UCS Journalism and this blog

Welcome to the blog of the MA Journalism programme at University Campus Suffolk in Ipswich. The course aims to produce journalists who are trained in online news genres and can take control of all aspects of story presentation. Prospective participants should apply this fall for the programme which starts in January. It will be possible to register part-time for individual modules:

– The Reporting module plunges students into reporting and writing news stories for university and local media, including work experience placements. Interviewing and research techniques, newswriting for online and print, local administration, and social media will be covered.

– The Print and Online Production module takes students from written news texts to finished and posted products. The course covers subediting, blogs and content management systems, photo editing, graphics, and simple multimedia. 

– The Research Methods module covers necessary knowledge surveys, statistics, and economic indicators, as well as ways to measure the effectiveness of the news and academic methods of media studies.

Digital media have become the primary distribution mechanism for news, and all media now are or can be real-time. We teach the latest technologies, and more importantly, the principles for working in multimedia, always-on newsrooms. Combined with solid reporting training and work experience, the course prepares students to work in the most demanding entry-level writing and editing jobs or start their own journalistic ventures.

The full course, which is designed to be compatible with NCTJ accreditation, includes seven modules which can be taken over one or two years. The other modules are: Broadcast Production, Media Law and Ethics, Freelancing and Entrepreneurship, and the MA dissertation. Work practice can be taken with local media or in London, which is within commuting distance of Ipswich.

For more information or an application, e-mail the course leader, Dr. Diana ben-Aaron at journalism@ucs.ac.uk.