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BABroadcast Journalism

Nottingham Trent University
United Kingdom, Nottingham
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Why choose this course?
Taught by staff with substantial experience in the media, and situated in purpose built facilities in the Centre for Broadcasting and Journalism, you will learn the skills needed to work in a broadcast newsroom, along with media law, politics, and an understanding of the role of the media within society.

This course is accredited by The Broadcasting Journalism Training Council (BJTC). It was the first undergraduate journalism course to receive full bi-media recognition from the industry watchdog the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC) in 1998. Since then it has had continuous accreditation and praise for the quality of the teaching, the excellent facilities and the dedication of support staff.

This course has been developed in close association with major media organisations to offer innovative and relevant education and training for careers in radio and television news. Students follow a well-balanced course that combines theoretical studies with practical training and professional work placements leading to a qualification recognised in the industry.

Our Broadcast students regularly win industry awards for their work, which is testament to the high standard of the course.

Notts TV
Notts TV is one of nineteen new local television stations awarded a 12 year licence to broadcast on Freeview Channel 8. The station’s news output is based in the Centre for Broadcasting and Journalism, producing two hours of news every weeknight from 2014. Uniquely CBJ students – both print and broadcast – will have the chance to contribute to Notts TV news programmes and its website, as well as taking part in work placements.

Exchange opportunities – study abroad
You will have the opportunity to apply for an exchange in Year Two, to study at another university through our Erasmus scheme. Gain valuable work experience that will impress employers, learn another language, experience other cultures and travel the globe – all as part of your degree. Our international exchange partners include universities in Australia, Europe, USA, Canada and Thailand.

What our students say
“I used to spend my afternoons working in the NTU news gallery – now I’ve graduated I work in a real gallery as a producer making key on-air decisions.”

Terry Brennan
BA (Hons) Broadcast Journalism graduate

What the professionals say
“It is important that those who are choosing to go into the industry are as well prepared and highly skilled as they can be, not only to compete for jobs but also to ensure that the media grows and remains fresh with new ideas brought in by graduates. The Centre for Broadcasting and Journalism at Nottingham Trent University is focused on giving students the best possible start by ensuring that our graduates have all the skills necessary to be at the forefront when it comes to employability.”

Sir Michael Parkinson
Broadcaster, Journalist and Author

Programme structure

What will I study?

Practical work and News Days
Practical skills (in radio, television and online) are taught across all three years. These modules aim to develop the skills you’ll need to work as a broadcast journalist. Teaching and learning activities include:

writing for broadcast
radio and television recording and editing
news reading.
Students also spend a considerable time learning the skills necessary to be able to use broadcast equipment and IT systems. All students are involved in mock newsday activities which aim to simulate the real world. These take place on a weekly basis at key stages during your course of study and also as a rolling week of news day activity. Staff act as consultant editors, as do representatives from industry. Roles on news days are rotated and cover:

news reading
television gallery roles
In the second year you will also produce material for our online blog NottsNewsLive.

How will I learn?
This course is 50% practical and 50% academic. You will be taught through a variety of teaching and learning experiences which will include:

lectures and briefings
TV, radio and online news production
news days
live projects
personal development planning
You will also be involved in self-directed project work where you will have the support of NOW, or virtual learning environment.

How will I be assessed?
Each module is assessed separately and may involve a combination of the following:

competency portfolios
class tests
seminar presentations
skills assessments
formal examinations.
Over the three years, students gradually increase their study skills, production and presentation techniques. The marks that count towards the degree also increase year-by-year, so that assessment is matched fairly with the expected rate of students’ learning throughout the three year course.

You will receive feedback throughout the module so you know what level you are working at.

Visiting lecturers
Jon Snow of ITN’s Channel 4 News
BBC correspondents James Reynolds and Richard Bilton
Sunday Telegraph Editor Ian MacGregor
NTU’s Chancellor Sir Michael Parkinson.

Learn from expert staff
Our journalism team is made up of expert academic and technical staff who have extensive experience in education and industry. These, together with visiting professionals, provide a rounded, up-to-date education, informed by current practice and industry developments.

Course Leader: Gail Mellors

Learn a new language
Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.

Learning a new language can:

enhance your communication skills
enrich your experience when travelling abroad
boost your career prospects.

Career opportunities

Your career development
Employability is a key focus of this course, with many of the compulsory modules including initiatives to help enhance you future career in journalism.

This course also has established links with its former students, through which we receive employment opportunities for graduating students.

After studying this course you could go into a variety of roles including:

Producer (Radio, TV, Online)
Editor, Sub-editor
Presenter, Reporter, News Commentator
Camera Operators
Production Manager, Floor Manager
Sound Engineer, Lighting Engineer, Technician, Technical Assistant
Recent graduates from this course have gone on to work for companies including:

Sky News
Channel 5 News
BBC Five Live
BBC Asian Network
Gem 106
BBC Radio Nottingham
Free Radio Birmingham
BBC Midlands Today.
As well as careers in journalism, graduates have also gone on to work in PR, marketing and advertising. Many graduates have joined or started local small and medium enterprises to undertake journalism, creative or media related activities.

Awards for excellence

Our students have won a host of recent awards, including:

Independent Radio News Awards Best Original Story gong 2012
Guardian Student Media Awards Broadcast Journalist of the Year 2011
Midlands Media Awards Student Journalist of the Year 2010
Guardian Student Media Awards Broadcast Journalist of the Year 2009 and 2011
South West Media Awards Newcomer of the Year 2009
Guardian Student Broadcaster of the Year 2008
NCTJ Student Feature Writer of the Year 2008
Press Gazette Student TV Journalist of the Year 2008.

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States