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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 2020

Academic year dates

Duration

10 months

UK/EU

Full-time: £10,400 *

Non-EU

Full-time: £20,810 *

Application period

From October 2019

There is no fixed application deadline. However, applications will close when the course is full, so you are encouraged to apply early.

Campus

Northampton Square

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.

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 experience in their chosen field, taking advantage of our  location, usually arranging them for the winter and/or spring break.

The department includes former BBC politics editor Professor Suzanne Franks; the former Guardian Media Editor Professor Jane Martinson, investigative journalist Dr Paul Lashmar; and award-winning researcher and digital media expert Professor Jane Singer.

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

International Students (EEA and Non EEA) coming to study in the UK, 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:

  • EEA nationals joining the programme in 2020 and EEA nationals joining from January 2021
  • Students on courses of more than six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

Applications for entry in 2020 are now open:

MA Newspaper Journalism (Full time)

Please upload the following documents via the online application.

  • The MA Newspaper Journalism Application Supplemental Information form (this can be uploaded via the personal statement upload link in the online application)
  • Your Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • 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. Until a transcript has been received any offer of a place on the course may be conditional on you submitting a degree transcript confirming you have successfully completed your course. You will not be able to register as a City student without having supplied your degree transcript.

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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During your course

More about fees

* Fees in each subsequent year of study (where applicable) will be subject to an annual increase of 2%. We will confirm any change to the annual tuition fee to you in writing prior to you commencing each subsequent year of study (where applicable).

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

Journalism at City

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

Work experience

We actively encourage all our journalism students to undertake work experience during their studies with us. Many of our students are very pro-active and opt to undertake work experience which 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 experience is 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.

Students typically undertake three or four periods of work experience, during the winter and spring breaks, and/or during the summer term (when contact hours are lower).

In the academic year ending June 2019 students on this course went to dozens of media organisations including:

  • The Guardian
  • BBC
  • The Sunday Times
  • The Sun
  • Daily Mail
  • The Times
  • PA Media (Press Association)
  • Middle East Eye
  • CityAM
  • Channel 4 News
  • Mail on Sunday
  • Observer
  • The i paper
  • Daily Mirror
  • Manchester Evening News.

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.

Accommodation

We offer a variety of accommodation options and support services for postgraduate students.

Read more about our postgraduate halls.

Our Accommodation Service can also help you find private accommodation.

Find out more about private accommodation.

Learn a language for free

We offer a free language course for City, University of London students.

Find out how to apply

Timetables

Course timetables are normally available from July and can be accessed from our timetabling pages. These pages also provide timetables for the current academic year, though this information should be viewed as indicative and details may vary from year to year.

View academic timetables

Please note that all academic timetables are subject to change.

Student support

We offer an extensive support network during your time here at City, University of London – from Learning Support (including disability support) and counselling to financial and career advice – leaving you free to enjoy every opportunity campus life has to offer.

Find out more about the different types of student support available.

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Chat to our current students and read their blogs to gain an insight into studying at City and learn more about our undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

Course content and assessment

To make sure that you can begin or continue your studies with us during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have reviewed and adapted our courses to ensure a safe learning environment for our students and staff. We have modified the way some of our courses are delivered, with many programmes being made available online.

Contact us to find out more about how our programmes will be delivered.

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.

Visiting lecturers

For details of the expert academics who teach on this course see the Academic Profiles below. In addition you will also be taught by a team of visiting lecturers.

In 2019/20 the experts listed below taught on this course, but may be subject to change in future years.

Paul Dunn has more than 40 years' experience as a working journalist and has held senior positions at The Independent, The Independent on Sunday, The Observer, The Sunday Express, Sunday Business and The Times. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Adam Tinworth is a digital strategy consultant, teaching audience development. Formerly the Editorial Development Manager at Reed Business Information, he founded One Man & His Blog.

Paul Solman has extensive experience on newspapers, magazines and online media, including 18 years on the staff of the Financial Times.

Visiting Professor Barney Jones started a new award winning political programme in the 1990's - Breakfast with Frost - anchored by David Frost, then launched The Andrew Marr Show. Earlier in his career he worked a producer at Newsnight, and BBC Breakfast News, and ran Election coverage at the BBC.

Richard Ward (Shorthand)

Claire de Than is Co-Director of the Centre for Law, Justice and Journalism at City, University of London. She is a Law Commissioner (Jersey). The author or co-author of more than 15 books.

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).

Specialism journalism elective modules

In 2019-20 there were 11 specialisms on offer to MA students from the International, Magazine, and Newspaper pathways. They consist of eight, three-hour sessions.

To ensure they are taught in small groups there is cap on the maximum number in each specialism. Students are asked to list three choices. The vast bulk of students get their first choice, and everyone gets one of their three choices.

These specialisms all ran in 2020, but this does not guarantee they will all be available in 2021. The tutors may also vary.

Arts and Culture

This course will deal with intelligent arts journalism in a serious but non-stuffy way. We’ll be tackling pitching, reviewing, interviewing, profiling and commentary in the fields of cinema, theatre, music (pop and classical), books and contemporary cultural issues.

Tutor: Mia Aimaro Ogden works on the arts and leisure desk of The Sunday Times.

Finance and Business

Learn how to turn complicated financial concepts into clear, informative news stories that people want to read. Confidence in knowing how to cover business/financial/economic news gives you a useful skill to offer and can be an advantage in getting a job in journalism.

Tutor: Camila Reed is a highly experienced multi-media journalist and editor specialising in financial markets, commodities and energy.

Health, Science and the Environment

Thanks to rapid technological advances and the challenges presented by climate change, artificial intelligence and genetic engineering, there has arguably never been a better time for stories about health, science and the environment.

This module will teach you how to conduct interviews, pitch stories and freelance for newspapers and magazines.

Tutor: Mark Hongisbaum. A writer and journalist specialising in the history and science of infectious disease, Mark is the former Chief Reporter of The Observer.

Humanitarian Reporting

Topics examined include disaster relief, climate change, the safeguarding of human rights, asylum/immigration issues and tax justice. Recent speakers have included one of the UKs foremost experts on the tax dodging of multinational organisations.

Tutor: John Davison worked for 20 years as a newspaper and magazine journalist, including 10 years on The Sunday Times.

Investigative Reporting

We will consider how to use the overload of information available on the internet alongside more traditional techniques of developing and maintaining contacts, interviewing sources and analysing documents to develop original, ground breaking stories. Previous trips have included visits to Buzzfeed and The Guardian.

Tutor: Jason Lewis is an awarding winning investigative reporter with over 20 years experience working on leading UK publications.

Lifestyle

This specialism helps students to develop the specific skill sets and mindset necessary to shine in this broad, fun and exciting form of journalism. It highlights the influence of the creative and design industries and explores a wide range of subject matter, including food, travel, fashion, well-being and technology.

Tutor: Roger Tredre spent four years at The Independent and five years at The Observer doing lifestyle journalism.

Political Reporting

The course is intended to be a highly practical examination of the way political reporters cover the UK political scene, with an emphasis on Westminster but also with reference to the European parliament and Commission, and local government. The course will feature a visit to The Commons and The Lords.

Tutor:  Barney Jones started a new award winning political programme in the 1990's, Breakfast with Frost, then launched another Sunday political programme The Andrew Marr Show which still sets the political agenda each week.

Popular Culture

Style and writing are at the heart of the course. The first half of the course focuses on how to interview subjects. In the second part, the emphasis shifts to feature writing, reviewing, imaginative approaches for bringing ideas to the page and investigative reporting.

Tutor: David Roper, writer, broadcaster and Managing Director of Heavy Entertainment, an independent production company.

Reporting the Middle East

This module aims to introduce and explore issues in and around the Middle East. It will focus on the contemporary Middle East and on the various ways of thinking about, analysing and reporting on that region.

Tutor: Dr Zahera Harb is a senior lecturer on the MA International Journalism programme.

Security and Crime

This course covers how to report on UK based terrorism and crime. This is an extremely practical specialism. It includes how to make contacts; responding to a breaking story; and getting exclusives. Previous visits include trips to the National Crime Agency headquarters (Britain’s “FBI”), and the Old Bailey court.

Tutor: Jason Bennetto was the crime correspondent with special responsibility for security reporting at The Independent for 13 years.

Sport

The specialism will cover the key elements of sports journalism: live events, interviews, press conferences, features and news reporting. You will learn about how to work with the pack, how to work with the desk, how to draw information from an athlete.

Tutor: Glenn Moore is a freelance journalist whose current roles include covering the Premier League for the Sunday Times and presenting a podcast for Sport England.

Journalism Innovation (alternative option to a specialism)

The aim of Journalism Innovation is to develop creative, flexible and innovative journalists who can bring fresh thinking to a media organisation; create dynamic content for a start-up media enterprise; or launch their own journalistic website or other product.

The programme specification contains more information on how the course is organised, the requirements for progression for each part and credits required for awards.

After you graduate

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.

After graduation in 2017/18 and 2018/19 our Newspaper MA graduates have gone on to work in the following roles:

  • The Sun - Showbiz reporter
  • Financial Times - Social media journalist
  • BBC News - Journalism researcher
  • The Guardian - News reporter
  • Telegraph - Sports journalist
  • CityAM - Reporter
  • The Sunday Times - Assistant books editor
  • Business Insider - Tech reporter
  • Tortoise - Reporter
  • ESPN UK and The Independent - Freelance sports journalist
  • British GQ - Social media assistant
  • Daily Mail - Sub-editor
  • Property Week - News reporter
  • Politics Home - Reporter
  • Bloomberg News - Reporter
  • PA Media (Press Association) - Reporter.

Newspaper MA alumni

Journalists who graduated from the Newspaper MA include:

  • Mike Deri Smith - Head of Digital at Channel 4 News
  • Rajvir Rai - News editor for Sky Sports News
  • Frankie Goodway - Production editor at Bureau of Investigative Journalism
  • Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff - Head of Editorial at gal-dem magazine
  • Katherine Faulkner - Head of News at The Times
  • Justine Picardie - Editor-in-chief at Harper’s Bazaar and Town & Country
  • Emily Ashton - Senior political correspondent at BuzzFeed UK
  • Tony Gallagher - Editor, The Sun
  • Kate Day - Editor, UK, Politico Europe
  • Oliver Shah - Business editor, The Sunday Times
  • Katrina Bishop - News editor, CNBC International
  • Alex Richman - Chief sub-editor, Daily Mail
  • Jon Swaine - Investigations reporter, The Washington Post
  • Joanna Sugden - Assistant news editor, Wall Street Journal
  • Marion Dakers - UK Finance editor, Bloomberg News.
100% of graduates in employment or further study six months after completing the course

Application Deadline


Applications for entry in 2020 are now open:

MA Newspaper Journalism (Full time)

Please upload the following documents via the online application.

  • The MA Newspaper Journalism Application Supplemental Information form (this can be uploaded via the personal statement upload link in the online application)
  • Your Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • 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. Until a transcript has been received any offer of a place on the course may be conditional on you submitting a degree transcript confirming you have successfully completed your course. You will not be able to register as a City student without having supplied your degree transcript.

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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