Data Journalism at Birmingham City University - UCAS

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Course summary

The MA in Data Journalism is a cutting edge master’s course designed to give you the interactive storytelling skills needed to work within a growing number of jobs in the media and beyond. The course includes partnerships with The Telegraph, Haymarket magazines, Trinity Mirror newspapers in the UK, La Nacion in Argentina and Convoca in Peru, as well as a number of other organisations covering broadcast, online and print data journalism, all of which are keen to bring in the skills that you will be developing on the course. You should indicate on your application in you wish to be considered for opportunities with those organisations during the course. Studying under internationally renowned course leaders in a city with a vibrant cultural sector, and with access to a range of media organisations, you will learn exciting new skills in data journalism and interactive storytelling across a range of contexts, from mobile-first data journalism on social platforms, to practising data driven journalism within online and broadcast newsroom contexts. Partnerships with newspaper, magazine, online and broadcast organisations provide unique opportunities for students to build contacts and experience, and work on live projects. What's covered in the course? This practical course is designed to help you respond to work within a range of data journalism roles, from sourcing data, to investigating leads, and communicating your stories in new, engaging ways, in a range of newsroom contexts Under the guidance of award-winning journalists who have worked with organisations ranging from the BBC and The Bureau of Investigative Journalism to The Guardian and specialist magazines, you’ll develop a keen eye for a story, develop advanced data driven journalism techniques that help you establish the facts, find out how to work within a range of newsroom contexts and tell those stories across a range of platforms. You’ll get access to some of the industry’s most respected journalists who are working in the field now, learn about the legal, commercial and ethical contexts surrounding the future of journalism, and you’ll have the opportunity to work with wider data communities as you make a name for yourself in your chosen sector. Previous students have worked with organisations including the BBC, ITV News, Bureau Local, The Guardian, FullFact and the European Data Journalism Network. You’ll have access to the facilities at BCU’s new Parkside campus, including radio and TV studios, and audio and video editing suites. You’ll have access to video and still cameras, audio recording equipment and mobile journalism kits to get out and capture the human side of the story too. You’ll be expected to find and report stories regularly, experimenting with new formats while exploring and testing the latest research into this exciting period in journalism’s development. As the course progresses you will develop more specialist skills and connect with others already in the industry, building your reputation as you prepare to enter the industry. Graduates of the course have gone on to work as data journalists, data designers, digital editors and journalism consultants.

Modules

Data Journalism; Specialist Journalism, Investigations and Coding; Narrative: From Media to Interactive Media; Research in Practice; Media law, Ethics and Security; MA by Practice. You will also choose one of two industry-facing options. Entrepreneurship in Practice; Industry Placement.


Entry requirements

You should have a 2:1 or higher in a related discipline from any UK university. Applicants should submit a portfolio of examples of their media production work. That might include examples of journalism online, in print or video or audio. The more varied this is, the better. If you have any other relevant work, such as photography, web or print design, film making, research, or running online communities, then please include that too.


Fees and funding

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Data Journalism at Birmingham City University - UCAS