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MLitt/PgDipDigital Journalism

Why this course?

Traditional news outlets are moving towards online products at an accelerated pace.

Digital technology is profoundly changing journalism, with innovations like hyperlocal news and mobile media reporting becoming increasingly prevalent.

This course is designed to equip you with the necessary skills to produce multimedia news and features. You’ll develop sound analytical, ethical and entrepreneurial skills in order to perform at a high level in the digital media world.

We aim to produce high quality, fresh-thinking graduates who have a passion to communicate and can articulate their ideas through effective story-telling.

You’ll study

You’ll work in the University’s simulated news environment and also report externally using mobile media. You’ll also:

  • pursue real-life stories
  • produce your own journalism packages
  • experiment with entrepreneurial projects
  • report, write and edit using text, pictures, video and audio to tell multimedia stories effectively

In Semester 2, you devise, launch, produce and market your own online publication.

In the Entrepreneurial Journalism class, which is run in collaboration with the University’s Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, you’ll learn about developing a portfolio career, personal branding and creating new ventures.

Throughout the course, there are opportunities to work on various projects with organisations from journalism and the creative industries.

Core classes

Core classes are as follows:

  • Multimedia Journalism
  • Entrepreneurial Journalism
  • Producing Media
  • Scots Law for Journalists
  • Media Ethics

Optional classes

You'll choose from:

  • Investigative Journalism: History & Theory
  • Journalism & Society
  • European Political Economy
  • European Governance
  • Contesting Global Governance
  • Comparative Public Policy

Work placement

You’ll gain professional work experience by undertaking a placement at a newspaper, news agency or broadcast organisation.

You’re expected to arrange your own placement. This is normally for a period of up to four weeks during December/January or March/April.

Previous students have completed placements at the Herald and Times Group, the BBC, STV, the Independent, various local newspapers, company press offices and NGOs, such as the Scottish Refugee Council.

Facilities

You'll work in the University's simulated news environment.  

You'll report externally using mobile media and digital recorders and cameras. You'll have access to industry standard audio and video editing software.

Student competitions

In 2013, the MLitt Digital Journalism students won the Multimedia Publication of the Year award, sponsored by the Herald, at the Scottish Student Journalism Awards. The award was for their online news site, the Inner Circle.

The class of 2014 also won with their publication, The Wee G, which offers readers an alternative insight into news and current affairs in Glasgow.

Scottish Student Journalism Awards 2014

  • Sam Shedden won Student Journalist of the Year and Feature of the Year
  • Luciano Graca won Sport Story of the Year
  • Mark Simpson won Scoop of the Year and a commendation in the Feature of the Year category
  • Gillian Furmage, Christopher Morton and Stewart Ross were all nominated in various categories

Course content

Postgraduate Diploma

Compulsory classes

Multimedia Journalism

This class introduces you to the professional demands of multimedia journalism, equipping you with the techniques needed to create effective digital packages.

You'll learn about:

  • news values
  • generating ideas and sources
  • online research techniques
  • interviewing
  • mobile media
  • creating news
  • features
  • live blogs
  • interactivity
  • digital story-telling techniques
  • audio/video recording and editing
Entrepreneurial Journalism

This class is a collaboration with the prestigious Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, part of the globally renowned Strathclyde Business School.

It aims to increase your employability by allowing you to develop your entrepreneurial ideas in a risk free environment and learn about generating ideas, business planning, funding, developing a portfolio career and personal branding.

You'll also participate in an intensive week of workshops on creating new ventures.

Producing Media

This class enables you to develop a critical understanding of digital journalism production processes by working in a simulated news room over several weeks.

As a team you devise, launch and produce your own online publication and create a social media strategy to market it.

You'll gain direct experience of multimedia news operation through generating ideas, undertaking editorial planning, preparing content, and designing and editing pages. 

Scots Law for Journalists

Most journalists are expected to demonstrate a detailed awareness of the journalist’s rights and responsibilities in their reporting.

You'll learn about:

  • the Scottish legal system
  • court structures and procedures
  • defamation
  • contempt of court
  • legal restrictions on reporting courts, parliament and government
  • copyright
  • confidence and privacy including human rights legislation and media regulatory systems
Media Ethics

This class gives you an understanding of key ethical issues in professional journalism, developing skills in recognising and solving ethical problems.

You'll learn about a journalist’s ethical responsibilities to their employer, target audience and the wider community.  

It'll enable you to analyse and critique key debates, apply appropriate ethical concepts, and develop an awareness of the professional choices that journalists face.

Elective classes

Investigative Journalism: History & Theory

Investigative journalism has a history as a genre. This class traces that history from the late nineteenth century to the present day.

It compares the genre in the US with that in the UK. You learn to distinguish different kinds of investigative journalism and by the end of the class you should be able to undertake your own investigative project.

Journalism & Society

This class bridges theory and practice by considering journalism’s social obligations and responsibilities and its institutional contexts.

On completion you should:

  • understand the UK’s contemporary journalistic environment
  • be aware of key debates around factuality, impartiality, objectivity and news values
  • recognise different genres and styles of journalism
  • have developed a reflexive approach to your own work

MLitt

If you progress to the MLitt, you'll choose to undertake either an academic dissertation or a production dissertation.

Academic Dissertation

This allows you to explore a journalism studies topic at length through robust research methods and analysis.

Suitable subjects include:

  • journalism ethics
  • the media’s institutional and financial frameworks
  • the practice of journalism including textual usage, social media and media effects
  • journalism’s social context

Learning & teaching

The course is delivered by lectures and seminars, during which a range of teaching and learning strategies are used.

These include formal talks, discussions, presentations, role-playing exercises and discussion of recorded material.

You'll also pursue real-life stories, produce your own journalism packages and experiment with entrepreneurial projects in extended workshops. You'll devise, launch and produce your own online publications predominantly through independent learning.

Guest lectures

We've a programme of visiting speakers including:

  • Calum Macdonald- Herald digital editor
  • Matt Roper- STV online editor

The Literary Lunch series is run by our own Literary Fellow, Keith Wright. The series showcases the best in Scottish writing and features poets and novelists such as Liz Lochhead, James Robertson and Andrew Greig.

Assessment

Assessment is via various means depending on the nature of the class.

Academic subjects are generally assessed by written essays, case studies and presentations.

In the Media Ethics class, students complete an innovative assessment, which requires them to work together in groups to research, create and produce a short video that explores a journalism ethics topic.

In practical journalism classes, students produce individual multimedia journalism packages, portfolios of their own work and a group online news site.

Peer assessment is also used in some of these classes.  

Entry requirements

A good Honours degree, or equivalent, or professional experience demonstrating ability to study at Masters level. Experience of student journalism, a media work placement, freelance work or professional journalism.

You're required to have a suitable minimum level of competency in the English language if your first language is not English or if you have not been educated wholly or mainly in the medium of English. For postgraduate studies, the University of Strathclyde requires a minimum overall score of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent (no individual test score below 5.5) or equivalent. Tests are valid for two years.  

Pre-Masters preparation course´╗┐

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for a Masters degree at the University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.

To find out more about the courses and opportunities on offer visit isc.strath.ac.uk or call today on +44 (0) 1273 339333 and discuss your education future. You can also complete the online application form , or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today.

Fees & funding

How much will my course cost?

All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.

Scotland/EU

  • 2015/16 - MLitt: £7,150
  • 2015/16 - PgDip: £5,335

Rest of UK

  • 2015/16 - MLitt: £7,150
  • 2015/16 - PgDip: £5,335

International

  • 2015/16 - MLitt: £12,155
  • 2015/16 - PgDip: £12,155

How can I fund my course?

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Please note

The fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year.

Careers

Graduates of the course are employed at organisations such as:

  • the Herald and Times Group
  • the Press and Journal (Aberdeen)
  • BBC
  • STV
  • DC Thomson
  • the Daily Record

as well as running their own entrepreneurial ventures such as JournoWave.

Job titles include:

  • content producers
  • social media managers
  • editorial offers
  • communications officers

How much will I earn?

  • the average starting salary for a broadcast journalist is around £15,000 - £20,000. Starting salaries vary significantly between local and national broadcasters.*
  • according to the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) 's 2013 survey, Journalists at Work, the average salary for a newspaper journalist is £22,250.*

*information is intended only as a guide. Figures taken from Prospects.

Apply

A 250-word statement on why you want to be a journalist and up to three examples of your own journalism should be uploaded with the online application form.

The examples don’t have to have been published. They can be something you have written previously either for class work or during a placement, or as student journalism. They can be in any format:

  • print
  • online
  • video (preferably MP4 files)
  • audio (preferably MP3 files)
  • photo slide show

If you prefer you can upload a link to any online articles or blogs you have written. Whatever you upload must be in a journalistic style, based on facts, interviews, reports etc. Please don’t send any fiction, class essays or your student dissertation.

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