Covering all aspects of radio, TV and online journalism in the UK and the wider world, students will be taught by broadcasting professionals, using industry-standard equipment in our state-of-the-art studios.
Along with the basic rules of reporting students will be taught to analyse the process, reflecting on the ethical, legal and professional standards they must meet as a journalist. The course will combine theory and practical skills, culminating in an extended practice-based professional project where students will test their initiative and mastery of the key skills they have gained.
Broadcast Journalism This practical module examines what’s meant by news in the UK broadcast industry and teaches, in a series of workshops, the skills and understanding needed to identify, explore and write news stories in their differing formats
Professional Practice This production module explores techniques, processes and practices. You will be learning how to use technology to put news stories ‘on air’: digital recording and editing, use of the radio studios, doing ‘pieces to camera’ and interviewing. You will also develop keen critical faculties with your own and others’ work.
Globalisation and Communication This theory of practice module explores the different international faces of journalism: the differing requirements, regulations and ethical codes from a range of countries. You will critically examine how journalism works and its changing shape, along with the expanding demands on working professionals.
Production Lab This module prepares you for MA by Practice, and draws upon other taught modules which established professional conventions and explored current industry challenges. You will be provided with the opportunity to innovate, and to apply and experiment with a range of production skills appropriate to your award, supported by a systematic exploration of methods for research and production development.
MA by Practice To complete your award, you will originate, execute and deliver an individual and extended practice-based professional project at the forefront of your field. You will develop and consolidate your mastery of key skills, and knowledge of and engagement with current opportunities in the field of production. This module encourages and tests skills of initiative and independent practice and is conducted largely outside the classroom with support from a tutor.
Assessments are as practically-based as possible in most modules.
Applicants should possess a prior degree or equivalent, or have considerable experience in a related field and be able to demonstrate outstanding ability and potential. Good spoken and written English are vital. IELTS level 6.5 is a minimum. Applicants should have proven interest in the subject at the very least, though actual experience in the media is preferred. They should have a strong and inquiring mind and a tendency not to take no for an answer.
Please visit the Birmingham School of Media website for up to date tuition fee information
Recipient: Birmingham City University
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