Multimedia Broadcast Journalism MA

Location
Penryn Campus
Length
1 year full-time
Direct line
01326 213730
Admissions
admissions@falmouth.ac.uk

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).

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Over the last 20 years, our Multimedia Broadcast Journalism MA has built an international reputation for teaching and establishing many of the key people in the broadcasting world. Accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC), the course is intensely practical and structured around the demands of the industry.

You'll learn to put together multimedia news bulletins, magazine programmes and feature reports for radio, television, online and cross-platform newsrooms. Acting in turn as news editor, presenter and reporter, and conducting live interviews, you'll use state-of-the-art digital equipment to get to grips with the editorial and technical roles of a multimedia broadcast newsroom. Essentially, you'll graduate ready to step straight into the exciting and demanding world of multimedia broadcast journalism, as a graduate of one of the leading courses in the country.

Aimed at aspiring journalists who want to work in local, regional or national news and current affairs, the course operates from our industry-standard Media Centre.

Making contacts, interviewing live guests, researching and writing news – as well as using the latest online and social media techniques – you'll get hands-on experience producing and presenting TV and radio programmes in real time. You'll become proficient in news gathering, scriptwriting, recording, editing and uploading stories to our website.

You'll also learn about the social, economic, ethical, regulatory, political, legal, financial and technological frameworks within which multimedia news and current affairs operate. Plus, you'll gain valuable experience from local radio stations and undertake a three-week industry work placement.

You can either apply for the MA in Multimedia Broadcast Journalism or elect to specialise by registering for the MA in Investigative Multimedia Broadcast Journalism, Science Multimedia Broadcast Journalism or Sports Multimedia Broadcast Journalism.

Building professional experience

This MA is designed to prepare you for work as a journalist, so regular editorial meetings and practical production are integral to the course. On our news days, you'll work in teams to run a multimedia newsroom, with editors from the region's radio and television stations acting as editors and giving advice in question and answer sessions.

We have extensive links with regional, national and international news organisations, where the course is held in high regard. Students gain work placements across the industry in local, regional and national BBC and independent radio and TV newsrooms, current affairs programmes, independent production companies and online. Many also do freelance weekend work in local radio in Cornwall.

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

MA Multimedia Broadcast Journalism course information form

How is the course taught

Our staff team is made up of skilled industry practitioners with a wealth of expertise. Initially your time is divided between learning practical skills in the multimedia newsroom and media law, regulation, ethics and political frameworks in seminar groups. As you progress, you'll apply these skills by working on news stories and features and filing live reports from courts, council meetings and police briefings.

Course outline

This is a one-year, full-time course delivered over 45 weeks. You'll complete five taught modules and then choose one of the four options below for your MA project.

Study Blocks 1 & 2

From the outset, you'll get a thorough grounding in multimedia broadcasting, journalism and social media skills from experienced professionals. The law, media regulation and ethics, and political frameworks elements will underpin these hands-on skills and help develop your understanding of the latest technological developments and current debates in the media. These sessions continue with an ever-increasing emphasis on practical expertise and teamwork in a dynamic multimedia newsroom environment. You'll produce, direct, script and edit radio and television programmes and online content.

Study Block 3

In the final semester, practical work for your MA project runs alongside a compulsory placement in broadcast or online media. You'll also have the opportunity to choose from one of the following:

  • MA in Multimedia Broadcast Journalism is generic. You may choose a project on any news or current affairs subject.
  • MA Investigative Multimedia Broadcast Journalism enables you to focus on the specialist skills needed to elicit the truth and to structure complex stories.
  • MA Science Multimedia Broadcast Journalism encourages you to present scientific issues to a wide audience.
  • MA Sports Multimedia Broadcast Journalism allows you to look closely at current practice, trends and issues in sports journalism.

Facilities

  • Media Centre equipped with a wide range of industry-standard technology
  • TV studios, a newsroom, radio studios and a virtual reality studio
  • Your own workstation in the newsroom

Assessment

  • Portfolio of broadcast work, law exam, assignments, blogs and presentations
  • MA Project of a 20-minute TV, radio or multimedia documentary, coupled with a contextual review

Careers

There is a high employment rate among our graduates, whose digital competence is increasingly in demand in the multimedia communications environment, as well as in more traditional broadcast media. Recent graduates are now working across the media spectrum, including at:

  • ITV News & ITV Online
  • Sky News & Sky Sports News
  • BBC Five Live, BBC News Channel, BBC Countryfile, BBC Newsround, BBC local radio/regional TV
  • British Forces News
  • Euronews
  • Twofour
  • ShelterBox
  • Childreach International
  • Heart FM
  • Russia Today

Interview and selection process

The course team will assess your application and if we think you have the potential to study at Falmouth, we'll invite you to an interview. If you live in the UK we would really like to see you in person, but we can hold a telephone interview if this is not possible. If you're an EU applicant, we're happy to interview you by telephone.