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This MA course in Journalism and New Media aims to develop postgraduates who can critically explore the ways in which new media forms and practices are facilitating a transformational shift in news and journalism. Of particular interest is the impact the internet is having on the news industry, with relevant issues including:
* The emergence of innovative strategies of news gathering, distribution and presentation;
* Efforts to secure new business models;
* Changing patterns in news consumption;
* Challenges for government policy-making and regulation;
* And the rise of collaborative, citizen-based approaches to news reporting, amongst many others.
Key debates concerning topics such as citizen journalism, blogging and social media will be explored in a diverse range of contexts, such as environmental, war, conflict and crisis reporting.
You will be encouraged to develop critical perspectives, enabling you to re-invigorate traditional thinking about news and journalism. You will be equipped with an understanding of how to carry out research enquiries and/or journalistic investigations of topics relevant to your interests.
In addition, you will consider how new types of journalism can be developed to foster renewed civic engagement among citizens, empowering you to take action on issues of local, regional and/or global concern.
New Media Innovation
This unit aims to explore areas where journalism and new media intersect. Focus will be on how new media innovation facilitates different forms and practices for news production, distribution, consumption and interaction. You will critically engage with key issues and debates facing a networked media landscape, where audiences as passive consumers make way for collaborative reporting, crowdsourcing.
Ways in which new media can complement and enhance existing journalistic processes will be at the forefront including data journalism, increased transparency and accountability, as well as mobile news applications and augmented reality.
This unit also aims to equip you with an understanding of how to undertake developing online civic media projects for journalistic purposes.
Citizen Journalism & Social Reporting
This unit aims to provide you with a critical and systematic understanding of issues and debates relating to citizen journalism and social reporting.
You will examine how ordinary citizens, activists, grassroots and social movements are increasingly taking on the roles of journalists by utilising online and mobile communications in a spontaneous or bottom-up way to help report or make sense of challenges facing them.
When used in this way, participatory media such as blogs, wikis and social networks can be a democratising force and help empower citizens. Within this context, the role and purpose of traditional forms of mass media, what counts as public service and who provides this in an online environment is subject of exploration.
However,you will also study sinister use of new media, as applied in repression of peoples across the globe including propaganda, surveillance, totalitarianism, discrimination and mobilisation of violence.
This unit seeks to examine the history and practice of investigative journalism, and consider its application in both traditional and online media.
It aims to offer you the fundamental skills required for this mode of reporting, expose you to a variety of writings in the genre, and provide insights into the key issues and debates around such journalism.
The normal minimum qualification is a 2:2 Honours degree or comparable professional qualification.
|CAE score:||60(Grade A)|
You are normally required to take an English Proficiency Test.
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