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News Journalism is accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists

News - Aims

As part of our commitment to employability, the MA News Journalism is accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists. Students study for the industry-recognised Diploma in Journalism, a qualification demanded by many employers.

This means all our students study Teeline Shorthand to 100 words per minute, a requirement of the NCTJ’s Diploma and a key requirement of many job descriptions for young journalists.

The course

The course is taught through workshops; newsroom sessions and one-to-one support with your personal tutor – along with lectures from the course team and visiting lecturers.

Recent speakers have included:

  • Nick Brett, managing director of BBC Worldwide Magazines
  • Rachel Jolley, Index on Censorship
  • Alan Rusbridger, editor of the Guardian
  • Joanna Geary, Twitter
  • Jim Waterson, Deputy Editor at Buzzfeed UK
  • Elena Cresci, The Guardian’s Community Desk

You’ll learn skills relevant to the digital newsroom - ranging from audio, video and mobile journalism to planning content strategies for online communities, from designing and layout tablet editions to creating print newspapers. This is augmented by the core journalism training which focuses on safe, accurate storytelling built on strong research and interview skills.

High ethical standards are at the core of the MA News Journalism, and students are taught about codes of conduct and how to handle key ethical issues alongside their professional-level legal training.