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Journalism and Communication BA Honours

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Code
PP35
Start
October 2018
EU/International induction: September 2018
Duration
3 years full-time
Normally 5 years part-time
Attendance
Full-time
Part-time
Fees
£9,250 (UK/EU) *
£12,500 (INT) *
Course leader
Sophie Knowles

Journalism is a rapidly changing and always exciting sector to be involved in. Our degree will equip you with the technical and incisive critical thinking skills you will need to tell stories across platforms and hit the ground running in the fast paced and exciting journalism and communication industry.

Why study BA Journalism and Communication at Middlesex University?

Our degree places employability at its core, with modules designed to help you develop your own sense of the type of journalist you will be. From broadcast and sports journalism, to digital or magazine publishing, fashion and long-form documentary journalism, our degree provides you with the scope and choices you need to make this happen.

This degree is designed for anybody interested in journalism and the role the media plays in our society and would equally suit those coming from college or sixth form, or mature students with experience who wish to enter a different field.

We have strong ties with industry, with work placements available at a number of high-profile news outlets, such as BBC London, ITV and London Live and you are encouraged to gain work experience from day one. Modules such as Entrepreneurship and the Independent Project allow you to take work placements and teach you how to stand out and market your skills in the workplace. We have an annual employability in journalism event that equips you with what you need to know to get in to the industry.

Course highlights

  • Our modules centre on our state-of-the-art Newsroom and TV studio, and place employability at their core
  • You will be taught by a team of experienced practitioners, dedicated technical tutors, and passionate academics at the forefront of research to inform the innovation of practice
  • You could choose to take modules that will equip you with transferable skills to enter the communication industry job sector generally
  • You can take advantage of the university's strong links with industry and opportunities for you to gain work placements, and be involved in journalism on-campus – we have our own website that showcases student work and a lecture series, MDX Conversations, which invites high-profile and influential journalists to discuss the latest trends in journalism and media
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

What will you study on the BA Journalism and Communication?

You will be learning technical skills in journalism technologies, and shooting and editing news packages from the very start of your degree. You will progress through the modules ensuring you can produce and tell stories across platforms. You will develop key journalistic skills such as finding and gathering news, engaging wider and diverse audiences, and writing neat and accurate copy. You will be able to analyse, deliberate and write effectively, whether for essays and constructing arguments, or online for a specific news audience.

What will you gain?

You will gain knowledge in the wider communications field, covering how campaigns are used by media and affect society and how politics can influence news. You will learn how to work independently and as part of a team to produce stories. You will know how to work effectively in a variety of roles in a newsroom, whether you are presenting, writing or editing news material.

Modules

  • Year 1

    • Journalism Skills (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The module will instil and develop journalism practice inside and outside of the classroom. You will be introduced to news ‘beats’ or areas and encouraged to follow events in your assigned ‘beat’. You will learn the responsibilities of journalists working in newsrooms, news teams and independently.

    • What is Journalism? (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The news media industry changes and develops at a rapid speed. This is not just the case recently, but historically too. This module discusses these issues, along with the changing practice of journalism and the role of the journalist in society and democracy at large.

    • Campaign Communication (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will introduce the various forms and theories of communication that are involved in campaigns that use media. This will involve analysis of historical and current examples of campaigns from a number of perspectives from the perspective of the news industry that cover and promote certain campaigns, as well as perspectives from politics, the public sector, charitable and for-profit corporations.

    • Information, Power, and People (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The module aims to give you a basic understanding of the contemporary social and political environment, and your position as a journalist in society. Using the framework offered by regulatory bodies and both national and international legal institutions, you will critically explore the ever-changing environment in which journalists operate.

  • Year 2

    • Multimodal Journalism (30 credits) - Compulsory

      You will develop your abilities in relevant genres of writing by sourcing, producing and editing original stories. You will also advance your skills in journalistic research, interviewing and storytelling. You will apply these abilities to news gathering and distribution in print, broadcast, online, mobile and emergent technologies across multiple platforms, with opportunities to specialise as appropriate.

    • Investigative Techniques (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module is designed to train you in the development of research/investigative skills critical to the journalism and communications industry. As such, it introduces the key research techniques and methods central to academic and professional practice within and across the industry.

    • Arts, Lifestyle and Sports Journalism (30 credits) - Optional

      This module covers journalism about fine art, contemporary art and mass and popular culture including painting, music, photography, literature, cinema, travel, celebrity culture and sports. You will have the opportunity to develop your own specialist area of interest and a specialist writing portfolio.

    • Broadcast Journalism (30 credits) - Optional

      This module will develop your skills in an advanced broadcast journalism (audio and TV) setting through continuous weekly practice and feedback. You will practise your broadcast news gathering skills (journalistic and technical) through Newsday practice. In addition, the you will be required to reflect upon practice through regular debriefs and constructive criticism.

    • Innovation, Science and Technology Writing (30 credits) - Optional

      The module is intended to enable you to develop a critical understanding of the journalistic and media coverage of modern innovation, science and technology. You will learn to reflect on the current state of this coverage, its social and political consequences and the challenges of improving it.

    • Political Communication (30 credits) - Optional

      This module will provide you with the ability to assess the role and function of communication in the public sphere and to evaluate the management and practice of communication within the political process. Practices of all three main political communication actors will be discussed and analysed (media, political actors and audiences/citizens) as well as the debates surrounding them.

  • Year 3

    • Entrepreneurship (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will be an opportunity for you to engage with realistic scenarios you are likely to encounter in one or more periods during any career in the media industries. Through seminars, directed study and experiential learning, you will explore the employment and self-employment opportunities in these industries.

    • Independent Project (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The independent project represents the culmination of the theoretical and practical learning and assessment you have engaged in over the course of the degree. This module allows you to choose one of two pathways. Pathway 1 includes either writing a dissertation, or a final creative project. Pathway 2 is a work placement project.

    • Long-form Journalism (30 credits) - Optional

      This module prepares you for researching and producing long-form journalism from conception to consumption. You will take a systematic approach to long-form journalism, developing in-depth research methods and storytelling techniques, along with practical skills in writing, broadcasting, or digital journalism.

    • The Newsroom (30 credits) - Optional

      This module introduces the relevant concepts concerning professional newsroom environments and practices, including professional socialisation, production workflows, gate keeping practices, and the impact of convergence. It also aims to give you the practical skills in operating in a multi-platform and digital newsroom environment through a series of Newsdays.

    • Journalism, Money and Power (30 credits) - Optional

      How tangled are politics with economics, and how does journalism perform its watchdog function by holding power to account if they themselves are suffering from their own form of crisis? What are the power structures behind journalism that affect and influence its production? How do journalism, money and power interrelate? This module interrogates and deconstructs a number of issues to better understand the role journalism plays at the centre of mediating power: shaping it, supporting it, representing and framing it, and holding it to account.

    • Global Journalism and News Cultures (30 credits) - Optional

      The approach of this module is two-fold: to analyse how the news media landscape is responding to a globalizing world, but also to understand some of the nuances that can be found within different countries and cultural systems. How can we understand this new phenomenon, including the ways different countries and different cultures report – and are reported on?

    • International and Digital PR (30 credits) - Optional

      This is not a Journalism module, but we are offering it to our students. The outline provided would need to be checked with the PR, advertising and marketing programme.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

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  2. Teaching and learning
  3. Assessment and feedback
  1. UK & EU
  2. International
  3. How to apply
  1. UK & EU
  2. International

How can the BA Journalism and Communication support your career?

Our course has strong links with industry and previous students have found work placements at:

  • BBC London
  • ITV
  • London Live
  • the Guardian
  • Quicksilver Media.

Our annual Employability in Journalism event is attended by many organisations who offer a great range of work placements, the society of editors, the employability service, and we hold mock interviews.

We also run a Journalism Conversations series where high profile journalists are interviewed and students are able to take on various journalistic roles in the production as well as learn from the best. Recent guests have included Journalist of the Year, BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg and this year we will be joined by Channel 4's Jon Snow, among others.

  • Jamie Burnett

    Graduate

    Jamie is now doing a Masters at Goldsmiths.

    On the course, I had the opportunity to really understand the importance of journalism and its role in society. I created radio and TV news packages, and my own magazine. There are many ways to develop the skills learned on the course. I joined POW! Magazine as music editor then eventually became Co-editor. I also joined the Journalism Society and Journalism Conversations. The course prepared me well for a Masters in journalism at Goldsmiths University.

    I was at BBC London for a week last September and that was definitely the most valuable work experience I’ve done. It was a great opportunity to see what it’s like in a real newsroom environment. It was also a good chance to network with professional journalists.

  • Ludovica Uggeri

    Graduate

    Ludovica Uggeri is from Rome and graduated with a first class degree from Middlesex University. She’s about to start a Master’s in Marketing Management and shares her experiences as an international student

    A friend of mine was studying at Middlesex University and told me about the Journalism and Media course. I liked the look of it because it’s a good mix of theory and practice with lots of links to industry. So I went along to the applicant day and fell in love with the campus. We did a practical workshop in the newsroom and all of the ambassadors and the teachers were extremely nice and helpful. I had an amazing first experience of Middlesex so when the day ended I was sure it was the right choice.

    I got loads of support from the moment the student ambassadors came to pick me up at the airport until I graduated. It’s thanks to the international orientation programme, and the fact that I lived in the halls, that I made friends on my first few days in the country.

    I’m not a native English speaker but I got a strong academic support from the Learning Enhancement team. They checked my work and helped me to learn how to structure my essays and in the end I graduated with a first class degree!

    For anyone considering coming to Middlesex, I’d say that it’s a great place to study and to be. Make sure you get involved in everything. I was scared at first but I met my best friends and had the time of my life. There are so many opportunities in the UK, both in terms of jobs and things to do, particularly in London. Even when I was 1800km away from home, I never felt lonely or excluded. The environment is extremely welcoming and multicultural.

    I’m working in marketing now and start a Master’s in Marketing Management at Middlesex soon… They can’t get rid of me!

  • Sahar Ehsas

    Graduate

    My experience at Middlesex University has been a great one. I felt very comfortable studying there because of the friendly support of my lecturers, who worked very hard to make sure students enjoyed all the lectures and learned a great deal from them. The beauty of Middlesex University is that it is an international community with a great atmosphere, and even better students. With it's multicultural environment, it really does open your eyes to new cultures and traditions.

    I studied the degree of Journalism with Media and Cultural studies. The degree covered diverse modules and taught me a lot. After graduating I managed to secure a job at the BBC as a Web administrator. My job consists of editing articles and publishing them online to the BBC Academy, College of Journalism website. I love working for the BBC and am very proud of reaching this far. Without the help of my tutors at Middlesex University, I wouldn't have had the knowledge or confidence to get this far. I am very happy to have made the decision to study at Middlesex university and would definitely recommend it.

  • Claire Fastner

    Graduate

    During my three years studying at Middlesex, I gained in-depth knowledge in different fields, ranging from photojournalism to investigative journalism. This variety helped me to decide on a topic for my final project that I felt excited about.

    My tutors at Middlesex have been excellent support and always showed great interest in their field. I have graduated with a first-class degree and am now working full-time within the editorial department at a multinational company. My tutors have encouraged me to continue my studies and I am planning to start a masters in September. Thanks to a fantastic experience at Middlesex University, I cannot wait to start studying again.

  • Natasha Artwell

    Graduate

    In my second year I was fortunate enough to spend a semester at Baruch College in New York, Manhattan. I applied to the University's student exchange programme in my first year and had the best experience of my life. The process was quite long and you need to stay focused, but the experience itself was life changing. I learnt so much from the exchange and the people that I met and I have recently been back to visit friends. I would definitely recommend looking at spending a semester abroad, it really is incredible.

    The course has really challenged me to think and write in ways I had not previously been familiar with and by doing this I have grown both personally and academically. Middlesex University has given me the confidence to chase my dreams and has provided me with the skills I need to accomplish them. After graduating I would ideally like to work in fashion and beauty journalism but studying at Middlesex has broadened my horizons so I I'm happy to explore other areas of journalism too.

  • Georgie Tudor

    Graduate

    The lecturers and tutors I have had throughout the three years have been fantastic people and actively passionate about what they are teaching. Whether a subject immediately interested me or whether I still had to get to grips with it, they always made everything fascinating and engaging.

    The Broadcasting Today series organised by the Media Department at Middlesex was one piece of work I'm particularly proud of. Working alongside Kurt Barling, who is Professor of Professional Practice and a BBC Correspondent, I had my first hands-on, live television experience. By contributing to the series I learnt so much and it was a very useful experience to have, especially when applying for a masters.

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