MA Journalism Course information for entry in 2008/09 Course code: P50012 Applications University Level: Postgraduate Faculty: School of Creative Arts Campus: St Matthias Duration: Full time: Two teaching blocks of 12 weeks, commencing in September. The MA concludes in September the following year. Part time: Four teaching blocks over 24 months, commencing in September each year and concluding in January following the end of your second year. You are expected to attend all relevant lectures and seminars. Delivery: Part-time, Full-time Programme leader: Dr Prasun Sonwalkar Telephone: +44 (0)117 32 84316 or +44 (0)117 32 81363 Fax: +44 (0)117 32 84493 E-mail: Journalism@uwe.ac.uk Further information Introduction The MA in Journalism enables students to pursue the academic study of news and journalism. Teaching is primarily theory-based, examining the forms, practices, institutions and audiences of newspaper, radio, television and online news reporting in relation to broader social issues (both in the UK and internationally). You will conduct academic research and, if you wish, also acquire practical reporting skills. The programme has established strong links with the MediaWise Trust, and other Bristol-based media organisations.
The MA in Journalism is of particular interest to: -students wanting to explore journalism as an area of academic enquiry. The MA offers an opportunity to gain higher level analytic and communication skills with relevance to a range of careers in factual media, communications and cultural industries. It may also serve as a stepping-stone to PhD studies; -prospective journalists keen to acquire an overview of the profession, as well as a preliminary set of reporting skills; -journalists (and related media practitioners) hoping to gain a broader understanding of the context within which they work and to develop new skills. This may be for professional reasons and/or a desire for personal self-reflection; -international students wanting to gain further insight into British as well as global journalistic forms and practices.
The teaching modules on offer include:
-Journalism and Democracy
-Online Journalism (optional)
-Investigative Reporting (optional)
In addition, you will be required to complete a dissertation, which will be supported by individual supervision.
Teaching and learning
Students will learn in a variety of different formats, including lectures, seminars and workshops. In addition, tutorial advice is available from relevant members of staff at mutually convenient times.
Assessment is module-based and varies according to the particular concerns and learning objectives in each of the modules. Forms of assessment include essays, student presentations, small-scale research projects and when chosen by the student, types of journalistic writing.
The dissertation is based on individual research and is usually presented in written form (15,000 words). An MA with distinction shall be awarded to students of exceptional merit.
Applicants normally have a first or upper second class honours degree. Prospective candidates with different qualifications should contact the Programme Leader before making a formal application.