This course prepares you to work in a newspaper editorial team to supply material across a multi-platform newsroom. You will seek out original stories, conduct incisive interviews and produce crisp and engaging copy.
You will be taught by staff with extensive experience in newspapers with input from leading journalists and editors from publications across the country.
How you're taught
Study methods and assessment
There are a range of study modes including lectures, seminars and tutorials. You will carry out independent research to produce stories, features, columns and reviews. You will be taught how to record and edit audio and video for use online using professional standard equipment and mobile devices. And you will explore different ways to maximise your audience using social media.
You are encouraged to contribute to local newspapers such as the Nottingham Post. You may also become involved with Notts TV which is based in the Centre for Broadcasting & Journalism.
You will be assessed by a mixture of portfolio work, essays, exams and presentations. MA students are required to complete a multi-platform project, which includes a 2,000-word feature, an online feature and a research essay.
Notts TV is one of 19 new local television stations awarded a 12-year licence to broadcast on Freeview Channel 8. The station's news output is based in the Centre for Broadcasting and Journalism, producing two hours of news every weeknight. Uniquely, CBJ Journalism students will have the chance to contribute to Notts TV news programmes and its website, as well as volunteering on weekends and taking part in work placements.
CBJ does not guarantee to find placements for students but does have placement partnerships with various organisations including:
- Nottingham Post;
- Derby Telegraph;
- Stoke Sentinel;
- Lincolnshire Echo; and
- Birmingham Evening Mail.
Placements are an excellent means of skill-development enhancement of the knowledge and understanding you will acquire while studying here. Every newsroom is unique and it is important that students experience as many different environments as possible in order to adapt and grow as journalists.
Learn a new language
Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have. Find out more about the University Language Programme.
Careers and employability
Your career development
Graduates from Digital and Newspaper Journalism have gone on to work for the BBC, ITN, Sky News, and national and regional newspapers across the country. As well as working as newspaper reporters, news editors, broadcast journalists and sub-editors, many graduates have secured media related positions in PR, marketing, promotions and advertising.
Our award-winning range of journalism courses are based in the Centre for Broadcasting & Journalism, centrally placed on our City site. This multi-million pound development includes one of the largest student newsrooms in the UK, a fully functioning TV studio with production facilities and three radio studios.
- six high definition SDI cameras incorporating pedestals;
- live weather green screen;
- a studio news set with back video projection; and
- automated newsroom reading system (autocue).
TV Production/Viewing Gallery
This is a dedicated production facility incorporating:
- live multi-channel audio mixing desk;
- digital high definition vision mixer; and
- operation stations including Director (with access to multi-functional communications system), a Production Assistant (accessing automated programme time counts), Autocue Controller (synchronising camera on-screen prompts in live TV studio), Play-out Operator (responsible for queuing and output of pre-record and news packages).
- 96 work stations including two hydraulic work stations for disability access;
- a specialised production facility for television, radio, print, magazine and online news production;
- integrated 1GB network system;
- Adobe Master Collection software (continual updates to latest versions);
- multi-screen workstations;
- newsroom live production points, live links to external camera feeds;
- live news feeds Independent Radio News feed; and
- Press Association Feed.
Three radio studios
The radio news production facilities incorporate:
- one larger studio with six-microphone hex desk (used for multi-presenter panel debates);
- fully sound proofed with acoustic isolated floating floor system;
- news production consoles;
- automated newsroom reading system (autocue);
- a three-presenter news desk;
- automated live bulletin recorder;
- audio news package play-out system (BPM);
- real-time audio monitoring for newsroom;
- convergence systems for online platforms; and
- two voice-over recording cubicles.
Student technical resources
Free hire of broadcast equipment that can be used on location including:
- 70 wide screen digital video cameras;
- high definition cameras;
- video camera kits including balance line, microphone, Sony Pro headphones, Manfrotto Pro floating tripod system;
- over 60 digital audio recorders (digital Marantz recorders); and
- over 40 digital still cameras and production lighting equipment.
Photographic production area
- a pull-down white Cyclorama curtain;
- three point lighting system;
- soft and hard lighting; and
- white defusing tent for photographing smaller objects (for print magazines).
The Centre for Broadcasting and Journalism production facilities have a dedicated team of five friendly and experienced engineers. They provide constant technical support for students and update and create systems that mirror the latest innovations in industry.
Books and library resources
In our library you will have access to an extensive and diverse range of books, periodicals and other resources that focus on specialist areas within Broadcast Journalism.
Our IT resource rooms and PC clusters are distributed across the City site, with PCs providing access to:
- Microsoft Office;
- web browsing;
- networked file storage; and
- high-speed online printing services (with a free printing allowance for each student).
Resource rooms are available 24 hours a day.