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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.

The Department of Journalism is ranked 2nd in the UK for universities to prepare for careers in journalism (QS World University Rankings 2014). 

A film about Journalism at City

Alumni James Harding (former Editor, The Times), Nicole Young (CBS 60 Minutes) and Radhika Sanghani (Telegraph Graduate Scheme) talk about Journalism at City.

Course Fees:

  • Full-time EU: £9,000 (2014/15 fee; 2015/16 TBC)
  • Full-time Non EU: £18,000 (2014/15 fee; 2015/16 TBC)
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Start Date:

September 2015

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.

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 at City, 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 this part-time course.

For more information see our main Visa page.

When and Where

Start Date:
September 2015
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

Modules include:

Read the full 2014 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.

Paul Bolding
Paul Bolding had a long career with Reuters, as a correspondent and desk editor in different parts of the world. His reporting assignments covered much of western Europe as well as East Berlin, Cyprus, Beirut and Ankara. He was a senior editor on the Asian desk in Hong Kong in the 1990s and then worked as chief sub-editor on the European equities desk in London. Paul has also been a senior editor at the Institute for War and Peace Reporting. He speaks French, German and Turkish.

Professor Paul Bradshaw (Online Journalism)
Paul Bradshaw edited Internet Magazine before joining Birmingham City University, where he set up and ran an Online Journalism MA. He established the Online Journalism Blog as a respected source of news, comment and analysis. Paul's collaborative journalism initiative, helpmeinvestigate.com, was runner-up in the NUJ Regional Press Awards (for multimedia publisher). He also works as a consultant and is in demand as a conference speaker and trainer. Find out more about Professor Paul Bradshaw.

Maurice Chittenden
Maurice Chittenden is night editor of The Sunday Times, where he has also been chief reporter, and editor of its Insight team. He has reported for many of the nationals, including The Sun and The News of the World, and worked for news agencies. He started his career on local papers.

Ron Emler
Ron has more than 40 years experience as a national newspaper sub-editor. He has worked for a variety of papers including The Times, Evening Standard, Mirror Group and the Telegraph Media Group. Most recently he was chief sub-editor of the Sunday Telegraph's Business and Money sections, a role he performed for 17 years.

Professor Ivor Gaber
Professor Gaber, Director of City's Political Journalism MA, has an outstanding background in both practical political journalism and in academic research in this area. He has co-authored three books and numerous articles on political communications, and has served as a media consultant to a variety of organisations, governments and international bodies.
His journalistic career has included senior editorial positions at the BBC, ITN, Channel Four and Sky News. He is an Independent Editorial Adviser to the BBC and a frequent contributor to radio and television networks in the UK and abroad.

Professor Roy Greenslade (Journalism and Society)
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.

Joy Johnson (Public Administration)
Joy Johnson has been a professional political communicator for many years and has worked at a senior level in the BBC as political news editor and programme editor responsible for editorial and managerial direction at its Millbank political headquarters. She started her journalistic career at ITN working through various newsgathering role. During her year at a senior level in the Labour Party's media and campaigning department prior to the 1997 election she gained useful insights into how the heart of the New Labour machine operated.

For seven years Joy worked for the Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone. She was promoted to Director of Media and Marketing for the Mayor and was a member of the Mayor's Management Board and involved in the formulation of policy. Joy had responsibility for national and international media handling in the aftermath of the 7 July 2005 terrorist attack on London.

She lectures and teaches journalism, political campaigning and Public Relations, has written for Compass and Tribune magazine, and is on the editorial board of the British Journalism Review.

Gary Moskowitz (Online Journalism)
Gary Moskowitz blogs for the New York Times and writes for Intelligent Life, the online culture publication of The Economist. He is a former senior online fellow at Mother Jones magazine, and a former assistant editor/podcast host at Pop & Politics. Gary spent four years as a community news reporter for the Los Angeles Times and has written for Dazed & Confused, Village Voice, and the San Francisco Chronicle, among other publications.

Read the full 2014 programme specification.

Fees

  • Full-time EU: £9,000 (2014/15 fee; 2015/16 TBC)
  • Full-time Non EU: £18,000 (2014/15 fee; 2015/16 TBC)

Funding

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

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 36 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

You can apply either in hard copy by post, or online. Please follow the instructions below carefully.

Please submit the following:

  1. One application form (see below)

  2. Two references. We prefer you to submit one academic reference, and one reference from a journalism-related work placement.
    Please note that you are responsible for ensuring that your references reach us by the application deadline.
  3. 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 your degree transcript as soon as it is available. You will not be able to register as a City student without having supplied your degree transcript.
  4. Details of your work experience in journalism. Applicants should be able to demonstrate commitment to journalism through relevant work experience. Either include these on a separate sheet with your postal application, or copy and paste the details into the "Personal Statement" section of the online application form.
  5. The following two articles. Either include these with your postal application, or copy and paste them 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. (This replaces the "Statement in Support of Application" requested in the application form.
    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 forms

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Return address

Please return all application material, marked "Postgraduate Applications 2015", to: Graduate School of Journalism, City University London, Northampton Square, London EC1V 0HB, UK.