Northumbria University Journalism


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Northumbria University Journalism

New technologies are changing the face of global journalism, with social media giving an instant voice to those at the centre of every story. Journalism at Northumbria will give you the multi-media expertise, practical skills and natural authority required to be heard above the crowd, to really make an impact as a journalist.

This highly practical course is taught by staff with a wealth of industry experience in TV, radio, online and print journalism.

Focusing firmly on employability, you will develop advanced skills in research, storytelling, presentation and production to create ethically sensitive, high quality journalism to professional standards. You will have the opportunity to graduate with a portfolio of professionally published work.

Recent graduates have gone on to work for high profile organisations including ITN, Heart FM, North News and Pictures, Dorset Echo, The Chronicle, Newcastle United FC, The Red Cross, The Home Office, Cath Kidston, and Emmerdale.

Northumbria was ranked 21st in the Guardian University Guide 2017 for Journalism, Publishing and Public Relations.

Learn from the best

The teaching team combines expertise in academia and industry. Practical modules are written and taught by individuals who have worked for many years in the cut and thrust of the broader media industry, while theoretical modules are led by lecturers whose research gives a valuable insight and analysis of contemporary trends. Academic support is central to the delivery of the Journalism programme, with primary support coming from the Module Tutor.

This blended approach focuses on developing your applied and practical skills in parallel, as well as cultivating the interpersonal skills, integrity and maturity you will need to succeed in the field of journalism.

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Meet the team

Teaching and Assessment

You will learn through a variety of lectures, seminars and practical workshops, with the added opportunity to undertake a four-week placement in your third year.

The Journalism course consists of a mixture of theory and practice-based modules, designed to promote research-rich learning. You will develop traditional academic skill sets and life-long learning techniques, augmented by insight into modern journalistic methods across text, broadcast and online media. Traditional lecture/seminar sessions are supported by technologically innovative systems, such as the Box of Broadcasts facility, to provide a more rounded and richer learning experience.

Traditional assessment via essay and examination is combined with assessment by portfolios, presentations and group work assessment to reflect the diverse nature of modern journalistic practices.

Learning Environment

We offer first class technical support and industry standard broadcast and recording equipment. You will be trained extensively in technology which not only replicates industry but has, as far as possible, been future-proofed. For example, our video capture for broadcast journalism module has been tapeless for around four years and was introduced a full 24 months before the region’s most popular TV news outlet, ITV Tyne Tees.

The programme takes full advantage of web authoring and social media and is greatly enhanced by the use of the British Universities Film and Video Council’s Box of Broadcasts website.

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University Library

Research-rich Learning

Developing research competence is a crucial element of the course, not least because research lies at the heart of journalism. You will learn a range of relevant research approaches and methodologies to develop critical reflection skills. You’ll take responsibility for your own research projects, finally choosing your own dissertation topic or practical project, applying all the research skills you’ve gained to a synoptic assessment.

Our academic team are actively involved in research across a variety of areas including: gender and equality in the media, citizen journalism, activism through journalism, conflict reporting, data journalism and the use of infographics. Theoretical modules are led by lecturers whose research gives a valuable insight and analysis of contemporary trends in journalism.

 Northumbria has been ranked in the UK top 20 for the quality of research outputs in communication, cultural and media studies.

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Department Research

Give your career an edge

Employability, enterprise and entrepreneurship combine to form a strong thread throughout this course. You will be taught skill sets which will enhance career development learning, and in modules such as Journalism and Design and Hyperlocal Journalism, you will be encouraged to produce your own work online, giving you a platform to showcase your work and attract potential employers.

Your study will be supported by links with industry such as the BBC, Tyne Tees TV, ITV, the Daily Mail, and the Daily Telegraph. This is complemented by high-calibre visiting journalists, digital professionals and industry figures through guest lectures and live project briefs.

You will research, apply for and complete a minimum of 20 days’ work experience in the Professional Placement module. The module has resulted on several occasions with students returning to full-time work with their placement employers upon graduation.

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Student Placements

Your Future

Many of our alumni have established successful careers in all branches of journalism, and the transferable skills taught across the course have helped graduate employability in a variety of other careers too. You will graduate with valuable attributes including intellectual curiosity, communication skills, cultural awareness, moral and ethical values, professional values, research skills and teamwork.

Career opportunities are expanding rapidly – not only in general and specialist areas of multi-media news journalism, but in related fields such as public relations, creative writing, advertising, magazine writing, the press office, events management, media administration, media research, publicity and promotion, academia, teaching and the Civil Service.

Recent graduates include Jade Liversidge, now an Assistant News Editor at ITN, Rachel McDermott, now News Editor at SWNS and Tom Easterby, Press Officer at Newcastle United FC.