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Journalism (Ulster University - Coleraine)

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  • Antrim


  • Degree - Masters

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Year of Entry: 2015. Start Date: September.

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How to apply

You should also submit an unpublished news article of 500 words that a newspaper in the area that you live (no matter where in the world) could publish. The article should be word-processed, using double line spacing. Applicants with published news stories or audio-visual pieces may submit two of these in addition to their unpublished article. This should be a photocopy clipping from the original publication or a copy on CD-ROM and be clearly labelled with title of publication, date and page number. The original article/material should not be submitted as we are unable to return supplementary materials. News stories should be emailed to Maggie Swarbrick (mm.swarbrick@ulster.ac.uk) Interviews are usually held in early May.

The closing date is February 28th. Late applications may be accepted until March 31st.

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Attendance: Five full days a week.

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Entry Requirements

An good honours degree (or equivalent) in any subject. Relevant professional experience will be taken into account.

English language requirements for international applicants: IELTS: 7.5.

English language requirements for international students
General English language entry requirement for most programmes of study require you to have a minimum of IELTS equivalent 6.0 (with no contributing band of less than 5.5).

Our Centre for English Language Teaching (CELT) is a specialised unit providing English language teaching and support for registered students who have English as an additional language.

Individual courses may require a higher level of attainment - please check course entry requirements individually.

Course Content

This programme provides comprehensive training in the skills needed to enter the journalism profession internationally and is accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists for print, online and broadcast journalism. It is also part of the Northern Ireland Media Academy. Past students have won top awards in Ireland and the UK and hold senior positions in news organisations. The course incorporates the NCTJ Diploma, which equips trainee journalists with the knowledge and skills for professional entry level journalism.

About this course
◦ National Council for the Training of Journalists 
◦ part of the Northern Ireland Media Academy.
◦ the 'UK's best performing postgraduate journalism programme'  (NCTJ, December 2009) - our students came top in a wide range of NCTJ exams in 2009 - online news writing, media law, court reporting, public affairs for Northern Ireland, national and international public affairs, shorthand to 100 words a minute and the production of a portfolio of written, TV, radio and online work. In 2010/11 our students had a 100% success rate in gaining grades A-C in the NCTJ law, portfolio and Public Affairs assessments.

Structure & content
This intensive and practical programme provides a thorough grounding in the skills involved in news reporting, writing, news broadcasting and shorthand. Students undertake reporting exercises in courts, councils, with the emergency services and on major sports events with BBC interactive, and will have a six-week placement with a media organisation.

Modules include Law, Public Affairs, News Writing, Broadcast Journalism and News and Society. Contact programme director for further details.

Further Enquiries

Ms Maggie Swarbrick
Teaching Fellow in Journalism
Tel: 028 70324277
Email: mm.swarbrick@ulster.ac.uk

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