Multimedia Journalism (Print & Online) PG Diploma

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UKPASS code: 050854 | Institution code: W50 | Attendance mode: Part-time day/evening
Start: 14 September 2017
Duration: 1 year
Location: North-West London
Campus: Harrow

Important tuition fee information – please read.
Price per 20-credit module.

Home/EU: £1,000.00
Overseas: £1,725.00

*Subject to approval

Whether you have already begun your career in journalism, or you are planning to start it, this course will give you the practical and intellectual skills necessary to pursue a career in either broadcast journalism (TV and radio), working as a multimedia online journalist, or print journalist for newspapers and magazines.

The course has a strong practical focus, you will be expected to develop story ideas and contacts, and gather your own material for your course work assignments. Your stories could be local, national or international.

The University is proud of its state-of-the- art media resources, newsrooms and studios, and our journalism graduates emerge multi-skilled. Our teaching staff are highly experienced journalism professionals, and our department and its students have won many awards. Graduates go on to good jobs around the world, many at well-known international organisations such as Al Jazeera, BBC, CCTV, CNN, Phoenix TV, Reuters, The Economist, and The Washington Post.

Course content

There’s a strong emphasis on learning through ‘hands-on’ experience, often in small teams, using our broadcast quality facilities, and preparing you for the new world of multi-platform journalism.

The course is taught over two semesters, followed by the largely self-directed Final Project, with the opportunity of work placement. Unlike most journalism MAs you can undertake a practical Final Project: a TV or radio documentary, a print portfolio or an online project. Some students choose to write a 15,000-word dissertation instead.

You will have the chance to air your work on Smoke Radio, (www.smokeradio.co.uk) the University’s multi-award-winning internet radio station, or post items onto one of the University’s two news sites ? Westminster News Online (www.wnol.info) or our local community website, The HA1 (www.theHA1.co.uk).

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.

Core modules

ISSUES IN JOURNALISM: FREEDOM, HUMAN RIGHTS AND DEMOCRACY

This provides a critical examination of the social, political and economic pressures on media institutions across the world, and their consequences for journalists. You will also examine the provisions designed to safeguard media freedom and the security and integrity of journalists.

PRINCIPLES OF JOURNALISM

This module aims to give you a critical understanding of the concepts and techniques of contemporary journalism, including news values, story research, news-writing and reporting techniques. You will also gain a grounding in new media skills.

BROADCAST STRAND

Broadcast News and Current Affairs (Radio and TV)

This aims to give you a grounding in the skills and techniques of daily live radio and television news and current affairs.

Documentary Skills (Radio and TV)

This develops your skills further, allowing you to develop advanced production and reporting techniques, enabling you to carry out longer form pieces of broadcast journalism.

ONLINE STRAND

Broadcast News (Audio and Video for the Web)

By giving you a grounding in the skills and techniques of radio and television news and current affairs, this module aims to equip you with the skills needed to contribute to a multi-media website.

Online Journalism

This provides in-depth instruction in multimedia website design and content and advanced understanding of online journalism skills. It aims to achieve in small group projects a publishable, topical news website.

Web Production for Westminster News Online(www.wnol.info)

Together with students from the MA in Print and Online Journalism you will be developing the best online techniques to run a live, multimedia news website.

PRINT STRAND

Magazine Production

During this module you will develop advanced skills in the content and design/ layout of magazines in order to originate, write, design and produce a magazine as a group project.

Newspaper Journalism

You will be introduced to the theory and practice of writing news and features for multiple platforms including newspapers, magazines and online, as well as learning design, editing and production for the print medium.project.

Option modules

Choose two from:

FINAL PROJECT

These are in-depth practical projects, which involve researching, compiling and presenting your own TV or radio documentary, website or print journalism collection, together with a critical analysis. You will work individually, under a limited amount of supervision, and demonstrate the skills and techniques, gained during the course.

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA BUSINESS

You will explore the main debates within the field of media management in the UK and US. The module will also draw comparisons with structure, strategy, management and operation of the media in other parts of the world.

INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM

You will gain a critical understanding of the history, theory and practice of investigative journalism across both print and broadcast media and an introduction to the techniques used by investigative journalists. The module is taught by Sony Award winning journalist, BBC Radio’s John Waite. You will carry out research for an investigation of their own and show how such an investigation would be treated by the print or broadcast media.

ONLINE JOURNALISM

This provides in-depth instruction in multimedia website design and content and advanced understanding of online journalism skills. It aims to achieve in small group projects a publishable, topical news website.

SOCIOLOGY OF NEWS

A critical study of the news media in the context of current society; it examines different aspects of how news is created, disseminated and consumed.

Specialist Journalism

You can choose options in practical journalism giving you an introduction to the skills, techniques, and role of the specialist correspondent. This module examines in depth the role of the specialist, it provides a critical understanding of the importance of sources, contacts and consideration of ethical issues and current debate in your chosen field. You will also develop specialist reporting techniques to provide a number of ‘multi-platform’ pieces of journalism

Currently we offer arts and entertainment; business and financial; environmental health and medical journalism; and sports. You may also choose one module from our theory-based MA courses. This is recommended for those who choose to undertake a dissertation.

TRAVEL JOURNALISM

This involves a critical exploration of travel journalism, the market for travel features, and you will learn how to write evocatively about your experiences in order to inspire, inform and entertain your readers.

Note: The University is constantly improving its offer to students. It is intended that some changes, such as practice options under new course titles, may be approved between printing this brochure and enrolment for this course. You are therefore advised to look at the website for updated details.

Associated careers

Although designed to prepare you for a career in journalism, this course could also lead to a career in public relations, communications, or any other profession requiring effective communication and practical skills. In recent years MA students have been able to go as ‘embedded journalists’ on Royal Navy and NATO training exercises, sometimes on board ship, as well as visits on exchange to Moscow State University’s Faculty of Journalism, and to the European Commission and Parliament in Brussels.

Our journalism graduates are now working at Al Jazeera, Associated Press, BBC Arabic and Persian TV, BBC Radio Five Live, BBC Radio Four, BBC Three Counties Radio, BBC World Service, Central China Television, Indian news channels NDTV, UTV and CNN-IBN, LBC Radio, Reuters, Sky News, Sky Sports, The Economist website, The Guardian, The Washington Post, and many other news organisations around the world.

Related courses

  • Approaches to Media and Communication Research
  • Journalism Print and Online Journalism or Broadcast Journalism MA/ Postgraduate Diploma
  • Photojournalism MA

Length of course

One-year, full-time

Location

Harrow

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.

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.

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.