Make us your first choice if you are determined to have the best possible start in an exciting career in journalism. From the first day of the course, you will be encouraged to think like journalists - to be inquisitive, resourceful, sceptical and persistent in your quest. While developing these essential skills, you will study the history of journalism, its role in society and the legal and ethical framework within which journalists work. You will be offered the opportunity to study abroad in the second year of your programme. You can also bid for travel bursaries for overseas news assignments.
You will be taught by highly experienced lecturers, many of whom are still active at the highest levels of the journalism industry. Within the industry this course is held in high esteem and is accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists, the Broadcast Journalism Training Council and the Periodicals Training Council. The Journalism Division is involved in cutting edge research and recently our students won a BBC ‘Innovation Award’.
There is a compulsory placement in your final year and students take advantage of superb industry links to gain experience at leading news organisations. This is invaluable experience and has a significant impact on our excellent record for graduate employment. Graduates work for BBC Radio, Television and Interactive, the Press Association, Sky TV, independent radio and television, national and regional newspapers, magazines and in the newly-emerging creative digital media industries.
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Applications from people with relevant work or life experience, or non-standard qualifications are welcome. If you have not studied recently you may need to take a Foundation Entry programme. Contact Enquiry Management for details +44 (0)1772 892400.
The degree aims to produce fully-trained multimedia journalists able to move seamlessly into jobs in the creative industries and other allied careers. The course offers practical training in all aspects of multimedia journalism and media innovation, underpinned by the study of journalism theory. Students also have the opportunity to contribute material to our external website, ‘Hotpot’.
Currently, students are introduced in the first year to the core skills of newsgathering, reporting and writing, technical skills for electronic journalism, approaches to studying journalism and factors which have shaped the UK news industries. Students will also learn Teeline shorthand- an essential skills for journalists and a requirement for the NCTJ Diploma.
In the second year, a multimedia approach allows students to develop their practical skills for print, broadcast and online media to a more advanced level. Students also analyse journalism issues and journalism in an international context. Students have the opportunity to spend either a semester or full year studying abroad.
In the final year, students continue to develop their multimedia skills to a professional level in preparation for employment. There is the opportunity to specialise in either newspapers, magazines, radio, TV, online or entrepreneurial journalism. Alternatively, some students choose to enhance their study of journalism by undertaking a dissertation.
Students also study law, public administration, the future of journalism and journalism ethics in the third year.
The core modules are:
Students can choose a specialist pathway to follow.
Typical routes are:
This may be subject to change each year.
They also take the following modules:
There is also a range of optional modules.
Students are assessed in a variety of ways, including: production of live news days; the editing and production of print material to deadline; production of pre-recorded packages; writing tests; interviewing tests; academic essays; individual and group presentations; formal examinations; coursework. Assessment is both formative and summative and is closely aligned to learning outcomes
Deborah Robinson- Course Leader BA Hons Journalism
Deborah is a Senior Lecturer in Broadcast Journalism and also leads the broadcast journalism route. She spent 10 years as a TV reporter and producer for the BBC. She has also worked in newspapers, national magazines, radio and public relations.
Direct Line: 01772 894749, email DRobinson3@uclan.ac.uk
Dr Peter Anderson
Peter is Reader in News Media and he is also the School Research Coordinator. Peter has an international reputation in academic research. His interests include the media and its interaction with political institutions, mainly the EU. He is responsible for teaching international journalism and he leads the dissertation route. Peter has co-edited the division’s book on the future of quality journalism in the UK
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Amy teaches magazine journalism and is also involved in online teaching. Amy has research interests which include the misuse of interactive communication. Amy has previously taught at the University of Huddersfield. She has worked as a senior reporter on the Yorkshire Post and the Lancashire Evening Telegraph.
Direct line: 01772 895694, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Pat is our shorthand module leader and co-ordinator. She has a wealth of experience teaching this essential skill for print journalists.
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Clare is an award-winning investigative journalist with ten years' industry experience. She moved into lecturing following a successful career at regional and national press level before turning to magazines as a chief sub editor. Being bilingual has also allowed her to pursue a journalism career in France. Clare has recently co-authored a book with Megan Knight on social media for journalists.
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Cathy is Course Leader of the MA in Magazine Journalism and Leader of the BA Hons Journalism magazine route. She has previously worked on the Lancashire Evening Post, the Daily Mail, the Financial Times, Country Life and women’s magazines.
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Andy is a Senior Lecturer in Digital Journalism and leads digital teaching for the division. He is also involved in the department’s industry digital training programme, working with major news companies to enhance staff’s professional digital skills. Andy is also active on social media and has a widely read blog and extensive social media network. Direct line: 01772 894752, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Paul is regarded as one of the country’s top innovators in digital journalism, developing and leading several research projects. Paul is an experienced TV producer/director and also teaches community journalism. Paul runs the Media Innovation Studio (MISt).
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Colm is a Senior Lecturer in Print and Digital Journalism and he leads the BA Sports Journalism programme. Colm also teaches on the BA Journalism course. Colm came to UCLan from the Manchester Evening News where he worked as a print and online sub-editor . He was also the chief rugby union writer, having previously worked on several weekly titles across the north west. He still operates as a freelance rugby union writer and as a sports sub on the Express and Star, based in Preston.
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Caroline is an experienced radio journalist having worked for BBC Radio Lancashire for a number of years producing and reporting news and features. Caroline is Course Leader for the MA/PGDip in Broadcast Journalism. She also leads the Foundation Journalism course and she teaches on the BA Hons International Journalism course.
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Kate is a Senior Lecturer in Print and Digital Journalism. She joined the department after a long career in regional newspapers. She spent 10 years as a news sub editor for the Lancashire Evening Post in Preston.
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Megan leads the School’s BA Hons International Journalism programme and is the School’s Head of International Projects and Development. She is also student advisor on overseas exchange programmes and teaches on the Future of Journalism module. A former journalist, she teaches print and online, magazine production and research methods. Among her previous posts, Megan was Director of the New Media Lab and Johnnic Lecturer in New Media at Rhodes University in South Africa. Megan has recently co-authored a book with Clare Cook on social media for journalists.
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Charlie teaches on BA Sports Journalism. He worked for the BBC as a reporter, producer and presenter for both radio and TV. He was North West Tonight's sports presenter and became a regular contributor to TV's Final Score and radio's Sport on Five and Sports Report. He continues to work as a freelance broadcaster, reporting regularly on Premiership football.
Direct line 01772 894739, email CLambert@uclan.ac.uk
Judy teaches broadcast journalism on the BA Journalism programme. She is a highly experienced journalist, specialising in radio features and documentaries. Judy works part-time at UCLan and when not teaching, she continues to work for BBC Radio Four.
Direct line: 01772 894533 email JMerry@uclan.ac.uk
François is the founding director of the Journalism Leaders Programme at UCLan and co-founder of the Digital Editors’ Network. Francois is a National Teaching Fellow (Higher Education Academy). An award-winning journalist and educator with wide international experience, Francois earned his BA and MA degrees in the US and is currently completing his doctoral studies at City University, London. An active researcher and consultant, he has initiated three ongoing studies into the impacts of technology on the business and practices of the newspaper industry. Francois has an interest in entrepreneurial journalism.
Direct line: 01772 894758 email FPNel@uclan.ac.uk
Dr George Ogola
George takes a lead role in research and also teaches international journalism. He joined the division from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg where he took his PhD. He also has experience as a journalist in Kenya.
Direct line: 01772 894829, email GEOgola@uclan.ac.uk
Alan specialises in teaching online journalism. He has extensive experience of journalism education and the journalism industry. Direct line:01772 894757, e-mail AGRawlinson@uclan.ac.uk
Delwyn has worked in print, radio and television. He was a member of Channel 4’s award-winning “Hard News” team. Before joining the department, he taught at Surrey Institute of Art and Design. He is the leader of the Year 3 BA Journalism newspaper and digital route and is course leader for MA Journalism.
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Michael joined the department in 2008. He is Readers' Editor of The Independent and Independent on Sunday newspapers and he is a former deputy editor of the Independent on Sunday. He is a contributor to a wide range of national publications, including the Daily Telegraph, the Daily Mail and the New Statesman. Michael organises the division’s prestigious Harris Lectures series. He is also a published author.
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- To develop journalism practitioners who are independent thinkers and doers.
- To enable students to acquire the necessary skills, competencies and reasoning skills to move confidently from the course to a journalism career.
- To encourage the development of critical thinking, reasoning skills and independence of thought.
- To provide a learning environment for personal development and growth both as an individual and as a contributor to teams and groups;
- To develop a range of transferrable skills to enhance the employability of students within the media industries and associated professions.
By the end of the course, this is what we expect you to have learned as a result of the teaching you receive:
- Knowledge of the development, structures and operation of the news media,
- Understanding of theoretical and conceptual issues which relate to journalism.
- Understanding of how a journalist works, what news is and how it is obtained, written, presented, edited and delivered across multimedia platforms.
- Knowledge of legal, economic, ethical and regulatory controls on news production and knowledge of the operation of central and local government.
Our network of alumni means we can provide a broad range of quality work placements for students and also master classes and guest lectures by distinguished alumni. In addition the Journalism Division works with major employers on special projects, for example with the BBC during the London Olympics. We have training partnerships with Trinity Mirror newspaper group, internship arrangements with magazines and the School runs major employability events to develop relationships with employers. UCLan also has links with international employers and a number of our graduates work abroad.
This course is accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists, Broadcast Journalism Training Council and the Periodicals Training Council.
Adam MacLean, who graduated with BA (Hons) Journalism (broadcast route) is now a reporter at ITV Granada : ‘The course takes into account the demands of a rapidly changing industry and gives students the skills to thrive in a multimedia environment. I didn’t feel like a student, but rather a trainee journalist. I would certainly recommend the course to those serious about a career in journalism.’
Jacqui Meddings graduated with BA (Hons) Journalism (magazine route)and is now Entertainment Editor at Cosmopolitan magazine. She said: ‘Cosmo is the world’s most iconic women’s magazine so it truly is a dream job come true for me. From interviewing Jake Gyllenhaal to writing serious news reports, it’s fast-paced and fun. For me this course was much more than a degree, it was the beginning of my career.’
Dean Scoggins graduated with BA (Hons) Journalism (newspaper route) is now rugby union correspondent at The Sun. He said: ‘I couldn’t have got any more out of Preston than I did - no complaints whatsoever. Everything I planned before I came to Preston has come true.’
Eve Douglas said 'Studying journalism had its ups and downs, but it ultimately equipped me with the skills I have today. Some of the modules are a bit too geared towards the people wanting to land a job on a national tabloid, but other than that - it's the perfect starting point for a career as a writer or editor.'
Stacey Bartlett said 'I knew I wanted to be a journalist and looked at a few universities, but UCLan appealed to me for its course respectability.'
Emily Childs graduated in 2013 and has landed herself a position at The Sun . She said "The main thing that attracted me to the university was its focus on employability. I loved the hands-on, practical parts of the course which showed me exactly what it’s like to work on a newspaper - doing everything from finding stories, contacts and pictures right through to putting the paper together in time for deadline. Having placement time as part of the course really helped me put all the skills I’d learnt into practice in a real newsroom environment.
The opportunities that the Journalism School offers, like projects abroad and the great industry knowledge and contacts that tutors have are brilliant and really help give you an extra edge in such a competitive industry."
Nizaar Kinsella graduated in 2011 and is now Digital Producer at The Institute of Physics. See what he said about UCLan.
Thomas Clarke graduated in 2008 and is enjoying a successful career at Sky. Read more about how the course helped him achieve his goals.
Niall McDonald graduated in 2009 and is now working as Senior Text Producer at Sky News.
See what Joseph Stashko's experience has been.
If you are interested in applying for this course, our comprehensive How to Apply pages will guide you through the process. Here at UCLan, our aim is to encourage you to develop your potential and we offer a flexible approach to admissions, which reflects our commitment to all those who would benefit from our courses.Most students apply through the UCAS system. However, we welcome applications made directly to our admissions team and we encourage non-standard admissions, for example from mature students
UCAS Code: P500
Short Form of Course: BA/J
Institution Code Name: CLANC
Institution Code: C30
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