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Multimedia Journalism (Print & Online) MA

University of Westminster
Location: 
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Watford Rd, Harrow, HA1 3, London
Tel.+44 (0) 20 7911 5000

Current Status: Terminato
Course Type: Master Level:
Available Financing:
Tuition: 8.000 £ Duration y/mm: 0/12
Places Available: Credits:
Application Deadline: 15/09/2017 Admissions:
Start Date: 15/09/2017 End Date: 20/08/2018

Description

This course will equip you with all the practical and intellectual skills you need to work as a multimedia, multi-platform journalist, at the same time allowing you gain a deeper grounding in the abilities of broadcast, or written journalism.
You can choose one of two pathways Print and Online or Broadcast, in order to specialise chiefly in text based journalism as print and online practitioner, or as a multi-platform broadcast journalist. All students learn the basic skills of audio, video and web reporting. The course has a very practical focus, so you are expected to develop story ideas and contacts, and gather your own material for journalistic course work. You will be given full training in using our up-to-date media resources, ensuring that you graduate from the course as a multi-skilled, multi-platform journalist. Both the MA and the Postgraduate Diploma can be taken as a part-time course over two years.

The PG Diploma and MA have been accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC) which means we provide industry backed journalism training for online, TV & radio. The organisation accredits a number of British journalism courses, providing the syllabus meets their requirements.

The University of Westminster itself is designated a Skillset Media Academy, Skillset being the UK skills body for the Creative Industries.

Our teaching staff are highly experienced journalism professionals, and our graduates go on to work with a variety of leading media organisations including BBC TV and Radio, national and local, and BBC News Online, ITN, Russia Today, Al Jazeera, the Financial Times and The Guardian, Conde Nast, and many other media houses in Britain and around the world

Many of our students have won journalism awards, the most recent being the Best Radio News item for 2014, awarded by the BJTC. We have twice been awarded a BJTC award for excellence in teaching,

Contents

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course. For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the full course document on the masters website.

Core modules

These modules are taken by all students on both pathways:

  • Multimedia Journalism Skills: Part theory, part practice, this module takes a critical look at the concepts and techniques underpinning contemporary journalism and new media, and the surrounding issues.
  • Issues in journalism: You will gain an in-depth working knowledge of media law, explore the relationship between UK public institutions, and evaluate the ethical considerations which are of key concern to journalists;
  • Digital Journalism: Developing digital reporting techniques for news and long form pieces, run a live multi-media website with output for desktop, mobile and social media.

Print and Online pathway modules.

Semester one:

  • News and Feature Writing: You will develop the skills and techniques of writing news stories and features across print and web platforms, gain an understanding of news-gathering, and the importance of developing contacts.

Semester two:

  • Magazine Project: During this module you will develop advanced skills in the content, design and layout of magazines working in an editorial team in order produce both a glossy printed magazine, and its electronic version. This module is also offered as an option to the broadcast pathway.
  • Online Journalism: Combining your journalism and technical skills as part of a team you will learn coding, so that you can develop, design and provide content for a unique magazine website. This module is also offered as an option to the broadcast pathway.
  • Specialist Journalism: You can explore in depth the role of the specialist correspondent, and develop specialist reporting techniques to provide a number of 'multi-platform' pieces of journalism. Currently we are offering three choices: Lifestyle * Health and Medical * and Sports . Previously Business and Financial * Environmental have also been on offer, depending on demand. It's not always possible to run all the options.

Also on offer:

  • Investigative Journalism, exploring the history, theory and practice of investigative journalism in different parts of the world, as well as carrying out your own investigation.
  • Travel Journalism, developing the special skills and techniques of travel writing, and as well as gaining an understanding of how to liaise with and report on the travel industry.
  • Sociology of News, A critical study of the news media in the context of current society; it examines different aspects of how news is created, disseminated and consumed.

Final Projects (MA only)

Requirements

You should hold a good first degree equivalent to a UK Upper Second Class Honours. Ideally you should have some journalism work experience, whether a short placement or more extensive professional experience. You will also need a good understanding of the media and current affairs. Unless a large part of your education has been in English, you will need an IELTS score (or its equivalent) of 7.0 in speaking and in writing.

Within the UKPASS application we require two short assignments; the first should explain why you have decided on a career in journalism (250 words maximum). This is different from the Personal Statement where you explain why you wish to pursue the course. The second assignment is an analysis of how a recent international or UK news story was covered across a variety of media (300 words maximum).

Career Prospects

Though designed to prepare you for a career in journalism, this course could also lead to a career in public relations, communications, or any other professional pathway which requires effective communication skills, and the use of convergent media.

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