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BA (Hons)Journalism (NCTJ accredited)

De Montfort University
United Kingdom, Leicester
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This exciting and challenging course is accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ), and is designed for students who want to study a fascinating subject area and graduate with the industry-recognised qualifications to give them the best chance of getting a job within the industry straight away.

You will learn how to become an effective, professionally qualified, multi-platform journalist, while also learning about the fascinating practice and theory of journalism. Video and photography will be integrated throughout the course, and taught alongside the traditional principles of journalism.

Our Journalism courses take you into the fast-moving world of 21st century journalism with a real emphasis on practical, hands-on experience in this exciting and fascinating area.

The NCTJ is the only UK-wide qualifications authority for multiplatform journalism. It has accredited DMU’s Journalism courses for nearly 20 years, and this specific course since it launched in 2009.

Programme structure

Year 1
Core modules:

Reporting 1 – this core introductory module introduces you to news in a multi-media environment; looking at what it is, where it comes from, how to get it and how to write it successfully
Journalism Skills – introduces you to the key skill of writing shorthand at speed. It leads to the 100 words-per-minute Teeline shorthand exam
Media Law – helps you learn everything you need to know to stay within the law when practising journalism. It leads to the two NCTJ media law qualificationsInside
Journalism 1 – this module helps you to understand the history and context of journalism.

Year 2
Core modules:

Reporting 2 – this module looks at specialist forms of journalism, particularly feature writing
News-Writing – this is a specialist, practical module, honing your skills and leading to the NCTJ Reporting qualification and the NCTJ portfolio of professional practice
Political Reporting – mixes the theory and practice of how journalists cover national and local government, and leads to the NCTJEssential Public Affairs qualification
Inside Journalism 2 – this module continues your study of the context of journalism and then prepares you for your dissertation.

Year 3
Core modules:

Journalism Dissertation – in this module, you will write a 10,000 word project on a subject of your choice, by studying existing work and then carrying out original research on your chosen topic
Reporting 3 – you will prepare a portfolio of your own work, including that published while on work experience or on Demon Media platforms. The major part of the portfolio is a publication, produced with a group of fellow students, which is conceptualised, written and designed by the students from start to finish
Sub-editing and Design – this module allows you to learn the key skills involved in publication design and leads to the NCTJ qualification in Production Journalism
Optional modules:

Sports Journalism – this module is practically focused and helps you to develop key sports reporting skills, particularly covering football, rugby and cricket and involving links with Leicester’s most prominent professional clubsin those sports
Magazine Publishing – this module looks at how magazines are developed, marketed and run, allowing you to really get inside the fascinating world of magazines
Broadcast Journalism – this module allows you to explore and develop your broadcast skills and involves real-world broadcasting on the university’s Demon Media broadcasting facilities
Arts and Entertainment Journalism – you will explore the theory and practice of reviewing different aspects of the arts and entertainment
Political Communication – this module looks at how politicians communicate with the public using the media, and the roles of the various media professionals, especially journalists, within that process.

Career opportunities

Journalism students go on to work for some of the UK’s biggest media companies, including major newspaper groups, magazines, PR companies and the wider communications and digital media industries.

Our students increasingly find employment in the digital economy, where their ability to communicate effectively on a variety of platforms gives them a significant advantage.

Graduates are also well positioned to continue their academic careers by embarking on postgraduate study, in either research or taught areas, which offers the opportunity for further specialisation and enhances their existing skills. If you decide to continue your study on our established Journalism MA (NCTJ accredited) or Investigative Journalism MA (which has been newly developed with and endorsed by Channel 4), as a DMU graduate you may be eligible for one of our generous postgraduate scholarships (terms and conditions apply).

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