Applicants should possess a prior degree or equivalent, or have considerable experience in a related field and be able to demonstrate outstanding ability and potential. Good spoken and written English is vital. IELTS level 6.5 is a minimum. Applicants should have proven interest in the subject at the very least, though actual experience in the media is preferred. They should have a strong and inquiring mind and a tendency not to take ‘no’ for an answer.
Our close links with business and the professions mean that our courses are always relevant, up-to-date and meet the needs of the current marketplace. Many of our lecturers come from and maintain their links with industry, ensuring they are up to speed with the latest developments.
Employment Opportunities: On successfully completing the MA you will be able to carry out the duties of a broadcast journalist. As well as newsgathering skills, graduates will have some skills in making packages and putting together current affairs radio and television programmes. Our former students have gone on to a range of interesting careers in journalism, including working at CNBC-TV, Guangdong TV, Time Magazine, the United Nations and running their own online radio station.
Placements: As part of the course, students are encouraged to undertake a two-week placement in a broadcast newsroom. The course tutors will assist in finding and applying for these, though it is the student’s responsibility to drive this along . Students have undertaken internships and placements with organisations including the BBC, France Television, NDTV and NRK Norway.
Further Studies: For anyone interested in taking their research interests forward into an MPhil or PhD speak to the course director about your particular area of expertise.
The MA in International Broadcast Journalism has been running since 1999 and it is essentially a practical masters programme with the explicit aim of giving international students a depth of understanding of broadcast journalism, through reflective practical work to professional standards. We start by immersing you in the subject. You will be expected to listen to and watch a lot of news broadcasts, both bulletins and programmes. You will be taught how to identify news stories, where to find them and the basic rules of reporting. At the same time we will teach you how to use all the equipment needed to communicate the news: this will range from radio studios to television cameras, from digital editing software to audio recorders. Throughout this period you will be given a lot of feedback to help you develop keen critical faculties. You will then be given opportunities to develop your journalism in its daily form or in longer features.
Throughout, you will be expected to analyse the process you are undertaking and be required to reflect on the ethical, professional and legal standards you must meet. Your final semester, which concludes the masters programme, involves you in developing a story, with appropriate research as to the focus and potential broadcaster, and then conducting the investigation and producing a radio or television extended feature.
Broadcast Journalism (30 credits): This practical module examines what’s meant by news in the UK broadcast industry and teaches, in a series of workshops, the skills and understanding needed to identify, explore and write news stories in their differing formats.
Professional Practice (30 credits): This production module explores techniques, processes and practices. You will be learning how to use technology to put news stories ‘on air’: digital recording and editing, use of the radio studios, doing ‘pieces to camera’ and interviewing. You will also develop keen critical faculties regarding your own and others’ work.
Globalisation and Communication (30 credits): This theory of practice module explores the different international faces of journalism: the differing requirements, regulations and ethical codes from a range of countries. You will critically examine how journalism works and its changing shape, along with the expanding demands on working professionals.
Production Lab (30 credits): This module prepares you for MA by Practice, and draws upon other taught modules which established professional conventions and explored current industry challenges. You will be provided with the opportunity to innovate, and to apply and experiment with a range of production skills appropriate to your award, supported by a systematic exploration of methods for research and production development.
MA by Practice (60 credits): To complete your award, you will originate, execute and deliver an individual and extended practice-based professional project at the forefront of your field.
You will develop and consolidate your mastery of key skills, and knowledge of and engagement with current opportunities in the field of production. This module encourages and tests skills of initiative and independent practice and is conducted largely outside the classroom with support from a tutor.
Assessments are as practically-based as possible in most modules.
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