Nottingham Trent University

Nottingham Trent University

Digital and Newspaper Journalism

If you are interested in working in a newspaper editorial team then this NCTJ ( National Council Training of Journalists) accredited course will provide you with the material that is needed to work successfully within a multi-platform newsroom. You'll analyse original stories, conduct interviews which you'll use to create fresh and engaging copy. This course specifically focuses on areas such as: interviewing, construction of stories and specialised reporting. You'll look at court, council and sport reporting as well as write columns, reviews and features. You'll be introduced to subbing ( which is headline writing, layout and proof reading) and you'll be taught how to use the programme - QuarkXPress to do this. You'll undertake NCTJ exams which is the first stage in gaining a professionally recognised qualification. This course has been designed with a practical focus in mind, therefore students are expected to develop story ideas, network with industry professionals to develop contacts and gather their own material for journalistic work. You will focus heavily on online production and the vital multimedia skills which are needed to succeed in the industry. You'll undertake a work placement which will allow you to put your newly developed skills into practice and to build valuable experience. You'll be taught by our staff members who have extensive experience in newspapers as well as learn from leading journalists and editors from a range of publications across the country. There will be lots of news days which will require you to work to tight deadlines which is not only reporting, but subbing and working on page lay-out by using Adobe InDesign. This exciting and hands-on course will train you in audio, video recording and editing to encourage you to write exciting stories for our website. You'll experiment with social media and find out which platforms are the best for promoting your stories. The course is devoted to giving you a solid understanding in media law, public administration and ethics and regulation. There is an importance to develop your shorthand skills to the NCTJ standard which will help you to work in a newsroom producing sophisticated multi-media journalism. You'll be taught through lectures, seminars and tutorials. This course is assessed through a mixture of portfolio work, essays, exams and presentations. You'll also complete a multi-platform project which incorporates a 2000 word feature, an online feature and a research essay.

Course modules

You will study five core modules. Newspaper Journalism Skills and Digital Production: This module will teach you the traditional skills of writing news stories and features, columns and reviews, court and council reports plus headline writing and sub-editing • Media Law: You'll learn the effect of media law - looking at the danger areas in publication, evaluating risk and how to amend or eliminate content • Communication and Ethics: You'll explore the production and practice of contemporary journalism. The module will encourage you to develop a critical awareness of the discourses which affect the changes of contemporary journalism within society • Public Affairs for Journalists: This module will teach you about where to find information and interviewees on political stories. You'll develop your journalistic skills and learn new ways on how to deal with press officers and spin doctors •Multi-platform Project: You'll produce a 2000 word feature on a topic of your choice for newspapers and create an online version of this feature to display the varied skill-set that you have gained during the course. You'll also complete a research essay on your chosen subject.

Assessment methods

A dissertation and a journalism project on a topic chosen by the student as well as examinations; additionally MA students are required to take a placement as part of the course; PGDip students study the core modules and must also successfully complete a placement in a professional environment; applicants should be aware that each module involves a considerable amount of independent learning.

Sponsorship information

There are a range of media industry and educational sponsorship schemes in place for which students are eligible to apply.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2017 GBP 7,500 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 Years
MA Full-time September 2017 GBP 7,500 per Year 1 (England) 1 Years
MA Full-time September 2017 GBP 12,900 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MA Full-time September 2017 GBP 7,500 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
MA Full-time September 2017 GBP 7,500 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 Years
MA Part-time September 2017 GBP 3,750 per Year 1 (England) 2 Years
MA Part-time September 2017 GBP 3,750 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 Years
MA Part-time September 2017 GBP 3,750 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 Years
MA Part-time September 2017 GBP 3,750 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time September 2017 GBP 5,000 per Year 1 (England) 9 Months
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time September 2017 GBP 8,600 per Year 1 (International) 9 Months
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time September 2017 GBP 5,000 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 9 Months
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time September 2017 GBP 5,000 per Year 1 (Scotland) 9 Months
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time September 2017 GBP 5,000 per Year 1 (Wales) 9 Months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
City Campus NG1 4FQ East Midlands

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