These modules, taken for two days a week over the full academic programme, develop best principles and practices in news production. During the second week of the Autumn semester students choose to follow a broadcast news, newspaper, magazine or documentary pathway. Through a mix of workshops, discussion and real world reporting, the pathways develop newsgathering, storytelling and production skills while analysing news values and audience expectations.
These modules develop the fundamental journalistic investigative techniques of information gathering, retrieval and analysis. The modules examine techniques of interviewing and dealing with press conferences; effective use of data; access to information; basic business and economic concepts; how to interpret public documents (e.g. government papers, company reports); and the ethical and legal issues journalists face. It includes strands in critical thinking and in journalistic research methods. IGA is designed both to be of professional and practical help to working journalists and to provide an understanding of the academic research methods underpinning the dissertation.
This Autumn semester module aims to equip students to report well on, or for, societies other than their own and to report confidently on major international institutions and issues. The module will examine the cultural and professional challenges involved in effectively communicating between societies; how technological advances have affected foreign correspondence and categorisations such as ‘local’ and ‘foreign’ news; who predominates in setting the international news agenda and how; the major national, multilateral and regional actors in world affairs; significant contemporary international issues; and incipient trends for the future in international affairs.
In the Spring semester students have a choice of two optional half-modules which typically include:
Most MA International Journalism students choose to create a practice-based dissertation. They undertake a major journalistic investigation which is then presented in either broadcast or print format within an academic framework. Students may instead undertake media research of a topic in international journalism. The dissertation work begins during an Autumn-semester research retreat in rural Wales. Research skills are developed through the core modules and through regular meetings with an individual dissertation supervisor.