The BA in Journalism with Creative Writing emphasises five key areas:
The development of your professional journalism skills across all platforms
The study of the concepts and controversies backgrounding and surrounding 21st century journalism
Work placements in professional journalism during your studies
Journalism in the 21st century needs journalists who are comfortable operating across all platforms. This course will allow you to develop skills in broadcasting and digital/multi-media platforms as well as traditional print journalism so you can work in any and all media.
You will also receive a thorough grounding on key journalistic skills in core areas such as news-gathering and interviewing.
You will be strongly encouraged to do industry placements with professional organisations, either as part of their degree or alongside it.
Alongside developing skills, you will also investigate the context and controversies which make journalism so interesting, relevant and crucial to society and democracy.
In this way this course is a strong blend of practical, academic and professional education, designed to produce students who can produce industry standard journalism, reflect on their practice and that of others and carry out useful and informative industrial placements. In short the central aim of the course is to help students learn to think like journalists.
Creative Writing at the University of Leicester is a diverse and stimulating subject. You will be encouraged, supported and challenged to write and experiment in all the major forms, including fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry and scriptwriting. You'll develop your editing and research skills, and will also reflect on your work and processes.
Media and Communication at the University of Leicester, which includes Journalism, has been at the forefront of media research since 1966 and our teaching has always been informed by all the latest developments in the field.
Through the great academic and practical support we offer you in group, as well as individual teaching situations, you will learn to work both collaboratively and independently. The way we will assess you will foster skills in critical analysis, communication, research methods, group work and of course, practical journalism. We also place great emphasis on helping you to build your skills for the world of work.
In Year One you will develop basic key and core skills and understanding in both journalism and creative writing. Year Two will deepen your knowledge of both disciplines and develop skills applying your talents to various digital, social and broadcast platforms. In your final year you will investigate a specialist area of journalism that interests you. You will also work in a team to produce a publication and choose from an attractive range of journalism and creative writing optional specialist modules.
In a world of social media and 'fake news'; an understanding of journalism is more important than ever. This course will teach you core journalistic techniques and help you develop skills to deliver effective content across multiple platforms, while also encouraging your creative side.
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