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MA Multimedia Journalism
MA Multimedia Journalism

MA Multimedia Journalism

  • ID:BU440171
  • Level:Master's Degree
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Admission Requirements

Entry Requirements

  • A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2 in any subject, or equivalent

English Requirements

  • If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component.

Course Information

Develop your skills in news writing, TV production, radio production, digital production, photography and web content management

Gain an in-depth understanding of media regulation, issues with press and broadcasting freedoms and approaches to the role of journalism and journalists, along with ethical dilemmas and professional codes of conduct

Attend weekly seminars structured in a news day format where you’ll learn how to produce your own radio and TV bulletins and packages

Produce a portfolio of eye-catching, strikingly original stories to present to potential employers

Publish your work on The Breaker, the news and features site run by BU’s MA Journalism students

Benefit from BU’s close industry links through a three-week work placement with a major news organisation.

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Core units

  • Digital Journalism: Insights and practices of multi-media journalism, using a mix of text, radio and TV. You'll become familiar with multiplatform publishing, collaborating in multimedia teams, and develop competence in producing and analysing evolving styles of journalism in many digital forms.

  • Journalism in Global Contexts: This unit explores journalism in global contexts, offering insights into the issues relating to gathering and distributing news in - and for - varied news cultures. You'll be challenged to debate the ethical, political, social and cultural dimensions involved in journalism products for national and transnational audiences, which will prepare you to assess journalism in today’s predominantly digital media environment.

  • Legal & Ethical Context: Gain an understanding of media regulation, issues with press and broadcasting freedoms and approaches to the role of journalism and journalists, along with their ethical dilemmas and professional codes of conduct. You'll learn what you're legally allowed to report in the UK in situations including court proceedings and council meetings and how to avoid being sued, and consider what might be justified for publication in the public interest. This unit continues in Semester 2.

  • Multimedia Reporting Skills: Develop your skills in researching and reporting news and current affairs in radio, TV and online formats. The unit will nurture your ability to write fluently, concisely and coherently to deadline, develop contacts and sources using traditional and emerging social media techniques, consider intellectual, ethical and professional issues associated with news reporting and execute depth of research and imaginative presentation. Tasks include researching, interviewing and editing, in professional standard newsrooms and studios.

  • Journalism Project: You'll complete a self-conceived piece of independent research and produce an extended journalistic production under the guidance of a nominated supervisor. You’ll critically explore key issues and debates in journalism studies and develop a more specialised understanding in an area of your choice. There will be an opportunity to consider the relationship between journalistic practice and digital technologies. You’ll produce a reflective submission linked to your practical project. You’ll also be integrating, synthesising and extending the skills and knowledge you’ve gained so far and be able to prove you've met the intellectual, technical and personal skills demanded of a Master’s graduate. You can take this unit as distance learning, subject to your supervisor’s approval.

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

In this course you'll cover radio, television, print and online journalism, which will prepare you for a fast-changing industry where emphasis is placed on multi-media.

Given the range of skills they develop through this course, our graduates have gone on to work across various media and often make rapid progress into senior positions.

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Overseas Student Health Cover

OSHC: 624 ($) GBP per year

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