This course offers you the chance to learn the multimedia skills and techniques of the sports journalist.
Sport is big business, influencing politics, finance, fashion and music as well as being the focal point of community joy and despair. It is also, of course, great fun and one of the most exciting jobs around. The role of the sports journalist is increasingly important, reporting the action and results that millions want to know about and also scrutinising the activities of those who organise and fund the increasingly varied sports agenda.
Students will also learn the essentials of law as it impacts on journalists and study and debate the ethics of journalism and learn about the business of sport. The course is very hands-on and students will learn in realistic newsroom and studio environments. Students also undertake an industry placement, so that they have every opportunity to emerge at the end of the course with excellent contacts as well as a track record of achievement.
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Full time and Part time
Full-time: One year, Part-time: Two years.
School of Journalism and Media
No Partner College
Mature students and candidates with non-standard qualifications are also considered, if they have substantial professional or other relevant experience.
Applicants may be required to complete a written/oral admissions test.
International students are required to have IELTS 7. UK industry accreditation bodies require IELTS 7.5 for their programme of study.
The course begins with an intensive introduction to creating content where students learn how to report and write stories for publication. Students also study a digital journalism module that will enable them to develop the skills and strategies needed to exploit the changing media landscape and to respond to the challenges presented by the emergence of multiplatform production.
Students will also appreciate the ethical, legal and commercial considerations they will need to consider in order to function as accurate and responsible journalists and understand the organisation and functions of the sports business.
In these first weeks, students enjoy a realistic and useful appreciation of collaborative and multi-skilled journalism since all our postgraduate journalism students will study and practice together. Sports Journalism students will also take a module that will introduce them to the role of a sports reporter.
All teaching will take place over three intensive days. There is also a part time route available which will allow students to split the programme over two or three years.
Shorthand is offered as an additional 10th module. Many employers require entrants to have 100 wpm shorthand and we strongly advise applicants who wish to practise in the UK to take this module.
In semester two, students will move into either a print and online or broadcast newsroom where they will be providing sports contents for either newspapers and websites or TV or radio newsdays and websites.
You will also learn about the Sports Business in a module that aims to provide a critical understanding of the structures, policies and processes of sport both in the UK and internationally. It will also examine the key contemporary issues that are impacting on global sport and its management.
In semester three, students can undertake a major 60-credit sports journalism project. There is also the option of completing a shorter 40 credit module and taking a 20 credit optional module. Completion of the Masters project should enable students to develop, produce and manage a large-scale project independently in an effective manner and demonstrate a more sophisticated understanding of the sector.
Semester 1 and 2
Students who choose the shorter project will need to take an optional 20 credit module in semester one or two, selected from the following:
Students can also take shorthand as an additional 10th module.
There are exams in the law and shorthand modules and for the optional public administration module. All other assessment is course work. The assessments will model real-life working experiences. For example, you may be asked to produce a website or a newspaper or provide sports content for a radio or TV news bulletin.
Students will develop a critical awareness of the role of the sports journalist in a changing media landscape and to enable students to respond to the challenges and opportunities this presents.
Students will also develop an appreciation of the ethical, legal and commercial considerations they will need to consider in order to function as accurate and responsible journalists and to ensure students understand the organisation and functions of the sports business.
The Course will promote within students the development of the transferable skills and business awareness that will enable students to operate in a commercial environment.
Successful completion of the Masters project should enable students to develop, produce and continue to support a new publication; identify appropriate project management planning and manage a large-scale project independently in an effective manner and demonstrate a more sophisticated understanding of the sector.
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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.For more information please contact:
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