The MA International Journalism is an innovative new programme delivered in partnership between the Thomson Reuters Foundation and the University of Lincoln, designed to equip new generations of journalists to report impartially on critical global issues facing society today.
The programme offers students the opportunity to learn from leading industry professionals through a rich course of study, made up of both theoretical and practical sessions, all of which are delivered online with academics and practitioners from the University of Lincoln and the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
Covering topics spanning the human impact of climate change to human rights issues, access to land and property rights, and social enterprise, the Thomson Reuters Foundation is known globally for producing the highest quality independent journalism that informs professionals, policymakers, and the public in countries around the world.
Underpinned by the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s commitment to reporting the under-reported, this course is designed for graduates from a wide range of disciplines with a passion for exploring and explaining the events that impact the lives of people all over the world.
Students can benefit from unique Newsday experiences integrated into the course, working on real-time assignments through online workshops with Thomas Reuters trainers.
How You Study
This full-time, one-year programme will be delivered through theoretical and practical sessions, all of which are delivered online with academics and practitioners from the University of Lincoln and Thomson Reuters Foundation.
Students can experience real-time deadlines on newsroom assignments, creating copy to the most rigorous editorial standards, fit to ‘go out on the wires' to a global daily audience of up to a billion people, during five intensive three-day periods of work-based learning.
In addition, they will explore self-directed lessons which will build up their knowledge of working in an international news agency. Topics may include 'The Reuters Way', newsgathering for agencies, mobile journalism, reporting international affairs, and reporting human rights.
Modules are delivered online, with a mixture of live workshops that provide formative feedback and developmental work on students’ journalistic skills, as well as self-paced materials that students work through to build up their knowledge of the activities of reporting international news.
Contact and Independent Study
Weekly contact hours on this programme may vary depending on the stage of the study.
The postgraduate level study involves a significant proportion of independent study, exploring the material covered in lectures and seminars. As a general guide, for every hour in class students are expected to spend at least two to three hours in an independent study.
An Introduction to Your Modules
- Contexts for International Journalism (Core)
- Core Writing for International Journalism (Core)
- International Journalism Production (Core)
- MA International Journalism - Final Project (Core)
- Professional Practice for International Journalism 1 (Core)
- Professional Practice for International Journalism 2 (Core)
How You Are Assessed
Students are assessed via a series of portfolios that develop their skills in news writing, multimedia storytelling and professional activities, and essays which develop their understanding of international current affairs.
The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to you promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date.
Entry Requirements 2020-21
Applicants will require a first or second class honours degree from any subject. Relevant professional experience will also be considered.
About the School
Since being opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1996, the University of Lincoln has invested more than £300 million in its buildings and facilities.