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Global Journalism and Public Relations MA

Coventry University
Program overview
1-2 years
Full time/part time
Master's degree
English
Start dates
Coventry
September 2022

Coventry
September 2023

Coventry
September 2024
Coventry University

Program description

Global Journalism and Public Relations MA

In our increasingly connected, digital world, news spreads quickly and without the constraints of national boundaries. Journalists are frequently called upon to report on diverse global issues and this Master’s course prepares you for practice and analysis of global journalism and media.

Benefiting from our current links with the media industry, including the BBC, Al Jazeera, Sky, Africa-based media and online outlets both here in the UK and USA, this Master’s course prepares you for practice and analysis of global journalism and media. It covers all the areas of journalism, from legal and ethical issues to practical interviewing, writing, broadcast and web skills. More importantly, it will improve your intercultural competence and familiarity with the international issues that make headlines worldwide.

Currently, taught by practiced journalists and presenters, you will in addition have opportunities to attend guest lectures (subject to availability), which amongst others, have previously been delivered by the BBC Director General and Channel 4 founder, as well as presenters Jon Snow and Jeremy Paxman.

Gaining hands-on experience, you will be expected to work as part of a team to write articles, as well as edit, design and publish a digitally-distributed magazine, Global Eye. In the 2016 edition, one student predicted Wales’ success in the European Championships, while another wrote an analysis on the perceptions around immigration – one of the key issues in the European Union ‘remain or leave’ vote in the UK.

Admission requirements

UK students

Entry requires a good undergraduate degree in any field – with demonstration of interest in people and events plus good written and verbal communication, especially proficiency in English, are desirable.

International students

Entry requires a good undergraduate degree in any field – with demonstration of interest in people and events plus good written and verbal communication, especially proficiency in English, are desirable.

This course requires IELTS of 7.0 overall, with no component lower than 5.5.

For more information about admission requirements, please contact the provider.


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Program content

Semester 1

  • Context: Global Politics and Relations
  • Public Relations
  • Journalism Practice, Law and Ethics

Semester 2

  • Advanced Journalism: Digital, Social, Mobile
  • Specialist Professional Practice in Journalism and PR
  • Specialist Research and Analysis

Semester 3

  • Major Project
  • Global Professional Development – Entrepreneurship

Program delivery

  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time
  • Up to 2 years full-time (with professional experience)

Tuition fees

  • UK students : £10,400 per year.
  • International students : £16,600 per year.

Qualification

On successful completion, you will have knowledge of:

  • Postgraduate Certificate:
    • The forms, practices, institutions, issues, technologies and artefacts/texts within journalism.
    • Techniques, conventions and forms used within specific journalistic contexts and both established and emerging media platforms, and thereby communicate effectively/competently with various target audiences.
    • Specific specialist global subjects/issues and the political, societal, ethical, technological, economic factors and stylistic conventions for covering them.
  • In addition to the above, for the Postgraduate Diploma:
    • Evaluation and criticism of own and others’ work, in practice context.
    • Theoretical issues and thematic concerns currently framing journalistic practice and the dissemination and consumption of journalistic output in all its forms for various target audiences.
  • In addition to the above, for the MA:
    • The techniques/methods applicable in the field, and the ability to evaluate and critique methodologies and, where appropriate, to propose new ideas.
    • Creative and independent working.

On successful completion, you will be able to:

  • Postgraduate Certificate:
    • Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of key issues, debates, practices and processes relating to global politics and international relations.
    • Understand and apply key principles and techniques of public relations with respect to conventions and ethical codes, and appreciate the influence of marketing communications on media and markets.
    • Understand and be able to utilise professional techniques of communication (including written, audio, video and presentation) to present information to defined audiences with reference to specific genres, conventions and ethical codes.
    • Consider and critically evaluate journalistic work within their specialist field with reference to academic and professional conventions.
    • Understand and apply advanced skills in journalistic research and production, with reference to professional practices, industry conventions and legal/ethical considerations.
    • Produce journalistic work that shows understanding of key issues, concepts and principles in their area of specialisation and an awareness of specialist audience needs.
  • In addition, at Postgraduate Diploma:
    • Understand and be able to utilise research methods and specific research instruments such as textual analysis and interview.
    • Demonstrate understanding of the evolving nature of journalistic and public relations practice and apply appropriate skills to the production of work for emerging media platforms.
  • In addition to above, at MA:
    • Demonstrate their ability to evaluate methods and to devise, manage and complete a sustained body of independent work informed by appropriate research/scholarship, to appropriate academic and/or professional standards.
    • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the principles of entrepreneurship and the theories and practices of strategic leadership.

Career opportunities

Career prospects are vast and varied, from established national and international media outlets, broadcasting organisations, newspapers and magazines, to emerging broadcast contexts, such as web-based text journalism, web-TV and web-radio.

About this institute

Coventry University

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CV1 5FB Coventry


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