International Journalism MA (MA)

Brunel University London the United Kingdom

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The award

How long you will study
2 Years

Domestic course fees
GBP 2730

How you will study

Course starts

International course fees
GBP 5035

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About International Journalism MA at Brunel University London

MA International Journalism addresses the global shifts in the journalism industry by contextualising different forms of journalistic practice within a framework of technological, political and cultural change. It also sets out to equip students with sufficient generic skills to adapt to future journalism industry developments.Entry RequirementsA good undergraduate degree or equivalent and evidence of a commitment to journalism as a career such as student journalism or work experience. IELTS 7.5 minimum is required if English is not your first language. Course AimsTo produce graduates who have a comprehensive and sophisticated understanding of the advanced academic study of international journalism, and the techniques and principles applied in practice; To provide the relevant expertise and learning environment to support students' critical and practical engagement with issues at the heart of analysing and practising international journalism; To produce graduates with the skills and knowledge to enter the journalism industry in an international context, and who are also equipped to undertake further postgraduate level research.Course ContentThis strongly vocational programme is distinctive in allowing students to develop their own journalistic practice at the same time as learning about the impact of technological change, cultural developments and political issues on different forms of journalism global. Particular attention will be paid to the global versus the local, which will be examined through practical assignments, media ownership, the legal context, issues pertaining to journalistic ethics, and the role of journalism in the international political process. The programme builds on the success of the School of Arts' postgraduate provision by providing a broad-based programme, within a credit framework, offering you the opportunity for specialisation. It consists of a common core of study in journalism, with an offer of specialist study in print/online or broadcast journalism, which will facilitate student entry into different aspects of the industry. This is particularly relevant in the context of a converging media industry requiring multi-skilling and the ability to adapt to new media environments. The programme will be delivered by a combination of academics based at Brunel (who also have considerable journalistic experience) and visiting journalists and legal experts working in key positions within the media industries. You will greatly benefit from the School's excellent links with the journalism, broadcasting and publishing industries, and will be offered the opportunity for work placement.Modules (all core)Journalistic PracticeMain topics of study: classifications of news: news values, sources and the implied reader; news writing, news language; techniques of news interviewing and research in a new media context; reporting court, local and national government, crime and emergency services; introduction to layout and on-screen page make-up; image, text and design relationships in a print/online media context.UK, European and International InstitutionsMain topics of study: the structures of the institutions within which journalism is practiced; professional ideologies of journalism; the ownership of the institutions within which journalism is practised; the political framework within which journalism operates; major UK parliamentary institutions; institutions of the EU and the EU Constitution; world organisations including the UN, Nato and G8.Journalism, Ethics and PlacementMain topics of study: the impact of the global economy on journalism output; journalism and the public sphere; journalism and the political process; 'spin'; celebrity culture; journalistic ethics; the regulation of journalism; the privacy issue; two week work placement.Global News AnalysisMain topics of study: the rise of 'global' journalism in the digital age; notions of the audience in global news targeting; comparative analyses of case study local and global versions of the same story; understanding the key differences between local and global standards of journalistic writing; applying skills and knowledge to repackaging news for different markets; using local journalism as a source to produce global journalism; repackaging global news for local audiences; ethical and legal considerations.News JournalismThis module provides you with fundamental, essential skills in news writing and reporting. You will be writing primarily for print and online media, but you will also gain and understanding of how to write for broadcast. In addition, you will be thinking of how to write for new and emerging digital technologies.Journalistic Practice: Features, Print and/or Broadcast ProductionYou will gain advanced production skills in either print or broadcast journalism. Print students will learn how to design pages as well as commission and edit content, while broadcast students will focus on how to report, write and edit for the airwaves.CareersThe programme will appeal to a broad range of candidates with an interest in journalism across all sectors, including print journalism, online journalism, radio journalism, TV journalism and especially in areas of convergence. Our particular appeal will be to students looking for advanced skills in writing and sub-editing for global journalism. The programme will also cater for students hoping to enter other sectors as media skills play a major part in public relations, marketing, advertising plus non-governmental organisations and the public sector.Special FeatureMulti-skilling in journalism technology; an emphasis on writing and sub-editing for global journalism; specialist activity for informed career choice; journalism practice contextualised within a framework of technological, legal, political and broader cultural change; work placement, with experience of real-world journalism, supported by strong Brunel/industry links.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMAHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study2 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 2730International course feesGBP 5035

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