On this advanced-level course, students learn how to source, gather and deliver professional sports content on numerous different video and audio platforms across a wide variety of sports. The course also encourages students to develop their editorial and technical skills and build relationships with external clients, whilst creating a portfolio of video, audio and academic material to showcase their abilities to potential employers.
With an increasing demand from sports audiences for innovative approaches to storytelling and high-quality production, broadcasters must constantly update their practices and utilise social media to research and promote their work. Understanding and adapting to changes within this fast-moving industry is core to the teaching on this master’s degree.
Regular ‘news days’, where students will need to respond, gather and produce stories for a same-day news and radio output, are built into the course programme to further increase students’ exposure to a realistic broadcast environment and prepare them for the deadlines and quick-thinking they’ll need to demonstrate to become a sports broadcaster. This element of the course is regarded by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council as good teaching practice
Sports Broadcast Production
The unit begins with teaching in how to produce TV and Radio content, plus law and ethics, broadcast specialisms (commentary, voice training, Social Content). Weekly industry-style News Days then form the rest of the unit as you refine and perfect your TV and Radio skills through nine-hour days with live output and real deadlines, including reacting to breaking news.
History and Context of Sports Broadcasting
This is an academic module looking at the history of Sports Broadcasting and the global issues surrounding sport, for example: commercialisation, racism, corruption/match-fixing, mega events, sports politics, gender, disability, migration, and how it has become a multi-billion pound business which dictates policy.
This unit provides an opportunity to move away from live sports output and investigates longer-form features and documentaries for TV or radio. You will be taught new production techniques, plus the processes involved in pitching and getting a documentary commissioned.
Professional Practice (with a 15 week Professional Placement)
This unit looks at you career goals and identifies skill-sets and development needs. As part of this unit you will undertake a three-month work placement in the broadcasting industry which will give you a real-world experience and enhance your CV to help you gain employment after completing the course.
Final Major Project
You will use the knowledge learned from your theory and practical units to produce an extended radio or television feature that demonstrates your professional attainment as your major final project.
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Suitable roles for graduates include sports journalists or editors at TV stations, radio stations, productions companies or live TV units; newspaper or magazine content production; online presenter/producer; freelance broadcasting; public relations; digital and social media communications; crisis management.
Graduates would be advised to gain the Diploma in Journalism or National Qualification in Journalism which is offered by the National Centre for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ).
MPhil/PhD options are open to those wishing to pursue academic research and teaching.
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