Broadcast Journalism MA
2017/18 New Entrants, Full Time
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This course is highly vocational and our students often progress into industry jobs before graduating. The course has full accreditation from the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC) and students are also able to take the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) core exams.
You will work with a team of top journalists and academics. Two of your main tutors have a vast amount of experience in television and radio, having been in charge of news and sports departments at regional and national level.
You will learn how to self-shoot and edit a TV package, how to present on television and radio and how to operate as a multimedia journalist. You will also be taught how to write news pieces and then present them on TV, radio and online; how to report, how to interview, how to use a TV camera and how to produce and direct in a studio.
The latest industry-standard equipment is used and stories relating to events in the local community, national politics, international affairs, sports news and celebrity gossip are all covered. Recent graduates work at Sky, MTV, BBC, ITV and on BBC local and commercial radio.
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Through comprehensive core modules, we provide the opportunity to tailor your award to your specific career goals.
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We usually require a 2:1 minimum at BA level, but may be willing to interview those with a 2:2.
Mature students can be considered based on experience.
Overseas students need the equivalent of a 2:1 in the UK and a score of 7.5 in an IELTS test.
"News days at Staffs give you great practical experience, the lecturers are fantastic and the annual journalism party is legendary" Ben Lowe, Reporter MTV News (Graduated 2010)
"It's the best decision I ve ever made. I graduated with an English degree but the opportunities weren't there for me in broadcasting. I then decided to take my masters in Broadcast Journalism at Staffordshire University and I've never looked back. Within weeks of completing the course I became a news trainee at Sky." Cathy Morton, Producer Sky News (Graduate 2006)
This award is accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council, an organisation part-funded by the broadcast industry to maintain standards of delivery of broadcast journalism training at accredited centres in the UK, including Staffordshire University.
In addition all students are able to sit National Council for the Training of Journalists pre-entry exams. The NCTJ, the awarding body, is regulated by Ofqual, and offers professional pre-entry qualifications recognised by the industry for those seeking a career in journalism.
Past NCTJ papers are used in class exercises to give students appropriate material relevant to newsroom practice and as preparation for NCTJ examination content and format.
Shorthand is taught through workshops delivered by an experienced specialist shorthand tutor who takes the students from scratch, by exposition, example and class practices, up to, potentially, the ability to pass the NCTJ 100 words per minute.
Meet the experts
Peter Brookes is the Award Leader for Sports Broadcast Journalism. His career spans more than 30 years in national and regional journalism in television, radio and newspapers. Before joining Staffordshire University, Peter was the Managing Director of Manchester United TV for almost eight years. He guided the channel through some of the greatest moments in the club's history, including the famous treble-winning season of 1999/2000. Peter has also held numerous senior editorial positions including News Editor at Central ITV, TV-am and Meridian TV.
Mitch Pryce is a seasoned broadcast journalist having worked on four FIFA World Cups for ITV Sport, three Rugby World Cups, UEFA Champions League and the Olympics. He was formerly Sports Editor with Central ITV and has produced many TV sports series including Goals Extra, Late Tackle, Soccer Heroes and and Extra Time with Ron Atkinson. Mitch has also won two coveted Royal Television Society awards for best sports documentary. Away from the university he works as field producer for BBC’s Match of the Day.
Pete Leydon has been a leading print journalist for 16 years. He was an award-winning news and sports reporter in the North East, before spending six years as news editor on two evening newspapers in the North West. He continues to write as a freelance at both regional and national level.
Professor Mick Temple specialises in political journalism. He has published extensively on British politics, the media and political theory, and writes and broadcasts on current affairs.
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