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Interactive Journalism

MA |
City's MA in Interactive Journalism is an exciting contemporary course, responding to the rapidly changing environment of digital journalism, with a focus on social media, audience development, data journalism and multimedia storytelling.

Key Information

Start date

September 2016

Duration

10 months

UK/EU

Full-time: £9,875

Non-EU

Full-time: £19,000

Application period

From October 2015

Until There is no fixed application deadline. However, applications will close when the course is full, so you are encouraged to apply early.

Who is it for?

This course is suitable for students from any degree background with an interest in current affairs.

Students will have a keen interest in the media, specifically in digital journalism. Some experience of social media and/or data work can be useful for those wishing to specialise in these fields.


City's President, Professor Sir Paul Curran, says this about Journalism courses at City:

"Journalism at City began as a postgraduate department in 1976 and has developed some of the most respected MA Journalism courses in the country.  Alumni include the BBC¹s Sophie Raworth and BBC Head of News James Harding, Sky News' Dermot Murnaghan, Editor of The Sun Tony  Gallagher, Justine Picardie, Editor-in-chief of Harper's Bazaar UK, Channel 4's Ramita Navai  and Al  Jazeera's Barbara Sheera.

"Recent graduates are reporters, producers, editors and web content providers, across platforms ranging from the Financial Times and the BBC to Buzzfeed and Vice TV.  I will be inviting all former staff and alumni to join us for our 40th birthday party and to celebrate City's MA Journalism courses and their future on 9th February 2017."

Objectives

This course has a particular emphasis on digital media, and prepares you to enter and/or further develop a career in online journalism in particular.

The curriculum reflects the continuing development of digital journalism through more interactive content and formats that engage users as active participants.

Innovative modules focus on social media and audience development, data journalism and coding for journalists. Multimedia work is geared to online publication.

Alongside this, you will also learn the essential journalistic skills of writing, reporting, newsgathering, interviewing and feature writing, plus law and ethics -- core elements of City’s renowned MA Journalism courses.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

  • You should hold an upper second class honours degree or the equivalent from an international institution.
  • You should have gained some work experience in journalism, and/or in relevant fields (e.g. social media, data work) outside journalism (or have this arranged when you apply).

Other suitable qualifications

As well as new graduates, we also welcome mature applicants with substantial work experience in the industry.

English requirements

If English is not your first language, you must get a minimum overall score of 7.0 in the IELTS English language test, including at least 7.0 in the writing component of the test. Students from outside the UK might wish to apply for the International Journalism MA, which is specifically designed for a global cohort.

Visa requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course. There are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

All applications are to be submitted online. Your application must include:

  1. A copy of your degree transcript: We require one of the following: an original transcript; a copy certified by your university; or an electronic scan of your transcript. If you have not yet graduated, please submit an interim transcript until your final transcript is available. You may submit transcripts from your first and second years of undergraduate study. You will not be able to register as a City student without having supplied your final degree transcript.
  2. Your Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  3. Details of your work experience in journalism: Applicants should be able to demonstrate commitment to journalism through relevant work experience. You should upload details of your journalism work experience in a separate document into any of the available document upload slots.
  4. The following two articles: You may copy and paste these into the "Personal Statement" section of the online application form.
    1. Article 1: explain in not more than 200 words why you want to come on our course and what you expect to gain from it.
    2. Article 2: a 250-word article suitable for a local newspaper, based on an interview you conduct with someone interesting in your local area.

Application response time

You should expect to receive an email response to your application within six weeks of your application being assessed. Your application will only be assessed by the course director when it is complete with all the requested application materials listed above.

Application form

Apply online for this course

90.9%
of graduates employed six months after completing the course (DLHE 2014-15).
1st
in London for Journalism (Guardian University Guide 2017).
5,000
alumni provide unique networking opportunities.

Funding

Explore up-to-date information about funding options, available financial support and typical living costs.

More about funding

The following organisations have supported students in the Department of Journalism in the past. This is not a guarantee of future sponsorship, and you are advised to check the websites of these organisations for details of future bursary and scholarship schemes.

Academic view

Academic Tom Felle talks about the MA Interactive Journalism course.

Placements

Students on all Journalism MA courses may opt to undertake work placements, which many find an essential step in developing their career in journalism. They can give you the chance to put your learning into practice and, more importantly, make contacts in the industry.

You are encouraged to seek work experience while you study on this course, and your personal tutor can advise on suitable organisations to approach.

Work placements are not formally assessed as part  of the MA programme.

Academic facilities

A broadcast from City's journalism television recording studio

You will gain practical skills in our digital newsrooms, with access to cameras, audio recorders and other equipment, with dedicated technical support.

In 2014 we completed a £12m development project for our journalism facilities. These facilities were developed in consultation with experts from the BBC and ITN, and include two digital newsrooms - impressive modern facilities that enable you to learn the skills required to produce newspapers, magazines and websites.

  • A television studio: enabling simultaneous multi-media broadcast and a major expansion in the number of news and current affairs programmes produced
  • Four radio studios: enabling an increase in output and the potential to explore a permanent radio station
  • Two radio broadcast newsrooms: high-tech facilities that enable you to learn how to produce a radio programme
  • Two digital newsrooms: impressive modern facilities that enable you to learn the skills required to produce newspapers, magazines and websites
  • Two TV editing and production newsrooms: state-of-the-art facilities that enable you to learn about TV production.

Learn a language for free

We offer a free language course for City, University of London students.

Find out how to apply

Teaching and learning

Some modules are taught in lecture theatres, such as Ethics, Rules and Standards and UK Media Law, but some involve small-group workshops that allow you to develop your journalistic skills and knowledge with the support of our expert academics.

Shorthand

Our students have the option of taking part in a Teeline shorthand course alongside their studies. This costs £100 (refundable if you reach 100 words per minute) and runs across two terms.

Assessment

All MA Journalism courses at City are practical, hands-on courses designed for aspiring journalists. As a result, much of your coursework will be journalistic assignments that you produce to deadline, as you would in a real news organisation. Assessment is often through a portfolio of journalistic assignments of this kind.

Modules

This course will prepare you for work in the rapidly changing environment of online journalism, with a focus on the key areas of social media, audience development, data journalism and coding.

You will develop these digital specialisations alongside essential journalistic skills of writing, reporting, newsgathering, interviewing and features - core elements of City's renowned Journalism MA programme. Multimedia work is geared to online publication.

Core modules

  • Ethics, Rules and Standards (30 credits) – You put practical journalism in an ethical context with case studies and there are discussion groups in the second term.
  • Journalism Portfolio (30 credits)
  • Final Project (30 credits) – You explore a topic of your choice in depth to produce one or more pieces of journalism, in text-based or online multimedia formats, ideally for publication online and/or in print.
  • Social, Community and Multimedia Management (30 credits) – Social media and shareable content strategies for audience development, plus video shooting and editing for online.
  • Introduction to Data Reporting (15 credits) – The essentials of data journalism
  • Advanced Data and Coding (15 credits) – Taking your data journalism further with advanced tools and techniques, plus an introduction to coding for journalists.
  • UK Media Law (15 credits) - You learn the basics of UK Media Law to enable you to work in a UK newsroom.
  • Political Headlines (15 credits) - You learn the structure of British Government and how it works; and you meet journalists who report and present it.
  • Academic expert
    Senior Lecturer in Journalism working in the School of Arts and Social Sciences.
  • Academic expert
    Professor of Journalism working in the School of Arts and Social Sciences.
  • Academic expert
    Professor of Journalism working in the School of Arts and Social Sciences.

Career prospects

Students benefit from a central London location, unrivalled industry contacts and a thorough grounding in the best practices of professional journalism.

Recent graduates have gone on to work in both specialist digital roles (such as social media, audience development and data journalism) and as reporters and sub-editors.

Employers include:

  • BuzzFeed
  • Metro
  • BBC
  • Financial Times
  • The Times
  • The Guardian
  • The Daily Telegraph
  • Daily Mirror
  • City AM
  • The Independent
  • Bloomberg News
  • The Daily Mail
  • Property Week
  • Media Briefing
  • MSN
  • Aeon Magazine
  • Manchester Evening News
  • Exaro News.
90.9% of graduates in employment or further study six months after completing the course

Application Deadline

There is no fixed application deadline. However, applications will close when the course is full, so you are encouraged to apply early.


All applications are to be submitted online. Your application must include:

  1. A copy of your degree transcript: We require one of the following: an original transcript; a copy certified by your university; or an electronic scan of your transcript. If you have not yet graduated, please submit an interim transcript until your final transcript is available. You may submit transcripts from your first and second years of undergraduate study. You will not be able to register as a City student without having supplied your final degree transcript.
  2. Your Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  3. Details of your work experience in journalism: Applicants should be able to demonstrate commitment to journalism through relevant work experience. You should upload details of your journalism work experience in a separate document into any of the available document upload slots.
  4. The following two articles: You may copy and paste these into the "Personal Statement" section of the online application form.
    1. Article 1: explain in not more than 200 words why you want to come on our course and what you expect to gain from it.
    2. Article 2: a 250-word article suitable for a local newspaper, based on an interview you conduct with someone interesting in your local area.

Application response time

You should expect to receive an email response to your application within six weeks of your application being assessed. Your application will only be assessed by the course director when it is complete with all the requested application materials listed above.

Application form

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