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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Press Journalism

Course type


Course Summary

This course will equip you with the all-round skills and knowledge needed to build a career as a journalist in magazines, whilst providing you with a deep understanding of the wider publishing business. First and foremost you will learn how to write, whether it’s an in-depth interview, a sharp news story, a daily blog or a snappy photo caption. You will learn how to report, research, interview and edit news stories and features. Using Adobe InDesign, you will develop an understanding of how to plan a page with text, photographs and graphics, sub-edit copy, and write a compelling headline. You’ll get to grips with mobile journalism, using a phone or tablet to record video and audio, and learn how to edit your material into packages. On newsdays and newsweeks, you’ll produce websites and magazines, working with WordPress, the storytelling platform , InDesign and Photoshop, as well as creating content for Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You’ll also examine the business side of magazines and have the chance to pitch your own idea for a new title to a panel of industry professionals. Assessment is by a mixture of portfolio work, projects, essays, and exams. Do you want to work in magazines? Are you passionate about the written word, whether it’s online or in print? Would you like to do in-depth interviews, learn how to shoot video professionally and explore design and photography to create beautiful magazines? If so this is the perfect course for you. Previous students on the MA/PGDip Magazine Journalism course have gone on to work in a range of roles as magazine writers in digital and print, production journalists, social media editors, sub-editors, and in PR, digital marketing and promotions. Recent graduates include: Alyss Bowen, social media editor, online magazine The Debrief; Jodie Heginbotham, account manager, The Tonic Communications; Georgie Kiely, writer, ; Davina Merchant, writer, MashableUK; Charlotte McIntyre, sub-editor, Slimming World magazine; Hannah Rought, senior marketing executive, TimeInc; Dave Straw, marketing and comms manager, The London Stadium and Stewart Thorpe, reporter, Rail Media.

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Full time | City Campus | 1 year | SEP-19

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Full time


1 year

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In this module you will acquire a full understanding of the scope and effect of media law. You will be taught to recognise the danger areas in publication, evaluating risk and amending or eliminating content. You will also gain an appreciation of the impact of reporting restrictions on the work of journalists.

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Entry requirements

Students will need a good honours degree (minimum 2.1) and enthusiasm for, or experience of journalism. Students with a 2.2 and substantial experience will be considered. Applications from candidates with non-standard entry qualifications will be considered on an individual basis.

University information

Situated in Nottingham - voted the second best city for students in the UK - Nottingham Trent University (NTU) consists of 4 campuses: City Campus, Confetti Campus, Clifton Campus and Brackenhurst Campus. NTU offers almost 200 taught courses and has a wide range of research degree options across its many academic schools: NTU Doctoral School (research degrees) Nottingham Business School Nottingham Law School ...more

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