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MA Broadcast Journalism

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The Broadcast Journalism MA at City is highly rated in the industry as evidenced by the range and number of alumni working in broadcasting, the awards won, and the industry placements offered.

Key Information

Start date

October 2018

Duration

Full-time: ten months

UK/EU

Full-time: £10,000

Non-EU

Full-time: £20,000

Application period

From October 2017

Who is it for?

This course is suitable for students with a first degree, looking to become well-rounded broadcast journalists. You will have a keen interest in TV and radio news and current affairs plus sport, lifestyle and national and international politics. Though this course is NOT about presenting on screen or on air, you must be prepared to present your material on camera or mic, and write and direct material for others to perform. The MA in Broadcast Journalism is essentially about visual and audio communication of topical information, and requires a desire to communicate through essential team working. City provides an alumni network second to none in the UK broadcast industry; and provides possibly the best employment opportunities of any postgraduate broadcasting course in the UK.


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."

Objectives

The MA in Broadcast Journalism produces award winning young journalists and has a superb reputation. You will learn learn comprehensive TV and radio skills. The course benefits from a large cohort of between 50 and 60 students with great networking and peer support. Teaching groups of 15 ensure personal contact with Professor Lis Howell; TV reporter Colette Cooney; Dr Abdullahi Tasiu; and key staff like radio practitioner Sandy Warr.

New from autumn 2016 Broadcast Journalism aims to offer 45 minutes long TV news programmes on news-days produced by students gaining practical training. Newswriting, television and radio journalism are taught in groups of fifteen and larger groups through lectures, workshops and broadcast simulation.

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 may 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

Applicants must demonstrate a knowledge of TV and/or radio news and current affairs. We expect a high standard of general knowledge relating to politics, international news, sport and entertainment. You should also have work experience in a local radio station or similar.

Other suitable qualifications

As well as new graduates, we also welcome applications from 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

Applications for 2018 are now open.

You will be 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 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.
  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:
    1. write a critique of 200 words on a factual or news radio programme broadcast at any time in the last month
    2. write a critique of 200 words on a factual or news TV programme broadcast at any time in the last month.
1st
in London for Journalism (Guardian University Guide 2017).
Accreditation
by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council.
96.8%
of graduates were in employment six months after completing the course (DLHE survey 2014-15).

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.

Alumna view

Ramita Navai

Interview with Emmy Award-winning graduate Ramita Navai

Placements

Work placements are an integral part of the Broadcast Journalism MA. MA Broadcasters arrange their own placements - with help from academics if necessary. You must have 15 days of work experience whilst on the course. This usual happens during the the Christmas break. The size of the City cohorts past and present means unique networking opportunities with present students and 4,000 alumni.

Organisations who have hosted City students in the past include:

  • ABC
  • Al-Jazeera
  • BBC
  • BBC local radio stations across the UK
  • 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 project for our Journalism facilities. These facilities were developed in consultation with experts from the BBC and ITN and were praised by the BJTC. They 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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Modules

All of our Broadcast Journalism MA students must undertake core modules in Ethics, Rules and Standards and a Final Project. As a Broadcast Journalism student you will take a module in Newsgathering for TV and Radio; a module in Newsdays and longer form film-making; and a module in Data Journalism. Teaching hours are between Monday to Friday during working hours, and occasionally outside those times.

Core modules

  • Journalism Ethics (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 and Studio 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.

  • Introduction to Data Journalism (15 credits)

You will learn up-to-the-minute journalism skills using statistics and data to provide and substantiate stories.

  • Politicial Headlines (15 credits)

You learn the structure of British Government and how it works; and you meet journalists who report and present it.

  • UK Media Law (15 credits)

Elective modules

Choose one of:

  • Journalism Innovation (15 credits)

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

  • Social and Digital Media (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."

  • Academic expert
    Senior Lecturer in Journalism working in the School of Arts and Social Sciences.
  • Academic expert
    Lecturer working in the School of Arts and Social Sciences.
  • Academic expert
    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.
  • Student
    I absolutely wouldn't be doing what I am today if it wasn't for City. When you're looking for work experience, having City on your CV gets you through the door.
  • Royal Correspondent
    Rhiannon has worked for Sky News since 2010 and at the start of the year became the channel’s Royal Correspondent.
  • Journalist
    Sophie Raworth was given an Award of Doctor of Arts honoris causa by City in 2013.

Career prospects

According to the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey (DLHE), 96.8% of previous graduates from this course were in employment six months after completing the course earn an average salary of £23,000.

Previous graduates go on to work as journalists, producers, or Head of Media & Communications.

Alumni include famous names such as:

  • Sophie Raworth (BBC)
  • 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).
100% of graduates in employment or further study six months after completing the course

Application Deadline


Applications for 2018 are now open.

You will be 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 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.
  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:
    1. write a critique of 200 words on a factual or news radio programme broadcast at any time in the last month
    2. write a critique of 200 words on a factual or news TV programme broadcast at any time in the last month.

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