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This MA is a practical introduction to TV journalism, and aims to teach you the professional conventions of UK news and current affairs broadcast journalism and relevant production skills.

The programme encourages a critical understanding of television journalistic practice, and an informed knowledge of the overall political and industrial contexts in which journalists are now working, including an introduction to multimedia journalism; it locates this understanding and creative development within a wider enquiry into the relationship between media practice and culture.

At the end of the programme you should be familiar with the techniques and practices of television journalism, and conversant with the wider ethical, legal and technological contexts of broadcast journalistic practice.

You will be able to describe the qualities of your own work and of its cultural significance, and have a professional standard portfolio of original television news, current affairs and online reports.

Hands-on experience

You'll be involved in all aspects of studio work, filmmaking and multimedia web journalism, including editorial experience on eastlondonlines.co.uk, our student-run independent news site. All teaching is workshop-based.

Where practicable and possible, you may undertake a placement of three to four weeks in a news or current affairs production company.

Winner of a Broadcast Journalism Training Council Award for Excellence in Teaching Broadcast Journalism 2007-8.

Modules & structure

The programme is a practical introduction to TV news journalism. Modules are practical and skills-based, but are taught within a theoretical framework which is only possible in an institution renowned for its research work.

You'll cover:

  • television journalism practice
  • practice theory
  • research methodologies
  • key media law and ethical issues in relation to UK and US media law

In the first term you are taught in lectures, small group seminars and practical workshops for a period of approximately 12-15 hours. During the rest of the week, you are expected to work on individual and joint projects without supervision.

In the second term, teaching time of 8-10 hours is usually concentrated on two or three days per week to allow more time for production.

In the third term you are expected to work, with support, on your production for assessment.

Core modules

Assessment

Essay; unseen examination; production portfolio comprising the research, planning, shooting and editing of original current affairs reports; coursework assessment.

Skills

You'll develop:

  • A critical understanding of television journalistic practice
  • an awareness of the techniques appropriate to television journalism
  • project management skills
  • multimedia journalism skills

Careers

Our graduates have gone on to pursue careers in:

  • television
  • radio
  • broadcasting
  • the press
  • the web
  • publishing
  • film-making
  • advertising
  • marketing
  • public relations

Find out more about employability at Goldsmiths


Visit the Television Journalism - MA page on the Goldsmiths, University of London website for more details!

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