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MA International Multimedia Journalism

Course Description

This course will be held at the Medway Campus

- https://www.kent.ac.uk/locations/medway/

Postgraduate programmes in journalism at Kent offer you the opportunity to research and learn in an environment that combines excellence in the practice of convergent, multimedia journalism with intellectual leadership in the history, ethics and future of the news industry.

The International Multimedia Journalism MA programme teaches multimedia journalism to graduates of universities outside the UK who aspire to pursue a career in the news industry. You learn to report for newspapers, websites, radio and television in a live newsroom environment. Using state-of-the-art technology located in dedicated radio/television studios and multimedia newsrooms you work to real deadlines to make news programmes and upload your work to the internet. Your tutors are award-winning journalists with decades of front-line experience in national and international news. Every day starts with an editorial conference and the degree programme balances focus on journalism as practical reality with intense academic study and reflection.

This programme is especially designed for those students who do not intend to practise journalism in the United Kingdom.

Visit the website https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/107/international-multimedia-journalism

About the Centre for Journalism

The Centre for Journalism is leading the development of journalism as an academic discipline rooted in professional newsroom practice. It was established in 2008 to achieve top standards in teaching and research.

A lively and welcoming community spirit exists within the Centre. There are regular social events, seminars and masterclasses. Recent visitors have included: Allan Little, BBC correspondent; Sarah Ivens founding Editor-in-Chief of OK! Magazine USA; Gavin Esler, former presenter of Newsnight; Jon Snow, presenter of Channel 4 News, Mark Thompson, former Director General of the BBC, Alex Crawford three times RTS TV journalist of the year, Stephanie Flanders former Economics Editor BBC and Stuart Ramsay Sky News chief Correspondent. Thanks to the range of research and professional interests in the Centre, we can offer wide scope for research supervision.

The Centre enjoys strong links with other academic departments including the School of History, Kent Law School and the School of Politics and International Relations. It encourages collaborative and interdisciplinary research and joint supervision.

Course structure

Compulsory modules in Reporting and Writing, Journalism and Free Expression and Practical Multimedia Journalism introduce you to the intellectual and professional challenges of reporting for newspapers, radio, television and the internet. You choose optional academic modules from a range including: History of Journalism; Reporting Conflict; Communication and Humanitarianism, Political Reporting and Propaganda - Media, Manipulation and Persuasion.

You may choose to complete a dissertation.


The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This list is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year.

JN800 - Reporting (45 credits)
JN802 - Practical Multimedia Journalism (45 credits)
JN804 - Dissertation in Multimedia Journalism (30 credits)
JN814 - Journalism and Free Expression (30 credits)
JN815 - Political Reporting (15 credits)
JN816 - Propaganda-Media, Manipulation and Persuasion (15 credits)
JN806 - Reporting Conflict (15 credits)
JN807 - Advanced Multimedia Storytelling (15 credits)
JN808 - Communication and Humanitarianism (15 credits)
JN813 - Sports Journalism (15 credits)


The degree is taught by a combination of lectures, seminars, masterclasses, news days, tutorials and editorial conferences. Assessment is by coursework (including essays, reporting exercises and presentations) and examinations. The optional dissertation counts for a third of the final grade.

Programme aims

This programme aims to:

- teach the professional and academic skills required to practise multimedia journalism to those wishing to pursue a career in the news industry

- educate you to think critically about the ethics, duties and responsibilities of journalism in democratic societies and in emerging democracies and thus improve the quality of journalism as a profession

- produce graduates with a courageous and principled vision of the purpose of journalism and its constitutional value in contemporary democratic societies

- develop a detailed and systematic understanding of particular forms of journalism and their historic and contemporary role in the shaping of culture and society

- develop a systematic understanding and critical awareness of the impact of new technologies on journalism

- develop an appropriate range of cognitive, critical and intellectual skills and research skills

- foster lifelong learning skills that will enable you to work with self-direction and originality and to contribute to journalism and society

- bring scholarly and critical insights to bear on the subjects, activities and processes associated with multimedia journalism

- provide teaching and learning opportunities that are informed by high quality research and scholarship from within the Centre for Journalism and elsewhere.

Research areas

History of journalism, political reporting, environmental journalism, conflict reporting, documentary film, journalism technology, democracy, propaganda, global media

Study support

Postgraduate resources
The Centre is based in state-of-the-art multimedia newsrooms equipped with the latest audio and video-editing technology, a radio studio and broadcast-quality television facilities. A dedicated postgraduate newsroom opened in September 2010. Newsroom computers offer a wide range of software for teaching and research support. Students have access to Press Association news wires, Sky News Radio and Reuters World Television News feeds. They use the Centre’s dedicated multimedia website, http://www.centreforjournalism.co.uk which offers live publishing facilities in text, audio and video. The site is a forum for debate about issues in journalism and the news industry involving students and practitioners in Britain and abroad.

The resources for journalism research at Kent are led by the Drill Hall Library at Medway. The journalism collection includes a comprehensive range of texts on the history, principles and practice of journalism. Specialist resources include a complete microfiche archive of popular newspapers of the Second World War. Students have access to online full-text journals plus extensive online newspaper resources. The Centre subscribes to all relevant UK journals. Research students have access to the SCONUL access scheme to visit and borrow from other UK libraries. The Drill Hall Library contains more than 250 study spaces, 370 computers and more than 150,000 items.

Dynamic publishing culture
Staff regularly contribute to newspapers, magazines, journals and books. These have included: This is Today – a Biography of the Today Programme, The Phone Hacking Scandal: Journalism on Trial, Mirage in the Desert? Reporting the Arab Spring, Face the Future: Tools for the Modern Media Age and Afghanistan, War and the Media (Tim Luckhurst); What do We Mean by Local? (Ian Reeves), Specialist Journalism: Journalism Studies; Journalism: Theory, Practice & Criticism; Ethical Space; British Journalism Review; Parliamentary Affairs; Journal of Language and Politics; Environmental Communication; The Guardian; Media History; Political Quarterly; The Daily Telegraph; Independent; The Times; Sunday Telegraph; Toronto Globe and Mail; Los Angeles Times; The New Republic; The Word; Prospect.

Global Skills Award
All students registered for a taught Master's programme are eligible to apply for a place on our Global Skills Award Programme (http://www.kent.ac.uk/graduateschool/skills/programmes/gsa.html). The programme is designed to broaden your understanding of global issues and current affairs as well as to develop personal skills which will enhance your employability.


Our courses equip you with the necessary skills to work as a journalist. Several of our students have been offered jobs before they have finished their examinations, and editors regularly ask if our best students could apply for jobs with them.

Our students have obtained jobs at places such as Sky News, The Daily Mail, BBC Newsround and the Huffington Post.

Find out how to apply here - https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/apply/

Visit the MA International Multimedia Journalism page on the University of Kent website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Sarah Perryman

What made you want to go into this area of study?
I had always planned on going to graduate school. Though I initially considered studying Publishing or PR, I ended up deciding that an MA in Multimedia Journalism both suited my interests better and would afford me more versatile skills in the long run.

Why did you choose to study at Kent?
Honestly, Kent wasn’t my first choice until I interviewed with Tim Luckhurst. Before my interview, I was pretty sure I wanted to go to University of Sussex, but once I spoke with Tim I couldn’t see myself anywhere else. I was so impressed that he not only took the time to answer all of my questions, but he also gave me a tour of the campus and showed me the resources that Kent has to offer. To me, it seemed like a great sign of a supportive culture within the faculty. I wasn’t wrong — they’re fantastic.
What are you particularly enjoying about your studies here?
How much I’ve learned. Almost everything that we’ve covered in classes has been entirely new to me, so I feel as though I’m not just re-hashing things I studied previously. I love that we are being taught to use programs like Adobe Creative Suite and have been put in real-life situations, like on news days, where we are expected to put together a radio program or newspaper in four hours.

Which modules have you enjoyed the most so far, and why?
Practical Multimedia Journalism, because playing with Audition, InDesign, and Photoshop is fun. I also really enjoy Media Law, but that’s because I’m a bit of a judicial nerd.

What about the teaching?
I couldn’t ask for better professors. They are all so passionate and so willing to help you achieve your goals. They ask a lot of you, but they are also understanding of how demanding the course is.

What are the facilities like in the Centre for Journalism and on campus generally?
Wonderful, so far I’ve never had an issue because of lack of resources. Between the newsroom and the library, we have everything we need.

What is the level of support like here for postgraduates?
As I mentioned before, the culture of support at Kent is one of the main reasons that I chose this university. The professors are always willing to help and librarians are also very helpful for research questions and offer program tutorials.


Centre for Journalism postgraduate scholarship - 2 Awards

Two scholarships are awarded each year that will cover 50% of tuition fees at the Home/EU rate for 1 year.

Value of Scholarship(s)

50% of tuition fees


To be eligible for the scholarships, candidates must make a formal application for postgraduate study at the University of Kent and must hold an offer for the MA Multimedia Journalism programme.

Application Procedure

Candidates must submit a letter of application, to include an explanation of why they want to be a journalist. This is to be sent with a degree certificate by post to: Professor Tim Luckhurst University of Kent Centre for Journalism Gillingham Building Chatham Maritime Kent ME4 4AG.
Deadline for receipt of applications is usually in the final week of September, but contact the Centre for more details.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Minimum 2.1 or equivalent in a relevant academic subject (eg, politics, history, English, international relations) and demonstrable interest in and aptitude for journalism. Suitably qualified applicants will be invited for interview. In certain circumstances, the Centre will consider candidates who have not followed a conventional education path. These cases are assessed individually by the Head of Centre and/or the Director of Learning and Teaching and the Director of Research. Applicants should also hold an IELTS qualification with an overall score of 7.0 with 6.5 in reading, 6.5 in listening, 6.5 in speaking and 7.0 in writing.

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