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Ulster University: International Journalism: Hostile Environment Reporting

InstitutionUlster University
Department School of Communication and Media
Telephone +44 (0)28 9036 6184
Study type Taught


This unique course will equip graduates to report from international hostile environments in a safe, informed and innovative way. It was developed in consultation with media organisations, conflict reporters and international security/safety experts/disaster healthcare specialists, all with frontline hostile environment experience. This is supplemented by academic research and critique of the coverage of conflict, terrorism, natural disasters and of state suppression of media and investigative journalists. Students complete a 12,000 word dissertation in a chosen topic. Those attending by online part-time are required to attend an intensive five day hostile environment reporting field course at the University's campus in Coleraine, Northern Ireland, generally during the third week in September before the academic element of the course starts. This also introduces you to others taking the course. They then attend online from September to end April with a commitment of about 20 hours a week. They submit their assignments in this way using the latest technology. The supervised dissertation is completed between June and August of the second year.


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