Reasons to study Broadcast Journalism at De Montfort University (DMU):
DMU has achieved Gold, the highest ranking possible under the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
Indicating the outstanding learning and teaching on offer at DMU. [Office for Students, 2017]
97.3% of DMU graduates from summer 2017 are in work or further study after graduating
According to the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) 2016-17 report
- Dedicated facilities
Develop your practical skills in the Leicester Centre for Journalism and our multi-million pound Creative Technology Studios; which feature broadcast-standard radio production studios, and film studios equipped with multi-cameras and green screen facilities
- Work placement opportunities
Gain industry experience and understand professional practice by undertaking an optional work placement
- Award winning student group, Demon Media
Gain valuable, industry-relevant experience by taking part in the Demon Media group; The Demon magazine, Demon FM radio station, Demon TV and The Demon website
- Academic expertise
Our experienced broadcast professionals and academic experts will teach you to become an effective, professionally qualified broadcast journalist
- Enjoy an international experience with #DMUglobal
We offer all students the opportunity to take part in a #DMUglobal experience, which can enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons. Previous #DMUglobal trips have included New York, Berlin, Hong Kong, China, Canada, Japan, South Africa, Russia and Italy to name a few.
- Continue your study at master’s level with our specialist postgraduate courses
Including Investigative Journalism MA, developed with Channel 4
Broadcast Journalism BA (Hons) is a specialist course that allows you to learn the core skills required in the world of digital journalism. You will learn how to make video features for television, online and social media, as well as stories for radio, and you will develop skills in all areas of visual media production from filming and editing to pitching, storytelling and presenting.
This programme has been designed for students who are keen to learn to use professional recording equipment and use software to edit digitally, whilst our established Journalism BA (Hons) is more suited to those who want to pursue careers in magazines, press and online journalism. Broadcast Journalism has a practical focus and will help you gain the skills to work as a broadcast journalist in the digital age. You will also learn about journalism from a sociological perspective and understand its history.
Structure and assessment
- Image Capture and Processing
- Audio Caputure and Processing
- Multi-platform News Writing
- Journalism and Society
- Television Production
- Professional Practice
- Radio Journalism
- Issues in Journalism
- Live Production
- Digital Journalism
Teaching and assessments
You will be taught by a range of experienced broadcast and print-based journalists. Staff on the teaching team have won four university-wide awards, and the highly experienced journalists running the course are supplemented by a range of leading guest lecturers from across the industry.
Your precise timetable will depend on the optional modules you choose to take; however, you will normally attend around 10-14 hours of timetabled taught sessions (lectures and tutorials) each week, and you can expect to undertake at least 24 further hours of independent study to complete project work and research.
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, workshops, tutorials, seminars, group work and self-directed study. Assessment is primarily through coursework comprising of presentations, short films, audio content, essays and reports.
Facilities and features
You will have access to excellent facilities, including our computer suites within the Leicester Centre of Journalism and your own newsroom, to enhance your practical and professional skills further. Workshops take place in our multi-million pound Creative Technology Studios, a custom built facility for high-end media production and development.
The multi-camera studio replicates the most common setup for TV studios and enables students to practice techniques covering all of the areas of studio work including presenting, camera work, direction, lighting and sound. The film studios also includes a full lighting setup and a viewing gallery so that cameras and presenters can receive direction from the students taking the role of a producer. Using live graphic overlays students can successfully replicate news, shopping channel and chat show environments.
Media Production graduate Amy lands a job on BBC’s The Voice
Bagging the prime-time TV job after spending all her holidays at DMU working on some of the UK’s favourite programmes including Strictly Come Dancing, Big Brother and Celebrity Big Brother.
Amy, who graduated with a first class degree in the summer, will start work behind the scenes as a “logger” – someone who types up everything that is said during recording, as it happens, to help with the editing process.
She explained: “My tutor Simon Walsh organised Monday night guest lectures when he got men and women from the industry to come in and talk to us and then we’d all go to the pub for an informal chat. I was committed to radio, but met a TV director at one of these events and thought “what am I doing? I want to work in TV”.
Opportunities and careers
Broadcast Journalism graduates are likely to pursue careers in television, online and radio journalism as producers, reporters, researchers, video journalists, social media producers and more.
This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.
Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.
Our #DMUglobal High Flyers Award offers students a discount of up to £1,000 towards a #DMUglobal opportunity (terms and conditions apply).
Work-based placements are one of the best ways to boost your skills and experience, and can often lead to your first graduate role.
They are the perfect means of discovering how your studies relate to the real world, and provide an opportunity to improve your confidence and make contacts to help you get ahead in the job market.
DMU’s dedicated Placements Teams can help you by providing access to hundreds of opportunities, giving one-to-one CV advice and interview preparation, and offering training sessions and support from a dedicated tutor.