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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.

The Course

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.

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.

Contexts for International Journalism (Core)
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Contexts for International Journalism (Core)

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.

Core Writing for International Journalism (Core)
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Core Writing for International Journalism (Core)

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.

International Journalism Production (Core)
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International Journalism Production (Core)

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 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.

MA International Journalism - Final Project (Core)
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MA International Journalism - Final Project (Core)

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).

Professional Practice for International Journalism 1 (Core)
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Professional Practice for International Journalism 1 (Core)

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.

Professional Practice for International Journalism 2 (Core)
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Professional Practice for International Journalism 2 (Core)

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.

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.


Full-time 2019/20 Entry*
Home/EU £12,000 per level
(including Alumni Scholarship** 20% reduction)
£9,600 per level
International £12,000 per level
International (Including International Alumni Scholarship £2,000 reduction) ** £10,000 per level

* Academic year September-July
** Subject to eligibility

Fees for enrolment on additional modules

Tuition fees for additional activity are payable by the student/sponsor and charged at the equivalent £67.00 per credit point rate for each module. Additional activity includes:

- Enrolment on modules that are in addition to the validated programme curriculum

- Enrolment on modules that are over and above the full credit diet for the relevant academic year

- Retakes of modules as permitted by the Board of Examiners

Exceptionally tuition fees may not be payable where a student has been granted a retake with approved extenuating circumstances.

For further information and for details about funding your study, scholarships and bursaries, please see our Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages [].

Other Costs

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

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:

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:

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.

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

Learn from Experts

Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may also be supported in their learning by other students.

Prof Jason Whittaker

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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Free and independent media is the cornerstone of democracy. There has never been a greater need for the Foundation’s focus on promoting world-class, impartial, trusted news that puts human lives at the centre of the story. 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


Teaching on this course is divided between sessions at the Thomson Reuters Foundation in London’s Canary Wharf and the University of Lincoln's Brayford Pool Campus.

The University's Alfred Tennyson Building is equipped with industry standard media suites providing specialist broadcast television, radio and sound equipment. The building is also home to television studios, photography studios and radio editing suites. Siren Radio, our on-campus community radio station, is also based here.

Students can study and research in the University's Great Central Warehouse Library, which provides more than 250,000 printed books and approximately 400,000 electronic books and journals, as well as databases and specialist collections. The Library has a range of different spaces for shared and individual learning.

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.