The demands of the modern newsroom are constantly changing. As a professional journalist, you must stay up-to-date with new developments in the media to tackle the challenges of convergence.
You produce media products for multimedia platforms involving the internet, newspapers, audio and video, and explore the changing nature of the media landscape in the 21st century.
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You learn news values, news story construction, news writing, and how to make audio and video for websites. You compile a substantial portfolio of published work, working closely with our partner organisation, the Evening Gazette (part of the Trinity Mirror Group). You also undertake a major journalism project in a subject area of your choice.
The first stage comprises four 20-credit modules and one 40-credit module, and in the second you complete a final 60-credit dissertation.
Designed for students with limited journalistic experience, this advanced module provides an intensive setting for students to develop key content creation, planning, and audience targeting skills across platforms. It allows you to explore different media values, agenda-setting and utilising digital space. It enables you to explore ways to gather, communicate and disseminate information in dynamic ways through your own media practice. In the process of refining and updating production and editorial techniques, you will be encouraged to discover your most distinctive strengths in both incumbent and emergent fields, platforms, and technologies. Students on the MA Journalism (NCTJ ROUTE) will start shorthand training.
You consider and engage simultaneously with a number of key digital media production issues to develop a professional publishing plan and proposal. You research audience, technology, market, human factors, online publishing, digital conventions and aesthetics. Based on this you devise a development strategy for a new digital publishing venture. You produce a detailed plan which presents and argues the case from a technical, journalistic and commercial perspective.
You consider narrative and how best to communicate with audiences from an experimental and creative angle. You investigate new forms and uses of media and interactive technologies to engage readers as participants and active readers of a digital narrative.
You bridge the gap between postgraduate work and the professional world by developing key employability skills such as sector-specific CVs and interview techniques. You also build contacts with journalism, public relations and digital media practitioners to help enhance your career opportunities.
You engage with key contemporary issues and debates in a converged multimedia news and communications landscape. You develop a systematic and critical understanding of the transition and convergence of the media industry, journalistic and public relations practice, with emphasis on digital innovation. You explore how market forces, media ownership, journalistic and communications practice, audience and technology can impact on producing and disseminating journalism, public relations and communication.
You undertake independent research and produce an extended essay under the guidance of a nominated supervisor. You can pursue an aspect of either public relations, journalism or the media communications industries that you find particularly interesting and want to develop a more specialised understanding of it.
This is a self-managed exercise of professional practice and reflective consideration. You work independently to produce creative work as a finished multimedia web artefact, demonstrating skills in journalism, audio, video, layout, typography, web design and associated technologies. You also produce an extended critical essay which examines a key issue of professional practice raised in the creative process.
Modules offered may vary.
As a vocational degree, there is a great deal of emphasis on practical work-related learning. More traditional lectures and seminars are also employed, particularly around those subjects requiring a detailed, factual knowledge base. We see it as an essential component of the degree that you engage in reflective practice which informs your future personal development. You are expected to read around the subject and research and produce media products - such as stories, video and audio - in your own time.
In taught sessions you experience a range of learning and teaching strategies to help you form both a theoretical and practical understanding of the field of journalism. Your understanding of the subject is developed through workshops, seminars, group work and by producing content for the Tside website (www.tside.co.uk).
A range of assessment methods is used, ranging from practical production tasks to traditional essay assignments. You can either undertake a self-conceived piece of independent research and produce an extended essay under the guidance of a nominated supervisor. Or for your Final Project you produce a multimedia news website, to be developed within negotiable parameters, incorporating audio, video, animation and still images as appropriate. This is supported by an extended, critical essay exploring a key issue of professional practice raised in the production of the website.
A qualification and experience in journalism opens up a vast range of opportunities in all areas of the news and media industries.
You will be evaluated on an individual basis and the level of your achievement, experience and suitability for the degree will be properly assessed. You should normally have a good honours degree (at least a 2.2) in a subject related to the field of study.
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