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University Of Sunderland
Campus: City Campus , Sunderland
Sports Journalism
1.0 Year • 100% Funding Available
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The combination of an MA and NCTJ Diploma will significantly boost your employability as a sports journalist. This is an intensive course that trains you to think, write and research like a journalist; previous study of journalism is not a requirement.

You will learn how to write previews, match reports and sports features, and you will also cover media ethics and law, reporting and shorthand. In the final stage of the course, you will undertake a dissertation or a practical project, such as a sports journalism website or a series of in-depth articles.

Modules

Sports Journalism 1 (60 credits):

  • Sports Journalism: Principles and Practice 1

Learn the exciting practices of sports journalism from interviewing top stars to reporting on breaking sports stories, via mobile platforms and social media integrated newsroom workshops with a team of fellow trainee and professional sports journalists live from our Media Hub.

  • Essential Media Law and Regulation

Prepare yourself for the profession of sports journalism with our widely praised media law and regulation lecturers and seminars with ex-Mirror and Grazia journalist Carole Watson.

  • Public Affairs

Get to grips with the world of sports in government, local accountability and the ways in which politics affects our entire sporting world, from who licences the police at matches to the business of sports at grassroots through to international levels.

  • Shorthand

Like learning a new language, shorthand prepares you for any eventuality in the industry, from reporting at the High Court to capturing the words of that 100-year-old club legend when your mobile runs out of battery. Taught by the experienced Pauline Sandor and Elaine Hunt-Vincent.


Sports Journalism 2 (60 credits):

  • Sports Journalism: Principles and Practice 2

Build on your skills with advanced training in photography, mobile journalism, design and production, and the investigative craft of going deeper into your specialist areas whatever they might be, from motor-biking to swimming to cricket to curling (and anything in between).

  • Reporting

Preparation for the notorious NCTJ Reporting exam, this module hones your everyday craft of finding sources and getting the angle under time pressure while paying attention to SEO, analytics and social media, run as live news days in our Media Hub. Always relevant for sports journalists who will need to know how to find a good story and report to deadline.

  • Media Ethics and Society

Enjoy immersing yourself within the complex world of media ethics and focus your analytical and investigative skills on a mini-dissertation project tailored to your own interests, working with key sports lecturers such as John Price, and journalism professionals such as Rob Lawson (ex-Sunderland Echo), to fully explore the interrelation of media and society.

  • Shorthand

Take your shorthand to the next level with these advanced workshops that prepare you for the tough NCTJ shorthand exams. Taught by the experienced Pauline Sandor and Elaine Hunt-Vincent.


Sports Journalism 3 (60 credits):

  • You will complete a supervised dissertation on a topic of your choice, or you will complete a practical project which can be either a series of articles, a magazine, a newspaper or a website. As the culmination of the course, it will build on all the skills and knowledge that you have gained in the previous stages.

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Entry Requirements for: United Kingdom

360

Overall of 360 in United Kingdom Scale .

Employment

On completing this course, you will be equipped for employment at an advanced level, with opportunities throughout the sports journalism industry. Potential roles include various positions across the communications, media, marketing and sports industries.

Employability

The course’s accreditation by the National Council for Training of Journalists (NCTJ) will boost your employability within journalism. You can choose, at an additional cost, to gain the NCTJ’s Diploma in Journalism.

Recent Sunderland graduates are now working with organisations such as Sky Sports News, Sky Tyne and Wear, Middlesbrough FC, Norwich FC, the European Golf Tour, and Durham County Cricket Club.

During the course we encourage you to gain industry experience which will enhance your skills, build up a valuable network of contacts and boost your employability. The Department has close links with regional organisations including North East Press and NCJ Media. The North East is famous for its sport and you will have opportunities for match visits, press conferences and interviews at local clubs including Sunderland AFC, Newcastle United, Newcastle Falcons and Durham CCC.

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Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom

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UK and European Union students are eligible for a Tuition Fee Loan given by a British Government Organization called Student Finance England, which is paid directly to your university, independent of your grades or your family’s income.

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Tuition Fees are paid per year. The value above represents the tuition fee for the 2018/2019 academic year.
The tuition fees might be subject to minor increases each year due to inflation.


15 January 2019

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30 June 2019

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31 August 2019

The deadline for any remaining conditions to be met – otherwise the university or college might not accept the applicant. Adjustment ends on this date.

20 September 2019

The final deadline for applications to 2019 courses. Applications must arrive at UCAS by 18:00 (UK time).

22 October 2019

The deadline for adding Clearing choices, and for universities or colleges to accept applicants in Clearing.


University Of Sunderland
City Campus
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