MA/PgDip Magazine Journalism – Nottingham Trent University

Magazines today embrace a wide range of storytelling and content elements, from in-depth writing on the major topics of our time to beautiful photography and stunning visuals to podcasting, digital marketing and even event management

All of these aspects are reflected in our course.

Working with tutors who are practising journalists, students learn how to write for publication, including news, blogs, features, interviews, social media posts, and general copywriting.

Video filming and editing, as well as podcasting, play a key role. Students are taught to use the latest industry-standard software and there is an emphasis on mobile journalism – recording, editing and publishing stories on phones and other devices.

Collaboration with specialists across the university and from industry is at the heart of what we do. Design skills, photography and layout, are taught in collaboration with NTU’s internationally-renowned School of Art and Design, while in the specialist Business of Magazines project, students work with industry professionals to conceive, design and present their own ideas for a new magazine brand.

Other specialist options include social media, journalism ethics and society, visual journalism and public affairs.

This course is for anyone aspiring to work in magazine journalism and who loves magazines in all formats but the skills and knowledge it offers also equip students to enter a wide array of media roles.

NCTJ elective modules offered:

  • Practical magazine journalism
  • Editing skills for journalists
  • Media law court reporting
  • Public affairs for journalists
  • Shorthand for journalists
  • Videojournalism for digital platforms
Everything I learned on the Magazine MA course enabled me to get a foot on the ladder at BBC Good Food magazine. I understood the importance of working cross-platform, writing for different audiences, refining my writing style, utilising social media, and the importance of digital journalism and SEO.
Georgie Kiely, digital food editor, BBC Good Food

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