MA Journalism – University of Salford

If you are serious about becoming a journalist, the NCTJ accredited MA Journalism programme at The University of Salford is the place to start.

You are taught by a team of experienced industry professionals at the heart of MediaCityUK alongside organisations including the BBC, ITV and Reach, as well as a host of other media companies and sporting institutions. We have excellent industry links – not just with the big players in Media City but with Sky News, News UK (home of The Sun, The Times and Wireless Radio) and others – and we use these to help you gain real-world experience to give you the very best chance of getting the job you want when you graduate.

You will learn the skills that you need to become an incisive and successful journalist. During the first part of this full-time programme, you will focus on core journalism skills including newswriting, digital storytelling, media law and shorthand. Then, in the second trimester, you will build on these skills as you specialise in your chosen pathway: digital news, digital sport, broadcast news or broadcast sport. Trimester 3 is dedicated to your Major Journalism Project – the calling card that shows employers your finest capabilities.

A nine-month Postgraduate Diploma is also offered on this programme. Both MA and Postgraduate Diploma students work toward gaining the NCTJ Diploma qualification.

The University of Salford is the ideal springboard to a rewarding career in the media industry.

NCTJ elective modules offered:

  • Media law court reporting
  • Sports journalism
  • Videojournalism for digital platforms
  • Broadcast journalism
  • Public affairs for journalists
  • PR and communications for journalists
  • Introduction to PR for journalists
  • Shorthand for journalists

Job destinations of recent graduates include:

  • Sky News
  • Sky Sports
  • ITV Granada
  • 5 News
  • Bloomberg News
  • LADbible
  • Manchester Evening News
  • Liverpool Echo
  • Manchester United FC
  • Tottenham Hotspur FC
Working as a journalist at Newsquest, my experience and training from Salford has equipped me with the correct skillset to fit straight into a working, vast and busy newsroom in the heart of the North East. The ability to report on inquests, court cases, council meetings, live and breaking news, has been developed through extensive training by industry experts at the university.
Jim Scott, reporter, The Northern Echo

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