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University launches mould-breaking journalism degree

05 August 2008

An innovative new journalism degree launches at Canterbury Christ Church University in September 2008.

BA (Hons) Multimedia Journalism will equip students with the multimedia skills and understandings needed to work as journalists in the digital age.

The programme’s multimedia ethos responds to the erosion of traditional boundaries between print, radio and television companies, the online revolution and the emergence of new methods of delivery, such as podcasting. 

It seeks to meet the growing demand for journalists who understand the possibilities of the new technologies and can use them to create high-quality journalism in a wide range of formats.

Head of the Media Department, David Bradshaw, a former BBC North Africa Correspondent and writer for The Economist,  said: “Most other journalism programmes require students to focus on print or broadcast journalism. But BA (Hons) Multimedia Journalism gives students the chance to build a much broader skillset, developing professional skills in print, radio, television and online journalism in all three years of the programme. This responds to the way the profession is moving and gives graduates greater flexibility when applying for jobs. The programme will also develop students’ critical-thinking and academic skills and provides a valuable foundation for other media professions, from public relations to advertising, as well as a wide range of traditional graduate-level jobs.”

The programme has been designed to meet the criteria of the three journalism training bodies, the National Council for the Training of Journalists, the Broadcast Journalism Training Council and the Periodicals Training Council, from which accreditation will be sought. 

Programme Director, Kate Kavanagh, a former BBC radio journalist, said: “Professional skills will be taught by practicing journalists in a purpose-built state-of-the art multimedia newsroom and in the Department of Media’s professionally equipped television and radio studios. Workshops will replicate a professional working environment, with students working individually or in teams under the direction of ‘lecturer-editors’.”

Students will study a range of modules including: news and features; television and radio journalism; multimedia journalism;  law and ethics; public affairs; media and politics; and international media.  Teeline shorthand and professional work placements are integral parts of the programme. Journalism students will benefit from the strong links with a range of media organisations, including the BBC and Sky TV, built up by the Department of Media over the past 25 years.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
For a full run-down of the contents of the programme, please refer to the ‘Notes to Editors’.

If you would like further information or to apply, please contact Canterbury Christ Church University’s Admissions Department on 01227 782900 or email admissions@canterbury.ac.uk.

Notes to Editor

Background of the BA (Hons) Multimedia Journalism
 
In the first year, students undertake six modules:

• Print News and Features 1
• Radio and Television Journalism 1
• Multimedia Journalism 1
• Journalism Law and Ethics
• Introduction to Media Studies
• Media Histories

In the second year, students undertake six further modules

• Print News and Features 2
• Radio and Television Journalism 2
• Multimedia Journalism 2
• Public Affairs
• Media Organisations
• International Media.

In year three, students take the compulsory course in Advanced Journalism Skills.  Students also take a double credit course which will give them the opportunity to carry out a major piece of research in an area of their choice. 

There is also a wide range of options enabling students to deepen their knowledge of their specialist field.  Options include:

• Major Journalism Project
• Minor Journalism Project
• Dissertation
• Professional Perspectives
Plus one of: 
• Media and Politics
• The Global and the Local
• Good News, Bad News
• Contemporary Broadcasting, Practice and Policy

Entry Requirements

The entry requirements for BA (Hons) Multimedia Journalism are BCC at A Level.
Evidence of involvement in journalism at school or college, or work experience on hospital or local radio or on a newspaper or magazine would be an advantage. An interest in the media and contemporary society, together with a willingness to take part in rigorous and challenging intellectual analysis and discussion is essential.

Contact

Claire Draper, Media Relations Officer,
Canterbury Christ Church University,
01227 782391, claire.draper@canterbury.ac.uk

 

Department of Media at Canterbury Christ Church University

The Department of Media is a long-established and highly respected academic centre which offers a stimulating environment in which to study a wide range of media.  It was one of the first departments in the UK to offer media courses and has gained an international reputation.

Programmes within the department include BA (Hons) Film, Radio and Television Studies, BA (Hons) Media and Cultural Studies and BA/BSc Digital Culture Arts and Media, delivered at the Canterbury Campus, and BA (Hons) Photography and BA (Hons) Digital Media delivered in Broadstairs.  A theme of the department’s work is the integration of academic and theoretical perspectives with practical and creative work.  Programmes offer opportunities to develop and practice production skills, and to become familiar with critical perspectives. BBC Radio Kent operates from a radio studio based in the Department of Media. 

Teaching on the programmes is of a consistently high standard and has been recognised for its excellence.  All of the department’s academic staff are engaged with a wide variety of research activities, which helps shape day to day teaching, and many are also active media practitioners.

The department’s links with the film, radio, television, journalism, digital and other media industries are strong.  Visiting professionals and academics are regularly invited to contribute to the Department’s programmes.

Graduates from the department are consistently in demand. The skills the department’s students acquire help graduates find work in a range of jobs: directors, editors, journalists, animators, web designers, producers, academics, cinematographers and other posts within the media industry.

Contacts

Claire Draper, Media Relations Officer,
Canterbury Christ Church University,
01227 782391, claire.draper@canterbury.ac.uk

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Issue Date: 05/08/08

For media enquiries:

Claire Draper
01227 782391