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Digital Journalism (MLitt/ PgDip)

Course Description

Why this course?

Traditional news outlets are moving towards online products at an accelerated pace.

Digital technology is profoundly changing journalism, with innovations like hyperlocal news and mobile media reporting becoming increasingly prevalent.

This course is designed to equip you with the necessary skills to produce multimedia news and features. You’ll develop sound analytical, ethical and entrepreneurial skills in order to perform at a high level in the digital media world.

We aim to produce high quality, fresh-thinking graduates who have a passion to communicate and can articulate their ideas through effective story-telling.

See the website https://www.strath.ac.uk/courses/postgraduatetaught/digitaljournalism/

You’ll study

You’ll work in the University’s simulated news environment and also report externally using mobile media. You’ll also:
- pursue real-life stories
- produce your own journalism packages
- experiment with entrepreneurial projects
- report, write and edit using text, pictures, video and audio to tell multimedia stories effectively

In Semester 2, you devise, launch, produce and market your own online publication.

In the Entrepreneurial Journalism class, which is run in collaboration with the University’s Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, you’ll learn about developing a portfolio career, personal branding and creating new ventures.

Throughout the course, there are opportunities to work on various projects with organisations from journalism and the creative industries.

Core classes

Core classes are as follows:
- Multimedia Journalism
- Entrepreneurial Journalism
- Producing Media
- Scots Law for Journalists
- Media Ethics

Optional classes

You'll choose from:
- Investigative Journalism: History & Theory
- Journalism & Society

Academic Dissertation : you will choose to undertake either an academic dissertation or a production dissertation.

Work placement

You’ll gain professional work experience by undertaking a placement at a newspaper, news agency or broadcast organisation.

You’re expected to arrange your own placement. This is normally for a period of up to four weeks during December/January or March/April.

Previous students have completed placements at the Herald and Times Group, the BBC, STV, the Independent, various local newspapers, company press offices and NGOs, such as the Scottish Refugee Council.


You'll work in the University's simulated news environment.
You'll report externally using mobile media and digital recorders and cameras. You'll have access to industry standard audio and video editing software.

Student competitions

In 2013, the MLitt Digital Journalism students won the Multimedia Publication of the Year award, sponsored by the Herald, at the Scottish Student Journalism Awards. The award was for their online news site, the Inner Circle.
The class of 2014 also won with their publication, The Wee G, which offers readers an alternative insight into news and current affairs in Glasgow.

Scottish Student Journalism Awards 2014:
- Sam Shedden won Student Journalist of the Year and Feature of the Year
- Luciano Graca won Sport Story of the Year
- Mark Simpson won Scoop of the Year and a commendation in the Feature of the Year category
- Gillian Furmage, Christopher Morton and Stewart Ross were all nominated in various categories

Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for a Masters degree at the University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.
To find out more about the courses and opportunities on offer visit isc.strath.ac.uk or call today on +44 (0) 1273 339333 and discuss your education future. You can also complete the online application form, or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today.

[[Learning & teaching]
The course is delivered by lectures and seminars, during which a range of teaching and learning strategies are used.
These include formal talks, discussions, presentations, role-playing exercises and discussion of recorded material.
You'll also pursue real-life stories, produce your own journalism packages and experiment with entrepreneurial projects in extended workshops. You'll devise, launch and produce your own online publications predominantly through independent learning.

Guest lectures

We've a programme of visiting speakers including:
- Calum Macdonald- Herald digital editor
- Matt Roper- STV online editor

The Literary Lunch series is run by our own Literary Fellow, Keith Wright. The series showcases the best in Scottish writing and features poets and novelists such as Liz Lochhead, James Robertson and Andrew Greig.


Assessment is via various means depending on the nature of the class.
Academic subjects are generally assessed by written essays, case studies and presentations.
In the Media Ethics class, students complete an innovative assessment, which requires them to work together in groups to research, create and produce a short video that explores a journalism ethics topic.
In practical journalism classes, students produce individual multimedia journalism packages, portfolios of their own work and a group online news site.
Peer assessment is also used in some of these classes.


Graduates of the course are employed at organisations such as:
- the Herald and Times Group
- the Press and Journal (Aberdeen)
- DC Thomson
- the Daily Record

as well as running their own entrepreneurial ventures such as JournoWave.

Job titles include:
- content producers
- social media managers
- editorial offers
- communications officers

How much will I earn?

- the average starting salary for a broadcast journalist is around £15,000 - £20,000. Starting salaries vary significantly between local and national broadcasters.*
- according to the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) 's 2013 survey, Journalists at Work, the average salary for a newspaper journalist is £22,250.*

*information is intended only as a guide. Figures taken from Prospects.

To recognise academic achievement, the Dean's International Excellence Award offers students a merit-based scholarship of up to £3,000 for entry onto a full-time Masters programme in the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences.

Find information on Scholarships here http://www.strath.ac.uk/studywithus/scholarships/

Visit the Digital Journalism (MLitt/ PgDip) page on the University of Strathclyde website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Shilong Sun

“The lectures are friendly and kind and they spared no effort to help me successfully complete my studies. Strathclyde not only places emphasis on theoretical studies, but also offers a wealth of opportunities for practical learning”


Entry Requirements

A good Honours degree, or equivalent, or professional experience demonstrating ability to study at Masters level. Experience of student journalism, a media work placement, freelance work or professional journalism.English language requirementsYou're required to have a suitable minimum level of competency in the English language if your first language is not English or if you have not been educated wholly or mainly in the medium of English.For postgraduate studies, the University of Strathclyde requires a minimum overall score of IELTS 6.5 (no individual test score below 5.5) or equivalent. Tests are valid for two years.

Course Fees

2016/17: Scotland/EU £8,000 (FT) / £4,000 (PT); Rest of UK £8,000 (FT) / £4,000 (PT); International £13,000

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