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MA International Journalism

Study alongside top reporters and experience journalism in one of the world’s most respected newsrooms on this unique new Master’s programme run in partnership with the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

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Full-time

1 year

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Validated

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Course Code

ITNJOUMA

Teaching and Learning During COVID-19

The current COVID-19 pandemic has meant that at Lincoln we are making changes to our teaching and learning approach and to our campus, to ensure that students and staff can enjoy a safe and positive learning experience here at Lincoln.

From autumn 2020 our aim is to provide an on-campus learning experience. Our intention is that teaching will be delivered through a mixture of face-to-face and online sessions. There will be social activities in place for students - all in line with appropriate social distancing and fully adhering to any changes in government guidance as our students' safety is our primary concern.

We want to ensure that your Lincoln experience is as positive, exciting and enjoyable as possible as you embark on the next phase of your life. COVID-19 has encouraged us to review our practices and, as a result, to take the opportunity to find new ways to enhance the Lincoln experience. It has challenged us to find innovative new approaches to supporting students' learning and social interactions. These learning experiences, which blend digital and face-to-face, will be vital in helping to prepare our students for a 21st Century workplace.

Of course at Lincoln, personal tutoring is key to our delivery, providing every student with a dedicated tutor to support them throughout their time here at the University. Smaller class sizes mean our academic staff can engage with each student as an individual, and work with them to enhance their strengths. In this environment we hope that students have more opportunities for discussion and engagement and get to know each other better.

Course learning outcomes are vital to prepare you for your future and we aim to utilise this mix of face-to-face and online teaching to deliver these. Students benefit from and enjoy fieldtrips and placements and, whilst it is currently hard to predict the availability of these, we are working hard and with partners and will aspire to offer these wherever possible - obviously in compliance with whatever government guidance is in place at the time.

We are utilising a range of different digital tools for teaching including our dedicated online managed learning environment. All lectures for larger groups will be delivered online using interactive software and a range of different formats. We aim to make every contact count and seminars and small group sessions will maximise face-to-face interaction. Practicals, workshops, studio sessions and performance-based sessions are planned to be delivered face-to-face, in a socially distanced way with appropriate PPE.

The University of Lincoln is a top 20 TEF Gold University and we have won awards for our approach to teaching and learning, our partnerships and industry links, and the opportunities these provide for our students. Our aim is that our online and socially distanced delivery during this COVID-19 pandemic is engaging and that students can interact with their tutors and each other and contribute to our academic community.

As and when restrictions start to lift, we aim to deliver an increasing amount of face-to-face teaching and external engagements, depending on each course. Safety will continue to be our primary focus and we will respond to any changing circumstances as they arise to ensure our community is supported. More information about the specific approaches for each course will be shared when teaching starts.

Of course as you start a new academic year it will be challenging but we will be working with you every step of the way. For all our students new and established, we look forward to welcoming you to our vibrant community this Autumn. If you have any questions please visit our FAQs or contact us on 01522 886644.

Professor Jason Whittaker - Programme Leader

Professor Jason Whittaker - Programme Leader

Jason joined Lincoln in 2015 as Head of the School of English and Journalism. He worked for more than fifteen years as a journalist and magazine editor, specialising in technology and computer journalism. His main research interests are the posthumous reception of William Blake in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, as well as developments in digital publishing. He has published widely on these subjects, as well as on magazine journalism more generally.

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Welcome to MA International Journalism

The MA International Journalism is an innovative new programme delivered in partnership between the Thomson Reuters Foundation and the University of Lincoln, designed to equip new generations of journalists to report impartially on critical global issues facing society today.

The programme offers students the opportunity to learn from leading industry professionals through a rich course of study, made up of both theoretical and practical sessions, both at the University of Lincoln and at the Thomson Reuters Foundation in London’s Canary Wharf.

Covering topics spanning the human impact of climate change to human rights issues, access to land and property rights, and social enterprise, the Thomson Reuters Foundation is known globally for producing the highest quality independent journalism that informs professionals, policymakers, and the public in countries around the world.

Underpinned by the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s commitment to reporting the under-reported, this course is designed for graduates from a wide range of disciplines with a passion for exploring and explaining the events that impact the lives of people all over the world.

Students can benefit from unique newsroom experiences integrated into the course, working on real-time assignments through five intensive three-day periods of work-based learning at Canary Wharf.

On completion of the Master’s, two graduates from the course will secure a six-month paid internship with the editorial team at the Thomson Reuters Foundation. These will be awarded on a competitive basis following a selection process.

How You Study

This full-time, one-year programme will be delivered through theoretical and practical sessions, both at the University of Lincoln and at the Thomson Reuters Foundation in London’s Canary Wharf.

Students can experience real-time deadlines on newsroom assignments, creating copy to the most rigorous editorial standards, fit to ‘go out on the wires' to a global daily audience of up to a billion people, during five intensive three-day periods of work-based learning.

This training is primarily delivered in London, and is designed to enable students to experience the conditions of working with an international news agency. Topics may include 'The Reuters Way', newsgathering for agencies, mobile journalism, reporting international affairs, and reporting human rights.

Alongside integrated work experience with current and former Reuters journalists, students can study the theory and practice of journalism with academic experts at the University of Lincoln, and have access to industry-standard newsrooms, TV and radio studios, and other on-campus resources, including Lincoln’s award-winning Great Central Warehouse Library.

Students are expected to cover the cost of their travel to all teaching sessions, plus any associated accommodation and general living costs.

Contact and Independent Study

Weekly contact hours on this programme may vary depending on the stage of study.

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 at least two to three hours in independent study.

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. For research programmes this includes research fees and research support fees.

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An Introduction to Your Modules

Module Overview

This second term module is designed for students who have an interest in the theory and practice of political reporting. Increasingly, journalists need a critical understanding of the underlying concepts for political acting such as liberty, justice, rights, law, and how they are realised in our contemporary democracies. Students will engage with global politics in a connected world as well as notions of crisis in modern democracy and the concept of post-democracy. It will also reflect on the role played by the media in contemporary societies. 1. Global politics in a connected world. This part of the module builds on ethical and legal considerations explored in the Professional Practice module, examining how reporting in diverse parts of the world connects to events and activities around the globe. 2. The module explores essential concepts of political theory such as liberty, justice, rights, and law as well as participation and representation. It discusses how these concepts are reflected in a democratic political system, as well as the rise of factors such as populism as a symptom of democratic crisis. 3. The module explores the most common models of political storytelling such as personalisation, breaking news, live blogs, analysis, comment, political features. It will further present examples for new political storytelling in digital media such as BuzzFeed or FiveThirtyEight, and look at how innovations such as social media have shaped political stories.

Module Overview

This module runs in the first term and focuses on core journalistic writing skills that integrate with the Professional Practice module offered at the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Teaching is delivered at Lincoln, and the schedule works across three blocks, each of which comprises three weeks of teaching on a specific aspect of journalism. 1. Newswriting Essentials. This introduces students to the fundamentals of reporting in terms of storytelling, interviewing and introductory legal and ethical elements. 2. What is the News? This block focuses on determining what constitutes news, with sessions dealing with news values, making editorial judgement and finding angles for stories. 3. News Features. The module concludes with the elements that contribute to news feature writing, including colour pieces and long-form journalism.

Module Overview

This module runs throughout the year, drawing upon the skills learned in the other three related modules and provides the opportunity to put these into practice through workshops and news days. It will comprise a series of blocks, each of which runs for approximately three weeks. Subjects dealt with on the module include: 1. Core Digital Skills. This is the foundation for many of the other kit-based skills, in terms of working towards digital output as core to student activity. In this section, students will build upon key attributes of running and maintaining content management systems, the initial stages of building digital content and formulating a digital strategy via social media and other platforms, and begin their training using the Lynda.com suite of programmes that the University subscribes to. 2. Visuals and Data. This block comprises two interrelated components: visual design (including use of images/photography) and data visualisation. This will build on skills learned in the first block to explore effective techniques for conveying information to readers. 3. Digital Storytelling. This brings together the first sets of key skills built up in the first semester to create packages for international stories. 4. Audio and Podcasting. Following on from the Mobile Journalism module in Professional Practice, these sessions will build up students’ skills in audio techniques and reporting. 5. Digital Video Skills. This block will continue the skills building from the previous one, with a focus on video editing. 6. News Days and Storytelling. While News Days will comprise aspects of the programme throughout the year, this is a final opportunity to put writing, contextual and professional skills into practice alongside production skills.

Module Overview

The module builds on the skills developed in earlier modules, and consists of independent research, writing and supervision for the production of a final project. Students create a journalistic portfolio comprising stories in a relevant format (written, video, audio, interactive) on topics relevant to international journalism. The student independently implements research strategies and selected approaches, with the supervisor’s advice, to achieve the final project to Master’s standard. All work produced for this module must be original and not work that was previously submitted as part of the course, whether at Lincoln or the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Work may be submitted that is produced outside of previous modules and which has been published by other organisations (for example news stories submitted to journalism outlets).

Module Overview

The Professional Practice module is provided by the Thomson Reuters Foundation, with training primarily in London (with some delivery in Lincoln) and is designed to enable students to experience the conditions of working with an international news agency. These sessions typically take the form of intensive, three-day workshops with sessions in the first part on: 1. The Reuters Way. This series of workshops introduces students to the processes and workflows of Reuters, with explanations of how the bureaus work and the expected attitudes and approaches for agency reporters. 2. Newsgathering for Agencies. Students will be provided with intensive training for collecting information and understanding how to apply news values and editorial judgement.

Module Overview

The Professional Practice module is provided by the Thomson Reuters Foundation, with training primarily in London (with some delivery in Lincoln) and is designed to enable students to experience the conditions of working with an international news agency. These sessions typically take the form of intensive, three-day workshops with sessions in the second part on: 3. Mobile Journalism. Students will engage with ways of getting closer to the story, as well as tools for editing packages on the go and in the newsroom. 4. Reporting International Affairs. In these workshops, students will explore the issues involved in dealing with current affairs reporting in areas such as international politics, conflict, disasters and migration. 5. Reporting Human Rights. Again, this will explore issues in reporting in areas such as LGBT+, human trafficking and modern-day slavery, and land rights.

† 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.

How you are assessed

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.

Fees and Scholarships

Postgraduate study is an investment in yourself and your future, 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

There are more ways than ever before to fund your postgraduate study, whether you want to do a taught or research course. For those wishing to undertake a Master's course, you can apply for a loan as a contribution towards the course and living costs. Loans are also available to those who wish to undertake doctoral study. The University offers a number of scholarships and funded studentships for those interested in postgraduate study. Learn how Master's and PhD loans, scholarships, and studentships can help you fund your studies on our Postgraduate Fees and Funding pages.

Course-Specific Additional Costs

Students are expected to cover the cost of their travel to all teaching sessions, plus any associated accommodation and general living costs.

Entry Requirements 2020-21

Applicants will require a first or second class honours degree from any subject. Relevant professional experience will also be considered.

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/

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-session English and Academic Study Skills courses.

https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/pre-sessionalenglishandacademicstudyskills/

These specialist courses are designed to help students meet the English language requirements for their intended programme of study.

"We are proud to partner with the University of Lincoln to equip more journalists with the skills they need to ensure the continued flow of unbiased information to the public globally."

Antonio Zappulla, CEO of the Thomson Reuters Foundation

Career and Personal Development

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.

Postgraduate Events

Find out more about how postgraduate study can help further your career, develop your knowledge, or even prepare you to start your own business at one of our postgraduate events.

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Related Courses

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.
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