Nottingham Trent University

Nottingham Trent University

Magazine Journalism

This National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) accredited course reflects the digital technologies which are central to succeed in today's magazine industry. You'll be taught how to produce news, features and stories for online, print and social media. You will have the opportunity to produce a magazine yourself in our award-winning Centre for Broadcasting and Journalism. The course is dedicated to offering specialist training to equip students with the well-rounded skills which are needed for this industry. You'll learn how to write news, features, blogs and content for social media and create pieces of work for analysis. Alongside this you'll learn media law, public administration and journalism ethics and you'll also get the opportunity to develop your shorthand skills to the NCTJ standard. You'll really utilise these skills on news days where you'll produce a magazine as a team, research and write content, design pages and sub. You'll use programmes such as WordPress, InDesign and Photoshop as well as other social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. A journalist who is currently working in the industry will support you on this project. Throughout the course you'll be supported and taught by a team of experienced staff members through lectures, practical sessions and tutorials and you'll also be able to learn from visiting professors and journalists. Using Adobe InDesign, ( which is an industry- standard desktop publishing package) you'll learn how to plan a page for a magazine using text, photographs, graphics, sub-edit copy and learn how to write a compelling headline. In today's society there is an emergence to tell stories through new forms of media, therefore you'll be taught how to shoot video content on a smartphone and edit footage skills and sound into smart packages. You'll analyse how magazines are produced and consumed and the role which social media plays in magazine journalism. The course will shed light on the business of magazines, in terms of what makes some brands more successful and you'll even get the exciting opportunity to pitch your own idea for a new title to a panel of industry professionals. This is your chance to showcase your skills and to network with professionals. You'll gain valuable industry knowledge and skills by undertaking a placement ( a minimum of three weeks) within a relevant area such as editorial departments in magazine departments, newsrooms, marketing and communications departments. Assessment will take shape in the form of essays, exams, portfolio work and presentations. 100% of MA and PG Dip Magazine Journalism graduates were employed or engaged with further study six months after graduating. Many of our recent graduates have developed successful careers as reporters and feature writers for various national titles. Some of our graduates are correspondents and web and social media editors. Others have secured exciting roles in PR, digital marketing and promotions.

Course modules

You'll study five core modules. Magazine Journalism Skills and Digital Production: This module will equip you for the world of magazine journalism today. It incorporates covers the traditional essential skills of writing news stories and features, interviewing, creating headlines and standfirsts and sells, sub-editing, design and layout, alongside newer elements, such as video journalism and using hand-helds and phones, the role of social media skills and handling user-generated content • 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 • Business of Magazine Project ( this module is only taken by MA students): You will conceive your own magazine brand with an editorial concept, business plan and draft content for print and online. The project also includes a research essay.

Qualifications

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

Campus details

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

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