University of Essex Journalism

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University of Essex Journalism

University of Essex Journalism

Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies


University of Essex

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Essex journalism

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As a journalism student your material is published on our dedicated Essexjournalism website. Check out the stories our current journalism students have been reporting on.

Journalism is a new and exciting area of study and research at Essex, launched at a time when the media is undergoing profound changes. In a connected world in which we all have instant access to whatever news we want, professional and trustworthy journalism is more important than ever. At Essex we equip you with the story-getting and story-telling skills to flourish in today’s multimedia environment.

Our undergraduate courses develop your skills across all media – radio, television, print, online and social networks – to find and tell stories that are powerful and engaging.

You can choose to study our professionally accredited BA Multimedia Journalism, during which you also have the opportunity to obtain the Diploma of Journalism from the NCTJ (National Council for the Training of Journalists); or you can specialise in an area of your choice with one of our joint honours degrees.

Professor of Journalism Jonathan BakerCourse leader Jonathan Baker has over 20 years experience in senior editorial roles at BBC News.

Learn from acclaimed and experienced journalists

Our founding Professor of Journalism and lead member of our teaching team is Jonathan Baker. Jonathan is a journalist with 40 years experience, more than 20 of them in senior editorial roles at BBC News.

He is a former editor of the Ten o’clock News, foreign editor and Head of Newsgathering. He is also a former Head of the College of Journalism, responsible for delivering all forms of journalism training to more than 8,000 BBC journalists across the UK and overseas.

Additional members of our teaching team include:

  • Dr Fatima el Issawi

    Dr Fatima el Issawi is a scholar and journalist with over 15 years experience as an international correspondent covering conflict zones and crises including in Lebanon, post-Saddam Iraq and Jordan for international media organisations such as Agence France Presse (AFP) and BBC World Service (Arabic Service).

    She is a regular contributor on topics such as media and politics to the New Yorker, Al Jazeera, CNN, Bloomberg and Voice of America.

  • Paul Anderson

    Paul Anderson is a journalist, author, academic and publisher. He has extensive editorial experience for online and print, including his current position at The Guardian, and previous roles for New Statesman and Tribune journals. He has lectured in journalism, politics and the media for over 25 years, and is the author and editor of books on George Orwell, Tony Blair’s Labour government and Soviet Union relations with the British left.

  • Tim Fenton

    Tim Fenton is a former political correspondent working across radio and television for BBC news, with a strong background in broadcast journalism and reporting UK institutions.

  • Sean McTernan

    Sean McTernan is a media lawyer whose clients include a range of national publications and broadcasters: he teaches the Media Law and Advanced Media Law & Ethics modules.


As a journalism student at Essex, you have access to our Media Centre, working in a purpose-built Newsroom and with access to television and radio studios as well as the equipment and computer software that allows journalists to create and edit content across all media and platforms.

Your material is published on our dedicated Essexjournalism website, but you also spend time gaining on-the-job experience with a range of professional news operations, creating and publishing ‘real’ stories and building up a portfolio of published and broadcast work.

As a journalism student within the Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies, you will also benefit from our extensive expertise in creative writing, film studies and film production as well as from the opportunity to take relevant modules in other University departments, for example, in the areas of government, economics, law, human rights, sociology or history.

Information and how to apply

Contact us if you would like further information about our journalism courses or how to apply.

Study abroad

Study abroad

Our courses give you a variety of options to study abroad, including spending a term or a whole year at one of our partner universities around the world.

Careers and skills

Careers and skills

We offer a variety of careers support to help with professional development during your time at Essex and with finding employment or further study after you graduate.

UG Open Days

Book a place at our undergraduate Open Day. Our department and admissions staff can answer any questions you have, and you can speak to current students about life at Essex while taking a campus tour.