This course offers graduates from all disciplines the opportunity to gain the professional qualification they need to pursue a career in the news industry.
You develop skills in research and writing as well as engaging with contemporary debates around the news and media industries. Accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists, this programme incorporates the professional qualifications required to work as a newspaper journalist in the UK.Working with an academic team that includes professional journalists who have worked for some of the biggest news organisations in the world (BBC, Independent newspaper, News Corporation, Mirror Group Newspapers), it teams the National Council for the Training of Journalist pre-entry qualification with academic study examining the news and communications industries. The course is primarily taught in Teesside's purpose built newsrooms, working in live journalism environments. Students are offered the opportunity to specialise in web based, print, radio and television formats
Journalism Diversity Fund
The NCTJ’s Journalism Diversity Fund is aimed at students from diverse backgrounds who need help funding their journalism training. You can apply for a bursary if you are from a socially or ethnically diverse background but have no financial means to support yourself on an NCTJ-accredited course. You must be able to demonstrate a genuine commitment to becoming a successful journalist and have secured a place on our MA Journalism. Full eligibility criteria apply. Find out more.
This degree is accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ).
You learn news values, news story construction, news writing, and how to make audio and video for websites, as well as studying relevant aspects of law and public administration, and gaining competence in shorthand. You engage in reflective practice which will inform your future personal and professional development as a journalist. For your final degree project you undertake a self-conceived piece of independent research and produce an extended essay under the guidance of a nominated supervisor. The dissertation is designed to give you the opportunity to pursue an aspect of a field of journalism and the news industries which you find particularly interesting, and to develop a more specialised understanding of it.
Modules offered may vary.
How you learn
You approach the discipline of journalism from both a practical, professional perspective and a critical, analytical point of view. The programme develops reflective practitioners with sophisticated transferable skills, and the ability to take responsibility for their own future learning and development. You are therefore expected to read, research and produce media products, such as online stories, video and audio, in your own time. In taught sessions you experience a range of learning and teaching strategies to help you form both a theoretical and a practical understanding of the field of journalism. Your understanding of the subject is developed through workshops, seminars, group work and by producing content for our Tside website. You also get the opportunity to contribute to professional news publications and organisations through a work placement of your choice.
How you are assessed
You are assessed on a portfolio of practical journalism across a range of media platforms, essay assignments and examinations.
A qualification and experience in journalism opens up a vast range of opportunities in all areas of the news and media industries, as well as associated disciplines such as public relations and copy writing.
Graduates have forged successful careers in Sky, the local and national press and BBC Radio.
If you're interested in forging a career in journalism or content creation, specialising in music, fashion, travel, sport or design, this course is for you. The demands of the modern newsroom are constantly changing. As a professional journalist, you must stay up-to-date with new developments in the media to tackle the challenges of convergence.
The course offers graduates from a broad range of undergraduate disciplines the opportunity to learn how to communicate their own interests, using the latest digital storytelling techniques in video, audio and infographics, alongside print-based magazine writing. This course allows you to build your own portfolio of work focused particularly around the kinds of content you want to produce. It is primarily taught in Teesside's purpose built newsrooms, working in live journalism environments with industry professionals who have worked for global media companies. You are also offered focused advice around careers and skills in entrepreneurship to support you to turn your passion into a career.You produce media products for multimedia platforms involving the internet, newspapers, audio and video, and explore the changing nature of the media landscape in the 21st century.
You learn news values, news story construction, news writing, and how to make audio and video for websites. You compile a substantial portfolio of published work, working closely with our partner organisation, the Evening Gazette (part of the Trinity Mirror Group). You also undertake a major journalism project in a subject area of your choice.
The first stage comprises four 20-credit modules and one 40-credit module, and in the second you complete a final 60-credit dissertation.
and one optional module
Modules offered may vary.
How you learn
As a vocational degree, there is a great deal of emphasis on practical work-related learning. More traditional lectures and seminars are also employed, particularly around those subjects requiring a detailed, factual knowledge base. We see it as an essential component of the degree that you engage in reflective practice which informs your future personal development. You are expected to read around the subject and research and produce media products - such as stories, video and audio - in your own time.
In taught sessions you experience a range of learning and teaching strategies to help you form both a theoretical and practical understanding of the field of journalism. Your understanding of the subject is developed through workshops, seminars, group work and by producing content for the Tside website (http://www.tside.co.uk).
How you are assessed
A range of assessment methods is used, ranging from practical production tasks to traditional essay assignments. You can either undertake a self-conceived piece of independent research and produce an extended essay under the guidance of a nominated supervisor. Or for your Final Project you produce a multimedia news website, to be developed within negotiable parameters, incorporating audio, video, animation and still images as appropriate. This is supported by an extended, critical essay exploring a key issue of professional practice raised in the production of the website.
A qualification and experience in journalism opens up a vast range of opportunities in all areas of the news and media industries.
Graduates have gone on to forge successful careers in content creation for digital and social media, magazines, public relations and social media marketing.