This challenging, highly practical course is designed for international students who wish to develop their journalism skills in English. It attracts students from all over the world. These include both experienced journalists and new graduates wanting to pursue a career in journalism. The different strands are designed to give you the practical and intellectual skills necessary to pursue a career in either print, as a web journalist, or in broadcast journalism. The main focus of the course is practical, and you will be expected to develop story ideas and contacts, and gather your own material for journalistic course work assignments. In addition to delivering 'hands'on' learning, the course enables you to study the political, commercial and ethical issues which affect journalists world'wide. All students are introduced to web journalism on the course. During this intensive year you will learn the reporting, researching, writing and presentation skills required for being a good journalist in both radio and TV, as well as develop a critical understanding of the news media. Teaching is done in small groups by experienced industry professionals, using up to date professional'standard news production soft'ware, video and audio equipment for your journalism assignments. You will also be introduced to web'journalism and blogging. You can also acquire the skills of a specialist correspondent by choosing from a range of specialist journalism options. All students are encouraged to take up a work placement opportunity during the summer months.
Course Additional Entry
A good 1st degree (equivalent to at least an upper 2nd or a minimum GPA of 3.00) from a recognised university, and/or have relevant professional experience. Particular consideration will be given to mature applicants, especially those with media experience. All applicants are expected to have some form of previous media experience. If English is your 2nd language you should have a score of at least 7.0 IELTS overall with a minimum 7.0 in writing and speaking. The TOEFL equivalent is 617 in the paper'based test and 105 in the TOEFL internet'based test, including at least 24 in writing and speaking.
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