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You can choose to study either for a nine-month Postgraduate Diploma or carry on for a full year to achieve your MA. Both options are accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) the hallmark of excellence in journalism training, recognised throughout the media industry as the best indication that new recruits have the fundamental skills and knowledge to become multi-media journalists. You will take the NCTJ's exams as part of your chosen course. Kingston is one of only two universities in London with an NCTJ-accredited postgraduate MA/Postgraduate Diploma.
All our tutors are practising journalists with a wide range of experience and contacts in newspapers, magazines and online.What will you study?
You will develop a range of professional and practical skills to equip you for a job in journalism, including news and feature writing, public affairs, media law and shorthand. You will have the opportunity to write for and edit an online edition of the journalism department's award-winning newspaper (Publication of the Year, Guardian Student Media Awards 2010). You will also undertake at least one industry work placement. The course will develop your critical thinking and analytical skills and give you the chance to carry out independent academic research.
- Court Reporting
- Hands-on Journalism
- Journalism and Power
- Journalism in Context: Law, Ethics and the Industry
- Shorthand (Postgraduate)
- MA Journalism Dissertation
- Practical Journalism Project
- Feature Writing
- Journalism Specialism:Arts and Entertainment
- Specialist Journalism: Business
- Specialist Journalism: Sport
Many of our courses are accredited by independent professional bodies which could enhance your career prospects. Accreditation for this course is detailed below.
Both the MA and the Postgraduate Diploma are accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ).
NCTJ accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in journalism training, providing a world-class standard that is recognised throughout the media industry as the best indication that new recruits have the fundamental skills and knowledge needed to become multi-media journalists and can operate effectively in a busy newsroom.
To maintain this gold standard, we need to be sure students and employers are not short-changed. That means ensuring an NCTJ-accredited course does exactly what it says on the tin by delivering vocational training to a high standard that everyone who cares about the quality of journalism understands and values.
The new industry standard for accredited journalism courses was introduced in 2007. The standard sets a benchmark based on exam results and also stresses the need for courses to focus on skills convergence and multimedia journalism. The first results tables were published in 2008.
Major changes to NCTJ qualifications have been made in recent years and the newspaper industry has united in its support for the training body.
You will take the NCTJ exams in parallel with your MA assessments. The course covers the syllabus for the seven examination papers of the Preliminary Certificate:
- news writing;
- journalism portfolio;
- public affairs 1 and 2;
- media law 1 and 2; and