Just as printed newspapers, radio and television at one time changed the purpose and ways in which people engaged with news, so too digital, mobile and social media have transformed the way journalism is practised in modern society.
Increasingly working on a freelance basis, 21st century journalists are expected to produce material for a variety of outlets simultaneously; our Journalism, Publishing and PR courses are ranked 8th in the United Kingdom by the Guardian University Guide 2020. This course is designed to empower you to become ambitious, informed, efficient media practitioners who can add value to any digital platform, newsroom or media organisation.
Why Coventry University?
An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.
With the concept of fact-based storytelling at its heart, our professionally accredited BA Journalism degree aims to develop graduates who can operate across multiple platforms, are context aware and equally comfortable in a traditional journalism environment as they are working with disruptive forms of media practice.
The focus is on core news-gathering techniques and storytelling, at the same time providing a wealth of transferrable skills including excellent written and verbal communications that can be applied within broader communications contexts.
Coventry is ranked the 8th best university in the country for ‘Journalism, Publishing and Public Relations’ (Guardian University Guide 2020). Here, you’ll be taught by journalists with experience of working for national publications and news corporations, including print and digital journalists with global experience, an ITV Central journalist, the editor-in-chief of Classics car magazine and a BBC Radio 3/World Service presenter. You’ll have the opportunity for industry placements (subject to application and availability) and hear regularly from expert guest lecturers, recently by documentary filmmaker Paul Berczeller.
From the outset, this course aims to prepare you for a successful career in the media. The learning environment recreates a working rolling news environment, complete with live assignments and deadlines; it is purposefully designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge necessary to work in such a professional multi-media newsroom.
We can give you guidance and support to find and produce real stories by covering a range of off-diary events, from Morris dancing festivals to local gigs, council meetings and protests, as well as traditional ‘beat’ reporting. The strong journalism and communication skills you will have the opportunity to develop throughout the course should prepare you for a wide range of careers in other areas, such as politics, commercial business, publishing and research.
Our FAH Futures employment team is on hand to offer tailored career and enterprise support if you wish to gain employment or take advantage of professional practice opportunities within course specific industries. Our dedicated enterprise officers also offer valuable assistance on how to begin as a freelancer/entrepreneur.
Where our graduates work
Recent graduates of the course have gone on to work for a range of broadcasters, newspapers, magazines and online publications, including Sky News and the BBC.
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