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  • Objectives
    This MA/PgDip Television Journalism offers specialist training which will equip students with the skills required for entry-level work as a journalist in a television news editorial team. This postgraduate/post-experience course gives students the opportunity to gain a highly-regarded vocational qualification that includes practical training and theoretical study. The course also encourages the development of professional experience through an industry work placement and appeals to high-calibre graduates and professionals who would like to gain a well-regarded vocational qualification through a well-balanced course. The course will appeal to high-calibre graduates and professionals who have good team-working and communication skills and can apply initiative in their work.
  • Academic Title
    MA/PGDip Television Journalism
  • Course description
    Course content
    Following an induction, students take the following core modules:

        * Television Journalism Skills
        * Media Law
        * Communication and Ethics
        * Television Journalism Production
        * Public Administration
        * Online Journalism

    Students on the MA course are assessed according to their results from the core modules, their dissertation and a journalism project (topic chosen by the student). MA students are also required to take a placement as part of the course. PGDip students study the core modules and must also successfully complete a placement in a professional environment. Applicants should be aware that each module involves a considerable amount of independent learning.

    Resources and facilities
    Students benefit from working with dedicated facilities at the former newsroom and studios of BBC East Midlands at York House in the centre of Nottingham, now the home of the Centre for Broadcasting &Journalism.

    Study routes

    -MA full-time: 12 months (including a placement)
    -MA part-time: 24 months ( including a placement)
    -PGDip full-time: 9 months
    -PGDip part-time: 21 months

    The full-time masters degree and diploma courses involve students daily attendance at the Centre during term time. Attendance requirements can be confirmed by contacting the course administrator.

    Special benefits
    The MA/PgDip in Television Journalism course has accreditation from the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC).

    Students have the opportunity to hear visiting speakers from key media organisations as part of their course of study.

    This course was developed in consultation with a consortium of major industry employers which currently includes broadcasting representatives from the BBC, Carlton Television, 96 Trent FM, SAGA 106.6fm, Heart 106fm and Sky News as well as the regional newspaper, The Lincolnshire Echo.

    Professional development
    Students are encouraged to contribute journalism to media such as the BBC and the Nottingham Evening Post, as well as the University newspaper, Platform. They may also become involved with the Centre's dedicated news website which broadcasts radio and television programming and publishes student journalism online.

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