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The Master or Global Journalism (MAGJ) is a two-year programme leading to a master in Media and Communication Studies (120 ECTS credits). It is aimed at practicing journalists and aspiring journalists with an education in journalism or the equivalent, wanting to further their journalistic knowledge and skills focusing on international news reporting.
The programme -referred to as Global Journalistik in Swedish- has a global focus and brings together students from all around the world. The students varying experience from different media systems, political systems, different countries and cultures provide the basis for a discussion on work practice and ethics, and shared problems and challenges for the journalistic profession.
The aim is that the students after completing the programme will be able to a) - within the area of global news journalism - analyse and report international events, identify and integrate regional/local aspects in global events, and b) have incorporated skills in the use of technology for information gathering, analysis and publishing.
The general aim of MAGJ is for students to develop their capability for high-quality reporting on international events; to broaden their understanding of how media function in different parts of the world and under specific circumstances; and to handle media-related modern information and some communication technology skills.
The course venue is modelled on a multi-media newsroom with a capacity to monitor a variety of international TV broadcasts, as well as computers with software that allow digital editing possibilities. In the classroom, lecturerers and students are encouraged to interact with each other and engage in discussions that cover both theoretical as well as applied aspects of journalism.
The programme is given in cooperation with academic institutions in Finland and Norway. Some courses during the first year are generally given in Finland and Norway. Programmes may change from year to year. Do keep track of the syllabus to remain informed about the courses held in other Nordic countries.
MAGJ students come from all corners of the world. Since the academic year 2003/4, students from dozens of countries have joined the programme and gave it a truly global perspective.
COURSES WITHIN THE PROGRAMME
Media and Communication Studies, second cycle, From International Media Research to Global Journalism Research, 7 credits
Media and Communication Studies, second cycle, Global Journalism. Current Research, Current Issues, 8 credits
Media and Communication Studies, second cycle, Online Investigative Journalism, 8 credits
Media and Communication Studies, second cycle, Advanced Journalistic Writing, 7 credits
Media and Communication Studies, second cycle, War and Peace Journalism, 8 credits
Media and Communication Studies, second cycle, Reporting Europe and the EU, 7 credits
Media and Communication Studies, second cycle, Science and Journalism, 7 credits
Media and Communication Studies, second cycle, Journalistic Project, 8 credits
Media and Communication Studies, second cycle, Method, 15 credits
Media and Communication Studies, second cycle, In-Depth Studies in Subject, 15 credits
Media and Communication Studies, second cycle, Independent Project - Master's Thesis, 30 credits
GENERAL ORGANISATION OF THE PROGRAMME
The programme comprises eleven courses, principally given in the order in which they are listed above. During the first semester, the course Advanced Journalistic Writing runs parallel to the other courses: From International Media Research to Global Journalism Research; Global Journalism. Current Research, Current Issues; and Online Investigative Journalism. During the second semester, the courses follow the order: War and Peace Journalism; Reporting Europe and the EU; Science and Journalism; and Journalistic Project. During the third semester, the methodology course is taken first, followed by the in-depth studies. The final semester is spent entirely on the independent project (Master's Thesis).
Global Journalism is a collaboration between Örebro University and the journalism programmes at the University of Oslo, Norway, and the University of Tampere, Finland. The main part of the programme is offered at Örebro University, but the partner universities are responsible for certain modules according to their particular area of expertise. The programme covers theoretical as well as practical elements.
A Bachelor's degree of at least 180 credits with journalism as the main field of study; alternatively a bachelor's degree of at least 180 credits within another humanities or social science main field of study and at least two years' of professional journalistic experience; alternatively a Master's degree (60 credits) from the Journalism Connected programme at Örebro University or other one-year master's programme in journalism. In addition, knowledge of English corresponding to the course "English B" from the Swedish Upper Secondary School is required.
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