This is a highly practical, intensive programme covering everything you need to know to get started in television journalism.
Whether your sights are set on being behind the camera as a producer, appearing on screen as a foreign correspondent, or heading off to far-flung parts of the world to make investigative documentaries - it’s vital you get a solid understanding of the basics, from the ground up.
That’s exactly what this programme will teach you: newsgathering, production, reporting skills, writing for broadcast, filming and self-shooting, video editing, presenting, online longer-form current affairs, using social media, mobile journalism, researching stories and verification. We provide a broad curriculum to the highest professional standards, so you’re prepared to work in today’s ultra-competitive, ever-changing media environment.
The programme is accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC), which represents broadcasters such as the BBC, ITV News, Sky, Reuters, Channel 4 and AP. The BJTC also provides valuable input from key figures within television to make sure we teach the skills the industry demands and supports the provision of work placements.
What will you learn as an MA Television Journalism student?
Employers tell us that when they’re recruiting the journalists of tomorrow, they’re looking for all-round skills, innovative ideas and a can-do attitude. You’ll also get a thorough grounding in media law and ethics, media theory and journalistic research skills and tools.
You’ll learn your craft from dedicated, hugely experienced media practitioners with careers in broadcasting and extensive teaching experience. Our teaching staff get to know all of our students personally, helping them to achieve their full potential by providing continual feedback and support.
Visiting speakers share their knowledge of current industry practice: names such as Sarah Sands (BBC Today programme editor), Paul Mason (ex Newsnight and Channel 4), Owen Jones (Guardian columnist), Emily Buchanan and David Loyn (BBC international TV correspondents), Matt Cooke (Google News Lab), Jimmy Wales (co-founder of Wikipedia), Rich Parry (award-winning TV cameraman and director), and Stuart Earl (BBC TV, news director).
Goldsmiths’ news website EastLondonLines provides an unrivalled platform for students to hone their multimedia skills. New Cross is ten minutes by train from central London and the area served by the website makes for a rich and varied source of local news. Reporting for EastLondonLines will allow you to develop your ‘news sense’ under the supervision of seasoned journalists.
Goldsmiths is renowned for its creativity, diversity and innovation. Part of the University of London, for nearly 40 years it’s been a launchpad for hundreds of famous names across the creative industries. So much of forging a successful media career is about being in the right place at the right time. Studying in the capital means that national and international broadcasters are on the doorstep, as well as thousands of independent production companies and overseas bureaux, opening up a wealth of opportunities for networking, work experience and job-hunting. The distinguished Centre for Investigative Journalism (CIJ) is based here, so our students also benefit from access to their public events programme.
In 2017 our students won more BJTC awards than any other university, scooping prizes for Best Newsday, Best TV Documentary and the Steve Harris Award for Best Original Story, which also featured in the Guardian. They were also shortlisted for Best TV News Item. Other recent wins have included Best News Feature at the Royal Television Society and runner-up Documentary Feature in the Amnesty International student awards.
This degree is part of our School of Journalism. Find out more about what we do and other degrees we teach.
Contact the department
If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Linda Lewis
Modules & structure
The programme is a practical introduction to TV news journalism. Modules are practical and skills-based, but are taught within a theoretical framework which is only possible in an institution renowned for its research work.
- television journalism practice
- practice theory
- research methodologies
- key media law and ethical issues in relation to UK and US media law
In the first term you are taught in lectures, small group seminars and practical workshops for a period of approximately 12-15 hours. During the rest of the week, you are expected to work on individual and joint projects without supervision.
In the second term, teaching time of 8-10 hours is usually concentrated on two or three days per week to allow more time for production.
In the third term you are expected to work, with support, on your production for assessment.
|Television Journalism Practice||120 credits|
|Asking the Right Questions: Research and Practice||15 credits|
|Journalism in Context||15 credits|
|Media Law and Ethics||15 credits|
Essay; unseen examination; production portfolio comprising the research, planning, shooting and editing of original current affairs reports; coursework assessment.
Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.
We are ranked:
1st in the UK for the quality of our research* Joint 1st in the UK for effective teaching** 8th in the world for communication and media studies***
Media and Communications
We’ve also been ranked by LinkedIn as one of the top graduate universities for media professionals, because so many of our graduates go on to find jobs in the industry.
The department includes some of the top academics in the world for this discipline – the pioneers of media, communications and cultural studies. They actively teach on our programmes, and will introduce you to current research and debate in these areas. And many of our practice tutors are industry professionals active in TV, film, journalism, radio and animation.
We also run EastLondonLines.co.uk – our 24/7 student news website – which gives students the opportunity to gain experience working in a real-time news environment.
And we run regular public events featuring world-renowned writers and practitioners that have recently included Danny Boyle, Gurinda Chadha, Noel Clark and Tessa Ross. So you’ll get to experience the latest developments and debates in the industry.
Find out more about the Department of Media and Communications.
*Research Excellence Framework 2014, Times Higher Education research intensity subject rankings
**Guardian University Guide League Tables 2017
***QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017
As an MA Television Journalism student, you will use our state of the art ‘virtual studio’ to produce our weekly TV news show, taking turns to run the gallery under the supervision of a BBC News director. You will edit, present, report and produce an ‘as live’ programme which will be available for the public to watch on EastLondonLines.
We have three large, networked newsrooms equipped with Macs and Adobe Creative Suite for you to use when editing. You will also have a number of portable TV camera kits assigned for your exclusive use, via a booking system. Experienced technical advisers are on hand to help with editing and filming as well as supporting WordPress use on ELL.
You will benefit from access to optional sessions in radio, along with workshops in breaking news, mobile journalism, freedom of information (FOI) requests and international reporting.
Skills & careers
- A critical understanding of television journalistic practice
- an awareness of the techniques appropriate to television journalism
- project management skills
- multimedia journalism skills
We pride ourselves on producing ‘thinking journalists’ and that’s what gives our alumni the edge, making them so sought after by editors and programme makers.
In the last three years alone our MA Television Journalism graduates have secured places on highly competitive trainee programmes such as BBC News, ITV News Regional Reporter and AP Global News training schemes.
Others have gone on to work for ABC New York, BBC Arabic, Sky News, Economist Films, Polish TV (London correspondent), Al Jazeera, AP newsdesk London, BBC Newsnight, Hardcash Productions/ITV Exposure, Vice France, Manchester City FC video production unit and Wimbledon Tennis championships reporting for Chinese TV. They have also won generous grants from One World Media to make documentaries in the developing world.
Find out more about employability at Goldsmiths.
You should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least upper second class standard in a relevant/related subject. You also need a level of practical experience, and a strong interest in television production and journalism.
You might also be considered for some programmes if you aren’t a graduate or your degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show that you have the ability to work at postgraduate level.
We accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.
English language requirements
If English isn’t your first language, you’ll need to meet our English language requirements to study with us.
For this programme we require:
IELTS 7.0 with a 7.0 in writing
If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for postgraduate-level study.
How to apply
You apply directly to Goldsmiths using our online application system.
Before submitting your application you’ll need to have:
- Details of your education history, including the dates of all exams/assessments
- The email address of your referee who we can request a reference from, or alternatively an electronic copy of your academic reference
- A personal statement – this can either be uploaded as a Word Document or PDF, or completed online
- If available, an electronic copy of your educational transcript (this is particularly important if you have studied outside of the UK, but isn’t mandatory)
When submitting your application, please also submit (upload under 'additional') an example of your recent work in a related field, or include links to a page hosting that work. Failing which, please post an example of that work to: Admissions Office, Goldsmiths, New Cross, London SE14 6NW, UK. Please make sure you include your application reference number (which you will receive when you enter your online application) and the MA degree title. Please see ‘Returning your work’.
You'll be able to save your progress at any point and return to your application by logging in using your username/email and password.
Deadline for applications
There is no deadline for applications, however applicants are encouraged to apply early.
When to apply
Applications are open from October and are considered on a rolling basis.
You’ll need to submit a portfolio containing links to 3 pieces of work, demonstrating your ability to succeed in this highly practical programme. Examples of your work can include:
- Video / Documentary
- An example of work you have produced for TV/Radio
- Online articles with supporting visuals
If your work is not in English, then subtitles must be provided.
Find out more about applying.
Fees, funding & scholarships
Find out more about tuition fees.
The Department of Media and Communications often offers fee waivers for this MA