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This programme is intended for either holders of primary degrees who intend to embark on a career in the fields of TV and radio journalism, or people with prior learning in journalism and media or ancillary communications research-based employment who desire to specialise.This programme is intended for either holders of primary degrees who intend to embark on a career in the fields of TV and radio journalism, or people with prior learning in journalism and media or ancillary communications research-based employment who desire to specialise.

Why Study TV and Radio Journalism at Griffith College?

The MA in TV and Radio Journalism is recognised by the NUJ and conducted on both a full and part-time basis over a 1-2 year period. The course aims to teach students to display practical, theoretical competencies that demonstrate a mastery of the elements required to become advanced media practitioners in relation to TV and radio journalism.

You will display reflective critical learning and develop strong practical skills in media production with the use of TV studio, film and television production equipment.

Avail of our state of the art facilities including an on-campus radio station, 2 broadcasting studios, 4 photographic studios, 3 darkrooms, a TV and Video Studio and a Sound Engineering Studio.

National Union of Journalists recognition of this programme entitles students to apply for an NUJ Press Card for the duration of their course.

You are assured of excellent teaching practices, with many of our graduates currently working in a range of leading media outlets including the Irish and Sunday Independent, RTE Radio and Television, Newstalk, TV3 and Google.

You have an opportunity to join the ranks of multiple award-winners with Griffith College students consistently excelling at the Smedia Awards.

Course Structure

The MA in TV and Radio Journalism is designed to be delivered on a full-time basis over one calendar year and on a part-time basis over 2 years. It consists of nine taught modules which are delivered during the academic year and a dissertation which is completed during the summer months. Throughout the programme, learners will have an average of 18 hours of contact per week, attending lectures, news days, labs and studio sessions. In order to assimilate the material and to complete the assessments, learners are also required to spend a significant amount of time outside of those contact hours engaging in self-guided study, development and practice. Learners on the MA programme will complete 9 mandatory modules and a dissertation.

The Postgraduate Diploma in TV and Radio Journalism consists of the 9 mandatory modules and does not include a dissertation. The first semester of this programme is designed to be commonly taught with MA Journalism learners and provides an understanding of the workings of the media industry as well as developing specific skills in journalism. The second semester builds on this knowledge and contains broadcast journalism specialisms such as Video Journalism, Radio Documentary Research and Production and Radio, TV News and Current Affairs. The reporting, writing and packaging of news for online audiences requires an evaluation and understanding of the digital media world and the module Digital Journalism will equip learners with the skills required to produce news and features in a web context

Core modules:

• Communications & Audience Theories
• Digital Journalism
• Media Law and Ethics
• Radio Documentary
• Research and Production
• Research Methods
• Radio and TV News and Current Affairs
• Sociology of the Media
• Video Journalism
• Writing and Reporting
• Dissertation

Academic Progression

On completion of the Level 9 MA in TV and Radio Journalism, students may progress onto a range of Level 10 Doctoral programmes on the National Qualifications Framework. The Postgraduate QQI validation means that your qualification is recognised not only in Ireland and Europe but throughout the world.

Career Progression

Through the MA in TV and Radio Journalism, you will have gained valuable professional experience, built a strong portfolio and covered a diverse range of media. There is a wide range of career options for our graduates including:

• Radio Reporter
• TV Promotional Coordinator
• Radio News Reporter
• Advertising Manager - Broadcast
• TV Floor Manager
• Radio Broadcast Assistant
• Radio Commercials Producer
• Radio Traffic Manager
• Camera TV Assistant
• Broadcast Journalist

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