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  • Hands-on, practical training in everything from newswriting and magazine spreads to podcasts and video.
  • Develop your own portfolio, including blogs, in-depth articles and multimedia projects.
  • Learn from a team of highly experienced journalists, industry experts and media scholars
  • The option to experience real media work at established companies
  • We bring special guests to campus from the world of media, politics and the arts. We also organise field trips and off-campus reporting.
  • Specialise in travel, television, investigative reporting, lifestyle, audio-visual journalism or a variety of other subjects.
  • Learn about the role of media in society and how journalism influences all aspects of our lives.
  • Roehampton is one of the top three universities in London for journalism (Guardian University Guide 2018), and nine out of 10 students are satisfied with the course (National Student Survey 2018)
  • We’re building a state-of-the-art media centre for 2 – find out more.

Summary

Whether you want to work as a journalist, learn about the world of media or become a better communicator, Roehampton can teach you what you need to know. From the basics of news reporting to the production of magazines and multimedia packages, we will help you develop your story-telling potential.

The Roehampton programme is tailored to prepare you for the modern media industry. We offer hands-on, practical modules that focus on the skills employers want.

As you learn how to research, report and develop a story, you will also be trained in how to present it in the most compelling way, using industry-standard digital tools. You will have the opportunity to focus on the subjects and formats that interest you most and to develop your own multimedia projects, such as podcasts or investigative reports. You will also learn how to target your work for different audiences.

Roehampton brings professional journalists and newsmakers such as local politicians to campus to participate in workshops and meet with students. We take advantage of London’s status as a media epicenter, organising  field trips to newsrooms and sending students on off-campus reporting assignments such as conferences. Students also gain experience working on press teams for events as the Wimbledon Bookfest and the Professional Publishers Association festival.

Students looking to begin a career in journalism can get a head start, with modules that teach you how to prepare a CV and make contacts in the industry. You can gain work experience at a variety of companies and publications as part of your degree.

You will study how journalism helps shape public opinion and popular culture, and will learn about the political, economic and legal context in which journalists produce their work.

The course is taught by experienced academics who have worked as journalists for the BBC, Reuters, the Financial Times and numerous other media companies. We have well-equipped multimedia newsrooms, designed to give you the experience of working in a richly creative professional environment.

Year One

  • Learn to prepare and conduct interviews, write news stories, and complete reporting tasks.
  • Study the British media industry, examine the history of leading newspapers, and analyse the differences between broadsheets and tabloids.
  • Students will create their own blogs and learn how to use Photoshop and InDesign. You can also learn a foreign language.

Year Two

  • Develop your story-telling abilities, and learn to write in-depth pieces.
  • Study the legal and ethical aspects of working as a journalist.
  • Take modules in a number of subjects, including radio and podcasting, politics, travel and lifestyle journalism.

Year Three

  • Develop your writing, reporting and multimedia production skills to a professional level.
  • Immerse yourself in the world of magazines, learning how to conceive, develop and launch your own magazine in print and digital formats.
  • Explore multimedia journalism by building an audio-visual portfolio, or focus on the academic aspect of journalism by writing a dissertation on a subject of your choice.
  • Choose from modules including investigative reporting, television journalism and cultural issues.

Second- and third-year students can choose career preparation and work experience modules.

Here are some of the varied range of modules we currently offer: 

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Journalists and the World 1
Journalists and the World 2
Visual Journalism Design
News Media and Web Journalism
Reporting Britain

Optional module:
Writing for Journalism
or any one of the "Languages for All" modules.

Combined Honours

Students wishing to take optional level 4 modules must take those in excess of the compulsory 120 credits in year one.

Compulsory modules
Journalists and the World 1
Journalists and the World 2
Visual Journalism Design

Optional module:
Writing for Journalism
Reporting Britain

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Issues in Journalism: Ethics & Law
Feature Writing
Audiovisual Journalism

Optional modules:
Travel Journalism
Radio and Podcasting
Lifestyle Journalism
Journalism, Media and Politics
Journalism Practice: Independent Project
Career Preparation

Combined Honours

Compulsory module
Audiovisual Journalism

Optional modules
Students select their remaining credits from the following:

Issues in Journalism: Ethics & Law
Feature Writing
Travel Journalism
Radio and Podcasting
Lifestyle Journalism
Journalism, Media and Politics
Journalism Practice: Independent Project
Career Preparation*

Please note that this module can only be taken by single honoursjoint or major students.

Year 3

Compulsory modules

Single Honours

Students will take 120 credits from the list of optional modules below, which must include one of the following three options:
Magazine Journalism and Production
Journalism and News Media Dissertation
Digital Portfolio

Minor in Journalism [Subject B WITH Journalism]

Students take 20-40 credits from the list of optional modules below.

Joint Journalism [Journalism AND Subject B]

Students take 40-60 credits from the list of optional modules below.

Major in Journalism [Journalism WITH Subject B]

Students take 60-80 credits which must include one of the following: Magazine Journalism and Production
Journalism and News Media Dissertation
Digital Portfolio

Optional modules:
East and West: Terror, Power and New Journalism
Investigative Journalism
Television Journalism
Magazine Journalism and Production
Digital Portfolio
International Challenges and the Media
Specialist Journalism: Independent Project
Journalism and News Media Dissertation
Media and the Public Sphere
Contemporary Documentary Storytelling
*Work Placement

* Please note that this module can only be taken by single honours, joint or major students

 

Compulsory and Required modules
Compulsory and/or required modules may change when we review and update programmes. Above is a list of modules offered this academic year.

Optional modules
Optional modules, when offered as part of a programme, may vary from year to year and are subject to viability.

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. 

We’re creating a brand new media centre for 2020

Life at Roehampton

At Roehampton, we can offer all new students the opportunity to live in accommodation on our beautiful parkland campus, including affordable and high-end options.

We offer scholarships, provide hardship funding and help you find advice on managing your finances while you study.

We provide plenty of opportunities for you to get involved, through volunteering, playing sport or music, or joining one of our many active student societies.

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