The media industry is constantly changing, and you want to enter it bang up to date – with cross-industry editorial and production skills gained from experience of working in radio studios, edit suites and our newsroom, equipped with the latest Apple technology and Press Association news feeds.
Taught by professionals with print, broadcast and academic expertise, you will become skilled in news gathering, reporting, feature writing, shorthand and magazine page design. You will also develop an understanding of journalism in a globalised age.
You will do a placement in your second year, allowing you to graduate with vital work experience to give you the edge over other journalism graduates when trying to land your first job in the industry
- Learn cross-industry editorial and production skills, using industry-standard equipment, from experts in the field
- Study aspects of journalism in practice, including media law, ethics and public administration, preparing you to enter the industry either as employee or freelancer
- Develop your knowledge of theory and current practice in journalism, and insights into future developments
- Gain practical skills in news gathering, feature writing and editing, magazine design, headline writing, shorthand, photo editing, sub-editing, producing and presenting your work across platforms including radio, internet, video and print
- Explore and build links with journalism and wider creative industries through work experience opportunities
- Benefit from our strong links with the local media in Milton Keynes providing you with suitable placements and regular guest lecturers
- Benefit from a course which reflects industry demand for graduates with the skills to enter careers in print, broadcast, online publishing and public relations. Journalists work at local, regional, national and international levels. Other career paths include research, sub-editing, production, editorial, new media production, or as a columnist in regional, national or international media companies.
Listen to our students broadcasting on our Ofcom-licensed community radio station RadioLab 97.1FM. You too could have your own show on RadioLab and even run the station in your third year. See what our students are writing on their own news website citiblog.co.uk. You too would be reporting for Citiblog and building up your online portfolio of stories. You will learn to work as a multiplatform journalist and develop strong communication and analytical skills, as you gain insight into a rapidly changing media industry in the globalised age. You will be given the opportunity to learn and apply journalistic practice in your placement unit. Coordinator for the course, and main tutor is Jon Boyle
Jon has a wealth of industry experience in all areas of journalism that enables him to teach a wide range of topics including news and feature writing, page design and sub-editing, shorthand, online reporting and his specialist subject of sports reporting. He has spent more than a decade as a national freelance football reporter, covering teams such as Leicester City, MK Dons and Luton Town.
Having grown up in Milton Keynes and worked for some of the biggest newspapers in the area, he has built up strong relationships with the local media including the Milton Keynes Citizen, One MK, BBC Three Counties Radio, Secklow Sounds, MKFM and MK Pulse, which enables his students to take advantage of fantastic work placement opportunities. Read Jon’s profile