MA in Journalism and Digital Content Creation
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Application Closing Date:
28th September 2018
This is a full-time programme which can be studied part-time, over two years.
Entry requirements for this course will be in accordance with standard Institute admissions procedures. Entrants will be expected to hold minimum of a 2.2 honours degree.
Admission to the Master of Arts in Journalism and Digital Content Creation programme is based on a combination of an online application form and a short interview.
Journalism and content creation, by necessity, requires that its practitioners produce clean, competent copy on deadline, often without the benefit of external editing or extensive rewriting. It is expected that students entering the course have mastered basic writing skills, including grammar, syntax and the ability to conceptualise and articulate ideas in writing. It is also expected that students possess the ability to write in English at a postgraduate level.
Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed to determine suitability for the programme.
Admission to the course will be on the basis of interview. Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) will be applicable for candidates entering from the workplace or applying for admission from other institutes.
The course is a well-rounded, professional programme that prepares graduates for positions in the media. The programme blends journalistic tools and techniques with content creation using new technologies and digital media to prepare students for the new media workplace. The programme has a strong connection with the media industry. Graduates of this programme are well equipped with the requirements to operate as today’s digital journalists and content creators.
This programme will run subject to sufficient student numbers. Where a programme cannot proceed, applicants will be contacted and advised on alternative study options.
Course fees must be paid before attending lectures.
Duration & Delivery
This is a full-time programme which can also be studied part-time over a number years.
EU Applicants: €5,000
Non EU Applicants - please click here for course fee information
Union of Students in Ireland (USI) Levy
The USI membership levy of €7.00 has been introduced as a result of a referendum where students opted to affiliate to the national Students’ Union. This levy must be paid before the start of Semester 1.
The course is accredited by Quality Qualifications Ireland (QQI)
ECTS Credits: 90
Master of Arts in Journalism and Digital Content Creation (Level 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications).
Who is this course aimed at?
The MA in Journalism with New Media and Digital Content Creation programme is aimed at those wanting to launch a career in journalism, as well as established journalists wanting to upskill, and those who want to work as content creators and storytellers in the areas of marketing, advertising, public relations and general communications.
What skills will I learn?
What do Journalists and Content Creators do nowadays?
Journalism is undergoing big changes. Technology is evolving and so too is the role of the journalist. With these changes come new practices and new ways of working. Journalism graduates from CIT are highly trained in the skills of journalism and digital content creation. As well as its value in the journalism business, students’ ability to write, to tell stories, to shoot video and create audio – i.e. digital content creation and storytelling - is highly valued in areas such as marketing, advertising, public relations and general communications. As well as journalism, our graduates have also found jobs in these areas.
Some interesting facts:
“Facebook ...now averages 8 billion daily video views from 500 million users.”
"64% of Twitter users are following a professional news account."
"News online needs to be clickable, readable and engaging on any size screen the user chooses."
"Producing great digital journalism requires every bit as much focus, talent, enthusiasm, and expertise in the digital medium as it does in print and TV."
Other Noteworthy Elements
Social Media is a vital tool for anyone working in broadcasting. Journalism students from CIT have a real grasp on how to make the best use of it both for research and promotion.
Practical assignments: Since the programme began we have made strong connections with industry, including the Irish Examiner, RTE, RedFM, the Irish Independent and Newstalk. Each year Journalism students invite industry leaders to a media seminar exploring the current trends in media.
Placement and mentoring: There is a Mentorship Programme in semester 3 of the masters. Each student will work with a mentor who is highly experienced in the communications industry. This can also involve short placements in media organisations.
Documentary making: There is a strong emphasis on documentary making in semester 3. An international student documentary showcase in CIT, FilmCraftCork, is an annual event and Journalism students will have the opportunity both to showcase their documentaries at the festival and to be involved in its organisation through the Event Management elective module.
FilmCraftCork is part of a network of student documentary festivals, which are held in the Netherlands, the UK, Portugal, Belgium, South Africa and New York. CIT students can also submit their documentary work to these festivals.
Read some testimonials from graduates and from industry experts here
The programme runs over a twelve-month period, divided into three terms. The taught element runs over a nine-month period, divided into two equal semesters, and is followed by one research-based semester during which students complete their documentary and Mentorship Programme.
All modules are 5 credits (ECTS) unless otherwise noted. The elective modules afford the learner the opportunity to broaden his/her skills set in other disciplines such as Studio Technology, Events Management and Business and Entrepreneurship.
For detailed module information please click here.
Further Studies: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
- Admission to the Master of Arts in Journalism and Digital Content Creation programme is based on a combination of an online application form and a short interview process.
- Journalism, by necessity, requires that its practitioners produce clean, competent copy on deadline, often without the benefit of external editing or extensive rewriting. It is expected that students entering the course have mastered basic writing skills, including grammar, syntax and the ability to conceptualise and articulate ideas in writing. It is also expected that students possess the ability to write in English at a postgraduate level.
- Eligible candidates must upload a selection of suitable journalistic written pieces with their online application, preferably published. Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed and will also have to complete a brief series of written tasks as part of the interview to determine suitability for the programme.
- Please note that applicants will be required to pay an acceptance fee of €500 online if a place on the programme is offered. This fee is deductible from the overall programme fee.