Description

Investigative journalism is at a crossroads in theory and practice. Crises of ethics and funding have brought profound changes to the nature of long form journalism, the ways in which it is produced and the institutions that invest in it.

This innovative MA brings together leading practitioners and institutions to deliver advanced training in emergent investigative newsgathering and publishing skills applicable to a range of professional contexts, within and beyond journalism. At the same time, the degree introduces you to critical accounts of the media’s watchdog function and journalism’s evolving social role.

You will be taught by a mix of academics, writers, investigative journalists, editors and bloggers. Current associate lecturers and special guest contributors include Ewen MacAskill (security and defence correspondent for The Guardian); Louise Ridley (special projects editor for Huffington Post); and Iain Overton (award winning current affairs journalist, author and human rights reporter).

Study Details:

MA 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Module Details:

CORE MODULES

  • Investigative Reporting: Theory and Practice
  • Journalism by numbers: Working with data

OPTION MODULES

  • Digital Culture
  • Public Relations and Professional Communications
  • Theoretical Perspectives on Media
  • Web-based Journalism and Online Media Production

INVESTIGATIVE PROJECT

  • Investigative Project

Student Destinations

Graduates can pursue careers in professional journalism – especially current affairs journalism and long-form reporting in print and online – the media, or public relations. This programme is also relevant for students seeking to enter or develop careers in the NGO or law sectors, particularly in the areas of human rights, civil liberties and corruption.

Graduates will be well-equipped to enter a range of work environments, from newspapers and online journalism to magazines and trade publications. This degree may also be useful in becoming a public relations officer, market researcher or writer.

Fees

Part-time home/EU students: £4175 pa Full-time home/EU students: £8350 pa Part-time international students: £7600 pa Full-time international students: £15200 pa

Entry Requirements

A second-class honours degree in any related subject; other qualifications will be considered. Applications are encouraged from those with prior investigative experience in journalism, human rights or other related fields.

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University of Birkbeck London

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