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MA Journalism is an industry accredited course that provides high quality journalism skills. Applicants will be taught journalism from the basic building blocks through to substantial reporting projects in video, radio, print, online or multiplatform. Devised in close consultation with senior journalists, the syllabus provides a rigorous foundation to a career in this dynamic, challenging and often controversial industry. Students are trained in print/online journalism and video journalism with the option to specialise in broadcast or production journalism in the second term.
Duration 1-year full-time; 2-year part-time
Level MA
Cost Fees for 2012/13 entry: Home/EU: £8,280 full-time, £4,140 part-time. International students: £12,650 full-time, £6,325 part-time.
The programme is distinctive in allowing you to develop your own cutting-edge journalistic practice, whether it's exploring 3G news, or on-screen page make-up. At the same time you learn about the impact of technological change, cultural developments and political issues surrounding different forms of journalism. Particular attention will be paid to factors such as media ownership, the regulation of the media, journalism ethics, and the role of journalism in the political process. Students will benefit greatly from the School's excellent links with the journalism, broadcasting and publishing industries, and will be offered the opportunity for work placement.
A good undergraduate degree or equivalent and evidence of a commitment to journalism as a career such as student journalism or work experience. To demonstrate that commitment we would like applicants to provide a statement demonstrating commitment to journalism (including previous experience) and a 200 word article based on an interview with someone interesting from your local area. English Language Requirements: IELTS: 7.5 (min 7 in all areas) TOEFL Paper test: 637 (TWE 5) TOEFL Internet test: 110 (R25, L25, S25, W25) Pearson: 73 (66 in all subscores) BrunELT 75% (min 70% in all areas).
Modules (all core) Journalistic Practice 1: Main topics of study: Practical: news reporting, multiplatform journalism including data journalism, Theoretical: classifications of news: news values, sources and the implied reader: Practical news writing, news language; digital journalism, 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. Journalistic Practice 2. Main topics of study: Video news, feature research, interviewing and investigation for converging media; audience and targeting in the digital journalism context, broadcast journalism, (option 1) or print production journalism. digital manipulation and meaning production; advanced presentation skills and critical strategies in news and feature production (option 2). Journalism in Context: Main topics of study: the structures of the institutions within which journalism is practiced: public administration; the legal framework within which journalism operates; the professional codes governing journalistic practice; the ownership and control of the institutions within which journalism is practiced; professional ideologies of journalism; the political framework within which journalism operates; journalism in a consumer society. Issues in Journalism Main topics of study: current debates about journalism and the political process; the public sphere; journalism as a 'Fourth Estate'; the impact of new technology on journalism; celebrity culture; journalistic ethics; journalism and its others; freedom of information; journalism post 9/11.
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Institution Brunel University
School of Arts

Tel: +44 (0)1895 267214
Department: School of Arts
Contact Name: Donna White
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