The course is taught by highly-skilled practitioners who have many years of experience working for the likes of BBC television and radio, BBC Online, ITV, Vice, The New Statesman, The Times and The Guardian. The close contact with industry means the university can keep you up-to-speed with the latest developments, including the use of social media, mobile journalism and other emerging digital technologies.
In the first year, you will gain core skills such as writing and presentation, video and audio production and news gathering. You will also be introduced to some of the key principles which underpin journalism practice, as well as media law and ethics. You will develop your skills further in the second year, when you’ll learn how to write features and produce digital and print magazines. Students also cover court stories in the Advanced Media Law and Ethics module and study politics for journalists. You will work together in teams in newsrooms and studios during regular multimedia news days and a news week. Using industry-standard equipment, including cameras that are used by the BBC, you will research, gather and deliver stories to the same deadlines as real-world journalists.
Your third year is focused on refining your skills, knowledge and experience – the final preparations for a career in the media industry. A key part of your last year will be your work placement. Previous students have worked for top news providers such as The Times, BBC Breakfast and Channel 5 News. You will also learn how to manage a portfolio career, including working as a freelancer, and will develop a professional social media strategy and an online portfolio of work.
You will mainly learn practical skills, such as news and feature writing, shooting videos and recording audio. You will put these into practice on multimedia news days and news weeks. There are essential theory modules including Journalism in Context, Media Law and Politics for Journalists. You will be following a curriculum which will see you taking NCTJ diploma exams alongside the university's own assessments. In your final year you can choose between an academic dissertation or advanced practical project. Students have covered relevant and challenging topics such as an academic discussion into the use of social media in news gathering, and a piece of investigative journalism into failings in NHS maternity care.
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