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Global Journalism MA 2018/19 entry

Course code:

ADT066

Study options:

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2018
January 2019

Fees:
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Overview

In our increasingly connected, digital world, news spreads quickly and without the constraints of national boundaries. Journalists are frequently called upon to report on diverse global issues – politics, trade, the economy, climate change, natural disasters, terrorism and human trafficking, among others.

Benefiting from our links with the media industry, including the BBC, Al Jazeera, Sky, Africa-based media and online outlets both here in the UK and USA, this Master’s course aims to prepare you for practice and analysis of global journalism and media. It covers all the areas of journalism, from legal and ethical issues to practical interviewing, writing, broadcast and web skills. More importantly, it aims to improve your intercultural competence and familiarity with the international issues that make headlines worldwide.

Taught by award-winning journalists and presenters, you will in addition have opportunities to attend guest lectures, who have previously included BBC Director General and Channel 4 founder, as well as presenters Jon Snow and Jeremy Paxman.

Gaining hands-on experience, you will be expected to work as part of a team to write articles, as well as edit, design and publish a digitally-distributed magazine, Global Eye. In a recent edition, one student predicted Wales’ success in the 2016 European Cup, while another wrote an analysis on the perceptions around immigration – one of the key issues in the European Union ‘remain or leave’ vote in the UK."




Why Coventry University?

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Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Student experience

All the support you need, in a top student city

What our alumni say

The Masters programme offered me opportunities that I would never have got in my undergraduate programme.

Charlotte Dyett, MA Global Journalism, graduated with a Distinction in 2016

Course information

If you’re interested in a career in the media industry worldwide, our course aims to be a comprehensive interdisciplinary introduction to global journalism, which is underpinned by hands-on professional practice from the outset.

We will consider how news is produced and consumed in the modern world – and why media and communication is no longer an issue of control and concern either for the Nation State or a factor limited to national economies or internal affairs alone. Examples include Wikileaks exposés and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists’ work on Panama Papers.

We cover the different functions, communication policies and activities of transnational and international, governmental and nongovernmental organisations or institutions, such as the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the European Union (EU) and World Trade Organisation (WTO).

We will analyse the role of international media and communications, for example, exploring ethical or socio-cultural issues, using specific examples to demonstrate how the media constructs identities and reinforces stereotypes through social stratification, nation, class, gender, race, religion, sexuality and age. We will also examine some of the contemporary global issues facing and addressed by various media – drawing from recent headlines. For example, in recent years, we have looked at Middle East conflict, UNESCO recognition of Palestine and US withdrawal of funding to UNESCO.

We aim to provide general tips on how to build and maintain networks of contacts, peers and audiences, using both conventional techniques and social media methods, for example, we will cover how to establish and build contacts, carry out pre-assignment and on-assignment research, deliver in consideration of deadlines and time zones, work with others and consider safety measures.

You will be expected to plan, coordinate and implement specific ‘assignments’ – organising photo-shoots, interviews and video/audio recording, often in multiple locations – working to a series of tight deadlines, as you would be expected to in professional employment.You will develop a portfolio of journalistic work across the segments of study in a wide range of formats and subject areas – anything from news to features and documentaries.

Modules

Overview

In the final stage of your course, there is an opportunity explore issues in global journalism that interest you further through an extensive individual research project, with support and guidance from specialist tutors. Past students have considered anything from the use of diasporic media by British Bangladeshis in Birmingham to the coverage of Africa in Chinese media or fake news images in Digital Age.

Modules

  • Semester 1

    • Global Media and Communication 
    • Multiplatform Journalism Practice 1 
    • Journalism Law and Ethics

     

  • Semester 2

    • Multiplatform Journalism Practice 2 
    • Specialist Professional Practice
    • Specialist Journalism Research and Analysis
  • Summer Semester

    • Specialist Journalism Research Project

In more detail...

  • Links with the media industry, including BBC, Al Jazeera, Sky, Africa-based media and online outlets in UK and USA.
  • Opportunity to become part of the Student’s Union Source Media team contributing to its radio, TV and news platforms.
  • World leading research in ‘Learning, Media and Communication in the 21st century’ – 71% rated 4* and 3* in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.
  • High levels of student satisfaction – 92% overall for the broad subject of ‘Media Studies’ in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) 2016, above the sector average of 84%.
  • Facilities include a suite of newsrooms, modern TV studio, iMac computers for video and audio editing, a digital radio studio, analogue radio studio and Media Loan Shop. A photography studio and darkroom can be accessed by special arrangement with the facility supervisors.
  • Guest lecture programme, which in the past has featured BBC Director General Mark Thompson, Channel 4 founder Jeremy Isaacs, Channel 4 News presenter Jon Snow, Newsnight presenter Jeremy Paxman, motor racing commentator Murray Walker, newspaper sports columnist Jim White and many others.
  • Highly experienced teaching team, whose former roles include: presenting for BBC Radio 3 and the BBC World Service; being editor-in-chief of Classics car magazine; writing for Cosmopolitan and Discovery.com; contributing to Al Jazeera’s global media analysis show ‘The Listening Post’; and heading up the Press Association’s West Coast Bureau in Los Angeles.
  • Research in new approaches to film, television, the web, photography and digital distribution, global media and communication and digital media, including social media, digital archiving, internet publishing, free media and piracy. Examples: Dr Mudhai’s secondment to the University of Cambridge on Politics and Interactive Media in Africa project – researching how radio and TV presenters and journalists give the public a voice via interactive broadcasting; Sarah Jones and Dr Bianca Wright research on the use of immersive / virtual-reality technology.

Access to professional broadcast equipment via our dedicated Media Loan Shop and studios.

Our main study themes are:

  • Journalism practice: We focus on the fundamentals of journalistic practice across a variety of platforms, focusing on the practical, creative and technical skills associated with these professional practices. We will cover a range of topics, including: development of ideas and acquisition of sources; handling information – published data sources and archival research; basic interviewing; note-taking and record-keeping; identification of potential publications/markets in relation to target audiences; introduction to various forms of journalistic stories – especially news, news features, features and opinion; industry history and structure; and conventions and techniques of specific journalistic forms/genres. As the course progresses, we aim for you to develop an understanding of the need to tailor the product to a specific target audience, including specialist outlets, how best to develop the story, analyse source material, applying conventions and understanding techniques of production. 

  • Journalism law and ethics: You will be introduced to the aspects of law and ethics that impact on journalism, including those relating to contempt, defamation, privacy, freedom of information, and human rights, to improve the ability of identifying potential legal and ethical challenges in the future.

  • Global journalism: We aim to develop your professional practice in global journalism. We will cover states and governments, markets, conflict and disaster as well as desk and field research, while working under the supervision of a mentoring team on live specialist journalism projects either with a host organisation or at the University. Projects are vetted to ensure that they provide adequate scope for development in skills and learning and have previously involved coverage of UNESCO’s General Assembly in Paris.

  • Global Media and Communication: We examine the context of globalisation and the changes of the political, social and economic order of the world, especially in relation to media and communications. Technology has enabled the rapid spread of information, and the interrelation of markets and their reactions to changes – thus political action depends increasingly on the interconnection of economies and cultures. We will analyse changing media systems, their impacts on content and audiences and on global as well as local societies.

The course can be studied full-time over one year, starting in September. It is also possible for part-time students to study alongside the full-time students, usually taking two to three years. Modules are taught over approximately 11 weeks with formal teaching typically taking place over three full working days or fewer.

Working with multiple forms of media – you will be expected to generate traditional print, audio and video content, all the while embracing new technologies and creating parallel digital content, from social media to blogs and other web-based content. Previous students have found themselves reporting on the London 2012 Olympics and the Scottish computer administrator ‘Solo’, who was accused of hacking 100 US government and military computers. Others have reported in situ from Bangladesh on ‘the longest beach in the world’, from Malaysia on ‘cursed island’, from Gibraltar on landscape and weather, and from East Africa on wildlife (Tanzania) and urban environment (Nairobi, Kenya). They have provided content for international or foreign outlets, such as The Daily Nation (Nairobi, Kenya) – East Africa’s leading newspaper.

We aim to cover different aspects of professional practice by working as a team to produce and resource a group magazine project to deadline – identifying a story, the research process, working to a deadline and finally delivering the required product to a professional standard. Group projects such as Broadcast News Day from a designated studio and digital magazine with print-on-demand option, aim to prepare you for the impact that convergence has had on newsrooms.

The award-winning teaching team includes a category winner at CNN Africa’s Journalist of the Year Awards 1999,  the winner of the Guild of Motoring Writers Timo Makinen Trophy in 2007 (for the book ‘Ford Cosworth DFV: The Inside Story of F1's Greatest Engine’) and winners in Information Communication and Technology Journalism at African Information Society Initiative Awards. Our guest speakers provide an opportunity to hear direct from the presenters, editors, producers, photographers, and writers, who report on news for various outlets. They come with experience of international media organisations, like BBC, Sky and the Guardian.

You will be taught in our wireless-enabled newsrooms, radio and television and TV studio, The Tank, featuring large cameras, mixing facilities, fibre optic wiring throughout and triple glazing provides professional grade soundproofing, with the option of privacy and darkness provided by unique light blocking curtains set up around the room.

There are opportunities to take part in educational and cultural visits within the UK and abroad, where you will be able to develop your knowledge and skills through fieldwork and group projects. UK trips have included visits to BBC Radio Oxford and BBC Birmingham studios, as well as Birmingham Crown Court, where in late 2016 the students witnessed live reporting of a case by an ITV crew."

Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, discussions and workshops, with a focus on practical assignments and the production of different types of journalism artefacts, using physical and virtual networks to distribute and promote content.

Your work will be marked according to how well you achieve the various learning outcomes, which will be clearly set out on all assignment and project briefs. Assessment forms vary and include: essays, reports, presentations (individual and group), news and feature writing, class test (for Law and Ethics), projects and the dissertation.

An estimated percentage breakdown of your final grade assessment is typically as follows: 

  • Coursework, essays: 45%
  • Practical or project work: 45%
  • Presentations, tests: 10%

On the successful completion of 180 level Masters credits, awards may be made with a ‘Distinction’ or ‘Merit’, based on the achievement of an average mark of at least 70% or 60% respectively. Students may be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) if they achieve 120 credits and a Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) if they achieve 60 credits. Students may only progress to the final stage of Masters programmes after meeting the requirements for award of a Postgraduate Diploma.

45% assessed by coursework, essays

On successful completion, you should have knowledge of:

  • Global journalism content, theories, concepts, terminologies, idioms, literature, industries and technologies.• How different genres, perspectives and styles have developed.
  • The legal, administrative and political context of automotive journalism together with the legislative and ethical framework within which journalism is bound to operate.
  • The philosophies, assumptions, ethical considerations and methodological approaches of specific journalism genres such as investigative reporting, feature writing and reviewing.

 

On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Analyse, interpret and explain issues and controversies in the social, cultural and organisational context of international media eg. openness/access, political control, censorship, changing patterns of media consumption;  • Critically evaluate journalism artefacts, media texts, and sources including social media and ‘citizen journalism’ as part of the production of a specified outcome.
  • Identify suitable sources from which to search for, retrieve, confirm and analyse data and evidence, selecting relevant methods, skills and techniques to complete a variety of journalistic tasks.
  • Formulate and justify a research design and strategy for the investigation of a specific field of enquiry, specifying appropriate approaches and techniques and relating methodological approach and the research question.
  • Use modern digital newsgathering techniques and equipment to research topics and sources, contact sources and disseminate news across a wide range of media platforms. Use a wide range of creative and technical skills in multiple media platforms (print, digital, audio, and video) to produce content which meets professional journalistic standards.

In a typical teaching week, you will have up to 15-16 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This generally breaks down as:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 1 hour of tutorials each week.
  • Medium group teaching: 13-14 hours of practical classes, workshops or seminars each week.
  • Large group teaching: 1 hour of lectures on certain weeks.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 20 hours of self-directed studying, including guided study using handouts, online activities in your own time.

Our course is designed to reflect the increasingly international context of journalism; this is reflected strongly in the course curriculum. Content includes conflict/war situations, governments and inter-governmental organisations, markets and business, civil society and non-governmental actors. You may have opportunities to undertake preparatory research before visiting a foreign country or covering an international event, finding and relating with fixer/s, timelines/zones and deadlines, cultural contexts, technological and environmental factors, security considerations, ethical and legal dilemmas.

You will be given opportunities to engage with international students at home and abroad, for example, through Global e-News Immersive Initiative or GENII, Pop-up Newsroom and Global News Relay. We also offer a range of short visits and field trips abroad, which are reviewed annually. Recent fieldtrips have included Kenya and Tanzania to cover urban environment and tourism, as well as Bangladesh, Malaysia, Gibraltar and Italy to write about landscape, culture and food.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2014/15, we were able to provide a total of 2,264 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 73% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 27% from postgraduate travel. Plus, we've been able to help more than 5,000 students spend time in other countries, from America to China, India and beyond.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA)


2,264

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2014/15



12,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far

21

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses


What our alumni say

The Masters programme offered me opportunities that I would never have got in my undergraduate programme.

Charlotte Dyett, MA Global Journalism, graduated with a Distinction in 2016

Entry Requirements

Entry requires a good undergraduate degree in journalism or in a cognate discipline in the arts, humanities or social sciences. Equivalent qualifications from overseas and professional qualifications are also acceptable and, in specific cases, may even be credited towards postgraduate qualification.

Applicants with professional/industrial experience and /or training, but not meeting the normal entry requirements will be considered on their merits.

Entry requires a good undergraduate degree in journalism or in a cognate discipline in the arts, humanities or social sciences. Equivalent qualifications from overseas and professional qualifications are also acceptable and, in specific cases, may even be credited towards postgraduate qualification.

Applicants with professional/industrial experience and /or training, but not meeting the normal entry requirements will be considered on their merits.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Entry requires a good undergraduate degree in journalism or in a cognate discipline in the arts, humanities or social sciences. Equivalent qualifications from overseas and professional qualifications are also acceptable and, in specific cases, may even be credited towards postgraduate qualification.

Applicants with professional/industrial experience and /or training, but not meeting the normal entry requirements will be considered on their merits.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

What our alumni say

The Masters programme offered me opportunities that I would never have got in my undergraduate programme.

Charlotte Dyett, MA Global Journalism, graduated with a Distinction in 2016

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£6,500 (per year)


January 2019

£6,500 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£6,500 (per year)


January 2019

£6,500 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students. Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£12,500 (per year)


January 2019

£12,500 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students. Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

What our alumni say

The Masters programme offered me opportunities that I would never have got in my undergraduate programme.

Charlotte Dyett, MA Global Journalism, graduated with a Distinction in 2016

Career prospects

This course aims to prepare you for a broad range of positions in regional, national or international journalism, media and communications – as a researcher, reporter, writing correspondent, editor or presenter, for example.

Career prospects are vast and varied, from established national and international media outlets, broadcasting organisations, newspapers and magazines, to emerging broadcast contexts, such as web-based text journalism, web-TV and web-radio.

Our Creative Futures employment team is on hand to offer tailored career and enterprise support if you wish to gain employment or take advantage of professional practice opportunities within course specific industries. Our dedicated enterprise officers also can offer valuable assistance on how to begin as a freelancer/entrepreneur.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University's Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

Where our graduates work

Recent graduates have secured jobs as regional director of a government radio station in Pakistan and social media director for an online music platform. Other roles have included writing for online news sites like Huffington Post or mainstream media outlets, such as The Guardian UK.

Others have gone into public relations, communication for social change, cultural entrepreneurship and various forms of media research. The programme is also an excellent preparation for doctoral research in Journalism, Media and Communication Studies or Information Systems.

What our alumni say

The Masters programme offered me opportunities that I would never have got in my undergraduate programme.

Charlotte Dyett, MA Global Journalism, graduated with a Distinction in 2016
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