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Broadcast Journalism - MA/PGDip


Course Description

The MA Broadcast Journalism programme builds on the strengths and achievements of the postgraduate diploma course, which has been running since 1981. Currently accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC), the course has a reputation for the quality of its students and their success in obtaining employment in the industry.

UCLan is committed to producing broadcast journalists who are realistically skilled and highly employable. The postgraduate Broadcast Journalism is designed to prepare students for working in the broadcast industry, so the emphasis is on learning by doing. You will learn in a newsroom environment, producing interviews, stories and packages for radio and television and online. You will also gain a thorough understanding of media law and public administration.

This course is eligible for a BAFTA Scholarship. Selected students will receive up to £10,000 to cover course fees, an industry mentor and free access to BAFTA events around the UK. The course enjoys superb links with industry – across the region and nationally. Many former postgraduate broadcast journalists who now work in BBC and commercial radio and TV, make regular return visits – to pass on their invaluable knowledge and insights as well as providing one-to-one feedback on radio and television newsdays.

Our MA Broadcast Journalism programme is recognised as providing “general excellence in broadcast journalism training" by its accrediting body – the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC).

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AND ASSESSMENT

Greenbank Building has five sound studios, each with professional mixing desks and computers, a large talks studio, and a television studio, with remote cameras, lighting, Autocue, control room and AVID digital editing suite.

The broadcast newsroom is equipped with telephones, digital editing workstations, ENPS and Burli news management systems, AVID iNews and news feeds from Independent Radio News and the Press Association.

The course enjoys excellent support from the broadcast industry. Students benefit from frequent guest lectures and industry speakers as well as editors and producers from radio and TV who visit regularly to work with the students.

The work placements are an essential part of the course and students are expected to spend at least three weeks in a BBC or commercial radio newsroom and one week at a television programme or company.

Most assessed work is in the form of practical assignments. For radio, students submit a portfolio of work, including a news bulletin, interview and news package. For television, students work on a variety of assignments.

For Law and Public Administration students must produce an essay and pass a final examination.

WORK EXPERIENCE

Work experience is a vital part of the programme and is often the starting point for paid employment. We ensure students are fully aware of the opportunities available to them and encourage them to make the most of the unprecedented access to our network of industry contacts. The official 6 week placements will normally take place in early summer – after students have completed their major project. However, we actively encourage all our students to make the most of any opportunities to participate in on-going placements during weekends/holiday periods.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of the course we expect you to have acquired the skills and knowledge required to carry out the work of a professional broadcast journalist and be capable of operating independently in a confident and reflective manner. To achieve this, the course sets out to:
-Provide you with the key journalistic skills and knowledge required by professional broadcast journalists
-Promote self-awareness and self-confidence, and the ability to communicate clearly
-To provide you with underpinning knowledge of relevant legal and ethical requirements
-Stimulate all-round development within a positive, supportive and creative learning environment.
-Provide you with the opportunity for a substantial piece of independent production or research
-Provide you with the intellectual skills and creative insights necessary for your development as a reflective practitioner

FURTHER INFORMATION

We provide training and support in an environment that enables students to reach the high standards of professional competence demanded by the industry. Entry into the profession is competitive and most employers recruit new journalists only if they have completed a recognised postgraduate course.

For the Masters award, students will demonstrate their practical skills and critical understanding of the medium by producing an extended broadcast project under the supervision of a module tutor.

Visit the Broadcast Journalism - MA/PGDip page on the University of Central Lancashire website for more details!

Entry Requirements

An upper second or first class honours degree from a British higher education institution, or an equivalent overseas qualification. The degree may be in any subject, although complementary subjects, such as English, Politics or a foreign language are especially useful. You will also need a very good standard of written English and in normal circumstances, a good speaking voice. Mature students and candidates with non-standard qualifications may also apply, if they have substantial professional/relevant experience. All applicants are expected to show knowledge, enthusiasm and commitment, which may be demonstrated by a record of relevant work experience.

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