The MA in International Journalism is a full-time three semester programme covering the practice and theory of journalism in an international context. It is particularly suited to international students as, in contrast to the MA in Journalism, it does not assume knowledge of the Irish context. It prepares students to work on international new stories, whether for national or regional news organisations or with international news agencies or media organisations.
The programme aims to produce graduates who are skilled in the techniques of journalism and who have a keen understanding of journalism`s role in democracy and civil society. As this is an MA programme, students are required to engage in the critical and theoretical components of the course.
The programme includes tuition, practical experience, a wide range of assignments, seminars, tutorials and group projects.
There are three strands to the programme: practice, context and content.
The practice strand offers a full and thorough grounding in the skills and practice of journalism from news gathering and news writing to features and investigative reports,subbing and layout, sound recording and editing.
The context strand provides a theoretical and critical framework for international journalism in its social, cultural and historic context. This includes a dissertation in the third semester.
The content strand is intended to give students an understanding of subjects areas relevant to the practice of journalism internationally.
They choose from a range of options including politics, business, development issues and English.
The taught modules take place in the first two semesters from September to June. The dissertation is completed in the third semester and submitted in January.
Writing, reporting and subediting
History and theory of journalism
International media ethics
Journalism in a globalised world
and one of the following:
Peace and War reporting
Political Communications in an international context
Rhetoric and Argumentation
Advanced Writing and Reporting
News production for print or radio journalism
International Media Law
Two of the following:
Critiquing Development and Human Rights
Culture and Identities
European Societies and Politics
Reporting International Business