This course offers you a unique chance to practise and analyse journalism. You’ll learn what it takes to become a multimedia journalist and will be prepared for an industry that requires new entrants to be multi-skilled.
You will primarily be based in Roehampton’s state-of-the-art multimedia newsroom, designed to give you the experience of working in a fully functioning and fast-paced newsroom. Here you will discover how to write a range of different news stories, design websites and produce radio and video journalism.
You’ll also have the opportunity to explore magazine and feature writing, sports and investigative journalism alongside experienced academics who have worked, or still currently work, as journalists for the BBC, the Guardian and the Financial Times. As well as this, you will consider how journalism is produced, circulated and consumed in different social, cultural and institutional contexts. You’ll do all this from a campus that’s on the doorstep of one of the world's global creative hubs.
This course is truly interactive. You'll take your learning outside of the classroom, with visits to journalism and media organisations incorporated into the curriculum. Last year, journalism students attended the European Press Prize at the Reuters headquarters.
Work experience is embedded into this course with the option of taking the Work Placement module. This means you get to take what you’ve learnt inside the classroom and apply it in the world of work, whilst building a strong CV at the same time.
Roehampton has a strong relationship with Newsquest, which, among other newspapers and websites, publishes the Wandsworth Guardian. This relationship has led to paid internships for journalism students as junior reporters.
You'll practise writing journalism and discuss the journalist’s function. You will examine the role of media ownership and regulation, biased reporting, and tabloid and celebrity journalism. In the single honours programme, you will also cover further aspects of practical reporting on current affairs in Britain (optional in the combined honours) and basic graphic design.
You'll extend your practical news-writing skills and explore the journalism industry, including online. This will provide a basis to consider such areas as sports journalism, feature journalism, what it takes to be an ethical reporter and how to operate within the law. You have the option to prepare your skills for work experience. In the single honours programme, you will also develop your web and multimedia design skills.
In your third year, you will build upon and consolidate your knowledge of journalism with opportunities to specialise in areas of particular interest to you. You'll have the chance to develop skills in online video journalism, multimedia news and magazine journalism. Students are also able to gain work experience in the London media. You are also able to undertake an extensive piece of independent research and writing with one-to-one tutorial support.
- Lectures by journalists and other media practitioners
- Group work
- Supported independent study
- Visits to journalism and media organisations
At Roehampton we are committed to making teaching a two-way process that stimulates questions and the exchange of ideas in a supportive environment.
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