Digital Journalism Masters

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Traditional news outlets are moving towards online products at an accelerated pace. Innovations like hyperlocal news and mobile media reporting are becoming more prevalent and digital technology is profoundly changing journalism. This course is designed to equip students with the necessary skills to produce multimedia news and features and to enable them to develop sound analytical, ethical and entrepreneurial skills in order to function 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.

Students work in the University’s simulated news environment and also report externally using mobile media. They pursue real-life stories, produce their own journalism packages and experiment with entrepreneurial projects. They undertake reporting, writing and editing using text, pictures, video and audio to effectively tell multimedia stories. They are also trained in essential journalistic practices such as team-working and meeting deadlines. In Semester 2, students devise, launch, produce and market their own online publication. In the Entrepreneurial Journalism class, which is run in collaboration with the prestigious Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, students learn about developing a portfolio career, personal branding and creating new ventures. On successful completion of the Diploma, students may progress to the MLitt in which they prepare a dissertation on an approved topic in journalism studies or a multimedia package and critique.

As well as running their own online publication students also have the opportunity throughout the course to work on various projects with organisations from journalism and the creative industries. They are also encouraged to undertake professional placements and internships.

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 for their online news site, the Inner Circle. Their publication was designed to provide young people new to Glasgow with a single source of news, arts, culture, guidance and history.

Additionally, they were asked by the Aye Write! Festival to produce video packages of interviews with noted authors, which were then uploaded on to the festival website to promote high profile events or to enable patrons to view afterwards.

Also that Spring they were commissioned to produce short videos of key events during the International Network of Street Newspapers’ (INSP) Vendor Week, which was a global event organised from the INSP headquarters in Glasgow. The videos were uploaded on to the INSP website and consequently they had a worldwide audience of INSP member publications and patrons.

Our current students were also commissioned by INSP to provide video and online coverage for their major charity event, the Big Sell Off, where celebrity vendors took to the streets in Glasgow and Edinburgh to sell the Big Issue.

These students have also just launched their online news site to critcal acclaim from leading editors, media representatives and university staff. Their publication, The Wee G, offers readers an alternative insight into Scotland’s largest city. They seek to provide a new approach to news and current affairs in Glasgow, as well as covering mainstream stories. As they state on their website: “We aim to engage those apathetic to mainstream media, the self-proclaimed millennials. Through an interpretation of traditional techniques we aim to incorporate alternative journalism, digital and social media. Glasgow is one of the friendliest cities in the world, a little bit cheeky, sometimes edgy and with a hint of danger. We seek to reflect that in everything we do.”

Watch their launch video here. 

 

 

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. 

for Sep 2014 entry to full-time MLitt digital journalism (Admission Code : JMLIT1)

Postgraduate entry requirements are in our prospectus.

for Sep 2014 entry to full-time PG Diploma digital journalism (Admission Code : JPGD1)

Postgraduate entry requirements are in our prospectus.

for Sep 2015 entry to full-time MLitt digital journalism (Admission Code : JMLIT1)

Postgraduate entry requirements are in our prospectus.

for Sep 2015 entry to full-time PG Diploma digital journalism (Admission Code : JPGD1)

Postgraduate entry requirements are in our prospectus.

Journalism in Scotland

The Wee G

Wee G

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Professional Placement

Students gain professional work experience by undertaking placements at newspapers, news agencies and broadcast organisations during their course. Generally, they arrange their own placements, normally for a period of up to four weeks either during December/January or March/April.

Funding

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Please see the link on the left if you want to apply for the MLitt or Postgraduate Diploma in Digital Journalism.

Remember also to upload three examples of your own journalism with your online application so that we can assess your reporting potential and your writing style.

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