Postgraduate MA

International Journalism for Digital Media

School of Arts and Media

Full-time

Part-time

Attendance

One year

Three year

Course

September 2019

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Introduction

In a nutshell

Our course explores in both theoretical and practical terms current issues in journalism in the context of the digital revolution and media convergence.

  • It combines solid foundations of journalism practice with the latest developments in multimedia techniques, digital journalism and social media
  • It puts you through the fast-paced newsroom environment experience and offers opportunities to get engaged in specialisms such as foreign affairs correspondent, health and science reporter, business and finance writer or data journalist
  • It builds your professional portfolios, launches live brief media and journalism projects and embeds you in community programmes on work experience.

With guest lecturers from the BBC and other media organisations, practical workshops and newsdays in industry standard radio and TV studios, the syllabus is as close to real life in the world of digital media as one can get. The theory informs the practice to produce critical and autonomous professionals capable of working with confidence in any global media environment.

You will...

  • study at our state-of-the-art MediaCityUK campus next to the BBC and ITV studios in the region’s biggest media hub
  • be able to share your knowledge and work together with fellow students from the UK and many other countries in a multicultural environment
  • learn from first-hand industry practice experience and learn from leading broadcast and digital journalism practitioners
Placement

options available

International

students accepted

This is for you if...

1.

You are a student progressing from an undergraduate journalism course or a media professional looking for a cutting-edge journalism postgraduate course

2.

You want to explore concepts, trends and challenges in journalism and related fields of communication

3.

You have an interest in the impact of social media on journalism

Course details

All about the course

FULL-TIME STRUCTURE

For the full MA International Journalism for Digital Media award you will take two core 30-credit modules in semester one, one 30-credit core and one elective module in semester two, and you will complete your final major project in semester three, either as an academic dissertation or a journalistic project. For overseas students this project may be completed in your home country subject to approval. The PgDip will be awarded on successful completion of the first 120 credits.

PART-TIME ROUTE – 30 MONTHS

For the full MA International Journalism for Digital Media award, you will take one 30-credit core module in semester one and another core in semester two in the first year; then one core and one elective module in your second year. You will then complete your final major project in the final six months. See the breakdown below for more details. For overseas students this project may be completed in your home country subject to approval. The PgDip will be awarded on successful completion of first 120 credits.

YEAR 1, SEMESTER 1

Core Module: Global Perspectives on Journalism

SEMESTER 2

Core Module: Journalism Practice in a Multimedia Newsroom

YEAR 2, SEMESTER 1

Core Module: Digital Journalism

SEMESTER 2

One option from:

  • Specialist Journalism Practice
  • Sports Journalism
  • Community Project

YEAR 3

Major Project (six months)

Semester one

Core Module: Global Perspectives on Journalism

The module will examine the role of journalism in the world of digital media and the challenges for media organisations to adjust to the new technologies and working practices. From the birth of citizen journalism to the ‘death of the newsroom’, each week will look in detail at a current ethical, legal, editorial or industry issue and put it in an international context. During accompanying workshops, you will test the established principles of journalism in new global situations induced by the technological revolution and new working practices.

Core Module: Digital Journalism

In this module you will explore the technologies and solutions that have altered the nature and the practice of journalism this century. You will look at the dangers and opportunities afforded by social media, open source technologies, digital interactivity and new platforms for media content creation. You will create your own media projects testing new software and applications used in digital journalism to produce multimedia content rigorously observing fundamental principles in journalism.

Semester two

Core Module: Journalism Practice in a Multimedia Newsroom

Latest surveys show that editors still expect solid core journalistic skills: the ability to write tight, accurate copy, to assess and verify sources and information, and to tackle complex stories within challenging timeframes. This module will practically teach exactly that: to be able to operate in any newsroom environment as part of a fast-paced team, and to assume a range of roles in creating quality content to a narrowly defined brief. We will take you through a series of newsdays in different formats, generating stories for radio, TV and online.

One option from elective modules:

Specialist Journalism Practice

This module will concentrate on several specialisms valued by employers: international affairs and politics, business and finance, social affairs, health and science, and photojournalism. It will focus on building practical and professional portfolios and on setting up foundations for Major Project practice-as-research in semester three. The last four weeks of the module will be field work in a chosen specialism.

Community Project

After five weeks spent on learning about journalism in the community and testing the power of social media, you will embed yourself in a community of your choice, or become an intern to work for an institution or organisation on a project designed during the workshops. You will develop or run a community website, contribute to a radio station or newspaper, provide hyperlocal news and services, or get involved in a campaign testing your journalistic skills and competencies. The content generated by you will support and boost community organisations, charities or local media initiatives. This practical work experience will also build your professional portfolio.

Sports Journalism

The exciting field of sports journalism encompasses everything from football matches and rugby games to global Olympic events. In this elective module, you will learn essentials skills for writing clear and concise sports copy, interviewing players and officials, and producing match reports for print and online sports publications.

Semester three

Major Project

You will complete either a traditional academic dissertation or a ‘practice as research’ project. This allows you to demonstrate your in-depth knowledge and understanding of the subject and showcase your advanced skills in research and critical analysis and evaluation.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?

This course will be taught through lectures, presentations, seminars and workshops aimed at developing your understanding of the theory and practice of international and online journalism. There will be a number of visiting speakers and guest lecturers, and full use will be made of the growing links between our courses and the BBC and ITV through our base at MediaCityUK to facilitate joint projects and enable students to attend and participate in industry events.

Student-led independent research, independent study, and project work such as newsdays, will be used alongside ‘problem-based’ and ‘task-based’ teaching, learning and assessment strategies. These will be integrated with an assessment strategy based on outcomes, students’ reflective self-assessments and learning plans. You will also undertake a period of work placement within the journalism community of practice, which will be supported by your module tutors. In certain cases, international students may be able to undertake this work placement in their home country.

ASSESSMENT

Assessment methods will include:

  • production exercises and portfolios of work
  • practical media projects
  • peer reviewing
  • essays
  • oral presentations by students
  • work-based learning diaries and reports
  • a dissertation or major project supported by substantial self-reflection

School of Art and Media

The School of Arts and Media is the largest School at the University of Salford with more than 4,000 creative students. Across sites at MediaCityUK and the University's Peel Park campus, we offer a huge variety of courses, from fashion image making and styling, television and radio, creative writing and music to journalism, animation, design and performance.

Facilities

This course is delivered at the University’s state of the art facility at MediaCityUK, which has specialist journalism suites including newsrooms, TV studios and radio studios.

Marek Bekerman

After more than 20 years with BBC Global News, Marek Bekerman joined the University of Salford as lecturer in International and Radio Journalism to become programme leader for MA International and Online Journalism in 2014. He had worked as broadcast journalist, news and current affairs editor and producer for a range BBC World Service radio programmes before going into journalism training and media development work for the BBC on overseas assignments in the Former Soviet Union, the Caucasus, Central Asia and the Middle East.

Seamus Simpson

Seamus Simpson is Professor of Media Policy in the School of Arts and Media. His research interests lie in European and global media policy and regulation. Seamus's research has been funded by the ESRC and the European Commission and he is a member of the ESRC's Peer Review College. 

Dr Carole O’Reilly

Dr Carole O’Reilly is a lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies having graduated from the National University of Ireland (Cork) and worked as a feature writer on various local and national newspapers and magazines. Her research interests include published work in the area of representation of Irish people on British television, women in popular music video, and newspaper history. 

Kate Feld

Kate Feld specialises in cultural journalism and innovation in digital media practice. An active blogger and social media activist, Kate has run and advised on a range of digital journalism projects, delivered blogging, social media and writing workshops for corporate clients including the BBC, Manchester Digital Development Agency, and Arts Council England.

Steve Boulton

Steve Boulton is one of the most experienced current affairs executives in the UK. A former editor of Granada's iconic World In Action, he has been working since 1998 with Channel 4 Dispatches and has taken charge of major projects for leading broadcasters including BBC Panorama, Five and Al Jazeera English. He has won many awards, including a Bafta, and was consultant to the feature documentary Virunga, nominated in the 2015 Baftas and Oscars.

Sara Hadwin

Sara's journalism career spanned roles from reporter to publisher. She launched a newspaper and edited an evening newspaper, weekly newspapers, websites and lifestyle and arts magazines. Most recently, she edited the North West Evening Mail, Barrow, with four editions daily. 

Employment and stats

What about after uni?

Graduates can enter careers in various forms of journalism (print, broadcast or online) either in reporting or management roles, public relations, researchers, media analysts and advisers all either working in this country or abroad. Journalists could work as UK-based foreign correspondents travelling abroad or full-time in overseas postings.

Career Links

This course is based at MediaCityUK, with the BBC and ITV as neighbours, and our students benefit from the strong relationships that our journalism courses have developed with the regional press as well as local radio and TV stations over the years. This new course enables links to be established with journalism provision in universities around the world as well as international news organisations.

Requirements

What you need to know

  • This course is based at our MediaCityUK campus
  • Part-time study option
  • Overseas study available
  • Work/industrial placement opportunity
  • International students can apply

You will be a well-organised, strongly motivated individual with a keen interest in journalism from an international perspective and in the ways mobile communication technology has impacted on journalism, the production and distribution of news, and on the audiences’ ability to access it.

You will have excellent communication skills, be determined and focused, and be keen to acquire the high level journalistic research skills, organisational expertise and subject knowledge to take your personal and career development forward.

You will have excellent general knowledge of events happening in the world today, and a keen interest in the differing political, cultural and social perspectives in societies around the globe.

You will either have a strong academic background in a journalistic field, demonstrated through the attainment of a good undergraduate degree, or you will be experienced at working in a field related to journalism.

Which qualifications do I need?

A good honours degree (2:1 or above) but appropriately experienced applicants will be considered for entry in line with the University’s APL procedure.

For admission to programmes of study at the University an applicant whose native tongue is not English must possess a current qualification deemed acceptable by the University as evidence of proficiency in the English Language.

For entry to this programme such a qualification must equate to a minimum average overall score of 6.5 or above from the Cambridge/British Council English Language Testing Service (IELTS) or alternative examinations as recognised by the University. The score for writing skills must be a minimum of 6.5, while all other components must be 5.5 or above, to give an overall score of 6.5 or above.

Personal statement

You need to show a passion for journalism, but you must also provide evidence to demonstrate you have taken steps to turn this enthusiasm into reality. Tell us why you want to be a journalist and what your ambitions are within the industry. Which journalists do you admire and why? What relevant experience have you already had? Which organisations, publishers and/or broadcasters have you worked with? What other relevant experience have you had? What is the best piece of journalism you have produced so far? (provide a link)

You should be prepared to demonstrate that you have a broad working knowledge of current affairs. Where do you get your news? What are the key issues affecting journalism right now? How will the media industry change in the years ahead and what role do you hope to play?

You should also set out why you want to study at the University of Salford. Explain what aspects of our course appeal to you and how you are suited to our programme.

Standard entry requirements

Standard entry requirements

A good honours degree (2:1 or above).

Alternative entry requirements

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home/EU 2019 £7,776per year
Full-time international 2019 £14,310per year
Part-time 2019 £1,296 per 30 credit module
Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

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Enrolment dates

September 2019

September 2020