The Masters in Journalism is a one year conversion programme for students who wish to pursue a career in journalism and/or media in general. Students on this course learn to develop ideas and stories across multiple platforms. TheSchool of Media has been a pioneer in media education for over 40 years, many of our graduates are now leaders in Irish and internationalmedia. As well as the practice and theory of journalism, students will create content for digital media and learn how multimedia story-telling can create compelling storiesfor an online audience.
Graduates from the M.A in journalism go on to work across a wide variety of roles in media, including print and online media, broadcasting, communications, as well as social media companies, and online community management. They work as reporters, researchers, editors, producers, presenters, communications managers, social media managers, data journalists and social media analysts, online community managers.
A fundamental principle behind the course is the belief that good journalism, produced by reflective, critical practitioners, is crucial in a democracy. The programme seeks to produce journalists who are multi-skilled and critically aware, and have a good understanding of the role of journalism in society.
The programme includes tuition, skills training, practical experience, a wide range of assignments including story-pitching, feature and news-writing, digital media skills, online news creation, tutorials, group projects, independent study and research. The journalism team are all media practitioners who bring a wide range of experience to their role. Through our industry contacts we also bring in guest lecturers who share their knowledge with students.
As it is an MA programme; students must engage fully in the critical and theoretical parts of the course.
Students, particularly international students, may choose to graduate with a Masters in Journalism (International) by selecting optional modules with an international theme.
Graduates are competent to take up employment as journalists in newspapers, broadcast or on-line news organisations. They are equipped to work as reporters, sub-editors, feature writers, producers, researchers, presenters, online-content providers. Demand for graduates depends of course on economic circumstances, but former students have proved highly successful in finding work or in working as freelancers.