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Sports Broadcast Journalism

MA

BJTC accredited

Giving you the best chance of post- graduate employment

Gold Standard

Gateway to the world of sports broadcasting

Cutting-edge newsroom facilities

Giving you real-world skills

Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
Full-time
Duration:
15 Months
Start date:
9 September 2019
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Score yourself a winning career with our Sports Broadcast Journalism MA. We are fully accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC), so we can provide you with the skills necessary to launch your broadcasting career.

On our Sports Broadcast Journalism MA, you’ll work with a team of top journalists and academics. You’ll learn how self-shoot and edit a TV package, how to write and present on television and radio and how to operate as a multi-media journalist. Not only this, you’ll learn the advanced theory that underpins journalism, so you’ll always be a step ahead of the game.

Our teaching staff have many years’ experience of working in newspapers, online journalism, radio and television. Also, you’ll have access to cutting-edge equipment throughout your studies.

You’ll undertake a fully assessed work placement and have an opportunity to visit several leading London newsrooms, including Sky News, Sky Sports News, ITV News and The Daily Telegraph, which is included in the course fees.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: MA Sports Broadcast Journalism

Work placements

You have the option to choose your own work placement.

To help you out, we have connections and work placement arrangements with many leading companies such as:

  • Manchester United TV
  • Eurosport
  • BBC Sport
  • Sky Sports News
  • Birmingham Mail
  • Express & Star
  • The Stoke Sentinel

Course content

Our Sports Broadcast Journalism MA covers a variety of modules that aim to give you the skills to thrive in the competitive world of broadcasting. You will study core modules that work to give you an in-depth background, such as Sport, Media and Culture, Broadcast Journalism: Theory and Practice, Sports Broadcast Studies and Law.

While giving you an advanced knowledge of the background in Sports Broadcasting, we will work to ready you for specialist careers after graduation. Sports Writing will focus on developing your sub-editing and writing skills. Our Multi-Platform Feature Production will give you the technical knowledge you need to report and present sports-based news. During your course you will undertake 120 hours of work placement, assessed via a professional portfolio. You will need to use basic reporting skills of researching, writing, presentation and digital editing to gather information, and assemble and produce sports stories for broadcast according to a brief given by your news editor or supervisor.

More importantly, you will complete a final project where you’ll be required to make a 40-minute radio or 25-minute TV documentary. The topic is completely up to you! Once complete, the project, alongside your portfolio and the valuable experience you will gain during teaching hours, will prepare you for a career as a professional sports broadcasting journalist.

 

Professional body accreditation

Accreditation 3 year approval

Modules

This map is an indicative list of compulsory modules for 2019/2020. The range of modules available, and the content of any individual module are subject to change in future years, and according to the mode of study, entry date, award type. In the event of any 2019-2020 compulsory modules changing, we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.

Year 1 compulsory modules
Legal, Ethical and Regulatory Issues for Journalists
Sports Broadcast Studies
Sportswriting
Broadcast Journalism: Theory and Practice
Multi-Platform Feature Production
Sport, Media and Celebrity Culture
Research Project

Entry requirements

You’ll usually need a minimum 2:1 BA honours degree, but candidates with a 2:2 may be invited to interview.

Mature students can be considered based on experience.

If your first language is not English, you’ll need the equivalent of a 2:1 degree in the UK and an IELTS score of at least 7.5.

Facilities

Careers

After completing the Sports Broadcast Journalism MA, you will be equipped to take enter the world of sports broadcasting for companies such as BBC, Eurosport, ITV, Sky Sports, in journalistic areas such as:

  • Photojournalism
  • Communications
  • Sports journalism
  • Sports presenting
  • Foreign correspondence
  • Video production
  • Newspaper reporting
  • Magazine editing
  • Sports commentating
  • Public relations
  • Social media
  • Investigative journalism
  • Editing

Eager for more knowledge? Upon completion, you will be ideally placed for further academic study at PhD level.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

We know that everyone learns differently. So, not only do we use traditional ways of teaching like lectures, but we also use problem-based learning to help you apply your skills.For this course, you will:

  • Work with others on group work
  • Delve deeper into subject areas in workshops
  • Be expected to study independently
  • Be required to undertake 160 hours of work placement

Our teaching is supported through our Virtual Learning Environment called Blackboard. This means you can access a range of materials to support your lectures wherever you are.

We’ll also assign you a supervisor to support you throughout your research project.

Assessment

There are two types of assessments: practice (also called formative) or formal (also called summative).

Practice assessments do not count towards your final mark. These are your chance to test your understanding – and learn how to improve for the real thing.

You’ll have formal assessments at the end of each module. These could include essays, exams, or portfolios.

Learning support

Your course tutors will provide lots of support. But you can also take advantage of our Academic Skills team, who can help you with:

  • Study skills (including reading, note-taking, presentation skills)
  • Written English (including punctuation, grammar)
  • Academic writing (including how to reference)
  • Research skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Revision, assessment and exam skills (including time management)

Additional support

If you have additional needs like dyslexia or a sensory impairment, then our AccessAbility Services are here to help make sure nothing stands in your way.

Feedback

We know that it’s important for you to be able to gauge your progress. So, your tutor will give you feedback on any practice assessments you do.

We usually give you feedback on formal assessments within 20 working days, but the format will vary for each module. For example, on broadcasting modules you will receive hour-by-hour feedback.

For the course starting on 9 September 2019 the tuition fees are:

Study option
Full time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£8,820 per course
International (Non-EU)
£12,750 per course

If you would like to know more about the fees listed and what this means to you then please get in touch with our Enquiries Team.

Alumni discount

If you have previously completed an undergraduate degree with us, you may be entitled to a discount off your course fee for any subsequent postgraduate taught course. For further information please contact Graduate Relations.

Our students

Emily Atyeo
Content Department MUFC

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 Croydon
Assistant Producer for BBC Sports News

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.

Adam Claverly
Freelance currently working for Sky Sports

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.

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Stoke-on-Trent campus
MA
Full-time
9 September 2019

Rules and regulations

If you are offered a place at Staffordshire University, your offer will be subject to our rules, regulations and enrolment conditions, which may vary from time to time.

Students of Staffordshire University enter into a contract with us and are bound by these rules and regulations, which are subject to change. For more information, please see: University Policies and Regulations.

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