Journalism

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International Multimedia Journalism MA

 

This innovative new programme was lauched in September 2013. It is designed specifically for overseas students who have already graduated with good degrees in academically rigorous subjects and who aspire to rewarding careers in journalism or related fields.

Taught by expert staff with top-level experience in international journalism, the programme is run in state of the art multimedia newsrooms and broadcast studios located in the university’s award winning Centre for Journalism on the historic Medway Campus.

You learn to report for newspapers, websites, radio and television in a live newsroom environment. Using state-of-the- art technology in dedicated newsrooms and studios you work to real deadlines to make newspapers, news programmes and websites. Your tutors are award-winning journalists with decades of front-line experience in national and international news.

Every day starts with an editorial conference at which your tutors lead you in a discussion about the top issues on the international news agenda. The degree programme balances focus on journalism as a practical skill with intense academic study. More details on modules and teaching methods here. 

We're always happy to make individual appointments for students interested in studying with us. We'll show your our fantastic newsroom and studio facilities, and give you an insight into life at the Centre. Call 01634 202913 and speak to Anastasia.

Professional standards

You study for a master's degree that includes elements of politics, law and literature while simultaneously acquiring professional journalism skills of the standard required to work in newspaper, radio and television newsrooms.

Your teachers include former BBC network news editors, foreign correspondents and newspaper and internet specialists.  Topics include: Reporting; Practical Multimedia Journalism; Reporting Conflict; Journalism and Free Expression, and Communication and Humanitarianism.  

You also learn a dazzling array of multimedia production skills, giving you the confidence to take on journalism assignments in television, radio, print and online.

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Journalistic expertise

You'll be taught in a state-of-the-art modern newsroom, with TV and radio and studios, by tutors who continue to practise journalism at the highest level. They include reporters and columnists and former editors of national newspapers, radio and television stations and magazines.

'The centre's teaching is augmented by frequent masterclass visits from network broadcasters, foreign correspondents, newspaper and magazine editors and web publishers. Their professional expertise is complemented throughout by excellent academic teaching and debate led by leading historians, political scientists and lawyers.

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Versatile training

The course embraces convergent, multi media skills from the beginning. Teaching is through lectures, seminars and newsroom tutorials.

You learn about the history of journalism, its love-hate relationship with political power and its ability to influence and reflect popular culture.

You also study the ethics of journalism and specialist techniques including investigative reporting, feature writing, live broadcasting and writing for the web.

At every stage of the course you have opportunities to put your vocational and academic learning to use in regular newsroom exercises and work placements in the news industry. There are also frequent opportunities to question visiting professional journalists and to hear their views on the editorial, ethical and commercial issues that affect working journalists.

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Diverse assessment

Journalism is demanding as well as fun and your progress is assessed throughout the degree programme by methods including newsroom exercises and tests and observation of your technical and team-working skills.

Theoretical and academic analysis is taught through traditional lectures and seminars. Practical teaching takes place in the newsroom.

You sit a combination of academic and vocational exams, submit essays and portfolios of journalism and make seminar presentations.

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Journalism, University of Kent, Room G1-08 Gillingham Building,University of Kent at Medway, Chatham Maritime, Kent ME4 4AG

Enquiries: +44 (0)1634 20 2913 or contact us

Last Updated: 06/07/2017