Good journalism is essential to a functioning society. This course is designed to give you all the valuable skills and knowledge needed to work in the diverse and fast-moving environment that is modern journalism and media.
Our core units will give you a solid foundation in the principles and practice of good journalism, and you’ll learn how to cover stories for print, web, TV and radio, and how to adapt a story from one medium to another.
You’ll also have the option to graduate with a specialisation in broadcast journalism if you choose to take the relevant broadcast journalism option units and produce a final project in broadcast journalism.
You’ll be taught by accomplished media professionals with backgrounds and connections in BBC TV and radio; local, regional and national newspapers; and online news, so you can be sure you’re learning at the forefront of industry thinking and practice. And you’ll have the chance to develop your own industry connections through our placement opportunities, introducing you to the real working environment and enhancing your employability.
Designed to meet the requirements of media employers in the UK and beyond, you’ll amass a full and varied portfolio to present to potential employers on graduation; equipped to take on a leading role in a rapidly evolving global industry, with the confidence and knowledge to explore the potential of multi-platform news and features publishing.
Features and benefits
Staff with industry experience - Learn from current and former reporters, editors and broadcasters who bring their experience into the classroom, along with extensive media experience and strong, professional contacts.
Employability-focused - This course will prepare you to take a leading role in a rapidly evolving global media industry.
Varied course content - Learn how to cover any story for print, web and broadcast and how to adapt a story from one medium to another. You’ll also explore the global potential of multi-platform news publishing.
A flexible degree - Develop the knowledge and practical skills needed to build a career in the industry with our practice-based course, even if you have no prior experience in journalism.
High-spec facilities - Learn in a vibrant and innovative environment and benefit from a range of facilities, including our in-house TV and radio studios and dedicated edit suites in the new Grosvenor East building.
Future-proofing - A strong emphasis on digital media with online course materials and research information, encouraging you to use multimedia skills while learning.
Real-world experience - Work placements will introduce you to the real working environment and enable you to establish valuable contacts for your future career.
Develop a portfolio - This course has focus on work output. You will amass a full and varied portfolio, including articles for the department’s staff and student-led news website The Northern Quota, to present to potential employers.
Study in Manchester – one of the UK’s most exciting digital cities - is packed with creative companies and home to large-scale news outlets at MediaCityUK, such as BBC and ITV.