Course information

Length

1 year full-time

Scholarship information

Funding available

Course overview

This is a highly practical, intensive programme covering everything you need to know to get started in television journalism.

This course is accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council

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. 

Why Goldsmiths? 

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.

Award winners

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

What you'll study

Overview

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.

You'll cover:

  • 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.

Core modules

Module title Credits
  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

Assessment

Essay; unseen examination; production portfolio comprising the research, planning, shooting and editing of original current affairs reports; coursework assessment.

Download the programme specification for the 2018-19 intake. If you would like an earlier version of the programme specification, please contact the Quality Office.

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Entry requirements

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.

International qualifications

We accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.

If English isn’t your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 7.0 with a 7.0 in writing and no element lower than 6.5 to study this programme. If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for postgraduate-level study.

Fees, funding & scholarships

Find out more about tuition fees.

Find out more about funding opportunities for home/EU applicants, or funding for international applicants. If you're applying for funding, you may be subject to an application deadline.

Scholarships

The Department of Media and Communications often offers fee waivers for this MA

BAFTA scholarship

UK students offered a place on this MA are eligible to apply for the BAFTA Scholarship Programme. Find out more on our departmental funding page

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
  • personal statement – this can either be uploaded as a Word Document or PDF, or completed online

          Please see our guidance on writing a postgraduate statement

  • 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. Find out more about providing 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.

Portfolio

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
  • Blogs
  • An example of work you have produced for TV/Radio
  • Online articles with supporting visuals

If your work is not in English subtitles must be provided.

Find out more about applying.

Facilities

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.

Careers

Skills

You'll develop:

  • A critical understanding of television journalistic practice
  • an awareness of the techniques appropriate to television journalism
  • project management skills
  • multimedia journalism skills

Careers

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

Student work

Church and State, by Katriona Thompson, Vicky Double and Vicky Tseng, won Best TV News Documentary in the 2017 Broadcast Journalism Training Council awards

What our students say

Camilla

"The TV-studio and editing suites are completely new with all the best equipment."

"As a media student, the new building is fantastic. The TV-studio and editing suites are completely new with all the best equipment, and because the Media Department will not just select students from a media background on to the courses, the diversity makes for a more challenging groupwork and thus a better outcome."

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