Multimedia Journalism MA

Master of the Arts


Core Modules

All students take the following core modules:


Good, accurate reporting is at the heart of quality journalism. It is a fundamental skill without which the social purposes of free speech and publication cannot be served. Students learn where facts come from and how quotes are obtained. They learn the language of news and begin to appreciate the ingredients necessary for fair, comprehensive and balanced reporting.

Practical multimedia journalism

Our belief is that the best way to learn journalism is to go out and be a journalist. And for that you're going to need to enhance your developing reporting skills with the essential production techniques to publish your work in print and online, or broadcast it as video or audio. You'll learn all of these things while doing real stories, using state-of-the-art HD cameras, digital audio recorders, editing software and studio facilities.

British Public Affairs

An introduction to British politics describing the design and operation of Britain’s key local and national political institutions. Teaching examines the extent to which they provide for accountable and representative government and examines the crucial role played by media reporting of politics.

Journalism Law, Ethics and Regulation

This module explores the relationship between the media and the law, and tackles the vital area of journalism ethics. What are the restrictions placed on freedom of expression and why are they there? Students critically examine different facets of media law to ask if these restrictions are justified and who should decide when restrictions apply.

You will also receive intensive tuition in shorthand note taking and prepare for relevant NCTJ examinations.

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Elective modules

In addition to the core vocational modules, we also offer a range of electives to enable you to broaden your horizons in specific areas. The electives shown here are as a guideline; further electives may also be available.

Political Reporting

A look at the relationship between political power and the Fourth Estate.

Sports Journalism

A practical hands-on module looking in which you learn different styles of sport reporting, including filing match reports to extremely tight deadlines.

Propaganda-Media, Manipulation and Persuasion

The role of propaganda as a means of communication and persuasion.  The definitions, content , intent and methods of propaganda.  The role of propaganda in conflict.

Reporting Conflict

How conflict reporting has developed from the 1930s to the digital multimedia reporting of the 20th Century. Journalism, patriots and propaganda: war as a severe test of journalistic integrity and independence.

Communications and humanitarianism

Media power and media consumption in Britain since 1945. Students gain a critical appreciation of the changing structure of press and broadcasting power. Issues considered include: ownership and influence, where people get their news, fragmentation and the rise of citizen journalism.

Advanced multimedia storytelling

A look at digital tools and techniques that are changing the face of online journalism. The module is heavily based on a journalism project (80%) which will showcase your ability to tell a story using techniques including: data visualisation, mapping technology, crowdsourcing, kinetic typography, social media, tablet content design.


A 10,000 dissertation on a research subject chosen by the student.  Students will be guided by a supervisor throughout the research process including identifying a suitable subject, designing the research, use of research material and resources and drafting and writing the dissertation. 


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Professional recognition

The course is fully accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ), the nationally recognised training body for professional journalists.


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Application information

Location: Medway
Award: MA
Programme type: Full-time

Offer levels

First- or upper second-class degree in a suitable subject (for example, English, History, politics and international relations).

Applicants must be able to demonstrate a serious interest in and commitment to journalism.

All suitable applicants are interviewed and sit a written test,

We welcome applications from international students with internationally recognised qualifications. A high level of English (equivalent to a native speaker) is essential. Further information on language requirements can be found here.

You can apply for the MA in Multimedia Journaism here.


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

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Last Updated: 16/10/2018