Why Journalism at Kent?

Medway campus

Located next to Chatham’s Historic Dockyard, this fantastic development, just 45 minutes from central London, blends historic character with brand new teaching facilities and information technology.

Using the Medway towns as your laboratory, you will carry out real-time news assignments around locations including a medieval cathedral, historic warships and 21st century dockside developments. The news beat is alive with new enterprises and communities and connections to continental Europe via the Channel Tunnel are fast, frequent and convenient.

Medway offers countless opportunities to practise the convergent skills of broadcast, print and online reporting, locally, nationally and internationally.


Newsrooms and facilities

Our state-of-the-art newsroom will provide a full range of journalistic resources including industry-standard equipment for broadcasters, newspapers, magazines and digital publishers. You will learn sound and video editing, print production and digital content production using the same software used in professional newsrooms across the country.

The campus is based around listed buildings dating back to 1903 and now combined with striking modern architecture and interiors. Teaching facilities include the £8 million, Grade II listed, Drill Hall Library, which offers 400 open access computers and wireless networking throughout. There are extensive computing facilities across campus, offering fast connection to the internet.

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Ambitious teaching

The Centre for Journalism is based within the Faculty of Social Sciences. There are close teaching links to the School of Politics and International Relations, the School of History, Kent Law School and Kent Business School.

Taking full advantage of the University’s range of expertise, the Centre’s own dedicated team of award-winning editors and correspondents seeks to instil respect for the highest ethical and vocational standards of journalism.

We are fully accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists, the professional body most widely recognised by editors in the industry. .

You will:

  • learn about the reporter’s role as a public servant from practitioners who have covered wars and investigated scandals
  • debate privacy, intrusion and dumbing-down with leading practitioners and inspiring thinkers
  • learn to report, write and edit to deadline
  • cut sound and pictures in real time, and discuss coverage of the latest stories with fellow students and leading experts
  • produce a portfolio of work to show to prospective employers.

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Industry links

The degree places great emphasis on the practical reality of journalism. Staff maintain excellent connections with local, national and international media organisations. Students will have regular access to working journalists and you will undertake vocational placements.

There is a campus magazine to which students will be encouraged to contribute ideas, energy and articles. The Centre is home to KMTV, the local television service that offers news and entertainment to Maidstone and the surrounding areas and provides valuable work experience to students of journalism.

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Enjoying Medway

There is a thriving student community at Medway and campus facilities offer excellent opportunities to socialise. The Venue Café,Touchdown Café and the No 1 Bistro in the Rochester building (adjacent to the newsroom) provide spaces to eat, drink and chat. Also on campus are Coopers bar and a new student hub providing entertainment and social space has opened in 2017.

The Medway towns are home to Rochester Cathedral and Castle, art galleries, theatres, sporting facilities, nightclubs and a multiplex cinema.

Local sports facilities include a dry ski-slope, a trampoline centre, an ice rink and numerous opportunities to enjoy water sports on the river.

Attractive student accommodation is available in a waterside developement on the banks of the River Medway.

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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: 16/10/2018