University of Winchester: Sports Journalism

InstitutionUniversity of Winchester
Department School of Media and Film
Web http://www.winchester.ac.uk
Email course.enquiries@winchester.ac.uk
Telephone +44 (0)1962 827234
Study type Taught

Summary

The MA in Sport Journalism at the University of Winchester is specifically designed for students who want to enhance and develop their skills in the most current, industry-informed Sport Journalism.

With significant disruption having taken place in how news is distributed, publishers are now exploring new ways to tell stories and make money through content using the latest digital technology. Sports Journalism is at forefront of this innovative approach and thus this MA will equip students with practical and critical skills to negotiate this terrain.

Individual modules will train students in the fundamental principles of sports journalism but also prepare them to be at intellectually at ease with working in an industry that encourages constant change, innovation and debate. It will explore the following issues:

- What is the impact of new technology on sports journalism? 


- How can you understand & make use of new technology?

- How has the role of the sports journalist developed ?

- How can you stay ahead of changes in the industry?

Using an ‘agile’ approach, students will learn how to develop and employ intellectual and practical skills to engage with change and work as successful sports journalists. The focus on digital sports journalism and innovation aims to produce skilled, confident graduates who are ready to begin careers in journalism or closely related fields in a wide variety of roles. They will have gained a range of skills as per Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC) training guidelines.These skills and the critical and theoretical context have been planned to mutually reinforce each other. Thus their skills are extended through their work in the simulated newsroom and then on their placements in professional newsrooms. At the same time their critical ability to engage with the theoretical and methodological debates which frame the contemporary place of sports and sports journalism will be developed to an advanced level. The University aims to shape 'confident learners' by enabling students to develop the skills to excel in their studies here that are transferable to further studies or the employment market.

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