MA Multimedia Journalism

Glasgow Caledonian University

Program Description

MA Multimedia Journalism

Glasgow Caledonian University

Program Description

Many newspaper and magazine organisations now expect new journalists to have the traditional skills of newsgathering, shorthand, writing, reporting and feature writing, plus the ability to shoot and edit digital video, present audio and video podcasts, as well as update and manage news websites, featuring news tickers, RSS feeds, email alerts. Broadcasters require all this too and ask for shorthand as well.

This course alone in Scotland can provide you with the introduction to all these skills to industry-standards based on our accreditation from both the NCTJ and BJTC (see below), our extensive teaching experience and cutting-edge facilities. You will also get the chance to explore an area of specialist journalism such as Arts, Sports, Fashion, or Business, in an option.

The MA Multimedia Journalism seeks to:

•Provide you with the essential core journalistic reporting skills and practical knowledge to prepare you for a career in press, broadcast or online journalism
•Equip you with skills in using a wide range of current software and digital newsgathering hardware as used for print, radio, TV and online journalism production in contemporary newsrooms
•Enable you to develop a critical understanding of journalism practice, theory & concepts, and the occupation's governmental, legal, economic & media contexts
•Provide you with an opportunity to gain journalism experience and practise in a variety of occupational levels, contexts and challenges, partly via two periods of work experience.

What is Multimedia Journalism?

The timetable-intensive programme will include training in all the skills all journalism employers now expect of all entrants: shorthand; news reporting and feature writing; sub-editing & print production; radio interviewing, scripting, digital editing, voice presentation, studio self-operation; TV digital video camera shooting, writing to picture, digital editing and studio and piece-to-camera presentation; online news writing, podcasting and web content management.

Why Choose This Programme
•Our master's students won three of the four categories open to those on university courses at the 2009 WRITE STUFF Scottish Student Journalism Awards

•Journalism students from Glasgow Caledonian won twice as many nominations in the 2009 WRITE STUFF Awards as students at any other Scottish university

•62 percent of our master's graduates had already won paid employment in journalism within 6 weeks of completing their degree

•The MA Multimedia Journalism is the only postgraduate journalism course in Scotland approved by both the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) and the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC)

•GCU has been teaching accredited journalism since 1991, and currently runs Scotland's only NCTJ-accredited undergraduate journalism degree, which is also fully accredited by the BJTC

All of last year's graduates:

•completed not less than 15 days' work experience at major Scottish, national and international news and journalism organisations, in print, radio, TV and online
•sat the 7 required NCTJ preliminary exam subjects
•passed NCTJ shorthand at 60 wpm or higher (75 percent achieved 80 wpm; 38 percent reached 100wpm)
•passed both NCTJ Law prelim exams, Public Affairs Central Government, and the NCTJ Portfolio (87.5 percent passed News Writing, and Public Affairs Local Government)

What You'll Learn

The MA Multimedia Journalism at Caledonian includes all the key skills and knowledge you will need to begin a career in journalism. Shorthand, Government, Law, and News & Online Writing are all compulsory subjects, with classes in these subjects and skills running every week for the entire length of the diploma programme.

In the first semester each week you will also have practical classes in news reporting and feature writing; sub-editing & print production; and radio/TV/online journalism and production skills; as well as a weekly class studying and reflecting on Journalism in Context.

Then in second semester the practical balance moves towards more demanding specialist reporting skills (court, council, financial, for example), and live multimedia newsday team productions, plus a specialist option.

The programme therefore is quite intense and the timetable busy, but nevertheless in each semester almost one-third of the 39 hours in the week's timetable is left free, to enable you to do the reporting work off-campus and self-directed production practice your subjects will require you to put in.

Formally the programme structure uses the modular system. This means that you will take a number of subjects (modules), some in Semester A only, some in Semester B, and some running across both.

Semester A
The Law and Government modules teach the required NCTJ syllabus and integrate the NCTJ exams plus coursework into your programme, and prepare you for practical council and court reporting work in Semester B.
Reporting & Writing teaches practical newsgathering/reporting skills, patch/ward reporting, interviewing/research methods, use of sources, feature writing; writing for print (including preparation for NCTJ practical exam) & online, marked by weekly stories.

Multimedia Journalism Production & Presentation covers subbing & page design; radio/TV production & scripting; online techniques; voice/studio presentation skills, all marked by final individual short solo productions of print & web pages, audio & video packages.

Journalism in Context explores journalism's social/economic context, ethics, textual & discourse analysis of journalism. There is a daily class in shorthand leading to a test at 50wpm. Vacation & Assessment weeks 13 Dec 08 1 Feb 09 to include at least 14 days work experience.

Semester B
The Law and Government modules continue, leading to the NCTJ exams, while preparing you for practical council and court reporting work in Advanced Reporting.
Advanced Reporting also develops other specialist reporting skills (eg. financial, investigative, international), for print / online / radio, plus continued NCTJ practical exam preparation, marked by weekly stories.

Multimedia Newsdays involves one-day a week, team-based live news production in various media.
An option allows you to explore the ideas, core specialist knowledge and practice in one chosen area of journalism.

The daily class in shorthand continues, leading to a test at 80wpm, and additional speed classes, thrice weekly, leading to 100wpm, begin in mid March. Vacation & Assessment weeks 10-17 April 09 & 11-29 May 09 can include further work experience.

Post Semester B
Individual guidance in producing a substantial multi-media portfolio (eg print and radio, video and online) of your own original journalism, plus a scholarly essay reflecting on the nature of the challenges faced in context.

Those students taking the Masters are recommended to complete a further minimum of 14 days work experience during these 12 weeks which can assist producing work for the Portfolio.

Please note: this is an intensive, practical, full-time course. During Semester A & B Teaching Weeks your set timetable and out of class reporting work requirements will occupy you for up to 7 hours a day, five days a week, Monday to Friday.

Career Opportunities

You will be advised and guided on securing work placements by our team of experienced journalist-lecturers with extensive local connections, and are expected to complete a minimum of 14 days work experience before the end of the Diploma (end May), and 28 days by the end of the Masters (end August). The work you produce on placement and your critical reflection on it will win you marks in the Masters. We are confident that with this course and our team of staff, this programme can repeat the success of our NCTJ / BJTC (pending) accredited undergraduate BA Journalism, where over 70 of graduates in July 07 were in real journalism jobs within 4 months of graduation.

Minimum Requirements

2:1 UK honours degree or equivalent, evidence of journalistic endeavour or experience, and satisfactory performance in NCTJ entrance test, interview and voice testAlternative Route to EntryGlasgow Caledonian also welcomes applications from those with a non-honours degree of a UK university but with at least two years' full-time relevant work experience.

If you have more extensive experience - some NCTJ prelim exam passes within the past decade, or notable occupational achievements in some specific areas, for example - you can apply to have 'prior credit' awarded for appropriate parts of some of the programme's modules, but this must be requested and evidence provided before you start the programme.

Contact the Programme Leader for further information.Interview / TestApplicants must pass an interview and test prior to acceptance to the programme.

Upcoming Dates:

•Thursday 21 January
•Friday 26 February
•Friday 26 March
•Friday 30 April
Test format

NCTJ entrance test on computers comprising

•correction of errors in use of english
•writing a short news story from supplied material
•20 current affairs questions
Interview format
An individual interview with the teaching staff, and group voice tests in the radio studio.

In the interview you will be asked why you want to be a journalist, what experience you have had in journalism (eg student, voluntary, freelance) and about any specialist journalistic ambitions you may have; about your awareness of current news issues and the news media (eg what papers you read, and why); and, crucially, from how you generally conduct yourself we will be hoping to spot some of the human qualities journalists need to have: such as curiosity, politeness, persistence.

Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
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Sept. 2017
1 year
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