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Newspaper Journalism - MA

Course Description

City’s MA Newspaper Journalism course is a fast-paced, exciting degree designed to train the future reporters, correspondents and editors of the world’s leading media organisations.

Who is it for?

This course is suitable for students from any degree background with an interest in current affairs. Students will have a keen interest in the media, specifically in news and/or features in print and/or online journalism.


The course has an exceptional reputation and an outstanding graduate employment record. The degree has been helping aspiring journalists into employment since 1982. The course combines professional skills training in reporting, interviewing, writing, editing, research and newspaper production (in print and online) with a concern for professional standards and critical and ethical reflection.

Many students undertake work placements in their chosen field, taking advantage of our location, usually arranging them for the winter and/or spring break. The department includes former Managing Editor of The Times, Professor George Brock; Professor David Leigh of The Guardian; ITN’s chief lawyer, John Battle; and award-winning Freedom of Information expert, Heather Brooke.

We have been running Journalism courses at City since 1976. In the years since, over 5,000 students have graduated and are now working in the media around the world.


Students on all Journalism MA courses may opt to undertake work placements, which many find an essential step in developing their career in journalism. They can give you the chance to put your learning into practice and, more importantly, make contacts in the industry.

You are encouraged to seek work experience while you study on this course, and your personal tutor can advise on suitable organisations to approach. Work placements are not formally assessed as part of the MA programme.

Academic facilities

You will gain practical skills in our digital newsrooms, with access to cameras, audio recorders and other equipment, with dedicated technical support.

In 2014 we completed a £12m development project for our journalism facilities. These facilities were developed in consultation with experts from the BBC and ITN, and include two digital newsrooms - impressive modern facilities that enable you to learn the skills required to produce newspapers, magazines and websites.

Teaching and learning

Some modules are taught in lecture theatres, such as Ethics, Rules and Standards and UK Media Law, but some involve small-group workshops that allow you to develop your journalistic skills and knowledge with the support of our expert academics and journalists, including visiting lecturers. Personal contact with tutors ensures individual help in developing through the course and in finding a job upon completion.

Our students have the option of taking part in a Teeline shorthand course alongside their studies. This costs £100 (refundable if you reach 100 words per minute) and runs across two terms.


All MA Journalism courses at City are practical, hands-on courses designed for aspiring journalists. As a result, much of your coursework will be journalistic assignments that you produce to deadline, as you would in a real news organisation. Assessment is often through a portfolio of journalistic assignments of this kind.


This MA in Newspaper Journalism course combines practical skills training in reporting, interviewing, writing, editing, research and newspaper production with a concern for critical and ethical reflection and the highest journalistic standards. All of our MA Journalism students must undertake underpinning core modules in Ethics, Rules and Standards, and a Final Project.

Core modules
-Ethics, Rules and Standards (30 credits)
-Journalism Portfolio (30 credits)
-Editorial Production (30 credits)
-Final Project (30 credits)
-UK Media Law (15 credits)
-Social and Digital Journalism (15 credits)
-Political Headlines (15 credits)

Elective modules
-Lifestyle Specialism (15 credits)
-International Correspondent Specialism (15 credits)
-Arts and Culture Specialism (15 credits)
-Humanitarian Reporting Specialism (15 credits)
-Finance and Business Specialism (15 credits)
-Sports Specialism (15 credits)
-Political Reporting Specialism (15 credits)
-Entertainment Specialism (15 credits)
-Security and Crime Specialism (15 credits)
-Investigative Reporting Specialism (15 credits)

Career prospects

Students benefit from a central London location, unrivalled industry contacts and a thorough grounding in the best practices of professional journalism.

Recent graduates have gone on to work at a range of newspapers, magazines, news agencies, websites and in television, including:
-Vice News
-The Times
-Sunday Times
-The Daily Telegraph
-The Guardian
-The Daily Mail
-Channel 4 News
-The Sun
-London Evening Standard
-New Statesman
-The Independent
-Bloomberg News
-The Mail on Sunday
-Press Association
-National News Agency
-City AM
-Cambridge News
-Hampstead & Highgate Express
-Manchester Evening News
-Time Out
-Take a Break
-Caters News Agency

Visit the Newspaper Journalism - MA page on the City, University of London website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You should hold an upper second class honours degree or the equivalent from an international institution. You should have gained some work experience in the media, eg on local/regional UK newspapers (or have this arranged when you apply). As well as new graduates, we also welcome mature applicants with substantial work experience in the industry.

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