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Television Journalism - MA

Course Description

This course gives you unique access to the television journalism industry with 96% employment rate in the TV or related industry and tailored work placements every week.

Who is it for?

This course is suitable for students with a first degree looking to become good all-round television journalists capable of working in newsrooms, on multi-media and in documentaries and current affairs. Applicants should have an interest in video and TV films and have a broad general knowledge including lifestyle, sport and politics. While this course is NOT about TV presenting, it’s important that you aren’t afraid to be in front of the camera and even more important that you are keen to write and provide material for others to present. Vitally, you should want to communicate using moving pictures and be excited by the wonderful world of television!


The MA in Television Journalism has unparalleled contact with the TV industry and each Wednesday in term one and two, students work in the TV journalism industry. The course is designed for 30 students subdivided into teaching groups of 15 with daily personal contact with Professor Lis Howell, and award winning film maker Sally Webb. The documentary legend David Lloyd (formerly commissioning editor of Channel Four current affairs programmes) and ABC news producer Mike Trew make up the team. Students make half hour documentaries in teams of three in term three and these films have won awards like Guardian Young Journalists of the Year; The BJTC documentary award; and been re-worked for broadcast on BBC 2’s ‘Newsnight’. The course is grounded in news production but also branches out with a Question Time programme which has included guests such as Jeremy Corbyn; Stephanie Flanders; Jon Snow and Yasmin Alibi Brown plus may more.


MA TV have tailored placement each Wednesday. There is no doubt that the size of the City cohort means unique networking opportunities with present students and 4,000 alumni but at the same time every student is given personal help to achieve a job in broadcasting. Every student counts. Organisations that have taken our students for placements include:
-Blakeway Productions
-Hardcash Productions
-ITN Sport (Olympics)
-October Films
-OR Media
-Plum Films

Academic facilities

In 2014 we completed a £12m development projects for our Journalism facilities. These facilities were developed in consultation with experts from the BBC and ITN, and were praised by the BJTC. Our facilities include:
-A television studio: enabling simultaneous multi-media simulated broadcast and a major expansion in the number of news and current affairs programmes produced.
-Four radio studios: enabling an increase in output and the potential to explore a permanent radio station.
-Two radio broadcast newsrooms: high-tech facilities that enable you to learn how to produce a radio programme.
-Two digital newsrooms: impressive modern facilities that enable you to learn the skills required to produce newspapers, magazines and websites.
-Two TV editing and production newsrooms: state-of-the-art facilities that enable you to learn about TV production.

Teaching and learning

All MA Journalism courses at City are practical, hands-on courses designed for people that want to become 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.

Some courses are taught in lecture theatres but most are small-group workshops that allow you to develop your journalistic skills and knowledge with the support of our expert academics. Teaching hours are between Mondays to Fridays during working hours, and occasionally outside those times.


Assessments vary from module to module but include coursework, practical work both in groups and individually, a Final Project, a written timed test, and essays.Activities include lectures, practical work in groups and individually, personal tutorials, and independent learning

This pathway is taught by professors, senior lecturers and lecturers, with industry practitioners as Visiting Lecturers, and a number of key industry visiting speakers.


All of our Television Journalism MA students must undertake underpinning core modules in Ethics, Rules and Standards and a Final Project. As a Television Journalism student you will have specialist core and elective modules that complement these projects.

Core modules
-Ethics, Rules & Standards (30 credits)
-Final Project (30 credits)
-Newsgathering for TV and Radio (30 credits)
-Newsdays Production (30 credits)
-Studio Production for TV or Radio (15 credits)
-UK Media Law (15 credits)
-Political Headlines (15 credits)

Elective modules
-Journalism Innovation (15 credits)
-Social & Digital Journalism (15 credits)

Career prospects

Our postgraduate courses have 96% employment rate across the journalism courses according to graduates responding to the 14/15 DLHE survey. Alumni include BBC’s Sophie Raworth and famous names such as:
-Dermot Murnaghan (Sky News)
-Barbara Serra (Al Jazeera)
-Jo Whiley (BBC Radio)

Recent graduates of the MA Broadcasting include:
-Ramita Navai, Emmy Award-winning documentary maker
-Chris Mason (BBC Political Reporter)
-Isobel Webster (Sky News)
-Darren McGaffrey (Sky News)
-Minnie Stephenson (ITN)
-Cordelia Lynch (Sky News Washington)

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

Entry Requirements

An upper second class honours degree or the equivalent from an international institution. Applicants must demonstrate a knowledge of TV news and current affairs. We expect a high standard of general knowledge relating to politics, international news, sport and entertainment. Television Journalism applicants would be well advised to have work experience with a TV company or student TV, but this is desirable rather than essential. You should be able to demonstrate an interest in visual media. All complete applications will be considered and shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an open day and interview at the Institution.

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