Magazine Journalism (Taught)
Magazines today offer a wide range of possibilities for anyone looking to start a career in journalism. From glossy fashion monthlies and quirky independent quarterlies to weekly titles for business people, customer magazines for retailers and brands, purely digital magazines, websites and even freelancing – our MA Magazine Journalism prepares you for all these possibilities.
When you finish studying Magazine Journalism with us you will feel prepared to meet any challenge your first job on a magazine throws at you. Print, digital, social media – you will know how to handle the multimedia platforms a modern magazine uses.
You will be prepared to sit in your first editorial conference and know what is expected of you and how to pitch your ideas clearly and confidently.
You will gain a set of knowledge and skills that will not only enable you to compete effectively for any entry-level job in magazine journalism but also set you up for a rapid career trajectory.
- Magazine Journalism is accredited by the Professional Publishers Association (PPA)
- Industry placements in the second semester
- An outstanding alumni network across the media
The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2020/21 academic year. The final modules will be published by September.
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Applicants will normally be expected to hold a UK higher education degree of lower second class Honours or above, or a qualification recognised by the University as equivalent. This requirement may be waived for students with appropriate alternative qualifications.
In addition, applicants whose first language is not English must obtain an IELTS score of at least 7.5.
As our course is professionally accredited we interview all candidates. Interview days start in the January preceding the course start date. We recommend you apply as early as possible to secure an interview. We accept applications all year round and offer extra interviews by arrangement
For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website
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- Major Project
- Public Administration
- Reporters and the Reported
- Magazine Journalism
- Magazine Journalism: Production Skills
- Magazine Journalism: Reporting and Writing
- Media Law and Ethics
- Data Journalism
- Professional Development
- Motoring Journalism
- Business and Financial Journalism
- Lifestyle and Consumer Journalism
- Political Reporting
- Sports Journalism
- Yr Agenda Cymreig
- Investigative Journalism
Scholarships & funding
For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.
Tuition Fees for UK and EU students is £10,950
Tuition Fees for students from outside the EU is £20,200
What skills will I practise and develop?
Graduating students will have demonstrated achievement of the following outcomes:
News writing, reporting and interviewing
- The audience, news sense, writing for a specific context, accuracy, balance, the importance of the intro, clarity and directness
- Sources of news, working a specialist beat
- Types of interview, interview techniques
- Handling audio recorders and archiving notes
- Producing weekly content for a website to style and by set deadlines
- Shorthand skills for those who opt to take shorthand classes (highly recommended)
- The many formats of features, finding the right format for a story, finding the right format for a platform
- Finding the right tone, developing a repertoire of styles
- Follow-ups, how-tos, travel and action pieces
- Pulling a piece together with pictures and multimedia, graphics and layout in print and online
- How to pitch ideas to editors, work as a freelancer
- Bi-platform skills using Apple Macs and digital devices
- Software packages, learning Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, Premiere Elements, iMovie as well as Content Management Systems and digital apps
- Pursuing accuracy, fact checking, sub-editing, page production and proofing.
- Developing visual awareness for print and online publications
- Learning to craft effective page furniture, headlines, captions
- Laying out extended features
- Finding the right format for print and online versions of a feature
- Creation, development and production of a new magazine
- Working in teams towards a common goal. Leading a team
Knowledge and Understanding
- Describe the principles, theory, philosophy, ethics, law and practice of journalism, especially magazine journalism
- Use an effective professional news sense and the ability to use it to create effective pieces of magazine journalism
- Adapt this news sense to the needs of differing audiences and editorial objectives
- Demonstrate understanding and awareness of the historical, social and cultural roots of this professional skill
- Display competence in the use of relevant software and hardware
- Display an awareness and understanding of critical issues current in the industry
- Sensitivity to the debates within the industry and society about the importance, functions and future possibilities of print and online magazine journalism in a 21st century democracy
- Awareness of the role of the magazine journalist across the full range of magazines, print and online, from the smallest not-for-profit magazine operation to the major national and international magazine publishing houses
- Critically analyse current published material against the above criteria
- Communicate information clearly, effectively and appropriately for a range of magazine readerships
- Communicate complex stories effectively from a range of primary and secondary sources and background knowledge, using appropriate techniques
- Develop a feature idea, or a complete print or online magazine, intellectualise its rationale, envisage the final product and communicate this insight effectively
- Understand the managerial, administrative and editorial skills and techniques needed to realise the idea in both print and online forms
About this institute
Founded in 1883, Cardiff University combines a prestigious heritage with impressive modern facilities, on one of the most beautiful campuses in the UK. As part of the Russell Group, our students benefit from our outstanding research quality and reputation, while...
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