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MA Newspaper Journalism

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City’s MA Newspaper Journalism course is a fast-paced, exciting degree designed to train the future reporters, correspondents and editors of the world’s leading media organisations.

Key Information

Start date

September 2018

Duration

10 months

UK/EU

Full-time: £10,000

Non-EU

Full-time: £20,000

Application period

From October 2017

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 news and/or features in print and/or online journalism.


City's Vice-Chancellor, 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."

Objectives

The course has an exceptional reputation and an outstanding graduate employment record. The degree has been helping aspiring journalists into employment since 1982.

The course combines professional skills training in reporting, interviewing, writing, editing, research and newspaper production (in print and online) with a concern for professional standards and critical and ethical reflection.

Many students undertake work placements in their chosen field, taking advantage of our  location, usually arranging them for the winter and/or spring break.

The department includes former Managing Editor of The Times, Professor George Brock; Professor David Leigh of The Guardian; ITN’s chief lawyer, John Battle; and award-winning Freedom of Information expert, Heather Brooke.

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 around the world.

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 the media, eg on local/regional UK newspapers (or have this arranged when you apply).

INTO City, University of London

Don’t meet the entry requirements? INTO City, University of London offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare you for study at City, University of London. You’ll learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre.

These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry. To prepare for this degree course, learn more about the Graduate Diploma in Journalism.

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 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.

English language programmes

Don't meet the English language requirements? INTO City, University of London offers English language programmes to help prepare you for study at university. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to degree courses.

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 application process for 2018 entry is now open.

When applications open, you can apply online and will be expected to submit the following:

  • One application form
  • A short personal statement (c800-1200 words) outlining why you are applying for this programme
  • A copy of your degree transcript: We require an original transcript or a copy certified by your institution. If you have not yet graduated, you will be required to send us 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.
  • Your Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • 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.
  • 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.

Please note: Academic references are not required when you submit your application. However, the admissions tutor may request them at a later date to help make a decision on your application.

If you have any enquiries please contact the Programmes Office:

Postgraduate and Research Enquiries,
School of Arts and Social Sciences,
City, University of London
Northampton Square,
London,
EC1V 0HB.

Tel.: +44 (0)20 7040 0249 or +44 (0)20 7040 3721
Email: SASS-enquiries@city.ac.uk

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.

96.4%
of graduates in employment six months after completing the course (DLHE 2014-15).
5,000
alumni provide unique networking opportunities.
1st
in London for Journalism (Guardian University Guide 2017).

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.

My bursary from the Guild of St Bride has been a incredible source of support. It's not just about the financial help; the journalists I have met through the bursary have offered me invaluable advice, guidance and insider information which I'm sure will help me to get a job in the industry in the not-too-distant future.

James –MA Newspaper Journalism

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.

Scholarships

Stephen Lawrence Daily Mail scholarship 2018/19

Applications are now open for the Stephen Lawrence Daily Mail Scholarship for September 2018 entry.

The Scholarship supports two students annually to make a career in journalism. It aims to promote diversity by helping students from Black and ethnic minority backgrounds; and/or students who may not be able to afford to undertake a postgraduate degree, to start their journalism careers.

Students will receive a full fee scholarship, support from City journalism academics, and exclusive access to relevant work experience placements at the Daily Mail as well as exceptional professional mentorship from senior Daily Mail journalists. Students will also receive financial support for living expenses, rent and other costs while studying for their degree.

One completion of the MA programme at City, successful candidates will be offered a place on the highly coveted Daily Mail or MailOnline editorial graduate trainee scheme, where they will receive a 12-month paid contract.

The scholarship is kindly supported by the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust and the Daily Mail, in association with City, University of London.

Students awarded the scholarship will be accepted to study for a MA Journalism on one of the following postgraduate taught degree programmes:

  • MA Newspaper Journalism
  • MA Investigative Journalism
  • MA Interactive Journalism.

Find out more about qualification categories and the application procedure.


The Scott Trust Bursary Scheme

The Guardian Foundation offers a number of bursaries each year for aspiring journalists to study for a postgraduate qualification in newspaper, web or broadcast journalism.

We are now inviting applicants for the academic year 2017/18. Find out more about the application procedure.

Please apply here.

See what the current bursary students had published online recently at theguardian.com

Journalism at City

Students and alumni discuss City's postgraduate degree courses in Journalism.

Placements

We actively encourage all our journalism student to undertake work placements during their studies with us. Many of our students are very pro-active and opt to undertake a placement. Placements are an essential step in developing their career in journalism as they help students put their learning into practice and make contacts in the industry.

Work placements are not formally assessed or arranged as part of the MA Programme but your personal tutor can advise you in suitable organisations to approach that may suit your chosen specialisms.

Academic facilities

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.

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 and journalists, including visiting lecturers.

Personal contact with tutors ensures individual help in developing through the course and in finding a job upon completion.

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 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.

All of our MA Journalism students must undertake underpinning core modules in Ethics, Rules and Standards, and a Final Project.

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) – covers the essentials of reporting, from ideas and research to interviewing and writing, news and features, and using the Freedom of Information Act in journalism.
  • Editorial Production (30 credits) – producing and editing content for print and online publication, including video as well as text and images.
  • Final Project (30 credits) – you explore a topic of your choice in depth to produce one or more pieces of longer-form journalism, ideally for publication online and/or in print.
  • UK Media Law (15 credits) – You learn the basics of UK Media Law to enable you to work in a UK newsroom.
  • Social and Digital Journalism (15 credits) – You learn how to make social media work for you as a broadcast journalist.
  • 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

  • Lifestyle Specialism (15 credits)
  • Reporting the Middle East Specialism (15 credits)
  • Arts and Culture Specialism (15 credits)
  • Humanitarian Reporting Specialism (15 credits)
  • Finance and Business Specialism (15 credits)
  • Sports Specialism (15 credits)
  • Political Reporting Specialism (15 credits)
  • Entertainment Specialism (15 credits)
  • Security and Crime Specialism (15 credits)
  • Investigative Reporting Specialism (15 credits).
  • Journalist
    Making a difference in the way news and features are written and presented.
  • Academic expert
    Professor of Journalism working in the School of Arts and Social Sciences.
  • Academic expert
    Senior Lecturer International 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.

Graduates go on to work as Journalists, Reporters, and Editors.

Recent graduates have gone on to work at a range of newspapers, magazines, news agencies, websites and in television, including:

  • Vice News
  • BuzzFeed
  • BBC
  • The Times
  • Sunday Times
  • The Daily Telegraph
  • The Guardian
  • The Daily Mail
  • Channel 4 News
  • The Sun
  • London Evening Standard
  • New Statesman
  • The Independent
  • Metro
  • Bloomberg News
  • The Mail on Sunday
  • Mirror
  • Press Association
  • CNBC
  • PoliticsHome
  • National News Agency
  • City AM
  • Cambridge News
  • Hampstead & Highgate Express
  • Manchester Evening News
  • Prospect
  • Time Out
  • Take a Break
  • Caters News Agency.
96% 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.


The application process for 2018 entry is now open.

When applications open, you can apply online and will be expected to submit the following:

  • One application form
  • A short personal statement (c800-1200 words) outlining why you are applying for this programme
  • A copy of your degree transcript: We require an original transcript or a copy certified by your institution. If you have not yet graduated, you will be required to send us 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.
  • Your Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • 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.
  • 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.

Please note: Academic references are not required when you submit your application. However, the admissions tutor may request them at a later date to help make a decision on your application.

If you have any enquiries please contact the Programmes Office:

Postgraduate and Research Enquiries,
School of Arts and Social Sciences,
City, University of London
Northampton Square,
London,
EC1V 0HB.

Tel.: +44 (0)20 7040 0249 or +44 (0)20 7040 3721
Email: SASS-enquiries@city.ac.uk

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.

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