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Full-time

3 years

Part-time

6 years

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Brayford Pool

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Validated

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UCAS Code

P501

Course Code

MGZJOUUB

BA (Hons) Magazine Journalism

Students may have the opportunity to develop their writing skills while working on the University’s student newspaper, news website, and community and student radio stations, Siren Radio and Brayford Radio, which are both based on campus.

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Key Information

Full-time

3 years

Part-time

6 years

Typical Offer

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Campus

Brayford Pool

Validation Status

Validated

Fees

View

UCAS Code

P501

Course Code

MGZJOUUB

Tim Greenfield - Programme Leader

Tim Greenfield - Programme Leader

Tim Greenfield has spent much of his career as a journalist working on regional newspapers in the UK. He spent five years working for a national newspaper in Bermuda, taking on many roles during that time role. He has also worked as a freelance journalist, taking on PR, news, and magazine commissions.

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Welcome to BA (Hons) Magazine Journalism

From lifestyle titles to academic journals, there are a wealth of magazines catering for a range of tastes in both print and digital formats, providing various career opportunities for aspiring writers.

The BA (Hons) Magazine Journalism degree at Lincoln offers students the chance to explore the vibrant, challenging, and diverse magazine industry, while producing practical work in digital and print.

Working out of our suite of fully equipped newsrooms, students can study the core values of good journalism and how to apply them on the different media platforms that are available today. They are encouraged to develop their own areas of interest and put these into practice in academic and practical work.

Staff include media professionals with a variety of industry experience. The School of English and Journalism has good links with local media, as well as its own student magazine and news website.

Guest speakers from the media industry also form an important part of this course.

How You Study

The course shares some core aspects with the BA (Hons) Journalism, with a focus on developing the essential skills and knowledge required to work as journalists. These include news-gathering, media law, ethics, interviewing, and writing. Taking these skills further, the course allows students to specialise in magazine journalism through theory, production (print and digital), and writing modules. Special attention is also paid to the vital role of public relations in the magazine industry.

As they progress through the course, students can produce academic work alongside magazine writing and whole magazine brand projects. In addition, they will also be able to explore digital and multi-platform broadcast journalism in core lectures and seminars, applying their knowledge in project work.

An exploration of the commercial aspects of modern magazine brands will form part of the course, giving students an insight into the financial, marketing and distribution challenges faced by this multi-faceted industry.

Throughout the course students can study core journalism modules and specific magazine modules. This enables them to follow their own specialism in line with their specific interests. Modules may include Magazine Writing and Interviewing; The Magazine Business; The Digital Magazine and Magazine Writing; Journalism Production; and Essential Law.

What You Need to Know

We want you to have all the information you need to make an informed decision on where and what you want to study. To help you choose the course that’s right for you, we aim to bring to your attention all the important information you may need. Our What You Need to Know page offers detailed information on key areas including contact hours, assessment, optional modules, and additional costs.

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An Introduction to Your Modules

† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

Essential Journalism 1 2022-23JOU1091MLevel 42022-23This module will be a blend of practice and theory and aims to create a progression through the key journalistic skills needed to tell stories on the most appropriate platform using traditional, digital and mobile media. This module aims to develop a rounded awareness of the media and to give students the skills and insight that equip them to develop further in levels two and three. The focus is on newsgathering and storytelling skills. The way design influences different media is also analysed.CoreEssential Law 2022-23JOU1092MLevel 42022-23Journalism students are required to abide by the law, in terms of newsgathering and research methods, data collection and retention, use of communication networks, publishing and broadcasting material to audiences. This module aims to introduce students to the legal system, to the operation of the courts, and examines the impact of legislation and codes of practice on the work of journalists.CoreJournalism Production 1 2022-23JOU1094MLevel 42022-23This module aims to introduce students to the editorial and production skills required for web-based multiplatform news production with a focus on digital convergence and effective use of social media. From the basis of a digital core of content production, the focus is on newsgathering and output for broadcast and online. Students will have the opportunity to work in a newsroom environment under strict but appropriate time constraints.CoreMagazine interviewing and writing 1 2022-23JOU1096MLevel 42022-23In this module students would be introduced to the various forms of magazine interviewing and writing across different brands. It would cover interviewing of different styles and would primarily look at consumer brands. There will be case studies, interviewing skills and analysis of different writing styles, depending on audience and platform. Assessment would be a portfolio in which the student could specialise in a subject area of their choice.CoreThe Magazine Business 2022-23JOU1097MLevel 42022-23Magazine brands are continuously adapting to meet the needs of audiences, delivering content on a variety of platforms. This module takes an in-depth look at the industry, how it has changed during the digital revolution and how titles have transformed themselves to make best use of this powerful medium.CoreIntroduction to Journalism Studies 2022-23JOU1090MLevel 42022-23Journalism is a key activity not simply in the communication of news and current affairs, but as a primary definer of social, political and psychological contexts in which we live and work as citizens in the twenty-first century. This module introduces students to key cultural, commercial and technological developments that have shaped the modern media, exploring those developments in terms of their history as well as the social impacts of modern mass communications.OptionalPolitics for Journalists 2022-23JOU1095MLevel 42022-23Journalists need to understand how legislation is drafted and enacted in the UK and how journalism the Fourth Estate effects a check on Government and Parliament(s). This involves a study of the political, democratic and administrative structure of the Monarch as head of state, Parliament, the Prime Minister, Central Government, local government, the judiciary and EU institutions. Topics explored include constitutional government (the unwritten constitution), ministerial roles and cabinet government, political parties and MPs, the civil service, local government structures, councillors, best value and ethics in local government, and the government information service.OptionalJournalism Production 2: News Days 2023-24JOU2291MLevel 52023-24From a digital first perspective, this module aims to develop the key skills of journalism through regular practice, including newsgathering, writing and interviewing, and live output production with text and audio and video output as required. Online skills will be used throughout, including social media use to drive consumers to the content. The journalism and features produced will be outward facing, using techniques of electronic newsgathering, digital and non-linear editing, production/journalism for online and print, and an appropriate range of live news broadcasting techniques.CoreJournalism Production 2: Project 2023-24JOU2292MLevel 52023-24This module gives the students the opportunity to specialise in a medium of their choice. In consultation with tutors, students will be able to produce radio or television bulletins, features and magazine programmes, a web site with multimedia content or print magazines and newspapers. More advanced skills appropriate to each medium will be taught and workshops will be tutor led and supervised as required. Materials produced will be outward facing where appropriate.CoreLaw, Ethics and Regulation 2023-24JOU2287MLevel 52023-24This module aims to build on legal and administrative knowledge gleaned in Essential Law at Level One. It examines how criminal and civil legislation affecting print, online and broadcast journalists has developed; identifies areas of conflict and uncertainty; and requires students to apply knowledge of legislation and case law to given scenarios, including responses to actions in the civil courts.CorePublic Relations Organisations and People 2023-24PBR2015MLevel 52023-24Effective management of PR does not depend on luck; there are Codes of Conduct for practitioners to follow and the typical client / consultant relationship is usually organised into a Contract. This module will look at Public Relations and how it works as a business in its own right, together with how it works as a function of other businesses in order to provide students with a clear image of the establishment, structure and style of a PR consultancy, linked to the professional processes that go on within the business. As well as the world of PR consultancies, this unit will consider and discuss the role of PR within an organisation, considering the similarities and differences between the structure and performance of consultancy and in-house PR resources.CoreResearch methods 2023-24JOU2289MLevel 52023-24This module is designed to equip students with the understanding of research design and methods for undertaking research. The module gives students the opportunity to develop their observational, analytical and writing skills. It has vocational relevance in enabling students to select a relevant research topic for in-depth analysis and evaluation in their final year.CoreThe Digital Magazine and Magazine Writing 2 2023-24JOU2299MLevel 52023-24In this module there would be an in-depth look at magazines and the digital economy understanding the impact of digital and social media. Students would also look at appropriate platforms for different media. Students would also extend their knowledge of magazine interviewing and writing, looking at B2B, B2C and niche sectors and the skills they require.CoreJournalism International Exchange 2023-24JOU2011MLevel 52023-24Students who opt to take this module will have the opportunity to study for a term at one of the international institutions with which the School has a partnership arrangement. During the term abroad, students can share classes with local students. Not only will students have the chance to live and socialise in another culture, providing opportunities to study their respective countries, they will also have an opportunity to examine the international journalism industry practice. Please see the fees tab for further information relating to the costs incurred when studying abroad.OptionalJournalism Production A 2023-24JOU2010MLevel 52023-24OptionalJournalism Independent Study 2024-25JOU3016MLevel 62024-25Students undertake a dissertation topic of their choice within their chosen field of study and are expected to apply theoretical concepts to their research. They will be allocated an individual tutor to support their work but students are expected to demonstrate a high degree of personal commitment and to work on their own initiative.CoreJournalism Minor Project (Magazines) 2024-25JOU3148MLevel 62024-25This module gives students the opportunity to work on an individual basis in a magazine brand project. They may produce printed work or originate new digital magazine brands.CoreJournalism Production 3: Major Project 2024-25JOU3143MLevel 62024-25Working in small production groups and independently, students will have the chance to build on the experience they have gained at Levels 1 and 2 and produce weekly and termly news and features outputs, in their choice of media, some of which will be for public consumption. Using the School's web-based multimedia news site, LSJ News, and the University's campus-based community radio station, Siren Radio, students will work in a professional environment for the full year. An advanced level of editorial and production skills will be expected, including story and idea origination, news and feature management and agenda setting, along with an awareness of the differing journalistic treatment demanded by each medium.CoreJournalism Production3: Professional Practice (Magazines) 2024-25JOU3149MLevel 62024-25This module focuses on employment opportunities in journalism. It aims to give students experience of the media industry that can be linked to their studies, gain vital skills which may prepare them for the job market and also establish and maintain links with industry professionals which may help them in their chosen career. There will also be a focus on opportunities for magazine journalists in terms of working as freelancers, setting up their own businesses or publishing enterprises and utilising skills learnt to make best use of opportunities in the magazine industry.CoreSpecialist Journalism 2024-25JOU3142MLevel 62024-25Students have the opportunity to examine and analyse their chosen specialism across a wide range of publications, from general readership websites, magazines, and newspapers to specialist and niche publications aimed at the 'expert'. Students can study the particular attributes needed for specialist journalism including: authority, expertise, ability to access specialist information and format requirements. Throughout this module, students will select one particular strand to focus on in order to develop their specialism in the following indicative areas: sport, music, fashion, science, arts or business.CoreBrand and Reputation 2024-25PBR3020MLevel 62024-25This module aims to explore what is meant by "brands" and "branding". This module aims to provide a solid understanding and application in the strategies of global brand management and the impact on reputation. Key branding concepts such as brand identity, brand image, brand positioning and brand equity will be explored and supported by brand insights that will provide clear insights and illustrations of branding strategies in action. Key skills and theories of brand management will be presented and discussed within the context of a global brand management environment. Students can gain an appreciation of the role of brand strategy within a corporations operating plan.OptionalCreativity in Public Relations 2024-25PBR3022MLevel 62024-25Creativity is a crucial element in the PR practitioners toolkit as the industries of advertising and PR are becoming more closely aligned. Different ways of attracting the attention of clients, target audiences, stakeholders and journalists need to be embraced as we communicate in increasingly noisy environments. Using traditional and digital/social media to best effective requires a deep understanding of effective writing and what makes eye catching and excellent design. This module aims to bring together elements potentially studied in the first two years and in brand and reputation. This module examines the way PR teams work with creative disciplines designers, writers and creative advertising. Students have the opportunity to attain knowledge and skills to effectively draw up a creative brief and manage its delivery.Optional

How you are assessed

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

Methods of Assessment
The way students are assessed on this course may vary for each module. Examples of assessment methods that are used include coursework, such as written assignments, reports or dissertations; practical magazine projects, presentations and written exams, such as formal examinations or in-class tests. The weighting given to each assessment method may vary across each academic year. The University of Lincoln aims to ensure that staff return in-course assessments to students promptly.

Fees and Scholarships

Going to university is a life-changing step and it's important to understand the costs involved and the funding options available before you start. A full breakdown of the fees associated with this programme can be found on our course fees pages.

Course Fees

For eligible undergraduate students going to university for the first time, scholarships and bursaries are available to help cover costs. The University of Lincoln offers a variety of merit-based and subject-specific bursaries and scholarships. For full details and information about eligibility, visit our scholarships and bursaries pages.

Course-Specific Additional Costs

Please note that students are expected to cover their own travel,
accommodation, and general living costs while undertaking placements.

Entry Requirements 2022-23

United Kingdom

A Level: BBC (112 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 3 A levels or equivalent qualifications).

International Baccalaureate: 29 points overall.

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit or equivalent.

Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 Level 3 credits with a minimum of 112 UCAS Tariff points.

A combination of qualifications which may include A Levels, BTEC, EPQ, etc.

Applicants will also be required to have at least three GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent), including English.

The University accepts a wide range of qualifications as the basis for entry. We will also consider applicants with extensive and relevant work experience and will give special individual consideration to those who do not meet the standard entry qualifications.

International

Non UK Qualifications:

If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/entryrequirementsandyourcountry/ for information on equivalent qualifications.

EU and Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 7.0 overall, with a minimum of 6.5 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/englishlanguagerequirements/

If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-sessional English and Academic Study Skills courses.

If you would like further information about entry requirements, or would like to discuss whether the qualifications you are currently studying are acceptable, please contact the Admissions team on 01522 886097, or email admissions@lincoln.ac.uk

Practice Your Skills With Our Student Media Platforms

We have many media outlets at Lincoln, where your journalism work can be seen by a potential world-wide audience. LSJ News is the news and features hub used by all our students to showcase their course work, The Linc is a student-run news site, Siren Radio is our campus-based community radio station, and Cygnet PR is a student-run PR agency.

Work Placements

Work experience forms an important part of the course. Previous students in the School of English and Journalism have gained placements on well-known magazine brands, or in areas such as public relations and copywriting. The School has a key partnership with a local magazine publisher. This enables students to gain magazine work experience. Please note that students are expected to cover their own travel, accommodation, and general living costs while undertaking placements.

There are a number of extracurricular activities available to help students develop their skills on campus. These include the student newspaper, news website, and community and student radio stations, Siren Radio and Brayford Radio.

Career Opportunities

With more than 7,000 magazine titles in the UK, there are various roles and opportunities available for talented magazine journalists. Previous graduates in the School of English and Journalism have gone on to work at national and local magazine brands across a variety of sectors in the consumer, B2B, and customer publishing sectors.

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