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Here we will give you a challenging academic environment that is focused on bringing out the best in you.
The MA International Multimedia Journalism concentrates on developing skills for journalists to deliver stories through multiple digital platforms. The content of the course is divided into three sections. Firstly, it will involve critical discussions on the core skills that span the three traditional modes of delivery (print, radio, TV) set against the emerging online international newscape. Secondly, you will undertake project-based learning that will challenge you to work on creative projects that require both an in-depth understanding of new technologies and a willingness to innovate and apply them in a journalistic context. Thirdly, you will engage with industry through live projects set in one of the course's collaborative news organisations.To read more about this course in English or Chinese please visit our 'course website' link in the 'related links' section (www.bolton.ac.uk/journalism).
The course focuses on practical innovation and critical discussion around issues related to the changing media landscape. Students, faculty and visiting lecturers work on multimedia journalism projects together to experiment with and reflect on potential new multi-platform workflows. The course is designed to appeal to a diverse range of people with skills and experience ranging across a broad range of disciplines (photography, writing, video, web design/programming and audio). You will work alongside and share experiences with students from a host of different backgrounds and cultures. The sharing of ideas and skills are core to the course, in particular during the two intensive 12-day workshops that happen in the first half of the course, where teamwork plays an important role in problem solving exercises.
With China having the largest number of broadband users in the world (over 400 million at the end of 2009), over 50% mobile phone penetration and quickly growing 3G and 4G networks, it makes it an exciting location to base the course. Our partner, Beijing Foreign Studies University, is generally considered to be the premier institution in China for foreign studies. It has excellent student facilities and easy access to the wider city of Beijing. Most major international media organisations have offices in Beijing along with all the mainstream Chinese traditional and new media organisations. Nearby railway stations provide services to the whole country and the international airport has direct flights to most Asian and major global destinations.
The course is delivered through a combination of classroom teaching, intensive workshops and online teaching reflecting the communication methods used in the media industry. Your studies are supported by group discussions, seminars and individual tutorials. Innovation and experimentation are encouraged.
The course is one year in duration, divided into three terms. Working as a single operator mobile journalist and basing your practical work on strong stories, you will carry out assignments for multi-platform delivery; for instance, online, broadcast, print, social networks, mobile, iPad and others. For the first term you will work on multiple short form (one to three days) assignments and explore key research questions in the multimedia journalism field. In the second term you will concentrate on two feature stories; one of which is progressed into the third term as a final project. Throughout the course you will be expected to inquire and reflect on a range of issues connected with the practice of multimedia journalism. You will share your experiences and successes with your fellow students and the group as a whole will benefit from this exchange of ideas and practical advice and experience.
You will study 6 modules worth a total of 180 credits. Term 1:Advanced Practice 1 (40 credits);Advanced Research and Study Skills (20 credits).Term 2:Advanced Practice 2 (40 credits);Critical Thinking in Practice (20 credits).Term 3:Advanced Practice 3 (40 credits);Critical Analysis and Reflection (20 credits).A brief description of each module follows below.
As a graduate from this course you will be able to work in a wide spectrum of media industries, from large corporations to hyperlocal news blogs. Entrepreneurial journalism is taught from the start of the course and you will be encouraged to consider how your ideas and projects can be monetised. The media industry is rapidly changing, giving new opportunities for emerging talented multi-skilled journalists who can adapt quickly to new innovations. Good story telling remains at the heart of what you will learn but being able to creatively use a variety of skills to deliver the story on multiple platforms will give you an edge in this very competitive marketplace.
Fees given above are for the academic year indicated and are subject to change in future years.
Non-Chinese nationals are required to have travel insurance for the period they are in China.
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Dr David Clark
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