Multimedia Journalism (Broadcast) MA
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Courses start in September, unless otherwise stated
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You should hold a good first degree equivalent to a UK Upper Second Class Honours. Ideally you should have some journalism work experience, whether a short placement or more extensive professional experience. You will also need a good understanding of the media and current affairs. Unless a large part of your education has been in English, you will need an IELTS score (or its equivalent) of 7.0 in speaking and in writing.
Within the UKPASS application we require two short assignments; the first should explain why you have decided on a career in journalism (250 words maximum). This is different from the Personal Statement where you explain why you wish to pursue the course. The second assignment is an analysis of how a recent international or UK news story was covered across a variety of media (300 words maximum).
This course will equip you with all the practical and intellectual skills you need to work as a multimedia, multi-platform journalist, at the same time allowing you gain a deeper grounding in the abilities of broadcast, or written journalism. You can choose one of two pathways Print and Online or Broadcast, in order to specialise chiefly in text based journalism as print and online practitioner, or as a multi-platform broadcast journalist. All students learn the basic skills of audio, video and web reporting. The course has a very practical focus, so you are expected to develop story ideas and contacts, and gather your own material for journalistic course work. You will be given full training in using our up-to-date media resources, ensuring that you graduate from the course as a multi-skilled, multi-platform journalist. Both the MA and the Postgraduate Diploma can be taken as a part-time course over two years.
The PG Diploma and MA have been accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC) which means we provide industry backed journalism training for online, TV & radio. The organisation accredits a number of British journalism courses, providing the syllabus meets their requirements.
The University of Westminster itself is designated a Skillset Media Academy, Skillset being the UK skills body for the Creative Industries.
Our teaching staff are highly experienced journalism professionals, and our graduates go on to work with a variety of leading media organisations including BBC TV and Radio, national and local, and BBC News Online, ITN, Russia Today, Al Jazeera, the Financial Times and The Guardian, Conde Nast, and many other media houses in Britain and around the world
Many of our students have won journalism awards, the most recent being the Best Radio News item for 2014, awarded by the BJTC. We have twice been awarded a BJTC award for excellence in teaching,
There's a strong emphasis on learning through 'hands-on' practice, in small class groups, using our professional standard facilities. Most of your assessed course-work will be 'real' journalism assignments, a preparation for the new world of multi-platform journalism.
As well as regular classes taught by experienced journalists on our staff, we also invite other media professionals as guest speakers or to critique student work. We support you in applying for work placements, encourage you go to journalism events and network with professionals, and to pursue other journalism experiences. We work closely together with the charity One World Media, for example. One World Media promotes coverage of the wider world and offers bursaries for students who wish to cover a story in a developing country for their final project
You will have the chance to air your work on Smoke Radio, the University's multi-award-winning internet radio station, or post items onto the MA's own news site, Westminster World.
The course is taught over two semesters, and for the Master's students followed by the largely self-directed final project in the summer. Unlike many other journalism MAs, you can undertake an extensive practical Final Project. This could be a multi-media project or a largely print project or a TV or radio documentary. Students usually undertake their placements in the period from the Easter break to the end of the course.
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.
These modules are taken by all students on both pathways:
Multimedia Journalism Skills: Part theory, part practice, this module takes a critical look at the concepts and techniques underpinning contemporary journalism and new media, and the surrounding issues.
Issues in journalism: You will gain an in-depth working knowledge of media law, explore the relationship between UK public institutions, and evaluate the ethical considerations which are of key concern to journalists;
Digital Journalism: Developing digital reporting techniques for news and long form pieces, run a live multi-media website with output for desktop, mobile and social media.
Broadcast pathway modules
Broadcast News: This aims to give you an understanding of the skills involved in all aspects of multi-platform daily live news production and presentation: includes reporting, news-writing, preparing packages, working in an editorial team.
Documentary Skills: allows you to develop advanced audio and video production and reporting techniques leading to the production of a short TV documentary, plus a radio feature and documentary.
Specialist Journalism: You can explore in depth the role of the specialist correspondent, and develop specialist reporting techniques to provide a number of 'multi-platform' pieces of journalism. Currently we are offering three choices depending on demand: Sports * Health and Medical * Health and Lifestyle. Previously Business and Financial * Environmental have also been on offer. It's not always possible to run all the options.
Also on offer:
* Investigative Journalism: exploring the history, theory and practice of investigative journalism in different parts of the world, as well as carrying out your own investigation.
* Travel Journalism: developing the special skills and techniques of travel writing, and as well as gaining an understanding of how to liaise with and report on the travel industry.
* 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.
Final Projects (MA only)
These are all individual projects:
Final Radio or Video Documentary Project: Researching, compiling and presenting your own investigative thirty minute radio documentary, or twelve minute film, and providing an accompanying critical analysis.
Final Journalism Project: For this project you will produce to a professional standard a themed series of articles in a publishable format, including the use of multimedia techniques.
Online Journalism Final Project: Designing and creating your own personal website, and providing multimedia content.
Deborah Vogel, Course Leader
Though designed to prepare you for a career in journalism, this course could also lead to a career in public relations, communications, or any other professional pathway which requires effective communication skills, and the use of convergent media.
Length of course
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.
Students on this suite of courses are expected to undertake a short placement during their time at Westminster. They are helped to develop contacts with industry by their tutors, all journalism professionals, and Westminster careers advisors, leading to a meaningful experience. For MA Journalism- Broadcast, a BJTC accredited course, we also have support from the Broadcast Journalism Training Council through its relationship with employers, either the BBC or independent broadcasters.
Employers think highly of Westminster postgraduate journalism students who, if they are broadcasters, find opportunities with BBC Radio news and local radio, TV news and current affairs, BBC World Service, Sky News, ITN and ITV, CNN’s London bureau, Al-Jazeera in London, and many other broadcasters, where they have the chance to experience at first hand the pressures of live broadcasting, or more considered documentary making. Others pursue placements with websites or newspapers such as the Guardian, The Independent, Financial Times, BBC News online, and other less well known websites. CNN Online. Sports specialists have been to Talksport, Sports Tonight, CNN Sports and Hayter’s Sports agency. Often students keep in touch with the organisation where they interned, leading to more work after graduation.
Some students prefer to gain their experience once they have finished their final project; one recently spent a three month internship with Russia Today, the English language broadcaster in Moscow.
Postgraduate journalism students also have access to a placement scheme which is unique to Westminster: they are able to gain experience as’ embedded journalists’ on NATO military ‘war-game’ exercises – a fast moving and challenging way to gain ‘live’ news experience.
Many of our journalism graduates are now working in leading organisations across the world. They can be found as multi-media or broadcast journalists in Radio, TV or Online at the BBC, and at BBC bureau in other countries. They are working for the Economist or the Financial Times, in local radio, or local newspapers and websites; at other big companies such as Sky News, Al-Jazeera, ITN, and CNN, Russia Today, France 24, Globo in Brazil. You might see their faces on Central China TV, and a wealth of other TV news stations in China. Many report for Indian television companies or newspapers. There seems to be a small colony of MA Journalism (International) graduates in various media houses in Dubai, our graduates can be found in the media in the United States, or throughout Europe or Latin America, Africa or Asia. Some work at specialist sports publications and websites, and others have found a niche in business news such as at Euromoney or lovemoney.com. With many alumni pursuing successful freelance careers too, it seems there may not be many countries in the world where there isn’t a Westminster graduate working somewhere in the media.
Rahul Joglekar grew up listening to BBC World Service with his parents in India. Even before he’d finished his MA (International)- Broadcast course, he had realised his ambition of working there - on a freelance basis to start with. Three years later, with a variety of radio production experiences, he is still enjoying his career as a BBC broadcast journalist at World Service.
Broadcast student Robert Powell decided to go for business journalism as his specialist option on the MA course, and that landed him his first job at lovemoney.com., now though, he has moved on to become a broadcast journalist at BBC South.
Tan Yingzi, a print student on the MA (International) went on to work for the China Daily, the largest national English language newspaper in China. Later she headed for the United States as the newspaper's chief Washington DC correspondent. In fact, she was the first overseas correspondent her newspaper ever sent , just when it was starting to expand globally. China Daily now has a Hong Kong edition, a US edition and a European edition. Tan Yingzi said she was very honoured to be given the job, and believed her education here at Westminster gave her the edge when competing for the post.
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.
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
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Journalism and Mass Communication - why Westminster?
This course is accredited by BJTC (Broadcast Journalism Training Council).