Journalism with Development Studies MA
MA Journalism with Development Studies is an interdisciplinary course offered jointly by LSBU's School of Arts and Creative Industries and School of Law and Social Sciences. It brings together our established expertise in Development Studies with our industry-informed provision in journalism education.
Development issues such as migration, poverty, the environment, aid and governance are increasingly relevant in journalism, and this course develops a theoretical understanding of these issues alongside practical journalism skills
The course offers hands-on practical professional training in the production techniques relevant for a range of multi-media and multi-platform broadcast journalistic tasks. This includes creating and presenting content for the Global Campus Network (www.globalcampus.network) while conforming to national and international ethical and legal frameworks. The course also provides a solid grounding in key theories, concepts and debates around development and contemporary development journalism.
You’ll have access to our new media facilities in Elephant Studio at LSBU and will be offered a work placement option in semester 2.
- Contemporary issues in development
The module aims to provide a comprehensive and detailed introduction to the contemporary challenges facing developing countries. Topics typically include issues of poverty and poverty reduction; aid and its effectiveness; debt and debt servicing; governance and transparency; the environmental impact of development; patterns of inequality; the impact of urbanisation; and more generally, on changing economic relations within the world economy.
- Research Methods for Journalism
This module provides an overview of the major theoretical perspectives that underpin academic media research and shows you how qualitative and quantitative methods are used to study media institutions, texts and policies. The module also explores the ethical and political issues that arise in doing media research and the role and responsibilities of the social researcher in the community. The module is designed to prepare you for the MA dissertation.
- Development journalism
This module examines the history and current practices of development journalism in the context of globalisation. It explores different understandings of the role of the media in relation to politics and social movements at national, sub-national and supra-national levels, and critically engages with debates about ‘mediatised’ war and conflict, the role of cosmopolitan civil society in humanitarian and human rights emergencies, media campaigning around poverty and environmental issues, and contemporary ideas about capacity-building and resilience.
- Practice for International Journalism
Working to an international editorial brief, this module will provide you with an introduction to the production techniques relevant for a range of multi-platform broadcast journalistic tasks. It will equip you with the essential technical skills needed for multimedia and multi-platform broadcasting. This will include creating and presenting content for the Global Campus Network (www.globalcampus.network) whilst conforming to national and international ethical and legal frameworks. In the Global Campus Network, each academic partner has its own Station for aggregating content related to its member's creations, including videos, shows, and communities. The module will give you a grounding in the broader areas of production processes, including file management and technical work flow; studio/location safety; and ethical and legal consequences of production work, such as, copywright, privacy, permissions and trespass plus relevant codes of practice. Finally, the module aims to introduce you to the essential skills that ho hand-in-hand with content production - editorial planning, time management and teamwork.
- Interactive web journalism
As the strategies of multimedia storytelling found on the news organisations' digital platforms are becoming increasingly more sophisticated, and as mobile devices overtake desktops and laptops as the primary way of accessing news online, understanding cross platform news consumption will be key to the success of journalist in newsrooms of the next decade - newsrooms where technology and editorial are convergent. This module will emphases the fact that a platform can determine how a media consumer interacts with the news and will allow students through a number of methods including live blogging, apps, news games and more.
In the dissertation, the various elements of knowledge and the skills you have developed through your theoretical and professional practice project modules are developed further and may be integrated in a focused and in-depth study. The dissertation can take the conventional form of a piece of written academic research, or be a combination of academic written work and an independent development journalism project.
Plus one optional module from:
- Work placement
You will identify and secure a journalism placement for 140 hours (approximately 20 days to be completed) that enables you to significantly develop your knowledge, skills and competencies. In addition to the placement, you will be required to reflect upon the culture, convention, practices, power hierarchies and representations of the organisation in which your work takes place. The focus will be on identifying what is happening in the chosen sector in terms of trends, issues, markets and your role in the organisation whilst on placement.
- Economies in Transition: Strategies for Development
This module analyses and assesses the main development strategies implemented be developing countries in recent years, focusing on case studies from Africa, Latin America and Asia, outlining their key achievements and problem areas. This analysis then forms the basis for examining the possibilities for and outcomes of different types of industrialisation in the coming years, within a global context. The modules combines detailed case study example from particular types of industrialising economy, including examples from the rural services, and raw material extractive sectors.
- Forced migration and human rights
This module examines the inter-relationship between international human rights standards and forced migration. It will familiarise you with internationally and regionally protected human rights standards (civil and political, economic social and cultural) the violation of which gives rise to forced migration, and with the human rights issues in the host states to which the forced migrants move. It will introduce you to the UN and regional systems governing these issues and to specific themes which bring human rights and forced migration together.
- Forced migration and development
This module introduces the key concepts in forced migration and development and different categories of forced migrants – asylum-seekers, refugees, IDPs, oustees and disaster victims. It examines the multiple and complex nature of forced migration, evaluates international, inter-governmental, non-governmental and governmental responses to the short-medium and long-term needs of forced migrants and the poor sections of the host population. It critically analyses and evaluates the positive and negative impacts of forced migrants on host communities.
All modules are assessed by coursework.
A humanities Masters opens up careers in a number of professions such as teaching, social work, administration and higher level education. Graduates have forged exciting careers in research-related work, public relations, advertising, retail, management and media-related work.
Our established MSc Development Studies course attracts many students from developing countries, with direct experience of working in the field or of working for development-oriented organisations in Europe and the UK. MA Journalism with Development Studies will draw on existing links with development organisations and the news industry to provide expertise in areas important for employment in the professional journalism and development studies field. The course will offer a work placement option in semester two.
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Dr Terry Daniels is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Arts & Creative Industries, specialising in visual culture, research methods, and mediated representations of gender and ethnicity. Her research interests include representations of ethnicity in British television, and historical research using documents and archives.
Prof. Philip Hammond is Director of Research for the School of Arts & Creative Industries. He has published widely on representations of war and conflict in news, film and video games; post-Cold War international relations; and the politics of environmentalism.
The home of Journalism.London, our dedicated newsroom is fitted with 42" displays, an audio mixer, 8 line inputs and 80 channel mix, News Synergy Workstation and 15" Macbook laptops - all for student use.
Our Radio Studio is built for four people, each with their own Cardiod condernser microphone feeding into a Radio control room with a set of mixer decks for five channels of audio playback, live broadcasting tools and on-air indicators.
The Elephant Studios at LSBU Mac Lab is fitted with Quad-Core and Dual GPU MacPros, available for digital media workshops and unsupervised student work.
Teaching and learning
Class contact time is typically ten hours per week plus tutorials and independent study. You'll have access to LSBU's Moodle Virtual Learning Environment, where you can access electronic versions of core texts and other resources.
- A first degree (2:2 or higher) in a relevant subject; or
- A Higher National Diploma in a relevant subject; or
- A minimum three years' post-qualification experience in a relevant field.
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