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    Broadcast Journalism

    School of Journalism, Media and Communication, Faculty of Social Sciences

    Would you like to be a broadcast journalist, searching out stories and telling them in engaging and creative ways? Study on our BJTC-accredited course and learn how to research, interview, write, record, film, edit and present for TV, radio, podcast, social and digital media.
    Students record in the radio suite

    Course description

    Are you determined, articulate and fascinated by news and current affairs? Is your ambition to work as a reporter or producer in radio and television news, or maybe to launch a ground-breaking podcast?

    This course will teach you vital broadcasting and digital media skills using industry-standard software and equipment, then provide you with the opportunity to go out into the city to put your skills to the test.

    We invest heavily in audio and video facilities, so you'll be immersed in TV, radio, podcasts and online techniques from day one. Nurture your skills using our TV news studio and gallery, radio studios and production booths, all laden with the same industry-standard equipment and software used by the professionals.

    You'll be taught by current and former broadcast journalists, editors and media professionals, who will show you how to find and research news stories, conduct interviews, record and edit the material for broadcast as well as for web and social media.

    Our experts in media law, regulation and public affairs will make sure your journalism is responsible and ethical as well as hard-hitting. 

    On newsdays, you'll work against the clock as part of a team that goes out into the city to find the news, shoot footage and create bulletins to meet tight deadlines back at the newsroom.

    It's demanding work, but that's how our students finish the degree newsroom-ready, as complete broadcast journalists: many of our alumni secure jobs in a newsroom within the first six months after graduating, whilst others win awards for their work before they’ve even graduated.


    This degree is professionally accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC), an important benchmark of quality recognised across the UK media industry.

    You will also have the opportunity to take extra exams as part of the NCTJ Diploma. This includes shorthand and media law.


    A selection of modules is available each year - some examples are below. There may be changes before you start your course. From May of the year of entry, formal programme regulations will be available in our Programme Regulations Finder.

    Core modules:

    Researching News

    Finding, researching, and developing news stories is a basic journalistic skill and one that is common to all media. This module is intended to equip students with the understanding, knowledge, insights and skills necessary for effective journalistic research and news gathering. It seeks to develop in students some of the basic practical skills involved - such as effective interviewing and researching - with the development of 'news sense' and an understanding of the potential sources of news in a variety of settings. It will demonstrate the generic nature of news gathering skills across all media.

    15 credits
    Broadcast News

    This module introduces you to news production for radio, television, the web and social media. You will learn basic technical skills covering recording and editing for radio and television, and the conventions of writing and presenting. It emphasises the nuts and bolts of radio and television news bulletins and starts the process of encouraging you to use production techniques effectively. You'll learn how to use a content management system and begin to learn how writing for the web differs from writing for broadcast. You will apply newsgathering and interviewing skills in broadcast situations which are structured to simulate the professional working environment. You will also have one to one voice training sessions to improve presentation skills.To get the most out of this module, you should be listening to and watching as great a variety of broadcast news as you can. A typical week might include some combination of 'Today' on BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio Sheffield, Hallam FM, BBC 5 Live Breakfast Programme, the main television news bulletins, Sky News and BBC News as well as all the regional programmes you can find, particularly 'Look North' and 'Calendar'. You should also log on regularly to news websites and if you haven't already done so, join Twitter (www.twitter.com) and follow as many journalists as you can find.

    15 credits
    Law for Journalists

    This module aims to develop students' understanding of legal constraints on journalists working in the UK, including defamation and contempt law. Students will also study how matter can be published in the public interest, and how a journalist can challenge invalid restrictions. There will also be a study of the Editors' Code of Practice and the Ofcom Broadcasting Code.

    15 credits
    Ethics and Regulation

    This module examines some of the major ethical controversies in journalism. Students will explore debates about the tension between freedom of expression and the exercise of responsibility, and about the need to balance privacy rights with publishing material in the public interest. There will also be study of regulation, truth-telling, media representation of vulnerable groups and journalists' relationship with their sources. Students will explore how ethical behaviour is encouraged in journalism, and consider how the industry codes seek to achieve this in the UK.

    15 credits
    Power and Society - The Institutions of Government

    This unit explores the institutions and organisations which significantly affect the nature of our society and which effect change within it. It explores the nature of the relationships between local, national and international institutions of government and seeks to equip journalists to understand how those relationships reflect or effect the decision making processes in society. It will also examine the structures and processes of the institutions of government at local, national and European level.

    15 credits
    Advanced Broadcast Journalism

    The focus of this module allows you to build on the basic skills developed in JNL6008. You will work on features, bulletins and programmes covering a range of formats and styles and further develop your online skills. A key exercise is a block of radio and television newsdays.

    30 credits
    Broadcast Journalism Portfolio

    This module requires students to submit a substantial piece of journalistic work in either radio or television. The project should be accompanied by a detailed written appraisal of the editorial and production processes involved.

    60 credits

    Optional modules

    You must choose one from the list below.

    Podcast Production

    This module focuses on podcasting with purpose, from the building and creativity process around an idea itself, before moving onto the nuts and bolts of branding and beyond. Students will learn in seminars and workshops about the research and planning needed to create a podcast episode and series of their choice. The key to this is finding the subject area or topic to engage the target audience. This module aims to simplify the thinking and mechanics around effective and meaningful podcasting production, thinking about branding, understanding the audience and introducing an advanced audio skillset by way of the studio, kit and software training with students. There will be time to reflect on research and pilot content, as well as to consider the importance of social media and visuals to promote podcasts. The ability to sell an idea and format is central to this module, so pitching techniques will play a key role in educating and informing students about selling their idea and platform to prospective partners and audio outlets. Creativity and end output is crucial to the success of this process, so the end goal will be to produce a teaser or trailer piece, a first podcast and the ability to understand and reflect on the work over the course of the module in a concise and constructive manner.

    15 credits
    Sports Journalism

    This module focuses on what specialist sports reporting in a digital age involves and explores the skills necessary for a modern sports journalist across all platforms. The module encompasses a range of sports including football, F1, basketball and cricket, with a focus on how sports news is gathered, delivered and consumed.

    Students will learn about how to thoroughly research specialist sports as well as the importance of finding a niche. They will be able to demonstrate background knowledge in their news gathering skills and production of digital content. Students will be introduced to different writing styles and formats including techniques for engaging an online audience today. The module will explore how the sports news agenda is driven by data as well as looking at the wider context of societal and cultural issues within sport and also how sport operates as a business. Reporting on social media and the distribution of content on different platforms will be a pivotal part of learning how to produce sports stories for a specific audience with an understanding of how social media has transformed how live sports events are covered. The module will also enable students to learn about live sports reporting and the best techniques to deliver content through conventional kit and mobile journalism.

    20 credits
    Communicating with the Media

    This module will provide students with knowledge and skills necessary to communicate messages through the media. Case studies and practical workshops will allow students to learn about the practice of media communication. They will learn how the media operates and how to communicate messages through interviews, press conferences and news releases. Topics covered in the module will include the development of communication strategies, the understanding of news values and news cycles and strategies for successful and ethical communication.

    15 credits
    Dealing with data for journalists

    News reporting relies increasingly on knowing how to understand and analyse data. "Now that information is abundant, processing is more important." (Philip Meyer). Data science is the scientific discipline that feeds into this new type of journalism. It provides methods for collecting and systematizing data, which is then analysed using a combination of statistical and machine learning techniques, and finally presented in an appealing and understandable format. This module will equip students with the confidence to appreciate and apply the most widely used statistical techniques, which constitute the very core of data science and, hence, facilitate responsible evidence-based journalism.

    15 credits
    Radio and NGO Communication in conflict-affected areas

    Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and other such organisations are valuable information sources, mediators and actors in conflict-affected zones and use local media, particularly radio, to amplify their messages, programmes and advocacy. This module focuses on, and engages with, the public and political communication used, and sometimes misused, and even abused, by radio and NGOs, internationally and historically, during times of conflict and the challenges they encounter culturally, politically, economically, legally and institutionally. In this case, 'internationally' means from the perspective of the Global South.

    15 credits

    The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

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    MA - 1 year full-time


    There are lectures, seminars, group workshops, newsdays, individual and team assignments.


    You’ll be assessed on producing a combination of radio and TV news stories, bulletins, features, web pages, portfolios, essays and examinations throughout your degree.

    Your career

    Our graduates launch straight into work in roles like Broadcast Journalist, Assistant News Editor, Producer, Video Content Production Executive, Video Journalist and more within just 15 months of graduation. Many of them find work in huge news organisations like the BBC, Daily Mail, Bauer and ITN, whilst others go on to launch careers as freelance broadcasters (Graduate Outcomes Survey 2020/1). 

    Thanks to our industry connections, we offer a huge range of work experience opportunities to students on our practical journalism programmes. To see what our students get up to during these placements, check out the #JUSPlacement hashtag on X or read the #JUSPlacement Blog.

    You can also find out more about our graduates and where they go on to work.


    School of Journalism, Media and Communication

    Here at the School of Journalism, Media and Communication, we've been training extraordinary journalists and conducting pioneering research since 1994, when our department was launched by Observer Editor Donald Trelford at our first home in Minalloy House.

    After 30 years in the industry, we've learnt a thing or two about networking. Study with us, and you'll have exclusive access to our unrivalled contacts and alumni network, situated in newsrooms across the world.

    We’ll also provide you with award-winning employability support in the form of one-to-one support sessions, weekly masterclasses and an array of placement opportunities to help you get your foot in the door. 

    You’ll learn to ace the basics on our practical courses, including how to spot big stories and make them shine; edit engaging audio, video and podcasts in our state-of-the-art facilities; become an expert in social media; and even ace those shorthand exams. We’re the only Russell Group University to be accredited by the NCTJ, BJTC and PPA, so you know you’re learning from the best of the best.

    For those with an eye for Journalism’s bigger picture, our research-led programmes will help you piece together the epic social narratives of global journalism, mass media and political communication. You’ll be rubbing shoulders with experts in media law, mis/disinformation, propaganda and freedom of the media - taking full advantage of the research excellence we have to offer as a Russell Group institution.

    Our graduates go on to achieve great things and remain part of our legacy forever. They change the world through the power of storytelling - be they journalists, documentarians, PR experts, novelists, or teachers.

    Cici chow, holding a script and sat on a purple sofa in a tv studio

    This was such an important year for me!

    Cici Chow MA Broadcast Journalism

    Cici Chow is a Journalist for China Global Television Network (CGTN). She graduated from MA Broadcast Journalism in 2022.

    Maisie Marston smiling next to a BBC radio microphone.

    The news days gave me a chance to build up my portfolio

    Maisie Marston MA Broadcast Journalism

    Maisie Marston is a Journalist at BBC Radio Berkshire. She graduated from the MA Broadcast Journalism course in 2022.

    Jacob Waters holding a microphone outside of Manchester Piccadilly train station

    We were equipped with all of the skills we needed to enter the industry

    Jacob Waters MA Broadcast Journalism

    Jacob Waters is a broadcast journalist for Global Radio. He graduated from MA Broadcast Journalism in 2022.

    Entry requirements

    Minimum 2:1 undergraduate honours degree.

    We may also consider your application if you do not meet the standard academic requirements but you have considerable work experience in a media-related role.

    We also consider a wide range of international qualifications:

    Entry requirements for international students

    Overall IELTS score of 7.5 with a minimum of 7.0 in each component, or equivalent.

    Pathway programme for international students

    If you're an international student who does not meet the entry requirements for this course, you have the opportunity to apply for a pre-masters programme in Business, Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Sheffield International College. This course is designed to develop your English language and academic skills. Upon successful completion, you can progress to degree level study at the University of Sheffield.

    If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department.

    Fees and funding

    There are a number of bursaries and scholarships available, including the Dan Walker scholarship, the Scott Trust (owner of The Guardian), Journalism Diversity Fund, The Aziz Foundation Scholarship and others.

    Funding opportunities for MA degrees in journalism


    You can apply now using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It's a quick and easy process.

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    Any supervisors and research areas listed are indicative and may change before the start of the course.

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