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MA Multimedia Broadcast Journalism: Investigative Journalism, Science Journalism & Sports Journalism

University College Falmouth

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The exceptional technical facilities available in our multi-million-pound Media Centre form the hub of this course, which is accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC). Here you will learn to put together radio and television news bulletins, magazine programmes and feature reports. You?ll act in turn as news editor, presenter and reporter, and conduct live interviews, using state-of-the-art digital equipment. You will also gain valuable experience from local radio stations and undertake a three week work placement, organised through the BJTC. During the course, you will take on the role of news producer, reporter and technical operator. You will learn about the social, economic, ethical, regulatory, political, legal, financial and technological frameworks within which audio and television news and current affairs operate, and become proficient in news gathering, script writing, recording and editing. When you leave us you should be ready to step straight into the exciting and demanding world of broadcast journalism, as a graduate of what?s regarded within the industry as one of the leading courses in the country. How is the course structured? This is a 45 week full-time course commencing in October and based at our Tremough Campus. Students complete the five taught units and then for their sixth unit specialise in one of four MA options. The MA Broadcast Journalism option is a generic course. Students may also offer projects in a genre not covered by the three specialist subjects: Investigative Journalism, Sports Journalism and Science Journalism. Projects commissioned recently include: ? An award winning documentary on the after effects of the tsunami in Thailand, and the impact of property developers on the local population. ? An investigation into the Camelford water poisoning in North Cornwall and claims that it has subsequently caused illness and deaths. This employed the analysis of post-mortem material and was transmitted on ITV. ? A fly on the wall documentary following a Devon policewoman training Iraqi police in Jordan in readiness for their deployment to Baghdad. How is the course structured? During the autumn term, you will learn broadcast and journalism skills from experienced broadcasting professionals. The teaching of Law and Political Frameworks provides an understanding of the context for these important subjects. Management and Media Studies prepare you for the workplace, and helps develop your understanding of the current debates around ethics, morality and regulations. These studies continue during the spring term, with an ever-increasing emphasis on practical programme making. You will also learn to produce, direct, script and edit television news packages and news magazines. In the summer term, practical work runs alongside a three-week placement in either a BBC or commercial radio station. How is the course taught? All the course staff are skilled practitioners within the industry, who bring a wealth of expertise to their teaching. During the first term, your time is divided equally between studying theory in seminar groups, and in learning practical skills using the newsroom equipment. As time progresses, increasing emphasis is placed on utilising the skills you have developed. You will visit locations and events which will enhance your understanding of the journalist?s role, such as local courts, council meetings and police briefings, filing live reports into the news. Editors from the region?s radio and television stations visit the course to act as news editors for the day and give advice in question and answer sessions. How is the course assessed? Assessment is by a portfolio of broadcast work, examinations, assignments and presentations, together with an MA project, a 15 to 20 minute TV or radio documentary coupled with a contextual review. Students may exit the course after 30 weeks if they wish, with a Post Graduate Diploma in Broadcast Journalism. Facilities Falmouth boasts t

The exceptional technical facilities available in our multi-million-pound Media Centre form the hub of this course, which is accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC). Here you will learn to put together radio and television news bulletins, magazine programmes and feature reports. You?ll act in turn as news editor, presenter and reporter, and conduct live interviews, using...

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