Diversity and the Media MA

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UKPASS code: 046244 | Institution code: W50 | Attendance mode: Full-time
Start: 14 September 2017
Duration: 1 year
Location: North-West London
Campus: Harrow

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Home/EU: £7,500.00
Overseas: £14,500.00

This is an exciting and highly innovative course (developed in collaboration with the Media Diversity Institute) that seamlessly combines theory and modules providing or containing hands-on practical training in journalism or campaigning and public relations related to social and cultural diversity.

The course will give you the opportunity to study and research the main ways in which social scientists analyse the role of the mass media in the social construction, representation and understanding of difference and social diversity and get a critical understanding of the social and media structures and journalistic practices that impact upon these processes. It will also equip you with practical skills that will enable you to produce your own media product on a topic related to social and cultural diversity.

The course combines a portfolio of theory modules aimed to develop your knowledge and critical understanding of the processes of managing and making sense of cultural diversity, key issues in intercultural communication and of various aspects of the sociology of news with a number of practice-oriented modules intended to give you first hand experience in the practice of inclusive journalism.

Drawing upon this unique combination of rigorous theoretical engagement and specialist practical training, this course is designed to equip you with a comprehensive conceptual/theoretical grounding and the practical skills to engage in responsible media coverage of diversity, to practice culturally informed and inclusive journalism and to develop a career (whether practical, strategic, or research-based) involving understanding and responding to the challenges of social diversity.

Our teaching staff are highly experienced academics and journalism professionals with expertise in inclusive journalism.

Extra accreditation: In addition to your final degree, upon successful completion of certain module components or additional work you can be awarded study certificates by external accrediting bodies such as the Broadcast Journalism Training Council and Adobe.

Practical Work experience: In addition to their programme of studies, we work hard to ensure that MA Diversity and the Media students are offered opportunities to gain valuable experience with media and NGOs whose work is relevant to their programme of studies and enhances their employability after graduation. We have established partnerships with the Media Diversity Institute, TAG International Development and The Prisma/The Multicultural Newspaper which offer paid or unpaid internships that give our students the opportunity to work in the UK or overseas or to contribute to the production of media content. In the past our students have also gained experience by participating in the Pearson Diversity Summer Internship Programme and other similar schemes. We place particular importance to such opportunities as these help our students to build upon their academic and practical work and further develop the skills that will enable them to embark on their chosen careers.

Hands-on Media Training: In addition to the accredited curriculum, the MA includes a number of training sessions in the use of cameras, sound and editing as well as in the Adobe Creative Suite.

Course content

Two study routes to suit your future plans: You can choose one of two routes for the award: the Dissertation Route or a Practice Route culminating in a final project.

Dissertation

A major 15,000-word piece of independent original research on a topic agreed with your supervisor and related to the political, economic, cultural and/ or sociological factors which shape the practices and outcomes of mass media, including media texts and the audience reception of them.

Final Project

An independent in-depth practical project, which involves researching, compiling and presenting your own TV or radio documentary, website or print journalism work, together with a self-reflective, critical analysis (7,000 words) that will demonstrate the skills and techniques gained during the course. Please note that all the information contained herein is subject to approval.

Modules

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course. For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the full course document.

Semester one

Core module

APPROACHES TO SOCIAL AND CULTURAL DIVERSITY

The module examines the various theoretical attempts to make sense and deal intellectually with social and cultural diversity, from assimilationism to liberal universalism, integration theories, liberal multiculturalism and the various strands of multiculturalism. It examines the concepts of pluralism, universalism, cosmopolitanism, tolerance and respect as they have developed in various theoretical contexts and assesses their implications in contemporary policy, politics and culture. The use of contemporary examples form media, politics and culture are an important aspect of learning throughout the module as students are expected not only to engage critically with concepts, but to also to reflect on the social and political realities of their own societies.

Option modules

REPORTING DIVERSITY: GENDER, SEXUALITY, AGE, DISABILITY

This module will present information for critical thinking and discussion about media representation of gender, sexual orientation, age and disability. The module will discuss ways of improving journalism practice in order to bridge social and cultural divisions. You will study and research the stereotypes of youth and the elderly, men and women, gay and lesbian communities and people with disabilities. The course will look at the influence, responsibility, and power of journalism in reporting these diversity issues. As part of the learning, students will have to produce their own documentary film on a topic relevant to the issues discussed in the module, and for this we offer training in the use of video-cameras, sound and editing.

INTRODUCTION TO INCLUSIVE JOURNALISM

This module examines the practice of contemporary journalism and its role in shaping a democratic and inclusive society. The module introduces students to relevant theoretical perspectives as well as provides a critical examination/discussion of journalistic techniques of information gathering and analysis, journalistic norms and values and basic principles of inclusive media formats. It employs practical journalistic exercises, personal examination, critical media analysis, and scholarly study to increase awareness and critical engagement with the issues surrounding reporting of diversity in society.

MEDIA PRODUCTION SKILLS

The module will give you a basic understanding of the structures and practical abilities needed in news journalism. You will develop individual skills in study, research and writing and team skills in designing and writing for the web. The module aims to enable you to develop a critical understanding of how print, radio and TV operate; develop news-writing techniques for different media platforms; to learn individual and team skills across different media platforms; to acquire knowledge of ethical considerations faced by journalists; and to design and develop a website in teams.

ISSUES IN JOURNALISM: FREEDOM OF SPEECH, ETHICS AND DEMOCRACY

A critical survey of some of the social, political and economic pressures on the media across the world, looking at the ethical considerations which are of key concern to journalists, and the previsions designed to safeguard media freedom. On this module, students will gain an in-depth working knowledge of the media law in the UK, and how it relates to the work of journalists. This is in line with the syllabus requirements of the accrediting body, the Broadcast Journalism Training Council, and students will have the opportunity to get extra accreditation from their study of the media law in the UK. Students in the module will also have to think of the practice of journalism within international contexts and take a more international perspective in their studies.

Semester two

Core modules

DIVERSITY IN THE MEDIA: MODELS, INSTITUTIONS, PRACTICES

This core module of the Diversity and the Media MA looks at the various ways in which our understanding of diversity and difference has impacted on the way in which media models, institutions and professionals engage with social and cultural diversity. It focuses on different national media policy frameworks, economic models and media cultures. It examines and compares media content, it questions the meaning of the melting pot, cultural mosaic and salad bowl metaphors and their operationalization by the media and looks at various media institutions across the world and their responses to social diversity. Throughout the module students will work with a number of examples for media content from around the world in order to compare, reflect and establish best practice.

Option modules

REPORTING DIVERSITY: MIGRATION, RACE, ETHNICITY

This module combines traditional lectures and seminars and a number of newsroom workshops. It introduces the students to key theoretical perspectives on the cultural production and representation of race, ethnicity and migrancy and discusses the role of the media and journalistic practice in such processes. As population movements intensify across the world, the module provides a context for critical thinking and discussion about multi-racial, multi-ethnic and multi-cultural issues associated with contemporary news media. Students will research the stereotypes of people of colour, various ethnic groups, refugees and immigrant communities in the mainstream news media and will examine the influence, responsibility, and power of journalism in reporting diversity issues. The purpose of this module is to encourage student journalists to see, look at, report and reflect on the society they live in. Students, as part of their study, will have to think of, research and write a feature article for a specific media platform and for specific media audiences.

REPORTING DIVERSITY: FAITH AND RELIGION

This module presents and critically evaluates debates around social and faith/ religious diversity, awareness of the issues surrounding the reporting of faith and faith communities in their societies. Through a series of lectures and seminars and a number of newsroom workshops, it will encourage you to reflect on the various aspects of media and journalism practice in relation to religion and faith. The module will look at the influence, responsibility, and power of journalism in reporting faith and religion as a marker of difference in our societies. As part of their learning in the newsroom, students will have the opportunity to produce a 'feature article', for a specific media platform and for specific audiences.

PLANNING CAMPAIGN COMMUNICATIONS

In this module students will learn how to research and plan a campaign for social change based on the theories of social change examined in semester 1. They will produce communication material such as news releases, e-alerts, tweets, infographics and / or videos to support the campaign strategy. Where possible, students work to live briefs. This is a practical, hands-on module taught through a series of workshops, visits to campaign communication teams in London-based campaigning organisations, and guest talks by leading campaigners and social change communicators.

MEDIA, ACTIVISM AND POLITICS

The module critically investigates the relationship between media, activism and politics. It offers a critical assessment of the role of media in political mobilization, social movements, dissent, wars, conflicts, elections, and political and social crises. The module looks at the impact of the internet and new means of transparency and communications on journalism and activism in a range of circumstances from secure democracies through different kinds of political systems. The module is unique in its combination of traditional academic lectures and seminars with attendance of topical events and visits to relevant exhibitions and institutions.

SOCIOLOGY OF NEWS

A critical study of the news media in the context of current society; this module examines different aspects of how news is created, disseminated and consumed. It questions views of 'news' as the representation of 'the factual world', adopts a constructivist approach to news production, examines sources, organizational settings and the impact of technological innovation in the production of 'news'.

MEDIA AUDIENCES

This module begins with an overview of media audiences, and goes on to analyse audiences and media institutions, passive/ active audiences, media influence and effects, and ethnography and media audiences. The second part of the module is devoted to discussions of media and identity, fans, diasporas and new media audiences.

Followed by a dissertation (Dissertation route) or a final project (Practice route).

Associated careers

This course is designed to attract a mix of new graduates, often with a media-related degree or work experience, and people who have already worked in journalism, but want to enhance their understanding of social diversity and their skills in the area of inclusive journalism. It is suitable for existing media professionals that want to reflect on their practice as journalists, as well as students who want to pursue a career in the media, national and local government, IGOs and NGOs or who intend to embark on a relevant research/academic career. It will be a valuable asset for civil servants and local authority staff, NGO workers working on immigration, equality, social inclusion and cohesion and community regeneration whose duties involve communication and media work.

Related courses

Length of course

One-year, full-time

Additional costs information

To check what your tuition fees cover and what you may need to pay for separately, see our What tuition fees cover page.

This course is designed to attract a mix of new graduates, often with a media-related degree or work experience, and people who have already worked in journalism, but want to enhance their understanding of social diversity and their skills in the area of inclusive journalism.

It is suitable for existing media practitioners, media relations, communications and advertising,professionals; students who want to pursue a career in the media, or communication/media work with national/local government; NGOs or IGOs focusing on migration, equality, social inclusion, cohesion, community relations, development and community regeneration and anyone who intends to embark on a relevant research and academic career.

Work experience

Combining theory and practice, our highly innovative course is designed to provide a rich learning experience for its students and to equip them to enter employment In various areas of the media (print, broadcast or online, or communication or media work with national/local government, NGOs focusing on immigration, equality, social inclusion, cohesion, development and community regeneration or further study towards a research degree.

In addition, students are offered opportunities to gain valuable experience with media and NGOs whose work is relevant to their programme of studies and enhances their employability. These include the Media Diversity Institute, TAG International Development, The Prisma/The Multicultural Newspaper and the Pearson Diversity Summer Internship Programme. We firmly believe that such opportunities help our students to build upon their academic and practical work and further develop the skills that will enable them to embark on their chose careers.

Find out what our graduates say about the course

Employability

Our dedicated Career Development Centre is actively working with an ever-expanding network of over 3,000 employers to provide you with exceptional employability support and guidance. As a result we were nominated as finalists for a significant industry award – the NUE Awards Most Improved Commitment to Employability 2016.

We provide our students with work placements and international opportunities to support them in becoming highly employable, globally engaged graduates, and with one million businesses operating within 20 miles of the University of Westminster, over 84% of our students are in work or further study six months after graduation. Our graduates work in a variety of sectors and organisations, from small/medium-sized companies and start-ups to large not-for-profit organisations and corporates.

During your time at Westminster you will be able to use our comprehensive online vacancy service and meet with our experienced careers consultants, providing you with thorough training and support on CV writing, application forms, interview preparation and assessment centres.

In addition to this, you will receive careers support from academic staff and faculty work placement teams, offering targeted course-specific careers advice and assistance in securing a work placement during your time at Westminster. You can find out more about course-specific career opportunities by visiting the Prospects website.

For more details, visit the employability section on our site.

Career Development Centre

Our Career Development Centre can help and support you throughout your study and after graduation.

We can help you to:

  • find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
  • explore how to develop the skills that employers are looking for
  • plan your career development
  • identify your career options
  • market yourself effectively in CVs, application forms and at interviews
  • develop your enterprise skills

We also organise a range of presentations and networking events with employers, professional bodies, alumni and other organisations throughout the year to help you with career planning.

Find out more about the Career Development Centre.

Work Placements

Our Work Placement Teams are based in your Faculty Registry Office and can help you find a suitable placement, as well as support you in making applications, writing CVs and improving your interview technique.

More details on work placements can be found on our Work placements page.

Career options in your subject area

Our team of careers consultants work closely with Faculty departments to deliver tailored employability support, including subject-specific workshops, employer events and careers information, advice and guidance.

You can also browse the career options available to you after you graduate on the Career Development Centre's Finding work in your subject area pages and on the Prospects website.

This is a unique and highly innovative course combining theory and practice. Students taking the MA in Diversity and the Media are part of a bustling, multicultural academic department with access to the expertise of the Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI) (ranked as the leading media and communications research centre in the UK) and of the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) (an NGO working internationally to encourage and facilitate responsible media coverage of diversity with unparalleled expertise in training media practitioners, developing resources and promoting best practice worldwide). Our course team is diverse in terms of our expertise and specializations and comprises well known and highly experienced lecturers, journalists, trainers and other practitioners. We are determined to provide the best possible learning experience to our students and to equip them with critical as well as practical skills to use in a range of careers that require sensitivity towards, and awareness of the complex issues arising out of social and cultural diversity.

Study in the city

If you study at the University of Westminster, everything that London has to offer is on your doorstep.

Our central London campuses are ideally located for the city's fantastic learning institutions including libraries, archives and museums, as well as opportunities for shopping, eating out, enjoying London's nightlife or just simply relaxing.

Accommodation

After choosing your course, one of your biggest decisions will be where to live, and we aim to make that choice as easy as possible. Whether you want to apply for our Halls of Residence or live in private housing, we can help you to find the right accommodation.

Fees, funding, bursaries and scholarships

In recent years the University of Westminster's scholarship scheme has been the largest university scholarships scheme in the UK, and our Scholarships Department won the Times Higher Education inaugural Award for Outstanding Support for Overseas Students.

Personal tutoring

All students on courses of a year or more and who are registered for more than three modules will be allocated a personal tutor.

Your personal tutor will be there to support you from induction onwards, helping you to integrate into the University, academically and socially, at an early stage. They will be able to give you advice and support on academic and personal matters affecting your study, as well as developmental advice through regular individual and group tutorials.

Language support

Polylang is a University-wide programme through which you can study a language as a free choice module.

Personal advice and counselling

While most students overcome any problems with help from friends, family or a personal tutor, the University's free counselling and advice services are there if you need them.

International Westminster

With one of the UK's largest international student populations, the University of Westminster has plenty of experience in giving you the help and support you need to make the most of your time with us.

Study Abroad and Summer School programmes

Westminster's Study Abroad programme has been running for more than 15 years, and is one of the largest in the UK – each year we welcome hundreds of visiting students from universities all over the world.

If you are already studying outside the UK, the programme offers you the opportunity to study with us for one or two semesters, or for a period in the summer.

Sport and recreation

The University has extensive sport and recreation facilities, with a sports hall and gym at Harrow, a state-of-the-art gym at Regent Campus, and the University sports ground by the River Thames at Chiswick.

Students' Union

University of Westminster Students' Union (UWSU) aims to make sure you have the best university experience possible by providing a range of activities and support, from sports clubs to society groups, educational advice and social events.

NGO workshop

NGO workshop for the students

Mujde Esin from KizCode, a non-profit organisation dedicated to inspire and empower young Turkish & Kurdish women with coding skills in the technology industry, brought together NGO workers to discuss the current refugee crisis in Europe with our students, efforts on the ground by NGOs to help those who find themselves stranded in refugee camps, and those trying to build a new life.

The event put an emphasis on educating women both inside and outside refugee camps, as a tool for bettering refugee and migrant lives. Students worked in groups to discuss different problems that migrants and refugees might be facing, and to find ways to bring solutions through education.

Student presentationsPresentations for the module ‘Approaches to Social and Cultural Diversity’ – 2015/16

As part of the learning for ‘Approaches’, our students have to research a topic of interest to them and present their findings to the class. This year, we had a huge variety of very interesting topics that we explored in the presentations, and in the discussion that ensued in class.

The topics covered were wide-ranging, from an examination of the feminist movement in China; the refugee crisis in Europe and the media coverage of it; the impact of ‘ethnical’ tourism on the cultures of ethnic minorities in China; the Vietnamese government’s policies towards their minorities; and the influence of the Tea Party movement on current campaigns for Presidential candidates in the US.

Think as a policy makerThink as a Policy Maker

For the module ‘Understanding and Managing Diversity in the Media’, students have to work in groups and enact particular scenarios (simulation exercises) that policy makers involved in media regulation have to think about in their daily working environment.

Our students have to work in groups, rehearse debates about reforming the media landscape of a fictional country, and participate in the debate with proposals of a new system.

In developing their arguments, students need to think of theoretical perspectives, take into account media policies in different European and non-European countries examined over the course of the module, rehearse the debates on commercialisation/liberalisation of the media landscape versus PSB systems, and also think of different models that might be more appropriate within PSB models.

Students work in groups to discuss, rehearse and come up with a new policy framework, and work towards practical and realistic recommendations.

Telegraph visitVisit to the Daily Telegraph, November 2015

As part of their learning for their 'Media Production Skills' module, our students visited the Daily Telegraph offices in November 2015. Students spoke with journalists, wandered around the newsroom and had the chance to watch journalists in action. This was a lovely experience.

Imperial War Museum visitVisit to the Imperial War Museum, 2015

Among the highlights of the visit to the Imperial War Museum, with my 'Approaches to Social and Cultural Diversity' class, were the always thought-provoking Holocaust exhibition, the mixed arts exhibit on Gaza, and exhibits on the coverage of War and Conflict in the Media.

Water Aid visitVisit to Water Aid, March 2015

As part of their learning for their Semester 2 module ‘Planning Campaign Communications for NGOs and Charities’, students visited the offices of Water Aid.

They had the chance to speak with NGO workers about the important aspects of their daily working routine, and to understand better the role of third sector communications professionals.

Digital skills trainingVisual Digital Skills Training – 2015/16

Visual Digital Skills training is important for preparing students for the workplace. We have established a series of workshops that teach students digital skills.

This year we have organised six whole-day workshops on Adobe Pro. As part of the training students have workshops on Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign and Adobe Communicator. These lead to accreditation for those students who engaged with the material, and they will now take their tests.

Our expert camera technicians are also on-board to train our students on camera work, sound and editing, as we expect our students to produce a 15-minute documentary film for their module ‘Reporting Diversity: Gender, Sexuality, Age, Disability’.

Course Leader – Dr Roza Tsagarousianou

 

Muhetaer Gulikaiwesai

Muhetaer Gulikaiwesai

MA in Diversity and the Media, 2015/16 – current student

Coming from a very diverse background in China, I applied for the MA in Diversity and the Media as I wanted to have a deeper understanding of the media’s role in multicultural societies. Also, I wanted to learn more on the media’s role in constructing either a more inclusive society or divisive narratives that cause more intolerance towards different people and communities. 

After finishing our first semester, I believe that I learned more than I had ever expected.

I got to improve my journalistic skills, including designing websites and writing blogs and learning how journalists work. I also produced my first documentary with my team.

I believe this is the turning point for my future.

Natasha Fernando

Natasha Fernando

Doctoral student, CAMRI (Communication and Media Research Institute), University of Westminster

MA in Diversity and the Media, 2015 graduate

I was quite unsure on what Masters to do after my Bachelor’s Degree so I took one year off to work at magazine agencies and NGOs. It was working at 3FF (a charity that promotes understanding between different faiths, religions and cultures in the UK) that I finally understood my inclination to study the roots of discrimination, its causes and the way it is still disseminated in modern ‘diverse’ countries.

This is the reason why, when I found the MA in Diversity and the Media, I knew this was the Master course for me. 

Additionally, it would also help me answer personal questions regarding my own identity: born and raised in Italy but having Sri Lankan parents, I felt that the course would address the issues that came with having what I perceived was a ‘double-identity’.

Having finished the course, I can confidently say that it did help me discover my own self, my ‘identities’ and to better understand the situation and the place where I grew up in. Yet, most of all, it has provided me with the theories and tools that are necessary to investigate diversity in the media, or better improve the lack of it in most countries.

The course taught me methods to apply to navigate and create more diverse and inclusive media products, but also the difficulties and contradictions that one faces in doing so, through ‘Policy Framework Simulation Exercises’, or debates on freedom of speech regarding ‘Charlie Hebdo’ in class, for example. It therefore helped mould us students into more receptive individuals when confronting media, encouraging us to strive for a better society in whatever profession we might take in the future. 

Shazwan Mustafa Kamal

Shazwan Mustafa Kamal

Assistant News Editor and Chief Political Correspondent, Malay online, Malaysia

MA in Diversity and the Media, 2013 graduate

I first applied for the MA in Diversity and the Media as I felt the course would be relevant to me as a journalist, and I was attracted to certain aspects of the course module content - specifically the role of the mass media in the social construction, representation and understanding of difference, and how this impacts on the way(s) that media organisations construct narratives about, and therefore the identity of, communities (ethnic, sexual, religious) within a societal framework.

Having completed my MA back in 2013, I can safely say that the course has certainly expanded my outlook as a media practitioner, and revealed how news articles can construct either inclusive or divisive narratives with just the use of headlines and graphics. In my current role as an assistant news editor, I continuously strive to apply the theories I have learnt during the course of my MA - mostly importantly the fine line between publishing news and not propaganda, and putting out facts while striving to provide a balanced space for all members of society.

The course has proved useful for me back here in Malaysia as tensions between ethnic communities, religious and sexual bigotry are at an all-time high. The knowledge that I have obtained during my MA course in Diversity and the Media has prepared me for a world where ‘difference’ is sometimes viewed with skepticism and even disgust, and where minorities often continue to be marginalised.

Sung-Kwan Chun

Sung Kwan Chun

Current Affairs Programme Director, MBC (Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation), South Korea

MA in Diversity and the Media, 2015 graduate

I applied for the MA course in Diversity and the Media as I was interested in issues of diversity. The perspective in my country on issues such as ethnicity, nationalities, gender and so on is very narrow and study of the media’s responsibilities regarding diversity is scarce in our society. Therefore, I intended to study 'media related to diversity' in the centre of diversity itself, London.

I was surrounded by diversity during my stay at the University of Westminster. Throughout the year I engaged with students from around the world, and the environment in my school facilitated exchanges and communication with students from different cultures. Westminster indeed proved to be a melting pot of diversity.

All the lecturers emphasised the value of diversity and the reasons that the media should focus on diversity in respect of human nature and value. This was somewhat a shock to me because I had never experienced this sort of teaching in my country or my work place. Moreover, the perspective of my classmates from various countries (six nationalities), led me to a new world of knowledge and understanding of diverse cultures and experiences.

Lastly, after returning to my work as a TV programme director of current affairs, my study at Westminster has been very helpful. My vision of seeing the social issues in my country has been widened by my knowledge from lectures and classmates. I endeavor to ensure this perspective is represented in my programme; for example, the migrant problem, gender gap and age issues between the young and the old. For sure, this work is definitely not easy, but I would like to widen the Korean perspective on diversity through my programmes, and convey my experiences in London as well as specifically at Westminster.

Alma Hassoun

Alma Hassoun

Journalist, BBC Arabic Service, United Kingdom

MA in Diversity and the Media, 2014 graduate

In spring 2013, I was looking for an MA course that could help me go beyond technical aspects of writing, reporting or making visual production. I wanted to learn to think about the media and its surrounding issues in a creative and deeper way. 

The Diversity and the Media course seemed to be different and to offer what I was looking for.

When I checked the modules I found the balance that I was looking for; some cover inclusive reporting, media law, communication for development, as well as some philosophy and theories (that I never thought I would ever enjoy!).

Initially, I was hesitant when I got the unconditional offer and the course was not easy; it took me a while to develop some skills to start getting engaged with it. 

I fully realised how helpful and important what I had learnt was only after graduation. The most invaluable angle of the course, I believe, was its emphasis on understanding wider society when thinking of the media industry - society that includes several diverse groups and reflects power relations, and inherent biases and lenses through which the media looks at issues.

What I have learned has been an invaluable source of knowledge in my current work as a journalist.

Dafina Halili 

Dafina Halili

MA in Diversity and the Media, 2014 graduate

Nowadays, more than ever before I feel very content to have finished my MA in Diversity and the Media at University of Westminster. The refugee crisis in Europe, the rise of right-wing parties, and the EU shifting immigration policies are all affecting the lives of immigrants and minorities throughout Europe. Ultimately, the media landscape is focusing more and more on immigrants and minorities; thus, inclusive journalism and responsible media coverage are necessary in helping to shape public opinion.

After my studies in London, I returned to my country, Kosovo and started my career as a journalist. The theoretical and practical learning I received from my Diversity and the Media MA gave me the necessary learning to understand the challenges of social diversity, and motivation to do research and cover stories related to diversity. Moreover, due to unfinished complex reconciliation processes in a post-conflict country such as Kosovo, minorities hardly have a voice in the mainstream media and it is precisely this MA that encouraged me to write about groups of people that exist only on the margins of society. 

My stories stretch from covering issues affecting women and their rights and minorities such as the Serb and Roma communities through to Middle Eastern refugees, who are crossing the Western Balkans every day in order to find peace in the developed EU countries. Unfortunately, Kosovo isn’t an isolated case when it comes to unprofessional diversity reporting because the western media mainstream is following the pattern, causing more intolerance and hatred between different people and communities.

A course such as the Media and Diversity MA is crucial for understanding and learning how to become an inclusive and responsible journalist. It definitely made me a better journalist, and made me more proud of my work. 

Lucia Wang

Lucia Wang

Assistant producer in STAR (Satellite Television Asia Region), China

MA in Diversity and the Media, 2015 graduate

The MA in Diversity and the Media was quite demanding and kind of heavy for me at the very beginning. But at that time, I also never thought I could learn this much in only one year. 

Now I can say that it not only deepened my understanding of the connection between media and the complicated societies we live in, but more importantly, it changed my view of the world. 

Although now I am working in the business part of the media industry, I truly feel more responsibility about decisions on what we are producing and the power that the media business holds in general.

The MA made me see almost everything in a brand-new way. This MA leads everyone to think in their own way and also to question. What I can be sure of is that if you pay all your attention to this MA, it will definitely reward you back.

Mohamed Shaker Shawkat Sourour

Mohamed Shaker Shawkat Sourour

MA Diversity and the Media, 2014 graduate 

I chose to do my MA at the School of Media, Arts and Design, University of Westminster, due to its strong reputation in media studies in terms of curriculum, facilities and lecturers.

The diversity of students at the University of Westminster provides a rich cultural experience where I exchanged knowledge and interacted with students from all over the world. This enriched my understanding of cultures and broadened my horizons.

The University has lots of student societies that cater for all tastes and backgrounds. I found societies that share my sports, faith and cultural interests, and I really enjoyed participating in their activities.

My MA programme included a brilliant selection of instructors who were more than keen to ensure that I fully understood the curricula. Moreover, through field visits to major media outlets like the BBC, Daily Telegraph, and Water Aid UK, a practical element was combined with knowledge learnt in a real-time environment, meaning I gained the maximum experience out of my studies. In addition, the career development centre provided me with a great opportunity to undertake a successful internship at a very reputable agency in the UK, and that definitely increased my employment chances, overall experience and skills.