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Newspaper Journalism  MA

Overview

City's Newspaper Journalism MA prepares you for a first job in newspaper journalism. The course combines practical training in reporting, interviewing, writing, editing, research, and newspaper and website production with a concern for critical and ethical reflection. All students undertake at least seven weeks of work placements during the course.

Journalism at City has "accrued legendary status within the media" (The Independent), offering a central London location, unrivalled industry contacts and a thorough grounding in the best practices of professional journalism.

95.4 per cent of City's 2011 MA Journalism graduates were in employment or further study within six months, according to our Graduate Destinations Survey. Our 2012 graduates have gone on to work at organisations including The Guardian, Daily Mail/MailOnline, CityAM, Metro, China Daily and Politics Home. Find out what our 2012 MA in Newspaper Journalism graduates did next.

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Course Fees:

  • Full-time EU: £9,875
  • Full-time Non EU: £19,000
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Start Date:

September 2016

How to Apply

Entry Requirements

  • You should have an upper second class honours degree in any subject or the equivalent from an international institution.
  • You should have gained a minimum of four weeks' work experience on local/regional UK newspapers (or have this arranged when you apply)
  • The MA in Newspaper Journalism focuses primarily on journalism in the UK. Applicants from outside the UK are encouraged to apply for the MA International Journalism
  • Consideration will be given to mature applicants who can demonstrate substantial working experience.

English Requirements

If your first language is not English, we advise you to apply for the MA International Journalism, which is designed specifically for students from outside the UK.

Postgraduate Preparatory Courses for International Students

If you do not qualify for direct entry, our partner INTO City University London offers an academic preparation programme - the Graduate Diploma. The course offers a route to City University London through an excellent teaching and learning experience, located in purpose built study facilities. Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma at INTO City University London to the standard required provides guaranteed progression to this Masters degree.

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 6 months
  • Students on courses of less than 6 months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English Language course

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

For more information see our main Visa page.

When and Where

Start Date:
September 2016
Duration:
Full-time (10 months). We advise our students that they need to be available for classes and assignments from Mondays to Fridays during working hours, and occasionally outside those times.

Course Content

This MA in Newspaper Journalism course combines practical skills training in reporting, interviewing, writing, editing, research and newspaper production with a concern for critical and ethical reflection and the highest journalistic standards.

Course Structure

Core modules:

  • Ethics, Rules & Standards
  • Journalism Portfolio
  • Editorial Production
  • Final Project
  • UK Media Law
  • Social & Digital Journalism
  • Political Headlines.

Elective modules:

  • Lifestyle & Culture Specialism
  • International Correspondence Specialism
  • Arts & Culture Specialism
  • Humanitarian Reporting Specialism
  • Finance & Business Specialism
  • Sports Specialism
  • Political Reporting Specialism
  • Entertainment Specialism
  • Reporting the Middle East Specialism
  • Security and Crime Specialism
  • Investigative Reporting Specialism.

Read the full 2015 programme specification.

Teaching and Assessment

All of the MA Journalism courses at City are practical, hands-on courses designed for people that want to become 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.

Some modules are taught in lecture theatres, such as Journalism and Society 1 and Media Law, but most are small-group workshops that allow you to develop your journalistic skills and knowledge with the support of our expert academics.

We advise our students that they need to be available for classes and assignments from Mondays to Fridays during working hours, and occasionally outside those times.

Course academic staff

Jonathan Hewett (Course Director)
Jonathan leads the programme and has extensive experience both as a journalist and as a journalism educator, having taught on courses since 1997. He set up and ran two news services, edited The Week in Europe, worked as a subeditor on Nature, was consulting editor at EU Business and editor of London Cyclist. He has freelanced for many other publications. Find out more about Jonathan Hewett.

Ann McFerran (Senior Lecturer)
Ann has been a journalist for 30 years. She began as theatre editor at Time Out and has been a freelance journalist for the past 20 years, mainly for The Sunday Times, but also for The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, and the Evening Standard. Ann was Amnesty's Magazine Journalist of the Year for an article on caste discrimination in The Sunday Times magazine.

John Battle (Media Law)
John Battle is the Head of Compliance at ITN. He advises on legal and regulatory issues prior to broadcast and manages issues/complaints arising post broadcast. ITN makes ITV News, Channel 4 News, radio news for IRN and news content for the internet and mobile phones. Before working at ITN he worked as a lawyer for two major newspaper companies - as Group Legal Adviser for Associated Newspapers (The Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday, Evening Standard) for five years and as Legal Adviser at News International Newspapers (The Sun, The News of the World) also for five years. He is a qualified barrister.

Professor Roy Greenslade (Ethics Rules and Standards)
Roy Greenslade has been a journalist for 40 years. During his career he has worked for several national newspapers, including The Sun as assistant editor, The Sunday Times as managing editor, and the Daily Mirror as editor. He has been The Guardian's press commentator for the last 10 years. He began his career on a local weekly and was a sub-editor in Fleet Street by the age of 22. He later worked his way through university, graduating from Sussex in 1979. He has also worked as a radio and TV presenter and continues to broadcast regularly. He is the author of three books, including a biography of the media tycoon Robert Maxwell. His latest book, just published, a history of the British press from 1945, is entitled Press Gang: How Newspapers Make Profits from Propaganda. Find out more about Professor Roy Greenslade.

Read the full 2015 programme specification.

Fees

  • Full-time EU: £9,875
  • Full-time Non EU: £19,000

Funding

For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Postgraduate Fees and Finance.

Future Finance Loans

Future Finance offers students loans of between £2,500 and £40,000 to help cover tuition fees and living expenses. All students and courses are considered. All loans are subject to credit checks and approval for further details please visit the City Finance website.

Bursaries

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.

Career Prospects

Prominent alumni

We have been running Journalism courses at City since 1976. In the years since, over 5,000 students have graduated and are now working in the media in the UK and internationally.

Read alumni stories and see the full list of graduate destinations in the latest issue of our alumni magazine XCity.


City University Journalism alumni occupy top positions in newspaper journalism, including:

  • Kamal Ahmed, Business Editor, Sunday Telegraph
  • Ian King, Business & City Editor, The Times
  • John Mullin, former Editor, Independent on Sunday
  • Sara Nathan, US showbiz Editor-at-Large, MailOnline
  • George Parker, Political Editor, Financial Times
  • Rachel Richardson, Editor, Fabulous magazine (The Sun)
  • Gary Younge, Feature writer & columnist, Guardian / Observer

See more leading City Journalism alumni in newspapers.

See also where graduates of the 2011/12 MA class are working now.


MA Newspaper Journalism

Please submit the following:

All applications are to be submitted online here. 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, you will be required to 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. 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.
    * 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.
    * 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 Deadline
We do not operate a formal deadline.  However, places on the course tend to fill up by March/April, so do apply in good time.

Application form

Apply online for this course