Postgraduate programmes in journalism at Kent offer you the opportunity to research and learn in an environment that combines excellence in the practice of convergent, multimedia journalism with intellectual leadership in the history, ethics and future of the news industry.
You learn a lot being with people who come from all over the world like Uganda, Germany or Switzerland.
Minimum 2.1 or equivalent in a relevant academic subject (eg, politics, history, English, international relations) and demonstrable interest in and aptitude for journalism. Suitably qualified applicants will be invited for interview and will be required to sit an entrance test. In certain circumstances, the Centre will consider candidates who have not followed a conventional education path. These cases are assessed individually by the Head of Centre and/or the Director of Learning and Teaching and the Director of Graduate Studies.
All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, professional qualifications and relevant experience may also be taken into account when considering applications.
Please see our International Student website for entry requirements by country and other relevant information. Please note that international fee-paying students cannot undertake a part-time programme due to visa restrictions.
The University requires all non-native speakers of English to reach a minimum standard of proficiency in written and spoken English before beginning a postgraduate degree. Certain subjects require a higher level.
For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages.
Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways.
Duration: 1 year full-time
Compulsory modules in Reporting and Writing, Media Law and Ethics, and Principles and Practice of Convergent Journalism introduce you to the professional challenges of modern reporting and prepare you to pass the National Council for the Training of Journalists’ Diploma in Journalism (this involves passing papers in shorthand, public affairs, law and reporting). In addition you can choose to study Political Reporting, Travel Journalism and Specialist Journalism.
You may choose to complete a dissertation.
The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This list is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation. Most programmes will require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also have the option to take modules from other programmes so that you may customise your programme and explore other subject areas that interest you.
Different forms of journalism and how they are structured. Distinguishing between comment, conjecture and fact. Investigative reporting. The reporter's sources: how to find them, keep them and protect them. Taking a news story and re-writing it for another medium, adding sound, pictures, links and interactive comments. Working with user-generated content. Following a crime story/court trial. Turning the contents of official reports into various forms of journalism. Textual analysis of the writing styles of ground-breaking journalists. Study of common journalism transgressions.
Concepts of press freedom. Defamation – components and defences. Privacy, copyright, breach of confidence. Regulation and self-regulation of media. Contempt of court. Censorship.
Culture, history and development of British journalism in print, broadcast and online media. Professional use of cameras, editing software and television studio production facilities. Professional use of audio recording equipment, editing software and radio studio production facilities. Team working in radio, television, print and online news production. Advanced use of multimedia authoring software, image manipulation software and print production facilities. The impact of online technologies on planning, reporting, producing and disseminating news.
This module provides an overview of the British political system, focusing on recent political and constitutional developments. It will investigate topics such as the roles of Parliament, the Prime Minister and Cabinet, political parties, and the electoral system. It will assess key issues facing democratic government and institutions within the UK, analysing for example the role of Europe, the challenges posed by devolution, the Treasury and the National Health Service. There will also be discussion of contemporary political behaviour, including the issue of political participation.
The module engages with aspects of the way conflict reporting has developed from the 1930s to the digital multimedia reporting of the 21st century. The key topics are covered in seminars and lectures. They include the following: Journalism, patriotism and propaganda: war as a severe test of journalistic integrity and independence; Embeds, independents and reporters' security. Reporting terrorism . The political impact of war reporting. A number of seminars cover the events of key conflicts, and the way they were reported. These include wars in Chechnya; Afghanistan; Iraq, Syria, Ukraine, Northern Ire-land. Lecture topics are up-to-date with current research but will include: outsourcing of newsgathering to local people in Iraq; the use of video verification in contemporary areas of conflict; and the use of lo-cal aggregators in Ukraine who work with news organisations to cover stories that are difficult to cover by conventional means.
Indicative topics are:
• Linear and non-linear narrative structures
• The use of online and open-source tool research and create journalism projects
• The power of interactivity. Putting the user in control of the story.
• Visualisation of data
• Borrowing from Hollywood: quick cuts, splits screens and non-traditional video packages
• Using crowdsourced material to develop and augment core reporting
• Techniques for adapting and creating journalism for mobile media
• How social media and reader interactivity is changing journalism and the legal, ethical, technical and editorial implications
Indicative topics are:
• History and purpose of sports reporting and its rise in the popular press from the turn of 20th century.
• The rise of the tabloid press and its obesssion with sport.
• The role of sports journalism in broadsheets and the impact of the internet and rolling news channels on the working practices of sports reporters.
• Funding, governing and regulatory structures of sports bodies and the effectiveness of sports journalists at holding them to account.
• Produce match reports, analysis and commentary to a professional standad and to deadline.
• Use social media to produce minute-by-minute coverage of live events.
• Textual analysis of some stars of sports reporting and feature writing.
• Produce features on sports issues.
This module will allow students to gain knowledge of television production from the planning stage through to its execution. During the Autumn term they will learn the language of television, camera work, scripting, organising a production, how to pitch a segment for a broadcaster, filming, editing, organising a crew and directing a live TV programme. They will then produce a TV segment in the genre of their choice (e.g. current affairs, music, arts, cooking etc) with support from their peers and academic staff.
The module will guide the student through the research process including identifying the original 'problem'; defining a suitable research 'question'; choosing a method; designing the research; the use of research materials and resources; conducting research; drafting, writing and submitting the dissertation. The module will demonstrate how different concepts are used in different subject-specific contexts that represent the main fields of inquiry, including ethical analysis, legal analysis, political analysis, historical analysis, and economic analysis.
The degree is taught by a combination of lectures, seminars, masterclasses, news days, tutorials and editorial conferences. Assessment is by coursework (including essays, reporting exercises and presentations) and examinations.
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Rob is a former news editor and chief reporter of the Kent Messenger in Maidstone, the country’s biggest-selling weekly, weekday newspaper. He is a former KM Group reporter of the year. He joined the Kent Messenger as editorial assistant in September 1999 and took his first reporting job on the first UK paper founded in the new millennium, the Swanley Messenger. He went on to work on titles across Kent, including two stints at the Kent Messenger Group’s flagship Maidstone edition. He also worked as senior press officer for social services at Kent County Council. He is an alumnus of the University of Kent, having graduated with a BA in English and Philosophy in 1999.View Profile
Richard is a BAFTA award-winning television producer with 20 years’ experience as a freelance, working in documentaries, news and current affairs. During most of the 1990s Richard was a member of Frontline Television News, an agency which specialised in reportage from war. A fluent Russian speaker, Richard filed stories for Frontline from all over the former Soviet Union, including Chechnya. His research focuses on how independent reporters gather news in conflict zones such as the Caucasus and Iraq.View Profile
A former editor of Press Gazette, he was responsible for developing the Student Journalism Awards, the Magazine Design and Journalism Awards, and the innovative Press Cadets project. He was Weekly Business Writer of the Year in 2003’s Periodical Publishers Association awards. He continues to write about business and media and has a particular interest in how technology is changing journalism. He designed the Centre for Journalism’s live publishing website and built the first iPad app for any UK university department – now available on the Apple Store.View Profile
Laura Garcia is a broadcast journalist with a wide range of television and online experience. She works as a Lecturer in Television and Multimedia Journalism, freelances for ITN, works as a correspondent for hispanic media in Mexico and the US, and is Special Programme's producer at KMTV.View Profile
David Acheson joined the Centre in 2016 as Lecturer in Media Law. His research interests centre mainly on the tort of defamation, on which he has published articles in Communications Law and the Journal of Media Law, but extend to other areas of private law that have an impact on the media. He is also interested in the effect of human rights law on the news industry, and on the way in which human rights and constitutional law are presented in the media.View Profile
Angela is an experienced multi-media journalist and former education and social affairs correspondent for BBC News. She has worked in news for more than 25 years as a reporter, online journalist, and writer and editor of national radio news bulletins.
This degree will prepare students for employment in broadcast, print and online media as well as enabling them to take advantage of the new opportunities the awareness of media power has created within campaign and pressure groups, online information providers and businesses.
The Centre is based in state-of-the-art multimedia newsrooms equipped with the latest audio and video-editing technology, a radio studio and broadcast-quality television facilities. A dedicated postgraduate newsroom opened in September 2010. Newsroom computers offer a wide range of software for teaching and research support. Students have access to Press Association news wires, Sky News Radio and Reuters World Television News feeds. They use the Centre’s dedicated multimedia website, www.centreforjournalism.co.uk which offers live publishing facilities in text, audio and video. The site is a forum for debate about issues in journalism and the news industry involving students and practitioners in Britain and abroad.
The resources for journalism research at Kent are led by the Drill Hall Library at Medway. The journalism collection includes a comprehensive range of texts on the history, principles and practice of journalism. Specialist resources include a complete microfiche archive of popular newspapers of the Second World War. Students have access to online full-text journals plus extensive online newspaper resources. The Centre subscribes to all relevant UK journals. Research students have access to the SCONUL access scheme to visit and borrow from other UK libraries. The Drill Hall Library contains more than 250 study spaces, 370 computers and more than 150,000 items.
Staff regularly contribute to newspapers, magazines, journals and books. These have included: Assessing the Delivery of Radio 5 live Public Service Commitments, This is Today – a Biography of the Today Programme, The Newspapers Handbook, Responsibility without Power - Lord Leveson's Constitutional Dilemma, Afghanistan: War and the Media, Face the Future: Tools for the Modern Media Age. Journalism Studies, Contemporary British History, Ethical Space, George Orwell Studies, Journal of Media Law, Communications Law, Travel Journalism, The Guardian, Los Angeles Times and British Journalism Review.
All students registered for a taught Master's programme are eligible to apply for a place on our Global Skills Award Programme. The programme is designed to broaden your understanding of global issues and current affairs as well as to develop personal skills which will enhance your employability.