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).
- Every week during the first half of the MA students produce a TV Newsday, replicating industry practice and under supervision by experienced journalists and production tutors. Students are also encouraged to contribute news packages and social media videos to the department’s media platforms Twitter and Facebook.
- The Department of Media, Communications and Cultural Studies has been ranked 2nd in the UK for 'world-leading or internationally excellent' research (Research Excellence Framework, 2021) and 12th in the world (2nd in the UK) in the 2022 QS World Rankings for communication and media studies.
- Our students go on to work for all the major UK broadcasters, including BBC, ITV News, Sky, Channel 4 news as well as international organisations such as AP, AFP, CNN, ABC and Reuters. Employers value their all-round skills and they regularly win awards for their work.
- In 2021 one of our students won Best TV Documentary in the annual BJTC awards. 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 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.