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MA Community Radio

MA Community Radio

1 year 2 years School of English & Journalism Lincoln Campus [L] Validated 1 year 2 years School of English & Journalism Lincoln Campus [L] Subject to Validation

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Introduction

Lincoln offers the only MA Community Radio programme in the UK, providing the opportunity to gain hands-on experience of producing and presenting, and the chance to develop an understanding of community radio’s relationship to the wider media industry.

The University of Lincoln is home to Siren FM, the country’s first Ofcom-licensed, campus-based community radio station. This MA provides the opportunity to become involved in Siren FM’s output, with practical experience designed to prepare you for a senior role in radio.

This programme is taught by academics with more than 25 years’ experience in community broadcasting. A programme of high-profile guest speakers, which has previously included John Pilger and Dorothy Byrne, offers students in the School of English & Journalism the chance to learn from some of the industry’s most experienced practitioners.

Research Areas, Projects & Topics

Research topics include:

  • Community Radio Theory and Production
  • Community Radio Management
  • Arts Reporting
  • International Human Rights
  • Comparative Media History

Days Taught

Wednesday and Thursday. Postgraduate level study involves a significant proportion of independent study, exploring the material covered in lectures and seminars. As a general guide, for every hour in class students are expected to spend two - three hours in independent study.

How You Are Assessed

Assessment is mostly continuous, via essays, portfolios, reports, presentations and case studies.

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to you promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date.

Entry Requirements

A minimum 2:2 honours degree

International Students will require English Language at IELTS 7.0 with no less than 6.5 in each element, or equivalent. http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/englishrequirements

Key Contacts

Academic:
Alex Lewczuk
alewczuk@lincoln.ac.uk
+44 (0)1522 886245

Enquiries:
unilincolnarts@lincoln.ac.uk
+44 (0)1522 886097

Masters Level

Arts Reporting (Option)

This module provides an opportunity to critically explore the various genres of journalistic writing about the arts and popular culture. The module deals with the skills of the reviewer, whether in literature, film, exhibition, TV, theatre, or the creation of other media artefacts.

The module aims to:

  • Develop skills in arts and cultural reporting, reviewing & profile/ feature construction through attending cultural events, consuming cultural products, meeting cultural workers, in a variety of environments.
  • Encourage students to develop a range of different approaches in review features, and to reflect critically on them.
  • Explore critically the various genres of journalistic coverage of the arts and popular culture, from fine arts to television.
  • Acquaint students with the key concepts and debates concerning the principal forms of artistic expression.
  • Examine processes by which critical judgements are translated into journalism.

Community Radio Management

This module is designed to introduce the processes of managing and coordinating community radio. It provides the opportunity to develop a critical understanding of editorial processes in community radio organisation. The challenges of enhancing and coordinating a professional approach with volunteers will also be addressed. The specific skills of media line-management and coordination will be analysed and can be practised.

Community Radio Theory and Production

In this module, students can strengthen and extend project skills and have the opportunity to be introduced to a variety of programming styles within community radio. The module is taught through a lecture programme and workshop activities.

Students can work through the production processes specific to their chosen topic several times. This is designed to reinforce project management skills at the same time as practical media skills. All students will be expected to document their experience in an online workshop diary and to demonstrate awareness of their strengths and weaknesses relative to the production process by submission of a critique of the workshop.

Comparative Media History (Option)

This module is designed to enable students to appreciate trends and changes within all the main media industries including press, radio, TV, cinema, music & the Internet worldwide on a comparative basis between countries and between platforms.

The module offers an opportunity to develop an understanding of how the media has reached the state it is now in, and what trends are likely to continue in the future.

Contemporary Issues in Sports Journalism (Option)

This module explores the sports journalism industry and the work of sports journalists. Sports journalists are no longer just match reporters and commentators. They have a role to play in the greater industry of journalism, as court reporters, political correspondents and news gatherers.

This module aims to enable you to expand your knowledge of sport and sports journalism, exploring issues in sport such as drugs, racism, hooliganism, economics, media and the history of sport and sports journalism. The module will also reflect on the cultural and sociological impact of sport and major sporting events, such as the World Cup and the Olympic games.

Core Broadcast

This module provides you with the opportunity to develop the key skills required by broadcast journalists and you have the chance to adapt those skills to your specialist field. Over twelve weeks, you will be given the chance to focus on newsgathering and writing news features for radio and video journalism.

The first set of workshops will concentrate on the basic radio production skills of writing for radio bulletins, recording sound and editing, interview and presentation skills and studio operation. In the second half of the term, the focus switches to basic video journalism, including camera work, editing and production.

Core Writing

This module provides the opportunity to learn the skills required to write as a journalist and then focus those skills in different areas of journalism. The module offers an essential introduction to reporting, researching, interviewing, news values and news writing necessary for employment in all areas of the profession.

Ethics in Science and Environmental Journalism (Option)

This module aims to provide an in-depth reflection on philosophical issues and an opportunity for students to consider more fully the kind of dilemmas that they are likely to encounter as working journalists in the field of science and environmental reporting.

Final Project or Dissertation (MACR)

The Final Project or Dissertation module consists of either a dissertation, portfolio of articles, radio or television documentary or chapters for a book or webpages. Students are expected to spend the final term during the summer on self-directed learning, having already decided on the form of media product that they will produce. Each student is allocated their own tutor for support and guidance. This final project provides an opportunity to research and make an in-depth study of the student's chosen study area.

International Human Rights (Journalism) (Option)

This module aims to highlight the importance of a critical and comparative knowledge of human rights issues to the practice of journalism. You have the chance to explore human rights issues (such as privacy, confidentiality and freedom of expression) that are particularly relevant to the practice of journalism.

Research and Professional Placement

On this module, you are expected to take up a work placement in one or several different media organisations of your choice. The module provides prior guidance, together with career advice. Tutors will help with research of the employment market, help to arrange international, national or local work placements and support you as you build an individual career profile, CV and work experience.

Please see the Features tab for more information regarding the potential costs associated with these placements.

This module also provides the opportunity to develop a methodological understanding and to receive support and advice on the final project. You will then be expected to prepare a written proposal for a dissertation, a documentary project, or a portfolio of articles.

Specialist Reporting and Production

In this module students decide on a specialist subject area, study the nature of correspondents’ work in their chosen field, and also prepare longer 'feature' pieces aimed at specifically targeted audiences. You also have the opportunity to create your own web content.

Special Features

Siren FM, based on the University’s main campus, is the country’s first Ofcom licensed community radio service based at an English university.

The programme benefits from a considerable range of visiting speakers within the School of Journalism, regular dealings with Ofcom and over 20 years of broadcasting expertise.

Placements

There is a two-week assessed placement built into the course as part of the Research and Professional Placement module.

On this module you are expected to take up a work placement in one or several different media organisations of your choice and receive prior guidance, together with career advice. Tutors can help with research of the employment market, help to arrange international, national or local work placements and support students as they build their individual career profile, CV and work experience.

Please note that students are expected to cover their own travel, accommodation and general living expenses during their placement.

Career and Personal Development

Within the expanding world of access radio nationally and internationally, this course is designed to provide opportunities for students and those who have a passion for the development and growth of the broadcast and audio media world to develop the skills to actively pursue employment in the sector.

The substantial growth of access and community radio services over the past two years has created a major opportunity for a programme which can provide students with the opportunity to develop appropriate academic and practical skills in the area.

Careers Service

The University Careers and Employability Team offer qualified advisors who can work with you to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during your time at the University. As a member of our alumni we also offer one-to-one support in the first year after completing your course, including access to events, vacancy information and website resources; with access to online vacancies and virtual and website resources for the following two years.

This service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise your future opportunities.

The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.

Other Costs

For each course you may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required, depending on your course.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and you will find that our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that you are required to read. However, you may prefer to purchase some of these for yourself and you will be responsible for this cost.

Introduction

Lincoln offers the only MA Community Radio programme in the UK, providing the opportunity to gain hands-on experience of producing and presenting, and the chance to develop an understanding of community radio’s relationship to the wider media industry.

The University of Lincoln is home to Siren FM, the country’s first Ofcom-licensed, campus-based community radio station. This MA provides the opportunity to become involved in Siren FM’s output, with practical experience designed to prepare you for a senior role in radio.

This programme is taught by academics with more than 25 years’ experience in community broadcasting. A programme of high-profile guest speakers, which has previously included John Pilger and Dorothy Byrne, offers students in the School of English & Journalism the chance to learn from some of the industry’s most experienced practitioners.

Research Areas, Projects & Topics

Research topics include:

  • Community Radio Theory and Production
  • Community Radio Management
  • Arts Reporting
  • International Human Rights
  • Comparative Media History

Days Taught

Wednesday and Thursday.

How You Are Assessed

Assessment is mostly continuous, via essays, portfolios, reports, presentations and case studies.

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to you promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date.

Entry Requirements

A minimum 2:2 honours degree

International Students will require English Language at IELTS 7.0 with no less than 6.5 in each element, or equivalent. http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/englishrequirements

Key Contacts

Academic:
Alex Lewczuk
alewczuk@lincoln.ac.uk
+44 (0)1522 886245

Enquiries:
mhpenquiries@lincoln.ac.uk
+44 (0)1522 886097

Masters Level

Arts Reporting (Option)

This module provides an opportunity to critically explore the various genres of journalistic writing about the arts and popular culture. The module deals with the skills of the reviewer, whether in literature, film, exhibition, TV, theatre, or the creation of other media artefacts.

The module aims to:

  • Develop skills in arts and cultural reporting, reviewing & profile/ feature construction through attending cultural events, consuming cultural products, meeting cultural workers, in a variety of environments.
  • Encourage students to develop a range of different approaches in review features, and to reflect critically on them.
  • Explore critically the various genres of journalistic coverage of the arts and popular culture, from fine arts to television.
  • Acquaint students with the key concepts and debates concerning the principal forms of artistic expression.
  • Examine processes by which critical judgements are translated into journalism.

Community Radio Management

This module is designed to introduce the processes of managing and coordinating community radio. It provides the opportunity to develop a critical understanding of editorial processes in community radio organisation. The challenges of enhancing and coordinating a professional approach with volunteers will also be addressed. The specific skills of media line-management and coordination will be analysed and can be practised.

Community Radio Theory and Production

In this module, students can strengthen and extend project skills and have the opportunity to be introduced to a variety of programming styles within community radio. The module is taught through a lecture programme and workshop activities.

Students can work through the production processes specific to their chosen topic several times. This is designed to reinforce project management skills at the same time as practical media skills. All students will be expected to document their experience in an online workshop diary and to demonstrate awareness of their strengths and weaknesses relative to the production process by submission of a critique of the workshop.

Comparative Media History (Option)

This module is designed to enable students to appreciate trends and changes within all the main media industries including press, radio, TV, cinema, music & the Internet worldwide on a comparative basis between countries and between platforms.

The module offers an opportunity to develop an understanding of how the media has reached the state it is now in, and what trends are likely to continue in the future.

Contemporary Issues in Sports Journalism (Option)

This module explores the sports journalism industry and the work of sports journalists. Sports journalists are no longer just match reporters and commentators. They have a role to play in the greater industry of journalism, as court reporters, political correspondents and news gatherers.

This module aims to enable you to expand your knowledge of sport and sports journalism, exploring issues in sport such as drugs, racism, hooliganism, economics, media and the history of sport and sports journalism. The module will also reflect on the cultural and sociological impact of sport and major sporting events, such as the World Cup and the Olympic games.

Core Broadcast

This module provides you with the opportunity to develop the key skills required by broadcast journalists and you have the chance to adapt those skills to your specialist field. Over twelve weeks, you will be given the chance to focus on newsgathering and writing news features for radio and video journalism.

The first set of workshops will concentrate on the basic radio production skills of writing for radio bulletins, recording sound and editing, interview and presentation skills and studio operation. In the second half of the term, the focus switches to basic video journalism, including camera work, editing and production.

Core Writing

This module provides the opportunity to learn the skills required to write as a journalist and then focus those skills in different areas of journalism. The module offers an essential introduction to reporting, researching, interviewing, news values and news writing necessary for employment in all areas of the profession.

Ethics in Science and Environmental Journalism (Option)

This module aims to provide an in-depth reflection on philosophical issues and an opportunity for students to consider more fully the kind of dilemmas that they are likely to encounter as working journalists in the field of science and environmental reporting.

Final Project or Dissertation (MACR)

The Final Project or Dissertation module consists of either a dissertation, portfolio of articles, radio or television documentary or chapters for a book or webpages. Students are expected to spend the final term during the summer on self-directed learning, having already decided on the form of media product that they will produce. Each student is allocated their own tutor for support and guidance. This final project provides an opportunity to research and make an in-depth study of the student's chosen study area.

International Human Rights (Journalism) (Option)

This module aims to highlight the importance of a critical and comparative knowledge of human rights issues to the practice of journalism. You have the chance to explore human rights issues (such as privacy, confidentiality and freedom of expression) that are particularly relevant to the practice of journalism.

Research and Professional Placement

On this module, you are expected to take up a work placement in one or several different media organisations of your choice. The module provides prior guidance, together with career advice. Tutors will help with research of the employment market, help to arrange international, national or local work placements and support you as you build an individual career profile, CV and work experience.

Please see the Features tab for more information regarding the potential costs associated with these placements.

This module also provides the opportunity to develop a methodological understanding and to receive support and advice on the final project. You will then be expected to prepare a written proposal for a dissertation, a documentary project, or a portfolio of articles.

Specialist Reporting and Production

In this module students decide on a specialist subject area, study the nature of correspondents’ work in their chosen field, and also prepare longer 'feature' pieces aimed at specifically targeted audiences. You also have the opportunity to create your own web content.

Special Features

Siren FM, based on the University’s main campus, is the country’s first Ofcom licensed community radio service based at an English university.

The programme benefits from a considerable range of visiting speakers within the School of Journalism, regular dealings with Ofcom and over 20 years of broadcasting expertise.

Placements

There is a two-week assessed placement built into the course as part of the Research and Professional Placement module.

On this module you are expected to take up a work placement in one or several different media organisations of your choice and receive prior guidance, together with career advice. Tutors can help with research of the employment market, help to arrange international, national or local work placements and support students as they build their individual career profile, CV and work experience.

Please note that students are expected to cover their own travel, accommodation and general living expenses during their placement.

Career and Personal Development

Within the expanding world of access radio nationally and internationally, this course is designed to provide opportunities for students and those who have a passion for the development and growth of the broadcast and audio media world to develop the skills to actively pursue employment in the sector.

The substantial growth of access and community radio services over the past two years has created a major opportunity for a programme which can provide students with the opportunity to develop appropriate academic and practical skills in the area.

Careers Service

The University Careers and Employability Team offer qualified advisors who can work with you to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during your time at the University. As a member of our alumni we also offer one-to-one support in the first year after completing your course, including access to events, vacancy information and website resources; with access to online vacancies and virtual and website resources for the following two years.

This service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise your future opportunities.

The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.

Other Costs

For each course you may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required, depending on your course.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and you will find that our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that you are required to read. However, you may prefer to purchase some of these for yourself and you will be responsible for this cost.

Tuition Fees

   2016/17 Entry*
Home/EU £7,100
Home/EU
(including Alumni Scholarship 30% reduction)
£4,970
Home/EU 
(including Non-Alumni Scholarship 20% reduction)
£5,680
International £15,700
International
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship £2,000 reduction)
£13,700
   
 Part-time Home/EU  £39 per credit point
 Part-time International  £87 per credit point

* Academic year September- July
** Subject to eligibility

Loans

A new system of postgraduate loans for Masters courses will be introduced in the UK, beginning from the 2016-17 academic year. Under the new scheme Individuals will be able to borrow up to £10,000 for the purpose of completing an eligible postgraduate Masters qualification.

Scholarships

As a postgraduate student you may be eligible for scholarships in addition to those shown above.

Guidance for Part-time Postgraduate Fees

To complete a standard Masters Taught programme, you must complete 180 credit points.

Full time students will be invoiced for the programme in full upon initial enrolment.

For part-time students, tuition fees are payable each credit point enrolled. To calculate your part-time fees, multiply the part-time fee per credit point by the number of credits you intend to complete within that academic year. This is usually between 60 and 90 credit points per year.

For example, if the fee per credit point for your programme is £38, and you enrol on 60 credits, the tuition fee payable for that academic year will be £2280.

 

For further information and for details about funding your study, scholarships and bursaries, please see our Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studyatlincoln/postgraduateprogrammes/feesandfunding/].

The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.