Online Masters Degree in Journalism

Online Masters Degree in Journalism

Journalism Course Overview

In a rapidly evolving digital era, models of journalism production and distribution are constantly changing. Today’s journalists need to think radically, learn to adapt and exploit new forms of news media and be fluent with key creative tools used to produce compelling news content in various formats - text, video, photo + LIVE news.

Throughout this masters degree you will critically engage with media ‘disruptors’, develop understanding of the changing relationship of journalist and audience and gain insight into the challenges posed by artificial intelligence, big data and ‘churnalism’. You should find yourself tested and asked to aim high as you become equipped to work independently from anywhere in the world.

Award Title: MA Journalism
Awarding Body: Falmouth University
Level: 7
Mode of study: online, part-time 
Duration: Two years
 

Masters degree summary

Taught by leading journalists who are experienced in handling the benefits and challenges of working in an international context, this course gives you the opportunity to cultivate an innovative and entrepreneurial mindset. As you focus on data journalism, social media and impactful storytelling, this programme aims to facilitate innovators grounded in the best journalism standards. 

You will:

  • Develop your skills as a creative and technically agile non-fiction storyteller in order to work independently as a journalist
  • Learn how to create compelling news for dissemination across multiple content platforms with global audiences in mind
  • Discover how to thrive and innovate in the international digital news and communications industries
  • Exploit social media and data journalism tools, developing a critical understanding of the shifting political, social and industry environments in which journalists must operate around the world.​

Podcast on the future of quality journalism

Want an insight into the type of issues you'll discuss on this course?

Course Co-Leader Kate de Pury recorded a special podcast with Tom Kent, former Associated Press Standards Editor and Adjunct Associate Professor, Columbia University, USA. They took an in-depth look at how quality journalism can be sustained, the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the industry, and the importance of all forms of diversity in the newsroom.

Listen here >

Watch our webinar with the Course Leaders

Andy Chatfield and Kate De Pury explain how the course will help you become fluent with the key creative tools you need to produce compelling news content: 

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Who is this course for?

You will be: 

  • Interested in news, current affairs, politics, climate and environment, writing, creative content, reporting, editing, content production, media platforms, communications
  • Driven, disruptive, a global thinker, a researcher, innovative, into tech, collaborative, analytical, a critical thinker, curious, ethical, a storyteller.

You may be:​

  • Wanting to understand markets for news journalism in order to operate as an effective self-employed practitioner
  • Working in content marketing, content production, or a mid-career journalist in news publications and wanting to take your career to new heights
  • Wanting to test new ideas, challenge traditional modes of journalism and critically assess the effectiveness of current media disruptors
  • Looking to develop the confidence and skills to work on real-world, cross-border news projects
  • Interested in communications and PR and want to understand the processes involved in news journalism
  • Graduated from a bachelors degree in a different field and want to branch into journalism
  • Looking to consolidate your existing abilities, understand your current practice and develop the research, storytelling and business skills to become a creative and reflective practitioner.

Course content

MA

You will need to complete four 30-credit modules and one 60-credit project (180 credits in total). All modules on the course are compulsory and must be passed in order to complete the award.

Core Modules Credits
Creative Professional Practice 30
The Mobile Journalist 30
Journalism Innovation and Enterprise 30
Audiovisual Storytelling 30
Major project  60

Creative Professional Practice (30 credits)

In this module you will explore key political, regulatory and creative pressures currently affecting journalists to help orientate your practice. Within this critical context, and drawing on analysis of best practice, you will develop your skills in news-gathering, verification and ideas generation (notably via basic data journalism), using current methods and applications.

The Mobile Journalist (30 credits)

This module requires you to critically examine the most effective digital news content produced by global news brands and cutting-edge news ‘disruptors’ to inform your own extensive engagement with key digital apps (focusing on advanced data journalism tools) to create compelling news video, audio and LIVE events stories. You will also engage in critical discourse around the many impacts digital media have had on professional norms, methods and expectations.

Journalism Innovation and Enterprise (30 credits)

This module will challenge you to generate your own brand and distinctive product, service or platform. Drawing on scholarship and business analysis, you will critically evaluate examples of innovation – in storytelling formats, production and distribution – across formats. This will inform your own creative enterprise, supported by mentors, tested through a pitch process and underpinned by study of copyright, data protection and other relevant legal constraints.

Audiovisual Storytelling (30 credits)

This module focuses on developing your expertise in the content formats used by mobile multimedia journalists. Individually and in groups, you will shoot and edit video, record and mix audio and combine media with graphics and text, creating our own multimedia toolbox, contextualising your practice through critical reflection. A legal/regulatory strand focuses on the tension between privacy, defamation and free expression as it impacts practice.

Final Major Project (60 credits)

Your studies culminate in a major project, in which you will conceive, plan and execute a substantial journalistic artefact or product/service on a platform of your choice, supported by a reflective critical analysis.

You will be encouraged to follow ‘story beats’ you may be developing for future professional practice – this could include climate and environment, international affairs, big data, lifestyle and more.

The output can be journalism or enterprise activity, or a combination of both, guided in conception and development by lecturers and leading industry professionals.

Assessments

All assessments are taken and submitted online.

Assessment methods for the MA Journalism can typically include:

  • Written assignments (no exams)
  • Portfolios of editorial work, presentations, projects, reflective journals, critical essays, reports and a final project.

How you study

You may choose to:

  1. Study entirely online.
  2. Study online and attend optional face to face events

You will be given the opportunity to attend up to two events per academic year and dates and location of the events will vary. Events usually incorporate a weekend to accommodate busy schedules. More information is available on the face to face events page.

 

Taught by industry experts

Designed with employer-focused learning at the core, our courses work with global organisations, staff and alumni to provide you with the breadth of experience and networks needed to accelerate your career.

Learn more about our MA Journalism Tutors.

 

Learning activities

There will be guided learning activities consisting of:

  • Concise online presentations to introduce key concepts
  • Small group and class discussions and crits to facilitate interaction and dialogue
  • Online critiques to test assumptions, ideas and to receive feedback from peers and tutors
  • Individual and group tutorials throughout the course
  • Independent study
  • Self-evaluation and peer feedback

Watch our video on what the course entails on a weekly basis:

Support

As a Falmouth student, you enjoy an equal status to students studying on campus:

  • Your own student ID card
  • Access to online software tutorials at lynda.com
  • 24/7 online access to library resources
  • Students’ Union community
  • Access to our Student Support Services offering academic and personal support

Entry requirements

  • An honours degree or Level 6 equivalent qualification
  • Proof of proficiency in English (minimum overall score of IELTS 6.5 with at least 6.0 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening or TOEFL IBT (Internet Based Test) with a minimum of 88 overall and at least 21 in all 4 components).

We also accept a range of equivalent recognised English language qualifications. Candidates without a degree or formal qualification are still encouraged to apply. For more information regarding equivalent international qualifications and Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) please call us on +44 (0)1223 447713 or view our handy article:

GUIDE TO APL

Additional costs

Needed

A laptop, desktop computer or other similar device capable of running Adobe Premiere Pro – the minimum requirements for PC or Mac can be found here.

Adobe Creative Suite software for PC/laptop. Please note that Adobe offers student discounts on this and further offers may be available from Falmouth University.

An external drive is recommended, with a preference for a Solid State Drive (SSD) of a minimum 500Gb capacity.

A Smartphone - any iPhone from series 5 or later or a current Android phone running Android 10.

Desirable

It would also be useful to have access to a steadying gimble for film work and an external interview microphone via an iRig style interface.

If you have any questions on these requirements, please call our course advisor team on +44 (0)1223 447713.  

How to apply

  • Submit an online application form.
  • Submit a copy of your first degree certificate or Level 6 equivalent qualification and your IELTS/TOEFL certificate if English is not your first language

Please contact our friendly and knowledgeable course advisor team for FREE advice:
Call +44 (0)1223 447713

Start dates and application deadlines

2020/21 
Intake Application deadline Welcome week Course start date
January 2021 11 January 16 January 25 January

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