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MA-PgDip-PgCert Convergent Journalism

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  • Objectives
    By the end of the course, you gain the knowledge and skills to • understand and appreciate the craft of journalism, covering print, broadcasting and new media • understand and follow ethical practice • demonstrate understanding of the legal, regulatory and governmental constraints on the media • have a professional, flexible and confident approach to journalism working practices • learn to develop and adapt to the rapidly changing journalism industry • research and apply insights and original thinking to your work
  • Entry requirements
    Entry requirements We encourage applications from UK and international candidates who • have a diversity of backgrounds • are considering a career in journalism in its broadest sense • show the required aptitude and potential If we consider you for admission we normally ask you to attend an interview if you are resident in the UK. We also ask that you complete an aptitude paper designed to assess your potential in the key areas of • writing • current affairs knowledge • general enthusiasm for and interest in the course If you are not resident in the UK, we will arrange a suitable alternative. For example, we may interview you by phone and provide a paper for you to complete and return. We base our selection criteria on your relevant experience and potential for development.
  • Academic Title
    MA/PgDip/PgCert Convergent Journalism
  • Course description
    The newspaper and broadcasting industries are going through a period of change and development. Because of the rapid development of digital media, journalists have to work across traditional boundaries.

    As well as traditional print skills such as gathering information with notebooks or recorders, the next generation of journalists must also operate recording equipment for radio and television. You need to be able to rapidly edit material, so it can be viewed by your audience electronically. This includes providing material for a news organisation’s website, interactive TV or mobile service.

    This course provides you with the skills and knowledge for a career in a modern news environment. This includes learning to write for newspapers but also filming developing stories and using multimedia.

    You have direct contact with many of the main news organisations operating in the UK, including the Press Association, the premier news gathering agency, the BBC and ITV.

    You work with leading industry practitioners and academics from print journalism to broadcasting. You also meet senior editors who are working in regional and national news and can go on valuable placement training to develop skills and build contacts.

    Associated careers

    This course prepares you for careers in
    • traditional print journalism, regionally and nationally
    • broadcasting organisations, including the BBC and ITV
    • multimedia operations

    You may wish to enter the world of news reporting, news presentation or foreign reporting in the print or broadcasting industries. But It is important that new entrants to the industry have the ability to operate across all areas • print • television • radio • on-line, as journalists often move from one area to another.

    You gain the skills needed throughout the industry and sought by employers, which can lead to many career opportunities.

    Course content

    • theory and practice of journalismjournalism, law and society • introduction to television and radio editing skills • converging multi-media development • specialist editorial skills: working in the newsroom and breaking news • specialised production skills: television/radio • advanced multimedia development

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