International Journalism MA

Location
Penryn Campus
Length
1 year full-time
Direct line
01326 213730

Applications to our MA Journalism courses are currently suspended while we review our postgraduate provision in this area. We will update these pages as the details are finalised. To register your interest in the subject area of journalism, please contact our Admissions Team (above).

More information about The School of Writing & Journalism and our current list of courses is available here

Are you hungry for a career in global news? Would you like to travel and report on some of the world's most important and exciting stories? Could you see yourself breaking international stories from a newsroom in London, Hong Kong or New York? On this challenging, hands-on course you'll gain the multimedia skills and experience you need to make it in the world of international journalism.

On this pioneering MA run by experienced news industry professionals, you'll learn how to produce high quality journalism for television, radio, online and print from day one. Equipped with the practical skills and theoretical knowledge essential for a career in this demanding, ever-changing field, 80% of our graduates go on to establish successful careers in the global news industry. Could you be one of them?

Accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council and Creative Skillset, our International Journalism MA is specifically designed to train journalists to work in today's global news market.

By replicating the conditions of global newsrooms, the course will give you hands-on experience of professional news production, teaching you the core skills needed for quality journalism across different platforms. Our award-winning students have broadcast to 40 million listeners on the BBC World Service and reported from across the world, working directly with news editors from radio and television stations.

You'll be shown how to stay safe in volatile situations through our unique Hostile Environment Training, as well as given the opportunity to undertake placements at leading news organisations including the BBC, Reuters, APTN, Sky News, the Independent and the Telegraph as well as independent current affairs and online companies.

Building professional experience

The vocational nature of the course means you'll gain practical skills producing and presenting international TV, radio and online content under pressure where teamwork is vital. Away from our newsroom, the professional practice unit offers you the opportunity to travel overseas and report in-depth on international news stories. The MA has established and extensive links with local, national and international news and multimedia organisations, and our course team's close contact with the industry helps place students in the organisations they want to work for – whether it's Sky World News in London or the Associated Press in Sydney.

To find out more about the course and see the work of current students please visit our course website: ucfjourno.org

How the course is taught

MA International Journalism is a very practical course. You'll get hands-on training delivering TV and radio bulletins in real time to professional standards monitored by industry insiders. You'll be working closely with our academic team of highly skilled industry professionals, learning first hand from their valuable experience. You'll also have the opportunity to work with BBC and independent radio and television stations who visit our newsroom to act as editors for the day, as well as run advice sessions.

Course outline

This is a one-year, full-time course delivered over 45 weeks and divided into seven modules of study.

Study Block 1

Your first semester will be spent learning the practical skills needed to use newsroom equipment as well as analysing and studying what news actually is.

Study Block 2

In the second semester you'll concentrate on using those skills to produce real-time news bulletins for radio, television, print and online.

Study Block 3

Your third semester will see you undertake our unique Hostile Environment Training as well as head out on placements within the industry, followed by your final negotiated project. This project will require you to apply your newly acquired skills by independently producing an innovative and highly creative piece of journalism as well as a 5,000-word contextual and analytical review. Alongside this, you'll complete detailed analysis of international news values, international news gathering, research, interviewing, writing and presenting news – all the while gaining an understanding of the relationship between international politics and journalism. You'll also study media law, media regulation and the media ethics that underpin international professional practice.

Facilities

  • Media Centre
  • Fully digital newsroom
  • Industry-standard radio and television studios
  • State-of-the-art equipment

Assessment

  • Assessment of portfolio of print, online and broadcast work
  • Examinations
  • Assignments
  • Presentations

Careers

Potential careers include:

  • Reporter
  • Producer
  • News writer
  • Presenter on television, online or radio

Interview and selection process

You'll need to attend an interview and present a portfolio of appropriate work. Your portfolio should include examples of the range of your work, development of ideas, interests and experiences. EU and international students will typically be interviewed remotely and will need to submit a portfolio online or as a CD/DVD.