MA Global Journalism

Start: September
Duration: 1 year full-time

Who should take this course?

If you're interested in learning how the media is both victimised and weaponised, if you want to be introduced to some hands-on practical experience, if you're interested in how journalism is practised across the globe, and if you want to study with peers from around the world, then MA Global Journalism is for you!

MA Global Journalism combines theoretical and practical concerns with regard to the principles of a free press and its relationship to political and civil institutions. It examines, compares and contrasts the diverse forms of regulation and restrictions – both legitimate and illegitimate – surrounding the practice of journalism around the world.

Take the course and you'll engage in debates about the key issues facing news journalism in a comparative global context. You'll also get hands-on practical experience in writing for various media platforms and communicating news in the contemporary global environment.

I've received an offer – what happens next?

Scholarships available for students from India

Course structure

In the first semester you will take four core modules:

  • The Weaponisation of the Media: Abuses of the Principle of Publicity. This module will help you acquire an in-depth understanding of current media phenomena such as the weaponisation of both the left-wing and right-wing media, the use of social media to spread fake news in the era of post-truth politics, and the return to traditional journalistic values
  • The Victimisation of the Media: Challenges and Threats to the Principle of Publicity. Here you will analyse the victimisation of the media through economic, political, social, legal and institutional challenges across the world in a comparative perspective, and engage with the safety of journalists and the issue of impunity in global policy contexts.
  • Writing for the Media. Learn how to turn raw information into a news story and write news stories for a variety of platforms.
  • Research Methods. This module will teach you all you need to know to complete your dissertation on the topic of your choice successfully!

In the second semester you get the opportunity to specialise in what you are interested in, whether this is more hands-on experience, digital skills and big data, the history of global communication, media freedom, EU media law, social media, journalism and globalisation, propaganda – and these are only a few options!

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I really like how "young-minded" and approachable the academic staff is on this course. The course also really trains our analytical skills, which I find very important.

Mathis Claudel
MA Global Journalism student

Teaching on Global Journalism is an international experience which extends beyond the classroom. You will have the opportunity to visit BBC studios and other media institutions. You will be able to attend conferences that give insights into the daily practice of news journalism across the world, which are organised just for you! If you're really good, you might even get your work published on the website of our research institute CFOM, and go on a trip to present your work to the European Parliament in Brussels. And if this is not enough, we also host the International Journalism Week and the Global Journalism Film Festival – you won't get bored!

Aims and outcomes

Students who complete the course successfully should be able to: 

  • understand and critically engage with the latest media debates
  • analyse and evaluate the diverse settings in which the news media operates in a comparative global perspective
  • use their practical news writing skills to write up-to-standard pieces for various media platforms
  • undertake in-depth research

Career prospects

Our graduates work for media organisations across the world as news analysts and media workers for a variety of platforms. They also work for think tanks, NGOs and communication agencies.

Entry requirements

If English isn't your first language you'll need an IELTS score of at least 7.0 overall, with at least 6.5 in writing and no other element lower than 6.0.

More information

For more information regarding the MA in Global Journalism please email jnladmissions@sheffield.ac.uk.