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Multimedia Journalism - MA

Course Description

The MA Multimedia Journalism is Scotland’s leading journalism Masters. It’s NCTJ & BJTC accredited; offers placements with BBC, STV, Record, and Herald; achieves 75% employment; & wins more Scottish Student Journalism Awards than any other Masters.

This timetable-intensive programme will teach you all the skills all journalism employers in all media now expect of all entrants: shorthand; news reporting and feature writing; sub-editing & print production, the essentials of stills photography; radio interviewing, scripting, digital editing, voice presentation, studio self-operation; HD-TV digital video camera shooting, writing to picture, digital editing and studio and piece-to-camera presentation; online news writing, podcasting and web content management.

Why Choose This Programme

-Excellent employment record in journalism: 100% in 09-10; 89% in 08-09; 75% in 10-11.
-Only double-accredited – NCTJ and BJTC – Masters in central Scotland.
-Top university journalism programme in Scotland in NCTJ exam results (Reporting, Media Law, Court Reporting, Government, Shorthand) in both 2009 and 2010.
-Our students won more nominations in each of the 2009, 2010, and 2012 Scottish Student Journalism Awards than all other Scottish university courses put together.
-Agreed work-experience/placement schemes in place with all major Scottish print and broadcast news organisations.
-All journalism lecturers are experienced journalists and/or NCTJ examiners.

What You'll Learn

The MA Multimedia Journalism at GCU includes all the key skills and knowledge you will need to begin a career in journalism.

Shorthand, Government, Law, and News & Online Writing are all compulsory subjects, with classes in these subjects and skills running every week for the entire length of the diploma programme.

In the first trimester, each week you will have practical classes in news reporting and feature writing; sub-editing & print production; and radio/TV/online journalism and production skills; as well as a weekly class studying and reflecting on Journalism in Context.

Then in second trimester the practical balance moves towards more demanding specialist reporting skills (court, council, financial, for example), and live multimedia newsday team productions, plus a specialist option.

The programme therefore is quite intense and the timetable busy, but nevertheless in each trimester almost one-third of the 39 hours in the week's timetable is left free, to enable you to do the reporting work off-campus and self-directed production practice your subjects will require you to put in.

Work Placement

You are guided by a journalist lecturer advisor in seeking and obtaining not less than 10 days’ work experience in a journalism organisation by the end of the diploma, and not less than a further ten days by the end of the Masters.

Mostly this will be undertaken during vacation and assessment weeks, but there are possibilities of individual day shifts and up to one week only during teaching weeks, by negotiation with the programme leader.

Agreements are in place for placements with all major news and journalism organisations in Scotland, across TV , radio, newspapers, magazines and online.

Career Opportunities

Masters graduates have gone on within 6 months of graduation to full time work in TV news, online and multimedia news, newspapers, magazines, radio, online marketing, and public relations, in Scotland, London, Manchester, Leeds, Wales, France, Austria, Georgia and Australia.

Their employers include the BBC, STV, Sky, Sky Sports, France24, Press Association, Glasgow Herald / Evening Times, Deadline News Agency, Edinburgh Evening News, Farmer’s Weekly, Clyde and Forth Press, S1.com, BiP Solutions, Real Radio, Bigmouth Media, North West Evening Mail, Portsmouth News, Western Gazette, Best Scottish Weddings Magazine, The Big Partnership, Scottish Football Association, Connect Communications.

Visit the Multimedia Journalism - MA page on the Glasgow Caledonian University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

UK Honours degree 2:2 (or equivalent) and evidence of journalistic experience or endeavour. Entrance test and interview required.

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