A good first degree (equivalent to at least an Upper Second or a minimum GPA of 3.00) from a recognised university, and/or have relevant professional experience. Particular consideration will be given to mature applicants, especially those with media experience. All applicants are expected to have some form of previous media experience If English is your second language you should have a score of at least 7.0 IELTS overall with a minimum 7.0 in writing and speaking. The TOEFL equivalent is 617 in the paper-based test and 105 in the TOEFL internet-based test, including at least 24 in writing and speaking.
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Course contentThis challenging, highly practical course is designed for international students who wish to develop their journalism skills in English. It attracts students from all over the world. These include both experienced journalists and new graduates wanting to pursue a career in journalism.
The different strands are designed to give you the practical and intellectual skills necessary to pursue a career in either print, as a web journalist, or in broadcast journalism. The main focus of the course is practical, and you will be expected to develop story ideas and contacts, and gather your own material for journalistic course work assignments. In addition to delivering 'hands-on' learning, the course enables you to study the political, commercial and ethical issues which affect journalists world-wide. All students are introduced to web journalism on the course and can contribute to www.wnol.com our student journalism multi-media website, and or to our local news website, the HA1: www.TheHA1.co.uk .
The University is proud of its state-of-the-art media resources, newsrooms and studios, and our journalism graduates emerge multi-skilled. The 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 news organisations such as the BBC World Service, BBC Arabic, CNN, Reuters, Al Jazeera, The Economist, Washington Post, Central China Television, China Daily and Phoenix TV. The MA is taught over two semesters, followed in the summer months by the largely self-directed Final Project, and there's also an opportunity for work placements. Some students choose a 15,000-word dissertation instead of a practical project.
During this intensive year you will learn the reporting, researching, writing and presentation skills required for being a good journalist in both radio and TV, as well as develop a critical understanding of the news media. Teaching is done in small groups by experienced industry professionals, using up to date professional-standard news production soft-ware, video and audio equipment for your journalism assignments. You will also be introduced to web-journalism and blogging. You can also acquire the skills of a specialist correspondent by choosing from a range of specialist journalism options.
All students are encouraged to take up a work placement opportunity during the summer months.
Core modules: * Principles of Journalism: focusing on the skills, considerations and techniques of contemporary journalism and new media. * Broadcast News: TV and Radio: news-writing and reporting. * Documentary Skills (TV and Radio): creating longer form, more considered journalism. * Issues in Journalism: examining how journalists and the media face issues such as democracy, human rights, free speech and ethics. * The Final Documentary Project (a TV or Radio Documentary).
Optional modules: * Business and Financial Journalism. * Travel Journalism. * Arts and Entertainment Journalism. * Investigative Journalism. * Online Journalism (which can lead to a Final Project in Online Journalism). * Sports Journalism. * Media Business. * Sociology of News. * Health and Medical Journalism
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