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Journalism

In 2022, Journalism at the University of Central Lancashire will celebrate its 60th Anniversary. Journalism's strong heritage started in 1962 and has continued to offer high-quality, innovative journalism courses that confront vital issues facing the profession.

The ever-growing links with the industry, largely through our successful, distinguished alumni, ensures current and dynamic courses are delivered to you.

We pride ourselves on keeping up to date with the changes in the sector and working across the different mediums so you can hone skills in broadcast, video, film, print or digital.

Our courses are by their nature practical and hands-on where you will get the opportunity to immerse yourself in all aspects of journalism so you can benefit from the broadest range of skills, enhancing your future employment opportunities.

With great facilities and dedicated equipment for your use you will explore and experience magazine content, photo journalism, outdoor reporting, newsroom presenting, filming and editing plus digital and social media – all whilst understanding media law and ethics of journalism.

You’ll have numerous opportunities to gain work experience through our network of industry links which include radio, broadcast and print new media, media departments at sports clubs and media agencies where skills are very much sought after.

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Why choose us?

  • Our Journalism courses are the best in England, according to the Guardian University Guide 2022, which placed UCLan number one in the country.
  • BA (Hons) Journalism is the only undergraduate programme in the North West to be accredited by both the BJTC and the NCTJ. While our Sports Journalism course is the only one in the North to be accredited by the BJTC, which is recognised as a benchmark of excellence by the BBC and Sky.
  • Journalism students have access to a fully equipped TV studio and gallery, a remote TV studio, live outside broadcast equipment, four radio studios, news production and editing software to replicate how they work in industry. 
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Future Careers and Opportunities

Our alumni work within TV, radio, online/digital, magazines and communications - but also in professions where their transferable skills are in demand.

We hold a partnership with the UK’s largest multimedia publisher, Reach PLC (formerly known as Trinity Mirror). Along with our network of regular journalism industry guests and work placement opportunities, this collaboration means you’ll benefit from a structured, rotating day-release programme, working alongside journalists at Lancs Live.

Final year undergraduate and postgraduate journalism students have the opportunity to get involved in our annual cJAM employability event.

The UK News Industry is a billion-pound industry supported by thousands of jobs, meaning graduates in this field are always in demand. 

The UK News Media Industry is a £4.8 billion industry and supports 87,500 jobs. (Source: News Media UK)

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