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Television Journalism

MA |
This course gives you unique access to the television journalism industry with 96% employment rate in the TV or related industry and tailored work placements every week.

Key Information

Start date

September 2017

Duration

Full-time: 10 months

UK/EU

Full-time: £9,875

Non-EU

Full-time: £19,000

Application period

Until The deadline for the next round of applications is 19th June 2017 for entry in September 2017. There may be further deadlines announced but the course can fill up quickly so it is best to get your application in as soon as possible. If your application fulfils our criteria you will be invited to an interview due to take place at the beginning of July 2017; telephone interviews are also available. Applications for 2017 are now open.

Who is it for?

This course is suitable for students with a first degree looking to become good all-round television journalists capable of working in newsrooms, on multi-media and in documentaries and current affairs. Applicants should have an interest in video and TV films and have a broad general knowledge including lifestyle, sport and politics. While this course is NOT about TV presenting, it’s important that you aren’t afraid to be in front of the camera and even more important that you are  keen to write and provide material for others to present. Vitally, you should want to communicate using moving pictures and be excited by the wonderful world of television!


Professor Sir Paul Curran, President says this about Journalism 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

The MA in Television Journalism has unparalleled contact with the TV industry and each Wednesday in term one and two, students work in the TV journalism industry. The course is designed for 30 students subdivided into teaching groups of 15 with daily personal contact with Professor Lis Howell, and award winning film maker Sally Webb. The documentary legend David Lloyd (formerly commissioning editor of Channel Four current affairs programmes) and ABC news producer Mike Trew make up the team. Students make half hour documentaries in teams of three in term three and these films have won awards like Guardian Young Journalists of the Year; The BJTC documentary award; and been re-worked for broadcast on BBC 2’s ‘Newsnight’. The course is grounded in news production but also branches out with a Question Time programme which has included guests such as Jeremy Corbyn; Stephanie Flanders; Jon Snow and Yasmin Alibi Brown plus may more.

Accreditation

Broadcast Journalism Training Council logo

This degree is accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC)

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

Applicants should hold an upper second-class honours degree or the equivalent from an international institution. Consideration will also be given to mature applicants with substantial work experience in radio and/or television journalism. Students whose first language is not English are advised to apply for the International Journalism MA, which is designed specifically for students from outside the UK.

All complete applications will be considered and shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an open day and interview at the Institution.

Pre-requisites

You should hold an upper second class honours degree or the equivalent from an international institution.
Applicants must demonstrate a knowledge of TV news and current affairs. We expect a high standard of general knowledge relating to politics, international news, sport and entertainment.
Television Journalism applicants would be well advised to have work experience with a TV company or student TV, but this is desirable rather than essential. You should be able to demonstrate an interest in visual media.

Other Suitable Qualifications

As well as new graduates, we also welcome mature applicants with substantial work experience in radio and/or television journalism.

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 and no lower than 6.5 in any other component. 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

The deadline for the next round of applications is 22nd May 2017 for entry in September 2017. There may be further deadlines announced but the course can fill up quickly so it is best to get your application in as soon as possible. If your application fulfils our criteria you will be invited to an interview due to take place mid – June 2017; telephone interviews are also available.

Applications for 2017 are now open.

MA Television Journalism

You will expected to submit the following:

1. One application form
2. A copy of your degree transcript. We require one of the following: an original transcript; a copy certified by your institution; 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.
3. Details of your work experience in journalism. Applicants should be able to demonstrate commitment to journalism through relevant work experience. Please provide a copy of your CV.
4. Two written critiques:

  • write a critique of 200 words on a factual documentary broadcast on  TV at any time in the last six months
  • write a critique of 200 words on a news TV programme broadcast at any time in the last month
Accreditation
from the Broadcast Journalism Training Council.
Teaching groups
of around 15 ensure personal attention.
96% employment
across postagraduate journalism courses.

More about fees

Funding

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

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:

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.

Interview with Emmy Award-winning graduate Ramita Navai

Ramita Navai

Ramita Navai, who graduated from City in 2003, is best known for her work for Channel 4's Unreported World. In this interview with PBS NewsHour, Ramita describes her work filming Undercover Syria, which won a 2012 News & Documentary Emmy Award.

Placements

MA TV have tailored placement each Wednesday. There is no doubt that the size of the City cohort means unique networking opportunities with present students and 4,000 alumni but at the same time every student is given personal help to achieve a job in broadcasting. Every student counts.

Organisations that have taken our students for placements include:

  • ABC
  • Al-Jazeera
  • BBC
  • Blakeway Productions
  • Blink
  • CTVC
  • Flame
  • Hardcash Productions
  • ITN
  • ITN Sport (Olympics)
  • NorthOne
  • October Films
  • OR Media
  • Plum Films
  • politics.com
  • Reuters
  • Sky
  • Talkback

Academic facilities

A broadcast from City's journalism television recording studio

In 2014 we completed a £12m development projects for our Journalism facilities. These facilities were developed in consultation with experts from the BBC and ITN, and were praised by the BJTC. Our facilities include:

  • a television studio: enabling simultaneous multi-media simulated 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

Take a tour of our Journalism facilities

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Teaching and learning

All 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 courses are taught in lecture theatres but most are small-group workshops that allow you to develop your journalistic skills and knowledge with the support of our expert academics.

Teaching hours are between Mondays to Fridays during working hours, and occasionally outside those times.

Assessment

Assessments vary from module to module but include coursework, practical work both in groups and individually, a Final Project, a written timed test, and essays.

Activities include lectures, practical work in groups and individually, personal tutorials, and independent learning

This pathway is taught by professors, senior lecturers and lecturers, with industry practitioners as Visiting Lecturers, and a number of key industry visiting speakers.

Modules

All of our Television Journalism MA students must undertake underpinning core modules in Ethics, Rules and Standards and a Final Project. As a Television Journalism student you will have specialist core and elective modules that complement these projects.

Core modules

  • Ethics, Rules & Standards (30 credits)

You put practical journalism in an ethical context with case studies and there are discussion groups in term two.

  • Final Project (30 credits)

You bring your skills together to make a film/radio feature or documentary, depending on the course you have chosen.

  • Newsgathering for TV and Radio (30 credits)

You learn the theory of finding and producing news for TV and radio. You take a weekly news and current affairs test; and learn how to write basic copy for broadcast news.

  • Newsdays Production (30 credits)

You undertake 15 news-days where you cover a designated area and produce a local news programme. You also look at longer form production like documentary and feature making.

  • Studio Production for TV or Radio (15 credits)

On MA Television Journalism you will make a “Question Time” style programme in the studio.

On MA Broadcasting Journalism you make a multi-media radio based offering, producing a two-week long radio as-live radio station.

  • 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.

Elective modules

  • Journalism Innovation (15 credits)

You learn how to pitch an idea for a new, entrepreneurial sort of journalism.

  • Social & Digital Journalism (15 credits)

You learn how to make social media work for you as a broadcast journalist.

Recommended reading

How to prepare for our Journalism MA courses

Barbara Rowlands, MA Journalism Programme Director, offers the following advice to prospective City Journalism students. The advice applies for all MA Journalism courses:

"Get work experience on local, regional or national newspapers, magazines or regional broadcast stations. Check a news website every day (not just Twitter). Immerse yourself in current affairs, watch documentaries such as Dispatches and Panorama, listen to Radio 4's Today programme and watch BBC Newsnight. If you say you don't know who the Home Secretary is because you've been too busy doing your finals, you won't get a place. If you let your general knowledge slip while you are trekking round Thailand in the summer, you will suffer. Read the appropriate media, whether that's the Financial Times, New Scientist or Marie Claire - and most importantly, for broadcasters and TV students, watch and listen.

Read books about journalism by top journalists and develop an appetite for brilliantly-written newspaper and magazine features. Take an interest in some of the issues covered and develop your own perspective on them. Develop a professional online presence. Start to read/watch/listen as a journalist (ie. critically), and begin to question why something is news, how and why it is structured as it is and why specific words and images are used. Look at how the story is used across media platforms."

  • Freelance journalist & TV show host
    City was a great stepping stone, who could have known that five years later I'd have my own cooking show!
  • Academic expert
    Lecturer in Journalism working in the School of Arts and Social Sciences.
  • Academic expert
    Senior Lecturer in Journalism working in the School of Arts and Social Sciences.

Career prospects

Our postgraduate courses have 96% employment rate across the journalism courses according to graduates responding to the 14/15 DLHE survey.

Alumni include BBC’s Sophie Raworth and famous names such as :

  • Dermot Murnaghan (Sky News)
  • Barbara Serra (Al Jazeera)
  • Jo Whiley (BBC Radio)

Recent graduates of the MA Broadcasting include:

  • Ramita Navai, Emmy Award-winning documentary maker
  • Chris Mason (BBC Political Reporter)
  • Isobel Webster (Sky News)
  • Darren McGaffrey (Sky News)
  • Minnie Stephenson (ITN)
  • Cordelia Lynch (Sky News Washington)
96.8% of graduates in employment or further study six months after completing the course

Application Deadline

The deadline for the next round of applications is 19th June 2017 for entry in September 2017. There may be further deadlines announced but the course can fill up quickly so it is best to get your application in as soon as possible. If your application fulfils our criteria you will be invited to an interview due to take place at the beginning of July 2017; telephone interviews are also available. Applications for 2017 are now open.


The deadline for the next round of applications is 22nd May 2017 for entry in September 2017. There may be further deadlines announced but the course can fill up quickly so it is best to get your application in as soon as possible. If your application fulfils our criteria you will be invited to an interview due to take place mid – June 2017; telephone interviews are also available.

Applications for 2017 are now open.

MA Television Journalism

You will expected to submit the following:

1. One application form
2. A copy of your degree transcript. We require one of the following: an original transcript; a copy certified by your institution; 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.
3. Details of your work experience in journalism. Applicants should be able to demonstrate commitment to journalism through relevant work experience. Please provide a copy of your CV.
4. Two written critiques:

  • write a critique of 200 words on a factual documentary broadcast on  TV at any time in the last six months
  • write a critique of 200 words on a news TV programme broadcast at any time in the last month

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