Journalism with Media Studies
Understanding the impact of the media on the modern world
Why take this course?
A combination that is ideal if you want to become a knowledgeable media practitioner, this course lets you study various forms of media, old and new, as you train in the skills that journalists use to communicate through these media.
We aim to help you become an ethical and reflective journalist, with significant knowledge of another subject.
What will I experience?
On this course you can:
- Put your skills into practice in our fully equipped newsroom
- Benefit from studying under expert journalists with experience working on international, national, regional and online publications
- Complete a ten-day journalism-based work placement
What opportunities might it lead to?
Portsmouth graduates have a good record of finding employment and the focus on our journalism course is on making you employable as a graduate journalist.
The University of Portsmouth is an approved exam centre for the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ), a body traditionally associated with the newspaper industry. Students have the opportunity to sit a number of NCTJ examinations, but applicants are advised that if they wish to complete all the NCTJ core examinations, they should apply to our BA (Hons) Journalism.
Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:
- editing magazines
- working on fashion blogs
- new media
- public relations
- further academic study
It is one thing learning the theory behind good journalism, but it is important to put theory to practice. I feel this course enabled me to do so.
Myron Jobson, journalism student 2013
- UCAS Course Code:
- 3 years full time
UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man full-time students: £8,750 p/a*
International full-time students: £10,500 p/a*
*Please note that all fees are subject to annual increase.
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- School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies
- Programme specification
Structure & Teaching
In the first year there is a blend of practical and theoretical learning. You’ll begin practical training in the techniques of journalism, alongside units in theory, law and ethics relating to journalistic practice. Shorthand is also a core topic, and our training will enable you to reach speeds of 100 words per minute. You will also lay the groundwork for your studies of the media.
- Law for Journalists
- Theories and Techniques in Journalism
- Introduction to Studying Journalism
- Copywriting and Web Editing
- Media Theories and Methods
- Contemporary Media Events
This year allows you to start specialising in the areas that interest you most. Choose to focus on specific media forms or writing styles alongside your chosen aspect of the media's relations with its makers and consumers.
You will study the following units:
- An Introduction to Editorial Design
- Visual Journalism
- Print Media
- Feature Writing
You will choose one option from:
- The Media and Propaganda
- Approaches to Popular Culture
- Screen Media
You will choose one further option from:
- Sports Journalism
- Ethical Issues in Modern Journalism
- Learning from Experience
The final year offers you a broad range of options to choose from in both parts of your study. Depending on your interests, you also have the choice between a dissertation or undertaking a special exercise that boosts your journalistic skills.
You will study the following units:
- EITHER Dissertation (journalism) OR Journalism Special Exercise
- Writing and Producing Magazines
You will choose options from units including:
- Placements and Digital Portfolio
- Press and Public Relations
- Culture of Consumption
- Researching Animation
- British TV Drama and Society
- TV Talk Shows
- Media Fan Cultures
- Representing Science in the Media
- Comedy, Culture and Form
- News, War and Peace
Teaching and Assessment
As well as the standard lecture and seminar format of learning, there is also a hugely practical element to your study. Practical workshop sessions and group-based activities will sometimes see you producing magazines, newspapers or web pages to a deadline. We prize this training aspect of the course.
How are you assessed?
We assess you in a range of ways, including through:
- essays and close textual analysis
- in-class tests
- media artefacts
- seminar presentations
- a 10,000-word dissertation
Our students work on real-life journalism in our state-of-the-art newsrooms under the watchful eye of real journalists. We combine that with rigorous background theory and it's all aimed at preparing them for life as a multi-skilled journalist who can cope with the pressures and demands of employers when they first step into a newsroom.
Facilities & Features
Opened in 2007 by former Times editor Charles Wilson, our industry-standard newsroom is home to Portsmouth's journalism students. It’s equipped with the latest hardware and software used by today’s press, replicating the activity and experience of professional journalists. You'll also become familiar with the tools and techniques used by correspondents out in the field, from cameras to data connections.
The Study Centre
A suite of rooms with a comfy seating area, desks where you can work, printers, Mac workstations and access to the wireless network so you can log in using your own laptop. There are also several study rooms where you can work on group projects, in addition to the University's 3rd Space.
Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.
The Department has a newsroom, which I had not seen at any of the other universities I visited.
Loran Farrow, BA (Hons) Journalism with Media Studies student
Careers & Opportunities
This is a vocational course, and we would expect you to graduate with the skills needed to find employment as a journalist on websites, magazines and newspapers. However, this is not the only route open to you; you’ll gain valuable transferable skills in analysis, writing, presentation, editing, design, and so on, which will stand you in good stead to enter a wide range of careers.
Roles our graduates have taken on include:
- campaign assistant
- editorial assistant
- PR and marketing assistant
- trainee reporter
In your third year, you will complete a ten-day journalism-based work placement. This is a great opportunity to gain relevant work experience, learn more about the professional application of journalism and produce material for your portfolio which may also be used for NCTJ professional qualifications. What’s more, impress future employers by getting some real-life work experience under your belt. Past students have gained work placements on a variety of weekly, evening and national newspapers, national magazines, radio and television stations and web publications.
This course also allows you to take the Learning From Experience (LiFE) option, which means you can earn credits towards your degree for work, volunteer and research placements that you’re involved in alongside your study.
Finding a job is a competitive business, but the statistics show that 89 per cent of our 2011graduates went into employment, further study or training within six months of finishing their degrees.
To make sure you take the right steps on your career path, we’re here to give you help, support and advice throughout your study. Even after you’ve graduated, we continue to give you support for up to five years.
Employers tell us that they want graduates to be able to demonstrate certain skills when they come out of university. Our courses take account of this. We make sure we prepare you for employment through work-related learning, projects, placements and working in simulated environments that are designed to prepare you for the working world.
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