This programme combines the latest in digital information, media, communications, audience theory and research methodologies with the production and editorial skills that are required of the modern journalist. You can apply your understanding of the role of the media in society to your own journalistic output.

International Journalism today is uncontrolled by national political borders in most of the world. The Internet and social media make it possible to follow events around the globe and to obtain news and information from multiple sources at the same time. However, the press and individual journalists can operate differently in some ways from country to country, depending on national laws, political systems, cultural values and economic resources of news organizations.

You will learn how to understand international press systems, constraints on press freedom, broad techniques for covering international news from within your own country and the important work of international correspondents. You will be empowered to consider how you could serve your audience by doing journalism from an international perspective.

WHY THIS PROGRAMME

You will be taught by members of the IBEC Media Group, which has an international reputation for pioneering research methods in media and communications.

The IBEC Media Group comprises industry-trained programme-makers and the programme includes a practical element related to transferable skills for employability.

The city of Nairobi is the centre of the media industry in Africa and is home to the headquarters of BBC Africa, STV and a range of major press titles including The Standard Media Group and The Daily Nation. The Nation Media Group has strong connections with local industry.

Researchers from the IBEC Media Group have presented their work internationally, given expert evidence to Westminster select committees and appear regularly on the BBC and other news outlets.

You can choose optional courses from areas such as economics, criminology, human rights, sociology, and politics whose research is at the forefront of debates about the role of the media in society.

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

You will take four core and two optional courses, followed by a dissertation or research project. Courses are taught through a combination of lectures and seminars. Practical skills in news-gathering and programme-making will be developed through seminars and workshops which will focus on the delivery of journalistic articles and features across media. Assessment is based on individual written essays and assignments, as well as the practical group work and individual projects. 

CORE COURSES

•             Media, communications and journalism: Criticism and theory

•             Methods of social research

•             Practical news journalism

•             Researching audiences and the media.

•             Optional courses may include

•             China’s international politics

•             Crime, media and popular culture

•             International economy

•             Human rights and international politics

•             International relations and development

•             International relations research

•             International security and strategic thought

•             Media and democracy

•             Political institutions communication

•             Public policy and management

•             The European Union in international politics and development

•             The internet and civil society

•             The media and regime transformation in CEE, Russia and the FSU

•             Young people, social inclusion and change.

•             Programme alteration or discontinuation

The IBEC endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the International College may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.

CAREER PROSPECT