Sports Broadcast Journalism MA

Sports Broadcast Journalism
Location Stoke-on-Trent Campus
Duration 15 Months
Fee

2017/18 New Entrants, Full Time

  • Home and EU students: £7,200 per course
  • International students: £12,300 per course
Course start September
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  • A 'gold standard' gateway to the world of sports broadcasting
  • Learn the business from professional broadcasters
  • 3-day national newsroom visit
  • BJTC accredited.

Bursaries avaiable through The Journalism Diversity Fund

Postgraduate loans now available

Course outline

“Our relationship with Staffs has provided some great opportunities, both for students to experience professional sport and for The FA to engage dedicated and well trained young professionals. I can vouch for their first class courses.”Scott Field, Head of Media Relations - The FA Group

The MA in Sports Broadcast Journalism is the only course of its type in the UK. It provides professional opportunities in the world of sports media for many postgraduates who are now working at the BBC, ITV, Sky, ESPN and several top football clubs. The award has been praised and accredited by the BJTC. It is run by professional sports broadcasters and offers an exciting blend of practical and academic subjects.

You will learn the practical essentials of broadcast journalism including use of cameras, TV and radio studios and Premiere Pro video editing. News days will replicate professional practice and students will report, present and produce to broadcast standards.

Other subjects include sports broadcast studies and law; you will also undergo six weeks of work placement in a professional setting; and learn how to produce documentary features.

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Entry requirements

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.

 

Accreditation

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. 

All students also have the opportunity to sit the 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.

Employment opportunities

The MA in Sports Broadcast Journalism is the only course of its type in the UK. Since launching in 2005 it has provided professional opportunities in the world of sports media for many postgraduates who are now working at the BBC, ITV, Sky Sports, and several top football clubs. The award has been praised and accredited by the BJTC. It is run by professional sports broadcasters and offers an exciting blend of practical and academic subjects.

Graduate destinations

Emily Croydon

Former students are now working for ITV Sport, ESPN, Aston Villa FC, West Bromwich Albion FC, and Perform TV.

Others are working within the sports media industry in a variety of roles.

Pictured: Sports Broadcast Journalism graduate Emily Croydon at BBC Sports News

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. Peter Brookes profile

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 Mitch Pryce profile

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.

Student experience

Emily Atyeo

"The Sports Journalism lecturers are not just about waving goodbye to you the day you graduate, they look after you once you are gone, always there for advice and a helping hand, and that's something I haven't experienced elsewhere."

Emily Atyeo, Content Department, MUFC (Pictured)

"I wouldn’t have been able to enjoy such great jobs if it wasn't for the technical skills that I learned on the course. All of the material is there for anyone who wants to progress in the broadcast industry"

Adam Claverly, Freelance currently working for Sky Sports

"The professional set-up enabled me to see the challenges and demands of being a journalist and helped me to learn to cope with the pressure of live broadcasting. The placements I undertook allowed me to make contacts in the business who I have gone on to work with"

Emily Croydon, Assistant Producer for BBC Sports News

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