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MA Journalism

Course Description

The course prepares you to work in the UK journalism industry across a range of multi-media platforms.

On this course you learn how to:
-Work effectively in a multi-media newsroom.
-Source and write news stories and features that are legally safe and adhere to industry codes of practice.
-Use social media platforms to develop stories and engage in a dialogue with your audience.
-To create accurate, clear vigorous copy for publication across different platforms within the required length and to deadline. This includes high standards of grammar, spelling and punctuation.
-Write using shorthand.

You also gain a sound knowledge of media law and an understanding of central and local government, together with a critical awareness of the debates and issues surrounding the practice of journalism in the 21st century.

You need to complete a minimum of two weeks on professional placements and this, together with coursework activities, enables you to develop an extensive portfolio of journalism.

The course is delivered by an award-winning team of journalists with extensive professional experience.

We also offer an extensive guest lecture programme. Recent speakers include:
-Oliver Wright, political editor, The Independent.
-Neal Mann, formerly Sky News.
-Tom Latchem, freelance journalist and former TV editor, News of the World.

Course structure

Full time – typically 13 months.
Part time – typically 3 years.
Starts September.

Semester One core modules
-Writing for the media
-Media law and regulation 1
Semester One optional modules
-Radio journalism
-Sports journalism 1
-Magazine journalism

Semester Two core modules
-Print and online reporting
-Media law and regulation 2
-Public affairs
Semester Two optional modules
-TV journalism
-Sports journalism 2

Semester Three core modules
-Journalism project

Assessment: coursework; critical evaluation; dissertation or project; a combination of practical and theoretical work.

Other admission requirements

You may also be considered if you do not hold a degree but can provide evidence of relevant professional experience. We encourage applications from UK and international candidates who:
-Have a diversity of backgrounds.
-Are considering a career in journalism.
-Show the required aptitude and potential.

We base our selection criteria on your relevant experience and potential for development.

Visit the MA Journalism page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You normally need an honours degree (2.2 or above) or equivalent in any subject. Overseas applicants from countries whose first language is not English must normally produce evidence of competence in English. IELTS score of 7.0 with 5.5 in all skills (or equivalent) is the standard for non-native speakers of English. If your English language skill is currently below an IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English level. See course description for further admission details.

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