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Course summary

Develop your understanding of digital journalism with our dynamic Digital and Social Journalism MA programme. In an area that is constantly evolving, you will focus on expressing your journalism through social media using vital content production and engagement skills, from audience development and data journalism to multimedia storytelling. You will learn about the continuing development of digital journalism through interactive content and formats that actively engage users. Our innovative modules concentrate on social media and audience development, data journalism and coding for journalists. Video and audio work is geared to online web and social media publication. We aim to prepare you for specialist careers in multimedia, data journalism and audience development as well as broader digital journalism roles including publications with a strong social media focus. You will learn from our staff of experienced journalists and guest lecturers, ensuring you learn up-to-date skills and have the best industry contacts


This course will prepare you for work in the rapidly changing environment of online journalism, with a focus on the key areas of social media, audience development, data journalism and coding. You will develop these digital specialisations alongside essential journalistic skills of writing, reporting, newsgathering, interviewing and features - core elements of City's renowned Journalism MA programme. Multimedia work is geared to online publication. Core modules

  • Journalism Ethics (30 credits) – You put practical journalism in an ethical context with case studies and there are discussion groups in the second term.
  • Journalism Portfolio (30 credits) - You develop the essential skills of reporting, from ideas and research to interviewing and writing, news and features, and using the Freedom of Information Act in journalism.
  • Final Project (30 credits) – You explore a topic of your choice in depth to produce one or more pieces of journalism, in text-based or online multimedia formats, ideally for publication online and/or in print.
  • Social, Community and Multimedia Management (30 credits) – Social media and shareable content strategies for audience development, plus video shooting and editing for online.
  • Data Journalism (15 credits) – The essentials of data journalism
  • Multimedia Storytelling (15 credits) You'll learn advanced techniques to tell stories across different media types and through a variety of online platforms.
  • UK Media Law (15 credits) - You learn the basics of UK Media Law to enable you to work in a UK newsroom.
Electives: Political Headlines, Audience Strategy, Data Visualisation and Communication and Journalism Innovation

Assessment method

All MA Journalism courses at City are practical, hands-on courses designed for aspiring journalists. As a result, much of your coursework will be journalistic assignments that you produce to deadline, as you would in a real news organisation. Assessment is often through a portfolio of journalistic assignments of this kind.

Entry requirements

You should hold an upper second-class honours degree or the equivalent from an internationally recognised institution. You should have gained some work experience in journalism, and/or in relevant fields (eg social media, data work) outside journalism (or have this arranged when you apply).

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £22733 Year 1
International £22733 Year 1
England £11361 Year 1
Scotland £11361 Year 1
Wales £11361 Year 1
Northern Ireland £11361 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Digital and Social Journalism at City, University of London - UCAS