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Jennifer Smith

MA Broadcast Journalism

"The MA Broadcast Journalism course will give you all the skills you need to become a competent journalist, providing you are willing to put in the effort. It’s a competitive business that can be difficult to break in to – the qualification is essential, but strong networking skills will ultimately lead to you gaining employment. The course opens doors and gives you everything you need to walk through them.

Before starting the course I was a Broadcast Assistant at BBC Radio Lancashire, I am now part of their news team, as a reporter and a producer. I work as an Assistant Producer on You and Yours and Woman’s Hour at Radio 4, and have done shifts for BBC North West Tonight and reported for the World Service – in addition to being a newsreader on a local commercial radio station.

News broadcasting is an intensive job, you need to work quickly and efficiently to tight deadlines, and the newsroom days at UCLan prepare you for this. The Journalism Law and Public Administration modules provide the essential editorial knowledge that you will need to work in Broadcast Journalism. But journalism can’t be taught out of textbooks. This is a practical course and one that comes as close as possible to the real thing.

By the time you go on your placement you will be a competent, confident journalist and an asset to the team you join. This is your opportunity to demonstrate the skills you have gained whilst at UCLan. My advice to anyone considering this course is to give it your all; if you do you’ll go far.

I began my journalism career with the ambition of becoming a producer on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour… I’m yet to finish the course and I’m already working as an Assistant Producer on the very programme I yearned to be part of!"