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Journalism and Media Studies MA

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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Media Studies Journalism (General) Film / Video / Television Production

Course type


Course Summary

On this course you develop essential journalistic skills in a multimedia context. At the same time, you explore key theoretical issues and debates about journalism and news production in relation to contemporary media, culture and society. You will: master techniques in researching and writing for print and digital media, as well as subediting and print news design; contextualise journalistic practice within a theoretical framework of journalism studies; understand transitional processes in the news landscape at local, regional and global level; understand and be able to analyse current theories and debates surrounding the media and society. Assessment is by: term papers; practical video/media work; portfolios of journalism with critical reflections. The final assessment may take the form of a 15,000-word dissertation or a portfolio of long-form journalism articles. This course equips you with the skills for a career in: newspaper and magazine journalism; a related media and communication industry; a research career in journalism and media studies.

Different course options

Full time | University of Sussex | 1 year | SEP

Study mode

Full time


1 year

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This module explores the function, impact and current status of international journalism in an increasingly 'deterritorialised' media environment. The module will cover a comparative study of different news media systems in the world, the global news flow, institutional and professional issues in international news reporting, and the transformation in international journalism. It will also investigate the extent to which the audiences of global journalism might constitute alternative news networks and a putative global public sphere. New technologies from blogging to multiplatform television, twitter to online distribution, have also transformed the way news is made, disseminated and consumed. This module provides a critical consideration of the economics, culture, politics and sociology of journalism on a global scale.

Tuition fees

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


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Entry requirements

Students should normally have an upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above; qualification should be in a relevant social sciences or humanities subject. Students those don’t have the academic requirements, they can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.