MA Broadcast Journalism
This course prepares you to work in radio and television newsrooms and factual programming. You will be taught how to research and write your own stories, conduct effective interviews and record and edit for audio and video using the latest digital technology.
What you'll study
This course will provide you with a solid grounding in media law, public administration and ethics and regulation. You will become familiar with studios, be given professional voice training to help your presentation skills, and gain a solid grounding in media law, public administration, ethics and regulation.
You will also work with other students on regular news days that replicate industry practice, producing news packages for radio, television and our online news blog.
By the end of the course, you will be ready to take your place in the multi-platform world of broadcasting.
How you’re taught
Study methods and assessments
Study methods on this course include practical sessions, project work and independent learning, as well as tutorials, lectures and seminars.
This practical course enables you to develop story ideas and contacts, gathering your own material for journalistic work. Online production is integral with a focus on multimedia skills development required by the industry.
Placements give you the chance to work in radio, television and online news organisations including Notts TV.
You will be assessed by a mixture of portfolio work, essays, exams and presentations. MA students are required to complete the multi-platform project which includes a radio or TV documentary, an online feature and a research essay.
Notts TV is one of 19 new local television stations awarded a 12-year licence to broadcast on Freeview Channel 8. The station’s news output is based in the Centre for Broadcasting & Journalism, producing two hours of news every weeknight from May 2014. Uniquely CBJ Journalism students will have the chance to contribute to Notts TV news programmes and its website, as well as volunteering on weekends and taking part in work placements.
Learn a new language
Alongside your study, you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.
Learning a new language can:
- enhance your communication skills
- enrich your experience when travelling abroad
- boost your career prospects.
Careers and employability
Your career development
Employability is a key focus of this course, with many of the compulsory modules including initiatives to help enhance your future career in journalism.
This course also has established links with its former students, through which we receive employment opportunities for graduating students.
After studying this course you could go into a variety of roles including:
- Producer (Radio, TV, Online)
- Editor, Sub-editor
- Presenter, Reporter, News Commentator
- Camera Operators
- Production Manager, Floor Manager
- Sound Engineer, Lighting Engineer, Technician, Technical Assistant
Recent graduates from this course have gone on to work for companies including:
- Sky News
- Channel 5 News
- BBC Five Live
- BBC Asian Network
- Gem 106
- BBC Radio Nottingham
- Free Radio Birmingham
- BBC Midlands Today.
As well as careers in journalism, graduates have also gone on to work in PR, marketing and advertising. Many graduates have joined or started local small and medium enterprises to undertake journalism, creative or media-related activities.
Students are expected to undertake a minimum of three weeks of placements normally in the UK but potentially anywhere in the world. They are usually undertaken during vacation periods.
Placements allow you to use, in front of professionals, many of the skills and much of the knowledge and understanding you will acquire while studying at the Centre for Broadcasting and Journalism (CBJ). Every newsroom has its own distinctive way of working and it's important that students experience these different ways.
CBJ does not guarantee to find placements for students but has placement partnerships with various organisations including:
- BBC East Midlands
- ITV Central (East and West)
- Independent Local Radio and BBC Radio.
You will need a good honours degree (minimum 2.1) and enthusiasm for, or experience of journalism.
Applicants with a 2.2 and substantial experience will be considered. Applications from candidates with non-standard entry qualifications will be considered on an individual basis.
We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our courses. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.
If you need to do a Pre-Masters course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you’re already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our pre-masters and foundation courses page.
English language entry requirements
If English is not your first language, you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.
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Last updated September 28, 2018