University of Birmingham Journalism
The journalism pathway of our BA (Hons) Media and Communication course is ideal for anyone wishing to follow a career in the dynamic and competitive world of journalism.
We pride ourselves on teaching creative, contemporary journalism underpinned by traditional values and skills. That means learning the core media and communication skills that every working reporter needs before you specialise in an area that interests you.
You’ll be challenged academically – often by some of the industry’s leading names – and you’ll be expected to undertake meaningful work experience placements in media environments, and work on live stories, learning how to craft a story in a way that engages the audience.
By the time you graduate, you’ll be a thinking journalist with a specialism in news, broadcasting, features, or design. You’ll also be adaptable to the changes that the industry faces. Our graduates have gone on to work for Sky, BBC, Trinity Mirror and the Express & Star. Others have scooped prestigious awards at the Midlands Media Awards while still studying.
What’s covered in the course?
The course, which is based at the £62 million Parkside Building, part of our City Centre Campus, aims to develop your skills so that you become a thinking media worker who can lead change in the industry.
Teaching takes place in environments where you gain the most – radio, TV and photography studios and editing suites – but, of course, you’ll also learn in lecture theatres, seminar rooms, social learning spaces and online.
You’re expected to hit the ground running. You’ll publish your stories, use blogs, including the student-run Birmingham Eastside website, which was named runner-up in the Guardian Student Media Awards, create wikis, and employ social media channels and other interactive media to support your work and self-development. You’ll focus on production, theory and professional studies, building on your skills as you begin to make contacts in the industry and make your first moves into media work.
Throughout the course, you’ll have the support of Birmingham City University staff who are respected journalists, including senior lecturer Ross Hawkes, who led Trinity Mirror’s digital programme in the Midlands, and Paul Bradshaw, one of the leading figures in digital journalism and founder of the Online Journalism Blog.