MA Broadcast and Digital Journalism UK

Key facts

Students hone their skills in a professional high definition TV studio and have the opportunity to work on political discussion programmes. We use the industry standard Burli system to create radio programmes and edit videos for TV programmes using AVID.

Key facts

(Research Excellence Framework 2014)

Key facts

The MA Broadcast and Digital Journalism gives students the opportunity to sample real work situations. Students hone their skills in a professional high definition studio working on political discussion programmes involving MP’s or MEP’s and live studio audiences.

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This is a course for storytellers with a mission to inform. You will gain a practical introduction to the core skills of modern journalism, particularly broadcast and online, and examine the media’s relationship with society. If you have developed a particular interest or specialism from your first degree, or are thinking of pursuing a career in general news journalism, it will give you space to develop your skills, researching, writing and presenting the stories you find.

You will explore the rapidly changing world of the professional journalist, and gain the legal knowledge to navigate the complex world of media law and ethics. You’ll work in modern TV studios, develop online content, and record interviews and news reports. We have a range of media partners – including the BBC, Mustard, and Future Radio – who from time to time offer the students production opportunities.

If you have an inquiring mind and are passionate about online and broadcast news, this is the course for you.

Overview

Please note that this course is now closed for applications to begin in September 2018 as the course is now full.

This MA degree is designed to equip you with the core practical and theoretical skills of journalism and electronic communications, preparing you for work within the communications industries or a related career. At the same time, you will develop the ability to reflect critically on the nature and limitations of news coverage. Our School is home to internationally recognized experts, and you will have access to their expertise in the fields of public affairs, politics, international relations and cultural change.

This course is intended for those who foresee a career in British Media. It includes detailed study of UK public affairs and media law, including codes of regulation and the legal constraints on criminal and court reporting.

You will practice interviewing, reporting, video and broadcast production and learn how to produce and structure news stories for different media. We also offer you the opportunity to participate in a number of visits, including to political and media institutions locally and in London, as well as in Northern Europe, working with our partner academic institutions in Belgium. 

The practical aspects of this course are taught by experienced broadcast journalists. You will take modules that look at journalism and journalistic ethics, TV, radio and online news production. You will study the stories of the day to see how working journalists are interpreting and developing their role. You will be based on campus and at the School’s own production suite within a TV studio complex in the centre of Norwich.

Course structure

The course is made up of a number of core practical modules which run throughout the year, as well as optional modules and a practical dissertation project.

You will take an extended module in broadcast and production journalism. This module will provide you with a thorough overview of all aspects of mass-media journalism, reporting and editorial, as well as technical elements such as audio recording and editing, camera operation, sound, video editing, studio practice and production. You will be expected to generate your own stories, and to go out into the local community to research and produce them including practice of radio news feature and bulletin production.

The module Contemporary Journalism, Ethics and Practice enables you to develop reporting and writing skills, as well as an appreciation of a proper ethical framework for your journalism. You will look at how newsrooms are run, the reporter’s working day and how stories are found and developed. You will also examine changes within the industry. The module is designed to give you further practical experience of the issues and techniques of journalism, particularly as they relate to developing content for online news and information sites.

You will take Essential UK Public Affairs and Law for Journalists. As part of this module, you will survey the judicial system of England and Wales and a journalist’s rights and responsibilities within it. The public affairs aspect of the unit covers the principal elements of the UK political system. You will be given an opportunity to practise the rights, responsibilities and techniques of journalists in relation to the British system, developing a critical understanding and familiarity with current affairs, particularly in relation to the reporting of issues such as national identity, citizenship, cultural diversity and the role of the media in such matters. You will learn how UK law and legal processes impact upon newsgathering and publication for audio and audio-visual media. You will gain an awareness of the legal precedents established in online practice (now a core element of multiplatform journalism) and how they are gaining more widespread application.

You will also choose an optional module, selected according to your interests and specialisms and allowing you to explore a particular aspect of that subject in more depth. Modules currently on offer (subject to timetabling considerations) include Public Relations, Public Affairs and the Media; Democracy and Free Speech; and Crime, Violence and Disasters in the Global Media. Recent extra-curricular activities have included workshops on cultural entrepreneurship – self-branding and promotion – to guide you in developing a high-visibility presence in the creative and media industries.

Skills and experience

As well as gaining an extensive understanding of the practical aspects of journalism, from content development and reporting to editing and camera work, you will also become well versed in public affairs and current political issues, with opportunities to cover topical issues, such as nationality and identity, the environment and international trade, conflict and dissent.

You will be in an excellent position to move into a career in communications and journalism, with a solid understanding of journalistic ethics and media law, including the expanding area of digital journalism.

As part of this course you will be able to take part in visits to various political and media institutions both in the UK and abroad, learning first-hand from experts in the field about professional journalistic practice.

You will be part of our wider postgraduate community and will have the opportunity to attend numerous events and talks during your time here. We regularly attract distinguished guest lecturers, who have recently included Gary Gibbon, Political Editor for Channel 4 News;  Alan Rusbridger, former editor of The Guardian; Shami Chakrabarti, former director of Liberty; Anne McElvoy of The Economist; and John Bercow, Speaker of the House of Commons. Find out more and listen to some of these lectures.

Assessment

Assessment is by a range of coursework assignments. As well as some formal essays, you will work on individual and collaborative media presentations and productions. You will develop an online portfolio of your own journalism work, which can also be a valuable addition to your CV.

Towards the end of the course you will complete a dissertation by practice, which is an opportunity for you to produce a video (or audio) project that is both a substantial piece of journalism and a demonstration of your broadcast production skills. You will also reflect on the development and practical execution of your project. The subject and format of your practice-based dissertation will be agreed in discussions with a supervisor. Modern digital video, audio and editing equipment will be available to you for this project.

Course tutors and research interests

We have more than 30 members of staff in the School, many of them actively engaged with research in the field. We take an interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary approach in our work, linking theory to practice, to create a distinctive programme of research. This has given us a strong international reputation for research in a wide variety of areas, including international relations, international relations theory, international security, terrorism, human rights, religion, the US, Britain, the EU, Japan, Africa, the mass media, digital media, political communications, popular culture, identity politics, public administration and public policy, political theory and political rhetoric.

Where next?

Past students of this degree have gone on to develop dynamic careers for themselves in news or sports journalism, local radio and TV, programme presentation, and online journalism and investigation, both in the UK and around the world. One graduate, for example, works in video news production for a major UK media group, while another has experienced a press and public relations role within a national sports body. Many, including international students, have secured practical internships in the UK immediately following the course, which have helped get their careers on the road.

Course Modules 2018/9

Students must study the following modules for 160 credits:

Name Code Credits

BROADCAST JOURNALISM

You'll develop a wide and detailed grounding in all aspects of radio and television journalism and news production. Core topics include audio and video editing, camera work, sound and studio and location production techniques. You'll develop practical production skills such as bulleting preparation and writing to picture. You'll collaborate, in small teams, in the production of radio and TV news programmes and reports.

PPLM7010Y

40

CONTEMPORARY JOURNALISM: PRACTICE AND ETHICS

The module will demystify the close world of the professional journalist and enable you to understand what gets into the news (and what does not) and why. It enables you to develop practical skills and techniques in the production of all forms of journalism (in an age of media convergence, the ability to produce good clean copy is equally as important as the production of multi-media assets). Weekly practical exercises will help you develop reporting skills and the techniques of online presentation required to ensure access to an audience. You will consider the development of journalism, primarily in the West, the development of new forms, such as Online Media, and the challenges facing journalism in the contemporary environment. You will develop your own Online presence. The module will include a number of talks by industry practitioners from a variety of backgrounds. Journalism is a rapidly changing profession, and lecture topics are frequently updated to reflect technical, practice, regulatory and other developments.

PPLM7011Y

40

ESSENTIAL UK PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND LAW FOR JOURNALISTS

In this module, you'll look at the influence and role of European institutions and legislation. You'll have opportunities to visit Magistrates and/or Crown Courts during practical sessions. You'll learn how law and legal process impact upon newsgathering and publication for print and audio-visual media. During Teaching in the UK Law sessions, you'll survey the judicial system of England and journalist's rights and responsibilities within it Taught sessions will enable you to reflect on the principles of democracy, defamation, intellectual property, freedom of the press, freedom of information, press regulation and the public interest as these relate to news coverage. During Public Affairs sessions, you'll study the structure and operation of British central and local government, including Parliament and the Welsh and Scottish Assemblies. You'll learn about the principal elements of the UK political process, including the electoral processes, the role of elected representatives, civil servants, politicians, political parties, finance, government and government communications techniques. You'll be given opportunity to practice the rights and responsibilities of journalists in relation to UK and EU systems. You shall attend and report local and/or national political proceedings.

PPLM7012Y

40

EXTENDED JOURNALISM PROJECT

PPLM7018X

40

Students will select 20 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits

EUROPEAN UNION: POWER, POLITICS AND POLICY

You will examine the origins, development and recent history of the European Union, the dynamics of EU decision making, and the working of EU policies in key areas, such as the single market, economic and monetary union, trade, and security and defence. You will explore the role and internal operation of the EU institutions, as well as the interaction between the EU and the member states, including what the obligations of membership imply for member countries. You will critically assess the key theories, models and concepts used in the study of the EU.

PPLI7013B

20

FREE SPEECH

You'll examine one of the pressing issues of political theory, constitutional law, democracy, and media regulation: why is free speech important and what if any should be its limits? You'll compare and contrasts the conditions of free speech in China, the UK, and the United States. You'll be introduced to some of the classic defences of free speech found in the writings of J.S. Mill and the judicial decisions of Oliver Wendall Holmes. Following on from this you'll examine the question of free speech as it relates to freedom of the press and new media. You'll also explore the question of the limits of free speech, particularly in relation to hate speech. At this point you will have a chance to examine human rights instruments and laws pertaining to the issues, including the ECHR, the Human Rights Act 2008, and the Racial and Religious Hatred Act 2008, as well as a range of legal cases from courts across the world. You'll be exposed to a range of deeper ideological debates among liberals, libertarians, multiculturalists, and critical theorists. The approach will be multidisciplinary drawing on politics, philosophy, and law. The format will be a two-hour class each week, comprising research-led teaching, seminar discussions, practical exercises, textual reading, balloon debate, and essay writing and research-skills mini-sessions. The assessment comprises of formative feedback on the presentation of an essay plan and summative assessment of two essays. The module compares and contrasts the conditions of free speech in China, the UK, and the United States. Students are introduced to some of the classic defences of free speech found in the writings of J.S. Mill and the judicial decisions of Oliver Wendall Holmes. Following on from this they will examine the question of free speech as it relates to freedom of the press and new media. Students will also explore the question of the limits of free speech, particularly in relation to hate speech. At this point students will have a chance to examine human rights instruments and laws pertaining to the issues, including the ECHR, the Human Rights Act 2008, and the Racial and Religious Hatred Act 2008, as well as a range of legal cases from courts across the world. During the module the students will be exposed to a range of deeper ideological debates among liberals, libertarians, multiculturalists, and critical theorists. The approach will be multidisciplinary drawing on politics, philosophy, and law. Finally, the format of the module will be a two-hour class each week, comprising research-led teaching, seminar discussions, practical exercises, textual reading, balloon debate, and essay writing and research-skills mini-sessions. The module assessment is as follows: formative feedback on the presentation of an essay plan; summative assessment of two essays.

PPLX7007B

20

GENDER AND POWER

Providing a conceptual overview of feminist research approaches, this module examines contemporary gender and power relations. You will examine both the formal and informal power structures that shape the experience of gender. Bringing together the fields of media and sociology, politics and cultural studies, you will explore the relationship between feminist theory and activism.

PPLM7015B

20

INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION IN PRACTICE

Do you wish to pursue a career in international management and relations, multilingual business, or international development? Are you interested in becoming a more effective communicator in other professions such as translation, interpreting, education, and cultural mediation? In this module we will explore the issues fundamental to intercultural communication (IC) in practical contexts. You will examine the different ways of thinking about effective communication in a variety of work/organisation-based environments. During the seminars/lecture series, invited practitioners will introduce you to how IC operates in specific organisations, including government agencies or in multilingual business management. On completion of this module, you will have developed the linguistic skills, cultural competence, and critical thinking required for the production of an extended research project in intercultural communication. You will also have acquired a sense of how cultural assumptions may influence communication with others from different backgrounds, and developed a greater willingness to enter into dialogue with the values prevalent in cultures other than your own.

PPLC7007B

20

INTERNATIONAL SECURITY

States and individuals seek 'security' from various threats and dangers but what, exactly, does it mean to be secure? Is security even possible? Who should have security, and from what should they be - or do they need to be - secured? Is security even desirable, or does the search for it sometimes have negative consequences? This module introduces you to these 'big questions' of security studies. You will examine the study of security in the international system, from its roots in classical political theory and Cold War strategic studies through to the development of a more broadly focused field today. You will consider the responses of different theoretical perspectives on these 'big questions' and apply these to a range of contemporary security issues, for example, conflict resolution, human security, the arms industry, migration, crime, poverty, and terrorism.

PPLI7006B

20

POLITICS AND MEDIA

Working from the assumption that the media are an integral part of modern political life, we will examine the way in which politics is represented in the media and reviews critically the argument about 'bias'. We will also explore the arguments around the ownership and control of media, the increasing use of the media by political parties and the changing relationship between citizens and politics engendered by new communication technologies.

PPLM7002B

20

PUBLIC RELATIONS, PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND THE MEDIA

This module enables students to develop an advanced understanding of the theory and practice of public affairs, interest intermediation, and the strategies used by interest, advocacy groups and others to influence the political process. As well as covering the main debates in the academic literature, it draws directly on the experience of practitioners and offers unique insights into this under-studied area of politics.

PPLX7005B

20

THE FOREIGN RELATIONS OF CHINA AND JAPAN IN THE MODERN WORLD

The module looks at the history of China and Japan from the mid-19th century to the present day. You'll cover the attempts at modernisation, conflict between the two nations, their relationships with the Asian region and the United States. You'll also investigate their contrasting attempts to develop in the postwar period. In addition, you'll assess their current policies and the issues of importance to China and Japan in the 21st century, and explore whether they can move beyond the legacy of this difficult history.

PPLI7007B

20

Disclaimer

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

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Entry Requirements

  • Degree Subject Any Subject
  • Degree Classification UK BA or BSc (Hons) 2.1 or equivalent

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure such students benefit from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. Our usual entry requirements are as follows:

  • IELTS: 7.0 (minimum 6.0 in all components)
  • PTE (Pearson): 68 (minimum 55 in all components)

Test dates should be within two years of the course start date.

Other tests, including Cambridge English exams and the Trinity Integrated Skills in English are also accepted by the university. The full list of accepted tests can be found here: Accepted English Language Tests.

INTO UEA also run pre-sessional courses which can be taken prior to the start of your course. For further information and to see if you qualify please contact intopre-sessional@uea.ac.uk.

Intakes

This course's annual intake is in September of each year.

Please note that this course is now closed for applications to begin in September 2018 as the course is now full.

Alternative Qualifications

If you have alternative qualifications that have not been mentioned above then please contact university directly for further information.

Course Open To

This degree is particularly suitable for applicants who have gained an area of specialist knowledge at first degree level, and who wish to combine that with broadcast journalism expertise, opening up for themselves the possibility of a career in the media, perhaps as a specialist reporter or broadcaster.

The course is not suitable for students who have previously taken a professional qualification, such as an NCTJ or a BJTC Accredited Course. Such students, wishing to take a higher degree and extend their theoretical knowledge of Journalism and the Media, are advised to apply for the MA Media Culture and Society.

Fees and Funding

Tuition fees for the academic year 2018/19 are:

  • UK/EU Students: £7,550
  • International Students: £15,800

We estimate living expenses at £1,015 per month.

Scholarships

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities has a number of Scholarships and Awards on offer. For further information relevant to Political, Social and International Studies, visit the Scholarships and Funding page for postgraduate students.

How to Apply

Please note: Applications for September 2018 entry are now closed as the course is full. You can still apply for September 2019 entry in the normal way.  

Applications for Postgraduate Taught programmes at the University of East Anglia should be made directly to the University.

You can apply online.

Further Information

To request further information & to be kept up to date with news & events please use our online enquiry form.

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances prior to applying please do contact us:

Postgraduate Admissions Office
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515
Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

International candidates are also encouraged to access the International Students section of our website.

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