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Journalism / Iriseoireacht

DT582

What is... Journalism?

The course offers a comprehensive programme of study to anyone who wishes to pursue a career as a journalist. Applicants should have a keen interest in news and current affairs, a facility with language and the ability to work to deadlines. The programme develops skills in the practice of newspaper, broadcast and web-based journalism. Students also gain a critical understanding of the role of journalism in democratic society and knowledge of subjects such as politics, law and business. The School of Media publishes and broadcasts student’s work during the academic year through DIT FM and a community newspaper, The Liberty.

What are my... Career Opportunities?

Journalists may work as reporters, commentators or editors across all media, locally, nationally and internationally. Many journalists work across numerous areas while others specialise in, for example, business, sports, arts or technology. Journalistic work is pressurised with tight deadlines but it provides an exciting and rewarding career for those who chose to follow it. A journalism education will also open up opportunities in fields like public relations and education.

What other options do I have after completion?

Students who have reached the appropriate honours standard may have access to a range of Masters Degrees in DIT and elsewhere in Higher Education.

Learning Outcomes: What will I Study?

The overall structure is based around two areas of study: Journalism Practice and Critical Studies. 

Journalism Practice: 
Journalism practice provides a full and thorough grounding in news production. Students gain skills in reporting, analysis and commentary through the production of print, radio, television and web-based news. Classes simulate a professional working environment and incorporate visits to courts, government buildings, galleries and so on. By reporting on such events students gain valuable experience and knowledge. 

Critical Studies:  
Critical studies provide an overview of journalism in its social, political and historical context. Through this aspect of the programme students also develop an appreciation of subjects such as politics, economics and law. The aim here is to develop a critical academic approach to journalism, which will facilitate rigorous analysis of journalism practice. Academic and practical aspects of the progamme are integrated throughout the four years.

Module Listing

Year One 

Students will be introduced to the basics of journalism with a core module on news reporting.

There are modules in

  • grammar
  • shorthand
  • basic computer skills
  • photo-journalism & sports
  • crime & science reporting

Year Two

The main focus is on news production for print, broadcast & web-based media. Towards the end of the year, the students will produce The Liberty & news for DIT FM.  

Year Three

Students will continue to produce The Liberty & further develop their competence in radio & television journalism. A more in-depth approach to reporting & commentary will be taken with a course in journalism research & investigative reporting. Critical studies modules will examine globalised journalism & advanced aspects of media law.  

Year Four 

Most of year four is given to self-directed learning with students working independently on projects. Students will complete two major pieces of work, a journalistic project for a selected medium and a journalism related dissertation.

Further Information

School of Media 

T: 01 402 3098 (Secretary) 

F: 01 402 3003

E: media@dit.ie 

W: www.dit.ie/schoolofmedia