MA in Journalism with New Media
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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 with New Media 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.
Candidates should submit three pieces of writing in a journalistic style with their online application. 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 entry-level positions in the media. The programme stresses a balance of academic and practical modules and offers a solid grounding in the tools and practices of print, broadcast, and online journalism.
Students should note that Fees quoted relate to the academic year 2017-2018 only and are subject to change on an annual basis. Except where stated, course fees cover the cost of tuition only.
Course fees must be paid before attending lectures.
Duration & Delivery
Online delivery. This is a full-time programme which can also be studied part-time, over two years.
Students should note that Fees quoted relate to the academic year 2017-2018 only and are subject to change on an annual basis.
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 with New Media (Level 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications).
Who is this course aimed at?
The online MA in Journalism with New Media programme is aimed at those wanting to launch a career in journalism as well as established journalists wanting to upskill.
What skills will I learn?
What are the benefits of doing the course online?
It offers the opportunity to study within your own schedule and at your own location. Using state of the art communication and education technology, students will have live access to CIT lecturers and a range of international speakers. Also, student will be taught using the same tools and technologies that they will use later in the new media workplace.
What do journalists do nowadays?
Journalism is undergoing big changes. New technology is evolving and so too is the role of the journalist. Print and broadcast journalism face major challenges from new media and related online technologies. And with these changes come new practices and new ways of working.
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 course 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 Journalism.
Placement and mentoring: work placements of up to three months in broadcasting and news media organisations is part of the course.
Read some testimonials from our recent graduates and from industry experts on the MA in Journalism and New Media here
The programme runs over a twelve-month period, divided into three semesters. 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 a report and a major project on some aspect of contemporary journalism.
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, Business and Entrepreneurship.
The course modules are listed below. For detailed module information please click here.
|Stage 1/Semester 1||Stage 1/Semester 2||Stage 2/Semester 1|
|Audio-Visual Broadcasting One||Audio-Visual Broadcasting Two||Journalism Master Project
|News Writing and Editing||Features and Web Writing|
|Media History & Structure||Media Law,Ethics&Prof.Practice|
|New Media Workplace||New Media Production|
|Research Methods & Practice||Elective (choose 1)|
|Free Choice Module|
Further Studies: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
- Admission to the Master of Arts in Journalism with New Media 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 a course is offered. This fee is deductible from the overall course fee.