Get the grounding, and hands-on experience, to work as a professional journalist on our renowned BA Journalism degree. You’ll learn how to tell a great story, and get it ready for publication, across a range of different platforms.
Journalism is “the best job in the world”, according to Nobel Prize winner Gabriel García Márquez. It’s a job Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya also refers to as “[the act of describing] the life around us for those who cannot see it for themselves".
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.
We’ll work with you to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to become a multimedia journalist. Learning to produce different types of stories, from breaking news to investigative reports, you will explore writing in different contexts, from local newspapers to national magazines, and radio to social networks.
Over your three years, you will delve into different thematic areas of journalism, such as politics, sports, music, travel and international news. You will study how journalism helps to shape public opinion and popular culture; and analyse the political, economic and legal conditions in which journalists produce their stories. We’ll also look at 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, where you’ll get first-hand experience of working in a fully functioning and richly creative professional environment.
Alongside this, you will 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. There’s also the option to learn shorthand and a foreign language as a part of your degree.
- Learn how to prepare and conduct interviews, write news stories and complete basic reporting tasks.
- 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.
- Study the structure and functioning of the UK’s political system and the way the media reports matters of public interest.
- As a single honours student, create your own blog and learn to use Photoshop and InDesign.
- Choose to learn shorthand or a foreign language.
- Learn how to write for online media, what you can do to make your stories more visible and effective, and how to use social networks to reach your target audience.
- Learn how to write different types of features and study the legal and ethical conditions regulating the work of journalists in the UK.
- Practise radio production and podcasting, and explore different thematic areas of journalism, such as politics, sports, music and travel.
- Practise and refine your skills and expand your knowledge of different areas of the media industry.
- Choose to study the magazine industry and work in a team creating a new magazine.
- Alternatively, explore the world of multimedia journalism, and produce a range of stories in video and multimedia formats.
- Choose to study the television industry, practise investigative journalism and analyse the British media coverage of Africa and the Middle East.
- Choose to go on a work placement and gain that all-important experience before applying for jobs in the industry.
You could go on to work as a news reporter, writer, editor or producer, or in another role on a local, national or international publication, radio, television or online media.
Our careers team is available to support you from the start of your studies until after you graduate. They will help you build your CV, prepare for interviews, and meet and learn from successful graduates working at the top of their careers. You’ll also have opportunities to work with our partners across London and beyond, and to attend a Roehampton jobs fair where you can find out about graduate opportunities and meet employers.