University of Kent, Centre for Journalism

Introduction

Why Journalism at Kent?

Using the Medway towns as your laboratory, you will carry out real-time news assignments around locations including a medieval cathedral, historic warships and 21st century dockside developments. The news beat is alive with new enterprises and communities and connections to continental Europe via the Channel Tunnel are fast, frequent and convenient.

Medway offers countless opportunities to practise the convergent skills of broadcast, print and online reporting, locally, nationally and internationally.

Newsroom and facilities

Our state-of-the-art newsroom will provide a full range of journalistic resources including industry-standard equipment for broadcasters, newspapers, magazines and digital publishers. You will learn sound and video editing, print production and digital content production using the same software used in professional newsrooms across the country.

The campus is based around listed buildings dating back to 1903 and now combined with striking modern architecture and interiors. Teaching facilities include the £8 million, Grade II listed, Drill Hall Library, which offers 370 open access computers and wireless networking throughout. There are extensive computing facilities across campus, offering fast connection to the internet.

Ambitious teaching

The Centre for Journalism is based within the Faculty of Social Sciences. There are close teaching links to the Department of Politics and International Relations, the School of History, Kent Law School and Kent Business School.

Taking full advantage of the University’s range of expertise, the Centre’s own dedicated team of award-winning editors and correspondents seeks to instil respect for the highest ethical and vocational standards of journalism.

We are fully accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists, the professional body most widely recognised by editors in the industry. We are also fully accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council.

You will:

  • learn about the reporter’s role as a public servant from practitioners who have covered wars and investigated scandals
  • debate privacy, intrusion and dumbing-down with leading practitioners and inspiring thinkers
  • learn to report, write and edit to deadline
  • cut sound and pictures in real time, and discuss coverage of the latest stories with fellow students and leading experts
  • produce a portfolio of work to show to prospective employers.

Industry links

The degree places great emphasis on the practical reality of journalism. Staff maintain excellent connections with local, national and international media organisations. Students will have regular access to working journalists and you will undertake vocational placements.

There is a campus newspaper to which students will be encouraged to contribute ideas, energy and articles. The University shares a full-time community radio licence based in Canterbury offering opportunities to practice broadcast journalism.

Enjoying Medway

There is a thriving student community at Medway and campus facilities offer excellent opportunities to socialise. The Venue café and Rochester Building café (adjacent to the newsroom) provide spaces to eat, drink and chat. Also on campus are Coopers bar and Purple, a late-night club.

The Medway towns are home to Rochester Cathedral and Castle, art galleries, theatres, sporting facilities, nightclubs and a multiplex cinema.

Local sports facilities include a dry ski-slope, a trampoline centre, an ice rink and numerous opportunities to enjoy water sports on the river.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

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Programs

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Master

MA, MPhil, PhD - Research Journalism

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 6 years September 2017 United Kingdom Chatham + 1 more

Research programmes are best suited to students who have a clear and original idea of a topic that they would like to investigate in detail. [+]

We welcome research applications across the range of expertise in the Centre and from all over the world. Research programmes are best suited to students who have a clear and original idea of a topic that they would like to investigate in detail. There are two types of programme: the MA by Research entails producing a 40,000 word thesis; the MPhil and PhD programmes demand a high level of research and analysis resulting in dissertations of c50,000 words (MPhil) or 80,000 words (PhD). All first-year research students attend a Methodologies and Research Skills seminar. Through the Faculty of Social Sciences, the Centre provides training in methods of using sources and can assist in funding applications. Postgraduate programmes in journalism at Kent offer you the opportunity to research and learn in an environment that combines excellence in the practice of convergent, multimedia journalism with intellectual leadership in the history, ethics and future of the news industry. The Centre for Journalism is leading the development of journalism as an academic discipline rooted in professional newsroom practice. It was established in 2008 to achieve top standards in teaching and research. A lively and welcoming community spirit exists within the Centre. There are regular social events, seminars and masterclasses. Recent visitors have included: Allan Little, BBC correspondent; Sarah Ivens founding Editor-in-Chief of OK! Magazine USA; Gavin Esler, presenter of Newsnight; Jon Snow, presenter of Channel 4 News, Mark Thompson, former Director General of the BBC, Alex Crawford three times RTS TV journalist of the year, Stephanie Flanders former Economics Editor BBC and Stuart Ramsay Sky News Chief Correspondent. Thanks to the range of research and professional interests in the Centre, we can offer wide scope for research supervision. The Centre enjoys strong links with other academic departments including the School of History, Kent Law School and the School of Politics and International Relations. It encourages collaborative and interdisciplinary research and joint supervision. [-]

MA

MA in International Multimedia Journalism

Campus Full time 1 year August 2017 United Kingdom Chatham

This innovative new programme is designed specifically for overseas students who have already graduated with good degrees in academically rigorous subjects and who aspire to rewarding careers in journalism or related fields. [+]

This innovative new programme is designed specifically for overseas students who have already graduated with good degrees in academically rigorous subjects and who aspire to rewarding careers in journalism or related fields. Taught by expert staff with top-level experience in international journalism, the programme is run in state of the art multimedia newsrooms and broadcast studios located in the university’s award winning Centre for Journalism on the historic Medway Campus. You learn to report for newspapers, websites, radio and television in a live newsroom environment. Using state-of-the- art technology in dedicated newsrooms and studios you work to real deadlines to make newspapers, news programmes and websites. Your tutors are award-winning journalists with decades of front-line experience in national and international news. Core Modules All students take the following core modules: - Reporting - Practical multimedia journalism - Journalism and Free Expression Professional standards You study for a master's degree that includes elements of politics, law and literature while simultaneously acquiring professional journalism skills of the standard required to work in newspaper, radio and television newsrooms. Your teachers include former BBC network news editors, foreign correspondents and newspaper and internet specialists. Topics include: Reporting; Practical Multimedia Journalism; Reporting Conflict; Journalism and Free Expression, and Communication and Humanitarianism. You also learn a dazzling array of multimedia production skills, giving you the confidence to take on journalism assignments in television, radio, print and online. [-]

MA in Multimedia Journalism

Campus Full time August 2017 United Kingdom Chatham

This innovative programme is designed for students who have already graduated with good degrees in academically rigorous subjects and who have what it takes to go into a highly demanding and rewarding career in journalism. [+]

This innovative programme is designed for students who have already graduated with good degrees in academically rigorous subjects and who have what it takes to go into a highly demanding and rewarding career in journalism. Taught by expert staff, with decades of experience between them at the very top level of professional journalism, the programme is accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists and is run at our fabulous multimedia centre on the Medway Campus. We guarantee all students a work placement with the Kent Messenger Group, and there are funding opportunities including the highly prestigious Daily Mail Scholarship. There are more details on modules and teaching methods here. We're always happy to make individual appointments for students interested in studying with is. We'll show your our fantastic newsroom and studio facilities, and give you an insight into life at the Centre. [-]

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Contact

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