Journalism is “the best job in the world” according to Nobel Prize winner Gabriel García Márquez. A journalist is “somebody who describes the life around us for those who cannot see it for themselves”, in the words of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya. On this course you will learn to do just that: telling the fascinating stories of our constantly changing world to an audience that could be as a small as a village, or as big as mankind.
At Roehampton you will acquire the knowledge and skills required to become a multimedia journalist. You will learn to produce different types of stories, from breaking news to investigative reports, from local newspapers to national magazines and from radio to the social networks. You will have the possibility to explore different thematic areas of journalism, such as politics, sports, music, travel and international news.
You will also study how journalism helps shape public opinion and popular culture. You will analyse the political, economic and legal conditions in which journalists produce their stories, the structure of the media industry and current trends and developments in our profession.
The course is taught by experienced academics who have worked as journalists for the BBC, The Guardian, Reuters and the Financial Times. We have two well-equipped multimedia newsrooms, designed to give you the experience of working in a fully functioning and richly creative professional environment.
Plus, you will also have the chance to hone your skills with work experience in London’s huge media hub. You’ll be encouraged to apply your skills in a real work setting, build a strong CV and make key industry contacts. You will also have the choice to learn shorthand and a foreign language as a part of your degree.
In your first year, you will learn how to prepare and conduct interviews, write news stories, and complete basic reporting tasks. You will study the structure of the British media industry, examine the history, editorial direction and business models of the country’s leading newspapers, and analyse the differences between broadsheets and tabloids. You will also study the structure and functioning of the UK’s political system and the way the media report matters of public interest. Single honours students will create their own blogs and learn how to use Photoshop and InDesign. You can also learn shorthand or a foreign language.
In your second year, you'll learn how to write for online media, what you can do to make your stories more visible and effective, and how to use the social networks to reach your target audience. You will also learn how to write different types of features and will study the legal and ethical conditions regulating the work of journalists in the UK. All students will have the possibility to practise radio production and podcasting, and explore different thematic areas of journalism, such as politics, sports, music and travel.
The third year offers you the possibility to practise and refine your skills and expand your knowledge of different areas of the media industry. You will have the choice of studying the magazine industry and being part of a team creating a new magazine. Alternatively, you can explore the world of multimedia journalism, and produce a range of stories in video and multimedia formats. You can choose to study the television industry, practise investigative journalism, and analyse the British media coverage of Africa and the Middle East. Students can also go on a work placement and gain that all-important experience before applying for jobs in the industry.