Explore Journalism at Salford

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A Journalism degree from the University of Salford isn't just a certificate and a line of accomplishment on your CV. Our Journalism degrees allow you to work with supportive, friendly and experienced professionals, who genuinely care about how well you do.

At the University of Salford you'll learn new transferable skills, use our cutting-edge facilities, and you'll have the opportunity to engage and collaborate with a thriving journalism community in Greater Manchester. 

We're also the only university in the United Kingdom to have a campus at MediaCityUK, the heart of the northern media industry.

 

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Why study Journalism at the University of Salford?

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We're the only university to have a presence at MediaCityUK, one of the country's leading digital and creative hubs.

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Our graduates and alumni have secured creative placements and jobs at the BBC, ITV, Channel Four, Dock10 and more...

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Our facilities include, among other things, several TV studios (which have previously been used by the BBC) and a number of industry-standard recording studios.

FAQs for Journalism

What are your journalism courses social channels so I can follow you?

Our Journalism courses have a twitter that you can follow to access content from our students and staff.

What's the journalism industry like in Manchester?

Greater Manchester is the UK’s biggest media centre outside London, with major news providers such as BBC, ITV and Reach plc working alongside dozens of independent production companies. Many of these are based at MediaCityUK, and we are fortunate to share a campus with employers who provide great job opportunities for our graduates. Greater Manchester is also a hub for the sport, entertainment and digital industries that value the skills acquired on a journalism degree course. 

Who are the BJTC and why are the journalism courses at Salford accredited?

The Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC) is an accreditation body supported by the BBC, ITV, Sky News, Associated Press, Reuters, Global Radio and the National Union of Journalists. The BA Journalism Multimedia and BA Journalism Broadcast courses at the University of Salford are among more than 50 journalism courses with BJTC accreditation. The BJTC’s accreditation is highly regarded within the industry because it represents a benchmark of best practice against which potential students can judge prospective courses.

Students on accredited courses are able to take advantage of placement opportunities and enter the BJTC awards, at which Salford students have achieved success in recent years. All students who graduate from our courses receive a certificate from the BJTC. 

Do you have any examples of student work that I can read?

Examples of journalism by our students can be seen on the Salford Now website and on our YouTube channel.

Are your journalism courses more practical or do I need to write a lot of essays?

Our journalism courses combine practical work and theory, but most of the assessments are practical assignments. For example, students may be asked to record a radio interview, write a newspaper article or shoot and edit a TV package. In second and third year modules, students are often asked to write reflective essay alongside their practical assignments, analysing the work that they have done and drawing lessons from their experiences that can be applied to their future journalism work. 
 

Are there internship options available and what type of jobs could I get after I finish my degree?

We offer a wide range of placement opportunities with industry partners including BBC North West Tonight, ITN, ITV Granada Reports, ITV ‘Tonight', Sky News, Channel 5 News, Global Radio, Hits Radio Manchester Evening News, Bolton News, Lancashire Telegraph, Manchester United, Accrington Stanley, Fleetwood Town and Salford Red Devils. 

Many of our graduates go on to work as journalists in TV, radio, print and online newsrooms. Many also secure jobs in communications and PR departments of companies, public sector organisations and sports clubs. 

Others have found that the skills they have acquired as journalism students are transferrable to professions such as teaching and the police.

Will I be able to develop my own ideas and interests on the courses?

Students action their own ideas for workshop tasks and assignments. There is plenty of scope for pursuing your own interests and passions on the course, to write and broadcast about stories that interest you. Journalists need to be full of ideas, and we teach students how to find and research their own stories. 

How are you preparing the next generation for entering the current journalism market in the UK?

We constantly refresh our course content to keep it fresh and relevant. Many of the lecturers are still active journalists, publishing stories and working shifts in newsrooms alongside their teaching. So we can be working on a story at the weekend which becomes the basis for a classroom exercise the following week. 

What's the professional background of your academics?

Our staff team is made of journalists and former journalists. We have many decades of experience in TV, radio, print and online journalism and many of us are still practising journalists. 

Do the journalism courses have any technical staff that'll help me learn new skills?

Our teaching staff are supported by an experienced and talented team of technical demonstrators. They help students to operate broadcasting studios and galleries and teach technical skills such as camera operations and audio and video editing. 

What advice do you have if I'm more of an introvert?

You don’t have to be an extrovert to be a journalist. While there are opportunities to present programmes and lead editorial teams on the course, nobody is asked to take on any role that they would be uncomfortable with. We want our course to be accessible to everyone and support is provided at a course and university level.

What interesting projects have your students recently been involved in?

More than 20 of our students stayed up all night to report the results of the 2019 general election. They produced hourly radio and TV bulletins through the night, kept the Salford Now website updated with the latest results, and published a newspaper which was distributed around the University the morning after the election. You can see that they got up to on this short video.

Listen to our third year student Rachael Allison own entertainment podcast and another of our third year students, Oliver Thorpe, reported on 17 competitions across 8 sports in 2019, including the Super League Grand Final and the ICC Cricket World Cup.

GET IN TOUCH

Our friendly team will answer any questions you may have. You can contact us through email enquiries@salford.ac.uk or phone +44 (0)161 295 4545.

EXPERIENCE OUR JOURNALISM FACILITIES

Our high-tech, sustainable and accessible MediaCityUK building is a north-west hot-spot for talent, academia and technology which is supported by a thriving media industry in Greater Manchester.  

The space empowers interdisciplinary collaborative teaching methods and our blend of digital and traditional facilities has been designed with industry, to create a forward-thinking educational experience during your studies. 

Our MediaCityUK campus features:

Computer and editing suites

An industry-standard newsroom

Television studios

Radio studios

Technical equipment such as laptops, cameras and recording devices that you can borrow for free

Student Life, Student Support, Accommodation and Finance

Student life

Salford is part of Greater Manchester, a creative, thriving, diverse city-region in the north-west of England and home to some of the most open and friendly people you'll meet. There's an entrepreneurial spirit with the School of Art and Media – we've got big ideas, and we make them happen.

Our main campus is just 2km from Manchester city centre, and our MediaCityUK campus shares a skyline with the BBC and ITV. Everything you need for an outstanding university experience. 

But we also know how to have fun – with some of the greatest sports, culture, and music scenes in the world. Salford and Manchester are home to anyone who works hard and plays hard.

Student Accommodation

Living in student accommodation is a great way to get settled into university life, meet new people and immerse yourself in the student experience.

No matter whether you’re an undergraduate student coming to university for the first time, an international student, or a postgraduate student looking to live in halls, we’ve got some great accommodation options to choose from, including Peel Park Quarter - which was recently voted the second-best halls of residence in the UK by Student Hut.

See more about the accommodation options available, as well as information on our facilities for commuter students >>

Support and Wellbeing

We want you to enjoy your time studying here, but we understand that there may be times you need a little extra support to help you. Whether you need advice about accommodation, settling into student life, or want a chat with our friendly Wellbeing team, we are here to help.

Finance and Money Matters

When you come to university, it’s important to manage your money carefully. Our student support service, askUS, offers information and advice on all aspects of student finance, whether you’re a current or prospective student.

Get more information about student loans, our support schemes and bursaries and help with budgeting >>

 

 

How do I know which course to pursue?

We understand that choosing a degree can be difficult; however, the subject you study at University doesn’t need to rule your future. With most degrees the skills you learn are transferable to other disciplines. The skills and knowledge you will gain from obtaining a degree could contribute towards a successful career. The School of Arts and Media work closely with industry to allow students to gain experience during their studies. You can find out if your course offers experience by viewing the CourseFinder webpage.