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Multimedia Journalism (Broadcast) (PGDip)

Course Description

Whether you have already begun your career in journalism, or you are planning to start it, this course will give you the practical and intellectual skills necessary to pursue a career in either broadcast journalism (TV and radio), working as a multimedia online journalist, or print journalist for newspapers and magazines.

The course has a strong practical focus, you will be expected to develop story ideas and contacts, and gather your own material for your course work assignments. Your stories could be local, national or international.

The University is proud of its state-ofthe- art media resources, newsrooms and studios, and our journalism graduates emerge multi-skilled. Our teaching staff are highly experienced journalism professionals, and our department and its students have won many awards. Graduates go on to good jobs around the world, many at well-known international organisations such as Al Jazeera, BBC, CCTV, CNN, Phoenix TV, Reuters, The Economist, and The Washington Post.

Course content

There’s a strong emphasis on learning through ‘hands-on’ experience, often in small teams, using our broadcast quality facilities, and preparing you for the new world of multi-platform journalism.

The course is taught over two semesters, followed by the largely self-directed Final Project, with the opportunity of work placement. Unlike most journalism MAs you can undertake a practical Final Project: a TV or radio documentary, a print portfolio or an online project. Some students choose to write a 15,000-word dissertation instead.

You will have the chance to air your work on Smoke Radio, (http://www.smokeradio.co.uk) the University’s multi-award-winning internet radio station, or post items onto one of the University’s two news sites ? Westminster News Online (http://www.wnol.info) or our local community website, The HA1 (http://www.theHA1.co.uk).

Core modules

This provides a critical examination of the social, political and economic pressures on media institutions across the world, and their consequences for journalists. You will also examine the provisions designed to safeguard media freedom and the security and integrity of journalists.

This module aims to give you a critical understanding of the concepts and techniques of contemporary journalism, including news values, story research, news-writing and reporting techniques. You will also gain a grounding in new media skills.

Broadcast News and Current Affairs (Radio and TV)
This aims to give you a grounding in the skills and techniques of daily live radio and television news and current affairs.

Documentary Skills (Radio and TV)
This develops your skills further, allowing you to develop advanced production and reporting techniques, enabling you to carry out longer form pieces of broadcast journalism.

Broadcast News (Audio and Video for the Web)
By giving you a grounding in the skills and techniques of radio and television news and current affairs, this module aims to equip you with the skills needed to contribute to a multi-media website.

Online Journalism
This provides in-depth instruction in multimedia website design and content and advanced understanding of online journalism skills. It aims to achieve in small group projects a publishable, topical news website.

Web Production for Westminster News Online (http://www.wnol.info)
Together with students from the MA in Print and Online Journalism you will be developing the best online techniques to run a live, multimedia news website.

Magazine Production
During this module you will develop advanced skills in the content and design/ layout of magazines in order to originate, write, design and produce a magazine as a group project.

Newspaper Journalism
You will be introduced to the theory and practice of writing news and features for multiple platforms including newspapers, magazines and online, as well as learning design, editing and production for the print medium.project.

Option modules

Choose two from:

These are in-depth practical projects, which involve researching, compiling and presenting your own TV or radio documentary, website or print journalism collection, together with a critical analysis. You will work individually, under a limited amount of supervision, and demonstrate the skills and techniques, gained during the course.

You will explore the main debates within the field of media management in the UK and US. The module will also draw comparisons with structure, strategy, management and operation of the media in other parts of the world.

You will gain a critical understanding of the history, theory and practice of investigative journalism across both print and broadcast media and an introduction to the techniques used by investigative journalists. The module is taught by Sony Award winning journalist, BBC Radio’s John Waite. You will carry out research for an investigation of their own and show how such an investigation would be treated by the print or broadcast media.

This provides in-depth instruction in multimedia website design and content and advanced understanding of online journalism skills. It aims to achieve in small group projects a publishable, topical news website.

A critical study of the news media in the context of current society; it examines different aspects of how news is created, disseminated and consumed.

- Specialist Journalism
You can choose options in practical journalism giving you an introduction to the skills, techniques, and role of the specialist correspondent. This module examines in depth the role of the specialist, it provides a critical understanding of the importance of sources, contacts and consideration of ethical issues and current debate in your chosen field. You will also develop specialist reporting techniques to provide a number of ‘multi-platform’ pieces of journalism

Currently we offer arts and entertainment; business and financial; environmental health and medical journalism; and sports. You may also choose one module from our theory-based MA courses. This is recommended for those who choose to undertake a dissertation.

This involves a critical exploration of travel journalism, the market for travel features, and you will learn how to write evocatively about your experiences in order to inspire, inform and entertain your readers.

Note: The University is constantly improving its offer to students. It is intended that some changes, such as practice options under new course titles, may be approved between printing this brochure and enrolment for this course. You are therefore advised to look at the website for updated details.

Associated careers

Although designed to prepare you for a career in journalism, this course could also lead to a career in public relations, communications, or any other profession requiring effective communication and practical skills. In recent years MA students have been able to go as ‘embedded journalists’ on Royal Navy and NATO training exercises, sometimes on board ship, as well as visits on exchange to Moscow State University’s Faculty of Journalism, and to the European Commission and Parliament in Brussels.

Our journalism graduates are now working at Al Jazeera, Associated Press, BBC Arabic and Persian TV, BBC Radio Five Live, BBC Radio Four, BBC Three Counties Radio, BBC World Service, Central China Television, Indian news channels NDTV, UTV and CNN-IBN, LBC Radio, Reuters, Sky News, Sky Sports, The Economist website, The Guardian, The Washington Post, and many other news organisations around the world.


At Westminster, we have always believed that your University experience should be designed to enhance your professional life. Today’s organisations need graduates with both good degrees and employability skills, and we are committed to enhancing your graduate employability by ensuring that career development skills are embedded in all courses.

Opportunities for part-time work, placements and work-related learning activities are widely available, and can provide you with extra cash and help you to demonstrate that you have the skills employers are looking for. In London there is a plentiful supply of part-time work – most students at the University of Westminster work part time (or full time during vacations) to help support their studies.

We continue to widen and strengthen our links with employers, involving them in curriculum design and encouraging their participation in other aspects of career education and guidance. Staff take into account the latest data on labour market trends and employers’ requirements to continually improve the service delivered to students.

Visit the Multimedia Journalism (Broadcast) (PGDip) page on the University of Westminster website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You should hold a good first degree equivalent to a UK Upper Second Class Honours. Ideally you should have some journalism work experience, whether a short placement or more extensive professional experience. You will also need a good understanding of the media and current affairs. Unless a large part of your education has been in English, you will need an IELTS score (or its equivalent) of 7.0 in speaking and in writing.

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