MA Journalism is designed to meet the challenges of a fully ‘converged’ media world where journalists, especially at entry level, are expected to be able to work within any medium from video reporting to magazine feature writing, through radio production and podcasting to web production, blogging, dynamic content management and supervision of social networking sites.
The programme has been developed with the assistance of the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC) and an industry advisory panel composed of regional and national figures with expertise in television, radio, newspapers, magazines, online and journalism training.
Study and training proceeds rapidly from the classroom to the studio and newsroom where, together with extended periods of work attachment, students experience the reality of working journalism.
• The Business of Journalism: Markets, Audiences, Advertising, Funding • Teeline Shorthand • Web Audio and Video Production Skills/ Interactive Online Digital Magazine Production • Radio and Television News Production and Presentation • UK/EU Public Affairs/News Sources • Media Law and Regulation • Video Documentary Production • Live Production Project – Winchester News Online
Learning and Teaching
A wide variety of teaching methods is used including tutorials, seminars, lectures, workshops and demonstrations. Practical work takes place in a purpose-built multimedia newsroom and studio designed and constructed to industry standards.
There is an emphasis on continuous assessment of practical skills. The media law and public affairs modules are assessed by examination. Practical work is assessed in the studio in individual group and feedback sessions. All students create a course blog, which acts as a portfolio of work completed, a means of exchanging ideas with tutors and other students and a way of receiving feedback and advice on their work.
An Academic Dissertation/Major Individual Journalism Project enables students to study one aspect of the profession of journalism, or an aspect of its likely future development.
There is an option to do this by means of a traditional supervised academic dissertation, or as a series of linked in-depth pieces of journalism.
Graduates are equipped to begin professional careers as staff or freelance journalists in the newspaper, magazine, radio, television and online industries.
“The MA at Winchester suited me because it offered training on TV, radio and magazine journalism. Having come from a Law degree, I wanted to explore all these areas before narrowing my focus.
“I enjoy working on the weekly news programme Winchester News Online (WINOL). It is one of a kind and gives you fantastic hands-on experience. Wednesday afternoons are our news days – they have been hectic but brilliant!
“Even with the broad nature of the course, I have been able to tailor my interests. My final project involves working on the Justice Gap website. Using my legal background, I started writing for them at the beginning of the course – I’ve now gained valuable web skills.
“The lecturers are all professionals from the field of journalism and they put us through our paces which is great preparation for your future career as a journalist as you gain an insight into how editors may expect you to work.”
Normally a first or second-class Honours degree in a related subject or professional experience in the area of study. If English is not your first language: IELTS 7.0 (including 7.0 in writing) or equivalent. Application process: UKPASS (full-time applicants only) or Direct Entry Application Form (part-time applicants only).
Recipient: University of Winchester
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