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  • Study and practise different types of journalism, from news reporting and feature writing, to investigative journalism. Our students create blogs, podcasts, magazines, videos and multimedia stories. 
  • We have strong links with leading media organisations and offer valuable work experience opportunities. 
  • Journalists, editors, producers and other figures from the worlds of media, politics and culture regularly feature as guest speakers. 
  • We’re creating a brand new media centre for 2019 – find out more. 
  • Roehampton is one of the top three universities in London for journalism (Guardian University Guide 2018). 
  • 100% of students in work or further study six months after graduating (Destination of Leavers of Higher Education survey 2018).

 

Summary

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. 

Year one 

  • 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. 

Year two 

  • 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. 

Year three 

  • 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. 

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

Year 1

Core modules
Creative Environment
Journalists and the World 1
Journalists and the World 2

Required modules
Reporting Britain
News Media
Writing for Journalism or Languages for All module

Year 2

Compulsory Modules
Issues in Journalism: Ethics and Law
Feature Writing
Web Journalism

Optional Modules
Politics and the Media
Travel Journalism
Radio and Podcasting
Lifestyle Journalism
Specialist Journalism—Independent Project
Career Preparation

Year 3

Optional Modules
East and West: Terror, Power and New Journalism
Investigative Journalism
Multimedia Journalism
Television Journalism
Magazine Journalism and Production
Audiovisual Journalism
Journalism and News Media Dissertation
Popular Journalism and Tabloid Culture
Media and the Public Sphere
Internet, Democracy and Society
Work Placement

 

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 2019

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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