of key industry visiting speakers.

Modules

All of our Television Journalism MA students must undertake underpinning core modules in Ethics, Rules and Standards and a Final Project. As a Television Journalism student you will have specialist core and elective modules that complement these projects.

Core modules

  • Journalism Ethics (30 credits)
  • Final Project (30 credits)
  • Newsgathering for TV and Radio (30 credits)
  • Newsdays and Studio Production (30 credits)
  • Introduction to Data
  • UK Media Law (15 credits)
  • Political Headlines (15 credits)

Elective modules

  • Journalism Innovation (15 credits)
  • Social & Digital Journalism (15 credits)

Career prospects

Our postgraduate television journalism course has 100% employment rate according to graduates responding to the 15/16 DLHE survey.

Alumni include BBC’s Sophie Raworth and famous names such as :

  • Dermot Murnaghan (Sky News)
  • Barbara Serra (Al Jazeera)
  • Jo Whiley (BBC Radio)

Recent graduates of the MA Broadcasting include:

  • Ramita Navai, Emmy Award-winning documentary maker
  • Chris Mason (BBC Political Reporter)
  • Isobel Webster (Sky News)
  • Darren McGaffrey (Sky News)
  • Minnie Stephenson (ITN)
  • Cordelia Lynch (Sky News Washington)

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

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