MA

News Journalism

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  • Level(s) of study: Postgraduate taught
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Part-time (day)
  • Location: City Campus
  • Course duration: 1 / 2 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information

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This course prepares you to work in a newspaper editorial team to supply material across a multi-platform newsroom.  You will seek out original stories, conduct incisive interviews and produce crisp and engaging copy.

You will be taught by staff with extensive experience in newspapers with input from leading journalists and editors from publications across the country.

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Alexander tells us about his life as a student studying MA Digital and Newspaper Journalism at Nottingham Trent University.

What you'll study

On newsdays you will work to tight deadlines not only reporting, but subbing and working on page lay-out using Adobe InDesign. You will be given training in audio and video recording and editing to help you produce exciting stories for our website. You’ll also explore the best ways to use social media to both find and promote them.

You will gain a solid grounding in media law, public administration and ethics and regulation. You will develop your shorthand skills to the NCTJ standard. By the end of the course you will be ready to work in a newsroom producing sophisticated and engaging multimedia journalism.

  • Modules

    • Newspaper Journalism Skills and Digital Production (60 credit points): You will learn the traditional skills of writing news stories and features, columns and reviews, court and council reports plus headline writing and sub-editing. The module will also teach you how to be a multimedia journalist – editing audio and video, creating attractive web pages and exploring the role of social media.
    • Media Law (20 credit points): You will acquire a full understanding of the scope and effect of media law. You will be taught to recognise the danger areas in publication, evaluating risk and amending or eliminating content. You will gain an appreciation of the impact of reporting restrictions on the work of journalists.
    • Journalism, Ethics and Society (20 credit points): Provides you with an insight into key concepts and theories regarding the production and practice of contemporary journalism. You will be encouraged to develop a critical awareness of discourses pertaining to the changing form and functions of contemporary journalism within society. Upon this basis the module invites you to explore a range of ethical dilemmas with a view to facilitating a responsible awareness of the role of the journalist in society.
    • Public Affairs for Journalists (20 credit points): Gives you the opportunity to develop a sound understanding of the basic features, structures and operation of both local and central government. You will learn about where to find information and interviewees on political stories as you continue to develop journalistic skills and gain an understanding of dealing with press officers and spin doctors.
    • Multi-platform Project (MA route only) (60 credit points): You will produce a topical 2,000 word feature for newspapers plus an online version of this feature to showcase the wide range of skills you have gained during the course. You will also complete a research essay on your chosen subject.

How you’re taught

Study methods and assessment

There are a range of study modes including lectures, seminars and tutorials. You will carry out independent research to produce stories, features, columns and reviews. You will be taught how to record and edit audio and video for use online using professional standard equipment and mobile devices. And you will explore different ways to maximise your audience using social media.

You are encouraged to contribute to local newspapers such as the Nottingham Post. You may also become involved with Notts TV which is based in the Centre for Broadcasting & Journalism.

You will be assessed by a mixture of portfolio work, essays, exams and presentations. MA students are required to complete a multi-platform project, which includes a 2,000-word feature, an online feature and a research essay.

Work experience

Journalism students will have the chance to contribute to Notts TV news programmes and its website, as well as volunteering on weekends and taking part in work placements. We also have placement partnerships with various organisations including Nottingham Post; Derby Telegraph; Stoke Sentinel; Lincolnshire Echo; and Birmingham Evening Mail.

Placements are an excellent means of skill-development enhancement of the knowledge and understanding you will acquire while studying here. Every newsroom is unique and it is important that students experience as many different environments as possible in order to adapt and grow as journalists.

Learn a new language

Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have. Find out more about the University Language Programme.

Careers and employability

Your career development

Graduates from Digital and Newspaper Journalism have gone on to work for the BBC, ITN, Sky News, and national and regional newspapers across the country. As well as working as newspaper reporters, news editors, broadcast journalists and sub-editors, many graduates have secured media related positions in PR, marketing, promotions and advertising.

Entry requirements

  • A  2.1 honours degree and enthusiasm for, or experience of journalism.
  • Applicants with a 2.2 and substantial experience will be considered.
  • Applications from candidates with non-standard entry qualifications will be considered on an individual basis.

Written journalism test

All journalism applicants will be asked to submit a written piece as part of their application. View written test. This will be judged against clear criteria. When assessing sample writing manuscripts we are looking for work of at least a satisfactory (pass) standard in terms of language, content, observation, structure and voice.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our courses. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Pre-masters and foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you’re already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our pre-masters and foundation courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please email our international team for advice.

How to apply

Ready to join us?

Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow our step-by-step guide. You can apply for this course throughout the year. Most of our postgraduate and professional courses are popular and fill up quickly though, so apply as soon as you can.

Writing your application

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. Make sure you include as much information as possible, including uploading evidence of results already achieved, as well as a personal statement.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU in our postgraduates’ guide. Here you’ll find advice about how to write a good personal statement and much more. Good luck with your application!

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Apply directly to the University online using the NTU online application portal.

Apply as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies. If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Good luck with your application!

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Fees and funding

CourseHome / EU 
full-time
Home / EU 
part-time
MA News Journalism£7,800£3,900
MA News Journalism (including Alumni 25% discount)£5,850£2,925
PGDip News Journalism£5,200£2,600
PGDip News Journalism (including Alumni 25% discount)£3,900£1,950

All fees stated are for September 2018 entry.

Please note that if you are considering a part-time route that runs over more than one year, the tuition fee stated is for Year One of study. The course fee for Year Two is subject to annual review.

Fees may be subject to change.

Please see our postgraduate fees, scholarships and bursaries page for more information.

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. Please take a look at our postgraduates’ guide funding page for information about sourcing grants, bursaries and scholarships, and much more.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service on +44 (0)115 848 2494.

Find out more about our terms and conditions of study for this course.

CourseInternational 
full-time
MA News Journalism£13,250
MA News Journalism (including Alumni 25% discount)£9,938
PGDip News Journalism£8,830
PGDip News Journalism (including Alumni 25% discount)£6,622

All fees stated are for September 2018 entry. Fees may be subject to change.

Please see our postgraduate fees, scholarships and bursaries page for more information.

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

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