News Journalism (MA)
This course is aimed at those wishing to pursue a career as a news journalist, whether at a hyperlocal, regional, or national level.
News Journalism is the National Council for the Training of Journalists’ top performing postgraduate journalism course for 2016 and is aimed at those wishing to pursue a career as a news journalist, whether at a hyperlocal, regional, or national level.
You will learn the basics of how to find, produce, and publish a story using the most effective – and relevant – tools available. You will be taught how to write news, features, and opinion, how to research stories, build up contacts, and work a news patch that they are allocated.
In addition, you will also learn how to shoot short videos and stills on mobile for online reporting on our own public-facing news site and how to maximise the use of social media to share and promote your stories.
- An accredited National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) course.
- NCTJ’s top performing postgraduate journalism course for 2016.
- Industry placements in the second semester.
- An outstanding alumni network across the media.
|Next intake||September 2017|
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Applicants that meet our Entry Criteria will be invited to attend an interview. The main interview periods will take place between December and April.
Applicants will normally be expected to hold a UK higher education degree of lower second class Honours or above, or a qualification recognised by the University as equivalent. This requirement may be waived for students with appropriate alternative qualifications.
In addition, applicants whose first language is not English must obtain a British Council IELTS score of at least 7.5.
You will be asked to provide references in support of your application, one of which will need to be from previous academic study.
Applicants are advised to submit applications between October and February.
You will spend an intense nine months learning the fundamentals of the business - how to write, report, and interview for newspapers and online channels, the technical and production skills needed to project stories effectively and, importantly, the attitudes, news sense, judgement, and discipline the profession demands.
After a few weeks, you will be learning most of this, not in a classroom, but by fulfilling realistic briefs which require you to find, research, and write a variety of stories for online and, later, also in print. You are expected to find stories on your own initiative from contacts you develop during the course. Practical work includes the coverage of press conferences, public meetings, court, councils, politics, sports events, and entertainment.
In addition, you will also choose one of six specialist elective journalism subjects to study before progressing after nine months to the dissertation stage.
Teaching is through a programme of lectures and exercises. Assessment of course work is by written examination and continuous assessment. News Journalism features an attachment in April with a local/national news outlet for typically three weeks.
The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2017/18 academic year. The final modules will be published by July 2017.
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|Public Administration||MCT508||10 credits|
|Reporters and the Reported||MCT509||10 credits|
|Digital Journalism||MCT537||10 credits|
|News Journalism 1||MCT547||20 credits|
|News Journalism 2||MCT548||20 credits|
|News Reporting & Production||MCT549||40 credits|
|Media Law and Ethics||MCT553||20 credits|
|Professional Development||MCT560||10 credits|
|Major Project||MCT561||30 credits|
How will I be taught?
You will be taught through a variety of practical workshops and productions days which replicate an industry environment as well as lecture series to support the more academic elements of the course.
How will I be supported?
You will be allocated a Personal Tutor, for help and support with academic and pastoral needs, who is available when needed to discuss progress, provide advice and guidance.
You will be supported by the Student Support services in the school and through wider university resources.
You will have regular tutorials with programme directors/personal tutors as well as the opportunity to meet with module co-ordinators on request.
Feedback is provided at each assessment point for summative assessments, formative feedback is provided in practical sessions and throughout teaching.
How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed through a wide range of formative and summative assessments throughout the course. These range from practical class room activities to academic essays and examinations.
What skills will I practise and develop?
On completion of the course you will be able to:
- take a shorthand note to 100 wpm
- construct a narrative
- be precise with grammar and sentence construction
- understand social media
- take and edit video for social media.
You will also be able to understand news and current affairs developments.
The range of careers open to those who succeed on this course includes reporting for online providers, from the BBC to local start-ups, and various news organisations with print and online operations in Britain and abroad.
Graduates typically work for local and national newspapers, news websites, blogs, news agencies and PR agencies.
UK and EU students (2017/18)
Students from outside the EU (2017/18)
Placements are required as part of the Professional Development module and Programme Accreditation through the NCTJ.
Placements will take place during the Easter Recess period.
All placements will be co-ordinated in correspondence with course directors ahead of the recess period.