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Global Journalism and Public Relations MA 2019/20 entry

Course code:

AHT016

Study options:

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2019

 

Fees:

2019/20 fees - TBC
2018/19 fees - £6,500

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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 and this Master’s course aims to prepare you for practice and analysis of global journalism and media.

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, which amongst others, have previously been delivered by the 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 the 2016 edition, one student predicted Wales’ success in the European Championships, 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?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

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 and advancement of global journalism and public relations, which is underpinned by hands-on professional practice from the outset.

We will consider how news and other related outputs are 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.

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, climate change, environmental disasters, global health challenges, global security, weaponisation of media e.g. propaganda and fake news, freedom of expression restrictions and resistance, sexual harassment and resistance e.g. the #MeToo campaign.

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 outputs 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.

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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

    • Context: Global Politics and Relations
    • Public Relations
    • Journalism Practice, Law and Ethics
  • Semester 2

    • Advanced Journalism: Digital, Social, Mobile
    • Specialist Professional Practice in Journalism and PR
    • Specialist Research and Analysis
  • Semester 3

    • Major Project
    • Global Professional Development – Entrepreneurship

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

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; 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.

  • Context of Global Journalism and PR: Global Politics and Relations: 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.

  • Leadership and management: The course will offer you plenty of opportunities, especially in group and project tasks, such as magazine and international collaborations, to take initiative as a leader rather than always sit back as a ‘follower’. Besides, you will take a special module that is part of university-wide partnership with the Chartered Management Institute – with emphasis on different entrepreneurship perspectives. This will provide you with a unique attribute as an MA graduate, especially from Coventry University.

The course can be studied full-time over one year, starting in September and January. 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 wifi-enabled newsrooms, radio and TV studios, The Tank, featuring large cameras, mixing facilities, fibre optic wiring throughout and triple glazing provides offering 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 and public relations artefacts, using physical and online networks to distribute and promote content.

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will could vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include coursework, essays, practical or project work and presentations, tests.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes. Assessments may include exams, individual assignments or group work elements.

On successful completion, you should have knowledge of:

  • Postgraduate Certificate:
    • the forms, practices, institutions, issues, technologies and artefacts/texts within journalism.
    • techniques, conventions and forms used within specific journalistic contexts and both established and emerging media platforms, and thereby communicate effectively/competently with various target audiences.
    • specific specialist global subjects/issues and the political, societal, ethical, technological, economic factors and stylistic conventions for covering them.
  • In addition to the above, for the Postgraduate Diploma:
    • evaluation and criticism of own and others’ work, in practice context.
    • theoretical issues and thematic concerns currently framing journalistic practice and the dissemination and consumption of journalistic output in all its forms for various target audiences.
  • In addition to the above, for the MA:
    • the techniques/methods applicable in the field, and the ability to evaluate and critique methodologies and, where appropriate, to propose new ideas.
    • creative and independent working.

 

On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Postgraduate Certificate:
    • Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of key issues, debates, practices and processes relating to global politics and international relations.
    • Understand and apply key principles and techniques of public relations with respect to conventions and ethical codes, and appreciate the influence of marketing communications on media and markets.
    • Understand and be able to utilise professional techniques of communication (including written, audio, video and presentation) to present information to defined audiences with reference to specific genres, conventions and ethical codes.
    • Consider and critically evaluate journalistic work within their specialist field with reference to academic and professional conventions.  
    • Understand and apply advanced skills in journalistic research and production, with reference to professional practices, industry conventions and legal/ethical considerations.
    • Produce journalistic work that shows understanding of key issues, concepts and principles in their area of specialisation and an awareness of specialist audience needs.
  • In addition, at Postgraduate Diploma:
    • Understand and be able to utilise research methods and specific research instruments such as textual analysis and interview.
    • Demonstrate understanding of the evolving nature of journalistic and public relations practice and apply appropriate skills to the production of work for emerging media platforms.
  • In addition to above, at MA:
    • Demonstrate their ability to evaluate methods and to devise, manage and complete a sustained body of independent work informed by appropriate research/scholarship, to appropriate academic and/or professional standards.
    • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the principles of entrepreneurship and the theories and practices of strategic leadership.

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: Up  to 1 hour of tutorials each week as needed.
  • 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 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five.

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 2016/17)


3,482

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17



21,000

and counting

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

12

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 any field – but preferably in journalism or in a cognate discipline in the arts, humanities or social sciences.

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 any field – but preferably in journalism or in a cognate discipline in the arts, humanities or social sciences.

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 any field – but preferably in journalism or in a cognate discipline in the arts, humanities or social sciences.

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.

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Fee


September 2019

2019/20 fees - TBC
2018/19 fees - £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.

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Fee


September 2019

2019/20 fees - TBC
2018/19 fees - £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 2019

2019/20 fees - TBC
2018/19 fees - £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, writer, 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 Faculty of Arts and Humanities 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. The course aims to equip students for work in a wider range of careers that require transferable knowledge and skills such as global awareness, research, writing and communication with specific or general audiences including via various media. 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
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. A copy of the 19/20 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the University will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University.

The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the webpage and in the prospectus will apply. If the duration of the course is longer than one academic year, the University may increase the fee for each subsequent year of study but any such increases will be no more than inflation.