Just as printed newspapers, radio and television at one time changed the purpose and ways in which people engaged with news, so too digital, mobile and social media have transformed the way journalism is practised in modern society.
Increasingly working on a freelance basis, 21st century journalists are expected to produce material for a variety of outlets simultaneously; our course is designed to empower you to become ambitious, informed, efficient media practitioners who can add value to any digital platform, newsroom or media organisation.
With the concept of fact-based storytelling at its heart, our professionally accredited BA Journalism degree aims to develop graduates who can operate across multiple platforms, are context aware and equally comfortable in a traditional journalism environment as they are working with disruptive forms of media practice.
The focus is on core news-gathering techniques and storytelling, at the same time providing a wealth of transferrable skills including excellent written and verbal communications that can be applied within broader communications contexts.
Coventry is ranked among the 15 best universities in the country for ‘Journalism, Publishing and Public Relations’ (Guardian University Guide 2019). Here, you’ll be taught by journalists with experience of working for national publications and news corporations, including print and digital journalists with global experience, an ITV Central journalist, the editor-in-chief of Classics car magazine and a BBC Radio 3/World Service presenter. You’ll have the opportunity for industry placements (subject to application and availability) and hear regularly from expert guest lecturers, recently by documentary filmmaker Paul Berczeller.
Why choose this course?
If you have a passion for writing, presenting or reporting and a nose for news, our professionally accredited course will immerse you in the world of contemporary journalism with lots of opportunities for location work, site visits, live projects, inspiring talks from visiting media professionals and exciting professional placement opportunities (subject to availability).
Accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC), our forward-looking degree aims to anticipate and respond to trends within the media environment by offering a multi-platform approach to journalism in order to better prepare you for this dynamic industry. Our graduates can be found working for Sky News, the BBC and a range of newspapers and magazines, as well as careers beyond traditional journalism in emerging digital fields such as social media management and content creation.
It is designed to prepare you for an exciting and evolving environment that, while still offering traditional journalism opportunities, increasingly expects those operating within the field to move into new areas, display entrepreneurial innovation and respond to the emerging needs of both audiences and industry.
Described by the BTJC during accreditation as a “cutting edge” course, which will “revolutionise the way the next generation of journalists gather and distribute news”, it is hands-on from the start, with many of our students working at a professional level, for example, for the ITV Central television news team, getting paid before they graduate.
Ever watchful for new and emerging forms of practice, you will be expected to seek out and interpret stories for new and disparate audiences, developing your professional networks, producing news and features for mobile, online and broadcast platforms while also experimenting with new forms of practice across new technologies.
You’ll have the opportunity to participate in ‘news days’, which test your skills in a live environment so you can experience the excitement of news production; in 2016, for example, our students reported on Brexit from three different locations in Malaga, Bristol and Coventry.
To recognise the fact that, in the real world, journalism is increasingly produced on the move or filed from location, we provide you with your own mobile technology pack* featuring a high-end laptop with the latest industry-standard software to give you 24/7 access.
Our partnership with the BBC and other organisations means you can have access to a range of targeted work experience opportunities, which has led previous students to work for Daily Mail’s video department, BBC radio and CBS Investigates. You can also produce a diverse range of content for our student-run website iCov (ww.icov.co.uk) or support the Student Union’s flagship radio station.
International experience opportunities
Our course is designed to reflect the increasingly international context of journalism; reflected strongly in the course curriculum and the extensive international experience of the teaching team which includes staff who have lived and worked in South Africa, India, Ireland and America.
You will be given opportunities to engage with international students from at home and abroad. Coventry is one of only two UK universities to have participated in the Pop-Up Newsroom, a global cooperative project which brings together students from the UK, Netherlands, Bulgaria, India, the United States and Lebanon in a virtual newsroom to report on issues of global significance at a local level. Our first and second year students have previously taken part with news days focusing on the refugee crisis and an international women’s day. Second-year students also collaborated with students from 13 universities in seven different countries as part of the Global News Relay initiative (globalnewsrelay.wordpress.com), an international collaboration of college journalism, multimedia and public relations students which broadcasts news live across the world.
We strongly encourage you to broaden your theoretical, cultural and practical references, providing opportunities to broaden your horizons by studying abroad on a sandwich year. Past students have studied media and journalism at universities in Spain, Sweden, the United States and France, among others. We also offer a range of short visits and field trips abroad, which are reviewed annually. Recent fieldtrips have included Amsterdam and Malaga (subject to availability and additional costs).
At Coventry University, you can enjoy a whole host of multicultural and multilingual activities, such as the international film club and the French and Spanish conversation clubs. You can learn another language with the university-wide Add+vantage Scheme or the Linguae Mundi programme.
From the outset, this course aims to prepare you for a successful career in the media. The learning environment recreates a working rolling news environment, complete with live assignments and deadlines; it is purposefully designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge necessary to work in such a professional multi-media newsroom.
We can give you guidance and support to find and produce real stories by covering a range of off-diary events, from Morris dancing festivals to local gigs, council meetings and protests, as well as traditional ‘beat’ reporting. The strong journalism and communication skills you will have the opportunity to develop throughout the course should prepare you for a wide range of careers in other areas, such as politics, commercial business, publishing and research.
Our FAH Futures employment team is on hand to offer tailored career and enterprise support if you wish to gain employment or take advantage of professional practice opportunities within course specific industries. Our dedicated enterprise officers also offer valuable assistance on how to begin as a freelancer/entrepreneur.