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Journalism / Iriseoireacht

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Introduction

The MA Journalism is further integrating digital into its already successful Masters programme. The School of Media has been a pioneering leader in media education for over 40 years and this is the School’s response to changes in journalism, especially in relation to digital media. The programme covers the practice and theory of journalism, ranging from the basics of journalistic craft to consideration of the part that journalists play in society. Incorporating new trends such as social media and advances in digital technology, students will develop ideas and stories across multiple platforms.

A fundamental principle behind the course is the belief that good journalism, produced by reflective, critical practitioners, is crucial in a democracy. The programme seeks to produce journalists who are multi-skilled and critically aware, and have a good understanding of the role of journalism in society.

The course includes tuition, skills training, practical experience, a wide range of assignments, seminars, tutorials, group projects, independent study and research.

It is an MA programme; students must engage fully in the critical and theoretical parts of the course.

Students, particularly international students, may choose to graduate with a Masters in Journalism (International) by selecting optional modules with an international theme.

The course is offered on the following basis:

A two-semester, full-time programme, from September 2015 to December 2016.

Entry Requirements:

Applicants should have an honours bachelor degree (2.2 grade or higher), or equivalent, in any relevant discipline. Non-standard applications are also considered.

Applicants may be required to attend an interview. A short-list is then drawn up and successful applicants are sent first-round offers. If any places are not taken up, these are offered to applicants on a reserve list.

Note: Due to the considerable competition for our postgraduate programmes satisfying the minimum entry requirement is not a guarantee of a place. Depending on the programme of study applications will be assessed based on your academic grades and may also take into account your work/life experience.

Career Opportunities

Graduates are competent to take up employment as journalists in newspapers, broadcast or on-line news organisations. They are equipped to work as reporters, sub-editors, feature writers, producers, researchers, presenters, online-content providers. Demand for graduates depends of course on economic circumstances, but former students have proved highly successful in finding work or in working as freelancers.

Course Content

The programme is divided into three strands: Professional Formation, Journalism Studies and Dissertation.

Professional Formation offers grounding in the basic and professional skills and practice of journalism across multiple platforms.

Journalism Studies provides a critical framework for journalism in its social and historical context.

Students are also required to complete a dissertation on a topic related to journalism.

Tuition takes place in the two semesters between late September and early June. Students work on their dissertation for the third semester and this is submitted in December.

Optional modules require a minimum number of students to run.

Semester 1

Professional Formation:

  • Digital Media Tools
  • Writing and Sub-editing
  • Journalism Practice: Reporting the story cross-platform (print, broadcast, online)
  • Explorations in Journalism OR Reporting Peace & War (Intl)

Journalism Studies:

  • History and Theory of Journalism
  • Media Law 

Semester 2 

Professional Formation:         

Advanced Journalism Practice: Building on skills learnt in semester one - reporting the story cross-platform (print, broadcast, online, data journalism and verification of journalism sources such as Youtube, twitter, social media).

Media Entrepreneurship                   

Journalism Studies:   

  •  Ethics and Current Issues
  •  Media Environment OR Journalism in a Globalised World (Intl)        

  Dissertation: 

  • Research Methodology

        Dissertation

        Submission of dissertation in September 2016

Note: Students who choose the alternative international modules and write a dissertation on a relevant international media topic are eligible for a Masters in Journalism (International)

Assessment

Assessment is through a combination of continuous assessment and specific assignments, undertaken throughout the year. There are no formal exams. Tuition ends in early June, after which students use the third semester to complete a dissertation.

Who Should Apply?

Conversion Programme

The MA in Journalism is aimed at graduates, across various disciplines, who want a foundation in the practice and theory of journalism, and want to pursue journalism as a career. Accordingly the MA is aimed at producing journalists who are not only proficient in practical and professional techniques but who have a wide and critical understanding of the roles and purpose of journalism.

The programme is an alternative path into journalism for those who have not studied journalism at undergraduate level and wish to pursue journalism as a career. We welcome students with a wide range of backgrounds and expertise.

Applicants who have no journalistic record can be considered for the course if they have good academic achievement and/or relevant experience, can write well, and can demonstrate serious commitment to working in journalism.

Applicants can demonstrate commitment to journalism by means of relevant work experience, articles published or written for publication, and evidence of purposefulness about working as a journalist.

Applicants should send in with their applications several samples of written or published work including broadcast and online, such as blogs.

Timetable / Hours

The course is full-time, which means approximately 20 hours of contact time with lecturers per week in semesters one and two. It is an intensive programme: students should not expect to have time for substantial outside commitments. However, it is useful for students to begin to make contacts and pursue professional journalistic work during the duration of the programme, and to this end there is likely to be one day each week that is free of lectures and other academic commitments.

Award

Graduates of this course are eligible for the award of Master of Arts in Journalism or Master of Arts in Journalism (International) from the Dublin Institute of Technology.

Further Information

Sharon Cleary
School of Media 
College of Arts and Tourism
DIT Aungier Street Dublin 2 
T: 01 402 3098
E: sharon.cleary@dit.ie

Frequently Asked Questions

Is work placement arranged ?

We do not arrange work placement. It is better for students to make their own contacts and arrange placements for themselves; this way, they are more likely to end up in suitable work places. Staff assist in any way they can; e.g., by letting people know of openings, by recommending good contacts, etc.

What facilities are provided ?

Students work in a computer laboratory (virtual newsroom) with 20 computers, printer, scanner and phone. Software includes Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Pro-tools, and an image-editing programme. Students also have access to radio and TV studios as well as portable recording equipment. There is access to email and the Internet/Worldwide Web on each computer.

EU Fees *

*The fees outlined for each course are provisional and are subject to change

For full-time postgraduate fees click here

For information on funding please see the following link: Fees and Funding

Non EU Fees click here