MA Broadcast and Digital Journalism UK

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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.

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The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) rated 70% of UEA's research in Politics and International Studies as 4* (world leading) or 3* (internationally excellent).

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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On this UK focused version of our Broadcast and Digital Journalism Masters you will gain the practical skills of modern journalism, particularly broadcast and online, with a focus on UK journalism practices, political systems and media law.

You’ll explore the rapidly changing world of the professional journalist, and gain the knowledge to navigate the complexities of UK media law and ethics. You’ll work in modern TV studios, explore mobile journalism, develop online content, and record interviews and news reports. We also have a number of media partners, including the BBC and Epic Studios, who may offer our students production opportunities from time to time.

If you have an inquiring mind and are passionate about news and UK current affairs, this course is for you. Whether you’ve developed an interest or specialism from your first degree, or are thinking of pursuing a career in general news journalism, this course will give you the space to develop your skills.

Overview

This MA programme is designed to equip you with the core practical and theoretical skills of journalism and electronic communications, preparing you to work in the communication industries or a related career. It will also help you develop the ability to reflect critically on the nature and limitations of news coverage.

You’ll undertake in-depth study of UK law and public affairs,

(including media law and regulation), as commonly required by prospective employers in mainstream UK journalism.

In addition to your Master’s Extended Journalism Project, you’ll undertake compulsory modules that will arm you with practical skills, give you an understanding of ethical journalism, and help you see the role of the media from a broader perspective. You’ll also select an optional module to further your specific interests.

You will become practiced at interviewing, reporting, video, radio and broadcast production and learn how to produce and structure news stories for different media. The course includes a number of talks by invited professionals as well as visits, which in the past have included political and media destinations, both locally and in London.

Our School is home to internationally recognised experts, and you will have access to their knowledge in the fields of public affairs, politics, international relations and cultural change.

Course Structure

This Master’s course is made up of a number of core practical modules, which run throughout the year, as well as an optional module and an extended journalism project.

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

Our Contemporary Journalism: Practice and Ethics 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. It will enable you to develop your reporting and writing skills, as well as instilling 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. And it will allow you to examine changes within the industry.

You will take Essential UK Public Affairs and Law for Journalists. As well as studying media law and regulation, you will survey the judicial system of England and Wales and a journalist’s rights and responsibilities within it. The public affairs section of the unit covers the principal elements of the UK political system. You will discover the rights, responsibilities and techniques of a reporter. You will develop a critical understanding and familiarity with UK current affairs, exploring the reporting of issues such as national identity, citizenship, cultural diversity and the role of the media in such matters. You will gain an awareness of the legal precedents established in online practice (now a core element of multi-platform journalism) and how they are gaining more widespread application.

In addition to your compulsory modules you’ll choose one optional module, selected according to your interests and specialisms.

Towards the end of your course you will complete an Extended Journalism Project, 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 extended journalism project will be agreed in discussions with a supervisor. Modern digital video, audio and editing equipment will be available to you for this project, shared with other students.

Teaching and Learning

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. And you will be based on campus and at the School’s own production suite, situated in a TV studio complex in the centre of Norwich.

Independent study

You’ll support your learning with your own reading and investigation. You will also be expected to immerse yourself in published broadcast, print and online news. And you will research your own stories and media projects on a regular basis.

Assessment

In addition to your practical Master’s extended journalism project, you will be assessed through a range of coursework assignments. As well as a limited number of formal essays, you will work on individual and collaborative media presentations and productions. And you’ll develop an online portfolio of your journalism work, which will be a valuable addition to your CV.

Some of your modules may include course tests, and at times you will be required to produce journalistic work under observation for assessment purposes.

Optional Study abroad or Placement Year

You will have the opportunity to take part in a short media-related study visit to a European destination. In the past, this has been to Belgium, and has included the opportunity to work with students at a sister institution there.

After the course

Previous UEA journalism graduates have gone on to develop dynamic careers in news and 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 taken on a press and public relations role within a national sports body. Others have secured practical internships in the UK immediately following the course, which have helped get their careers on the road.

Career destinations

  • Journalism: writing, media production and reporting
  • Presentation and reporting
  • Broadcasting – TV and radio
  • Production for online or social media
  • Public relations or political communication
  • Further study or teaching

Course related costs

The trip to Europe and some course visits will involve a fee.

Please see Additional Course Fees for details of other course-related costs.

Course Modules 2019/0

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

This 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 also 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

Teaching in the UK Law sessions will survey the judicial system of England and journalist's rights and responsibilities within it. You will look at the influence and role of European institutions and legislation. Practical sessions may include visits to Magistrates and/or Crown Courts. You will learn how law and legal process impact upon newsgathering and publication for print and audio-visual media. Taught sessions will 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. The Public Affairs sessions will study the structure and operation of British central and local government. The principal elements of the UK political process will be taught, including the electoral processes, the role of elected representatives, civil servants, politicians, political parties, finance, government and government communications techniques. You will be given opportunity to practice the rights and responsibilities of journalists in relation to UK and EU systems. Students shall attend and report local and/or national political proceedings. Journalism is a rapidly changing profession, and lecture topics are frequently updated to reflect technical, practice, regulatory and other developments.

PPLM7012Y

40

EXTENDED JOURNALISM PROJECT

The "Extended Journalism Project" allows students opportunity to demonstrate their ability to produce (research, record or shoot, edit, script and voice) a work of broadcast journalism - video or audio - to a professional standard. As a guide, and unless otherwise agreed, your project deliverable (which will be due towards the end of the summer period) will be a substantial work of TV (video) or radio (audio) journalism, of between 15-20 minutes in duration. Video projects will normally be in the form of an extended reporter piece or documentary; radio programmes may take the format of a long-form feature or documentary. The work will examine and relate a story in some detail. Parts of the production process may - by agreement with your supervisor - involve (mutual) collaboration with fellow students in technical areas, such as camera operations or recording, but the editorial content must be your own. Normal professional standards of referencing and sourcing, as generally practised in works of journalism, are expected. You will also produce a reflective report, documenting and reflecting on your production process, its successes and its limitations. Earlier in the year, you will submit a proposal, outlining your story and how you intend to approach it, which will also be assessed.

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.

PPLX7007B

20

GENDER AND POWER

Providing a conceptual overview of feminist research approaches, you will examine 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, sociology, politics and cultural studies, the module explores the extent to which feminist theory informs gender-based 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 Bachelors (Hons) degree - 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): 65 (minimum 50 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.

 

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

Tuition fees for the academic year 2019/20 are:

  • UK/EU Students: £7,700
  • International Students: £16,100

If you choose to study part-time, the fee per annum will be half the annual fee for that year, or a pro-rata fee for the module credit you are taking (only available for UK/EU students).

Living Expenses

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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