Our MA Journalism is an intense programme that prepares graduates for the dynamic and competitive world of journalism and communications. It has the rare advantage of dual accreditation by the National Council for the Training of Journalism (NCTJ) and the British Journalism Training Council (BJTC). This highly regarded combination, along with our impressive work placement and industry mentoring programmes, opens the doors to organisations including the BBC, ITV, The Express, Sky Sports and a whole network of local, regional and national newspapers and radio stations. The MA Journalism provides a comprehensive understanding of professional journalism practice, including researching and substantiating news stories, interviewing techniques and establishing contacts. Hands-on camera, studio, editing and mobile journalism skills are taught so that our trainees are confident and competent on their industry work placements. We also cover the increasingly important areas of social media skills, verification techniques, data journalism and analytics. And shorthand is embedded in the course. Awareness of professional roles, law, public affairs and the regulatory responsibilities of journalists is taught, along with a critical understanding of the political and commercial structures within which the media operate. News skills are refined and there are opportunities to research and over specific areas of interest to showcase a professional versatility across a range of media platforms. All the skills you learn come together for your Journalism Project when you can do more in-depth research on a topic of your choice to produce a multi-media project, a short video documentary or a podcast. Our established Journalism and Media Week every year hosts nationally-recognised journalists and presenters who share their tips and advice directly with our students, allowing them to forge valuable contacts in the industry. The gold standard of journalism training Our MA has rare dual accreditation by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) and the British Journalism Training Council (BJTC). These are the accreditations that editors look for when recruiting a trainee journalist because they effectively mean that the trainee has successfully completed a course that meets the 'gold standard' of journalism training. The accreditation recognises the quality of the course in developing journalists for the demands of a fast-changing multimedia industry. Students sit the NCTJ Diploma alongside their MA at no additional cost for their first attempts.
The module details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study. News Skills An intensive, practical module providing the multi-media skills needed in any newsroom, regardless of platform. This module also includes shorthand. Law, Ethics and Regulation This will give you the knowledge required to become a legally safe and ethical journalist, and to follow regulatory codes. Live Production You will run your own multimedia newsroom, producing radio, TV and multimedia stories in real time for our own website and external organisations. This module also includes voice training. Public Affairs This will support the development of your knowledge in relation to British central and local government. Professional Placement All trainees must complete at least three weeks of placement, including a professional newsroom placement. Journalism Project This is a substantial final project, which assesses both practical and academic competencies and is supported by a personal supervisor. Attendance Due to the dual accreditation, this full-time course requires full attendance and there are lectures and workshops four to five days a week (Monday-Friday). During live production, full working days 9.00am to 5.00pm are required. Therefore, it is not possible to combine this course with a day job. Weeks are allocated for professional placement from June to September, which allow trainees to transition from study to work.
Assessments mainly consist of coursework portfolios where you will be producing journalism of your own for different platforms including online, TV and radio studio output. Some modules are assessed through exams – for example, Law, Ethics and Regulation, Public Affairs and News Skills.
Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.
- The National Council for the Training of Journalists
- Broadcast Journalism Training Council
Leeds Trinity University is committed to recruiting students with talent and potential and who we feel will benefit greatly from their academic and non-academic experiences here. We treat every application on its own merits; we value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement. The following information is designed to give you a general overview of the qualifications we accept. If you are taking qualifications that are not included below, please contact our Admissions Office who will be happy to advise you. The normal entry requirement is a good honours degree qualification – minimum 2.2, preferably 2.1. If English is not your first language, IELTS 7.0 (with no less than 6.5 in any component) or equivalent is the minimum requirement. Applicants are required to sit an NCTJ entry test to assess writing skills, news sense and general knowledge. If successful, applicants will be invited for interview where we want to find out more about your interest in our course and in journalism in general.
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