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City's Department of Journalism is widely regarded as a leader in its field and is celebrating 40 years of providing journalism education. Our record of getting graduates into the best jobs in journalism is unrivalled. We enjoy close links with those working in the media, many of whom give student lectures and workshops. Our central London location, links to media and extensive alumni network serve as a great platform. Employers will always value a good university degree. It is important for students not only to choose the best degree programme, but also to have confidence that they are joining a world-class network and a globally recognised brand. Recent graduates have found work at the BBC, The Times, The Sun, the Financial Times, Women's Fitness, Reuters, Mumsnet and websites and magazines in the UK and abroad. Students have the option to spend their third year studying with one of our many foreign exchange partners in destinations including Canada, Australia, the USA, Hong Kong, France, Denmark, the Netherlands and Spain, extending their degree to four years. It is also possible to spend this year doing work placements or paid work in the industry, which is useful for building experience and contacts.
Why study this course
City's Journalism BA (Hons) degree provides highly relevant education and proficiency in print, broadcast and online journalism and relevant studies in humanities such as politics, Sociology, Media and the history of journalism. Journalism education at City has a real-world emphasis.
This course prepares graduates for the best jobs in the sector. You will learn skills such as reporting a speech, presenting a radio news broadcast, interviewing and preparing page layouts on screen and producing news and feature stories.
Journalism is concerned with the clear communication of information and ideas. This course provides students with a firm grasp of a wide range of multimedia platforms. These technologies, both old and new, affect how stories are identified, researched and presented. Students develop enduring journalistic attributes, including a critical understanding of historical background, analytical ability and intellectual curiosity, inherent in a university education
More about this course
City is ranked number one in London in the Guardian University Guide 2017. Students have use of extensive industry standard facilities, which were developed in consultation with the BBC and ITN, they include: a television studio, four radio studios, two radio broadcast newsrooms, two digital newsrooms and two TV editing and production newsrooms. There are many opportunities to develop skills and gain experience through student journalism at City.
Students can also choose to spend their third year undertaking a work placement or completing a study abroad year. Recent work experience and internships offered to our students include: AFP (live commentaries on the Rugby World Cup 2015, and Football World Cup 2014), Sky News, Sky Sports, The Times, Reuters, The Telegraph, The Mail Online, Men's Health Magazine - journalist internship, Prospect Magazine and New York Times summer internships
Who is this course for?
This course if designed for anyone who wishes to seriously persue a career in journalism or a media related role. City, University of London is one of the oldest Journalism departments in the country and we are proud of our long tradition of education in this field.
Students cover the basic principles of journalism, the history of journalism and politics and current affairs. Firts year core modules include: Introduction to Reporting and Writing, History of Journalism, The British Media, Introduction to Digital Journalism, Politics and Current Affairs, Introduction to Audio and Video Journalism and Foreign Language. Second year core modules include: Writing and Reportage, Multimedia Production and Power without responsibility. In the second year, Journalism students can also choose from a wide range of options such as visual journalism, data journalism, humanitarian communication, sports journalism, political scandals and shorthand. Core modules include: Advanced Practical Journalism: Broadcast, Advanced Practical Journalism: Print/Online, Media Law and Ethics, Journalism project (print, broadcast or web) or a dissertation.
Third year elective modules include: International News, Advanced Photojournalism, Reporting Science and the Environment, Arts and Culture Journalism, Fashion and Lifestyle Journalism
Skills and experience gained
Journalism teaching has a practical emphasis. You will spend much of your time in small workshops learning skills such as reporting a speech, presenting a radio news broadcast, interviewing and preparing page layouts on screen. During the three years of your BA Journalism degree you will produce news and feature stories regularly. As professional work experience is the key to getting a job in journalism, you are expected to arrange a variety of placements during your degree and we advise on setting this up.
After the course
95% of our graduates in employment within 6 months of finishing their course wer ein professional or managerial roles (Destination of Leavers of Higher Education 2015). Recent graduates have gone on to work at the BBC, BBC World Service, BBC Sport, The Sun, Metro, Associated Press, Argus Media, The Daily Express and Daily Star websites, the Cabinet Office Digital Media Team, the Economist Educational Foundation, Middle East Eye, The Stage and other websites and magazines in the UK and abroad.
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