What are the skills a journalist needs in today’s fast-paced, exciting, digital world?
The way we consume media has been revolutionised by digital technology. Online news, podcasts and social media compete for our attention alongside newspapers, magazines and radio. But today’s journalists still need to be able to tell a story, to keep people informed and entertained, and to communicate the truth.
From learning how to webcast and create videos, to carrying out research and conducting interviews, our BA Journalism degree will give you hands-on practical experience and high-level communications skills from many different areas such as journalism, PR and marketing.
At Hertfordshire, you’ll explore journalism in the context of the wider media landscape, giving you the flexibility to mould your future, whether that’s in hard news or lifestyle journalism, social media, corporate communications, magazines, marketing or PR.
You’ll be taught by academics who have worked for the BBC, Cosmopolitan, The Guardian, The Sun, The Times and a wide variety of other media and broadcast outlets.
Core subjects in your first year include an Introduction to Media Practices and Introduction to Journalism, and cover media platforms, from video and podcasts to web-based and interactive media. You’ll explore the law and ethics of journalism and study Global Media and Society, considering issues such as how globalisation has impacted on the media. Optional modules introduce you to creative writing and film criticism.
In your second year you’ll focus on social media, radio journalism and research methods, as well as building on the skills you’ll need to write engaging features and strong news stories. For potential media entrepreneurs, optional modules on App Design and Video Feature will enable you to explore their commercial possibilities.
Choices in your third year could include studying abroad or spending a placement year building your mass communications skills through working in a social media role, marketing, PR, magazines or corporate communications. Or mix the two with a half-year placement and half-year study abroad, an unusual but increasingly popular combination.
You can also write a dissertation on a subject of your choice, build your own journalism skills portfolio by creating a website or social media campaign, or writing a series of articles – or even start your own business. A further option is a term’s work experience, supported by your tutor, adding to your employability as a skilled media practitioner.
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Module, Credits, Compulsory/optional
- Introduction to Media Communications, 15 Credits, Compulsory
- Introduction to Journalism, 15 Credits, Compulsory
- Visual Communication, 15 Credits, Compulsory
- Global Media and Society, 15 Credits, Compulsory
- Journalism Skills: Multiplatform, 15 Credits, Compulsory
- Journalism and Government, 15 Credits, Compulsory
- Introduction to Law and Regulation for Multiplatform Journalism, 15 Credits, Compulsory
- Digital Media Practice, 15 Credits, Compulsory
- Journalism, Law and Ethics, 15 Credits, Optional
- Interactive Media, 15 Credits, Optional