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.