Multimedia Journalism (Print & Online) MA
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Courses start in September, unless otherwise stated
View course-specific entry requirements
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 are expected to have an IELTS score of 7.0 overall with 7.0 in writing and speaking.
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).
The print and online pathways of this course will equip you with all the practical and intellectual skills you need to work as a multi-platform journalist. You will be taught contemporary news production and journalistic storytelling, in order to gain a deeper grounding in written journalism. We will also introduce you to the basics of video and audio production. The course has a very practical focus, so you are expected to develop story ideas and gather your own material through research and reporting 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 journalist being competent in digital and print journalism. Both the MA and the Postgraduate Diploma can be taken as a part-time course (daytime) over two years studying two days a week.
The University of Westminster itself is designated a Skillset Media Academy, Skillset being the UK skills body for the Creative Industries ensuring excellence and quality for education and skills training in interactive media. 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. Our students regularly win BJTC awards, and the course has been awarded the BJTC award for excellence in teaching.
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, and 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 world of contemporary journalism.
As well as regular classes taught by experienced journalists on our staff, we also invite 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. 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. Students may undertake placements in the period from the Easter break to the end of the course to gather further work experience in a news or current affairs production company of usually three to four weeks.
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.
Issues in Journalism (20 credits). 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.
Multimedia Journalism Skills (20 credits). Part theory, part digital practice, this module teaches students to understand and apply the concepts and techniques underpinning contemporary journalism in a digital environment.
News and Feature Writing (20 credits). This module teaches you the skills and techniques of writing news stories, profiles, features, reviews for print and digital journalism by using digital and mobile media.
Digital Journalism Production (20 credits). You will learn to write and produce long-form multimedia pieces including video and audio content, and how to reach out to an audience on social media.
Final Projects (MA only, 60 credits)
MA students have to choose one among the following three modules:
- Emerging Journalism Final Project (60 credits). Designing and creating your own content platform, and providing multimedia content.
- Final Journalism Project (60 credits). 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.
- Dissertation (60 credits). You will undertake a substantial research project related to the study of mass media, bringing together knowledge and skills you gained from both practical and theoretical sections of the course.
Please note: Not all option modules will necessarily be offered in any one year.
Investigative Journalism (20 credits). You will explore the history, theory and practice of investigative journalism in different parts of the world, as well as carrying out your own
Magazine Project (20 credits). You will create a magazine by producing content, design and layout as an editorial team in order produce both a glossy and an electronic version.
Travel Journalism (20 credits). You will develop the special skills and techniques of travel writing, and gain an understanding of how to liaise with and report on the travel industry.
Emerging Journalism (20 credits). You will be taught in-depth knowledge of digital tools to build and design digital content, and will be encouraged to develop an entrepreneurial view.
Health and Medical Journalism (20 credits). You will get in-depth knowledge of health and medical journalism to be able to master the role of a specialist correspondent and discuss ethical aspects relevant for health journalism.
Specialist Journalism (20 credits). 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 two choices depending on demand: Sport journalism. Depending on demand, we create more options; in the past, we offered lifestyle, environmental and business journalism.
Sociology of News (20 credits). You will be taught to critically study news media in the context of current society, the module examines different aspects of how news is created, disseminated and consumed.
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
One-year, full-time or part-time (day/eve)
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.
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This course is accredited by BJTC (Broadcast Journalism Training Council).