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Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and New Media

Course Details

Course code:
LM039
Level:
NFQ Level 8 major Award Honours Bachelor Degree
Length:
4 Years
CAO points:
420
Course leader:
Kathryn Hayes
Email: Tel:
+353 (0)61 202267

 

Admissions:

Tel: 00 353 61 202015
Queries: www.ul.ie/admissions-askus

 

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About You

You should enjoy writing and already be involved in writing in some way, preferably through local newspapers, local radio, newsletters or school magazines. Where it is possible to do so, you should also visit local/community radio stations or newspapers for a short while to see how things really operate as many people have a false image of how glamorous a journalist’s life is. Much of it involves hard work, unsociable hours and tight deadlines, so students really have to want to do it!

Why Study Journalism and New Media at UL?

Students of the BA in Journalism and New Media learn core practical journalism skills and, through the study of two specialised subjects, develop their capacities to engage critically with society and the structures of power that operate within it. The course will equip you with a wide range of workplace-focussed skills including: reporting; feature writing; investigative reporting; layout and design, text editing; how to start and manage a magazine and shorthand. You will learn how to apply these skills to print, broadcast journalism and new media - on-line journalism and podcasting.

In the first year, you will have the choice to study two subjects in arts, humanities and social science, and at the end of that year, you will choose one to take to degree level. This will allow you to build up an expertise in a particular field of journalism and develop your research and analytical skills. There is a strong emphasis on team work on the course and students produce their own publication in the final year. You also have an opportunity to develop a portfolio of work which can be used for presentation to future employers.

Our lecturers combine academic expertise with many years of industry experience in journalism. Our adjunct professors include two nationally renowned names in Irish journalism - The Irish Times former editor Geraldine Kennedy and Sunday Times columnist Justine McCarthy. In a special seminar series, editors, correspondents, reporters and other media-interested professionals visit the University of Limerick to talk to journalism students about key contemporary issues. The four year course includes obligatory integrated work and international study placements.

For more information, visit www.ul.ie/journalism

LM039 Journalism Course Outline

Year 1 Semester 1   Semester 2 Summer
JM4011 Introduction to Journalism and Writing for News JM4031 Sub-editing and Design 1  
CU4121 Introduction to New Media & Cultural Studies JM4013 Radio Journalism  
PO4013 Gov & Politics of Ireland TW4006 Writing for New Media  
  Elective:   Elective:  
  Choose Two from Economics, English Literature, History, Law, Politics, Sociology or Language Studies†   Choose Two from Economics, English Literature, History, Law, Politics, Sociology or Language Studies†  

 

Year 2 Semester 3   Semester 4 Summer
JM4007 Advanced Practical Journalism (broadcast/online journalism) JM4034 Journalism and writing 2: breaking news and feautures  
JM4003 Interviewing & Reporting JM4027 Sports Journalism (core elective) OR  
JM4044 Magazine Journalism (core elective)
LA4013 Media Law JM2022 Introduction to Social Media  
SO4033 Sociology of Media CU4014 Analysing Media Discourse  
  Elective:   Elective:  
  Choose one from English, Economics, History, Law, Politics, Sociology, or Language Studies   Choose one from English, Economics, History, Law, Politics, Sociology, or Language Studies  

 

Year 3 Semester 5   Semester 6 Summer
  External Placement   External Academic Placement  

 

Year 4 Semester 7   Semester 8 Summer
JM4008 Investigative Journalism JM4048 Journalism Team Project 2 (newspaper/news site)  
JM4047 Journalism Team Project (newspaper/news site) JM4018 Individual Journalism Project 2  
JM4037 Individual Journalism Project 1 JM4028 Current Issues in Irish Media  
CU4128 New Media, Language and Globalization JM4058 Broadcast Week  
  Elective:   Elective:  
  Choose one from English, Economics, History, Law, Politics, Sociology, or Language Studies   Choose one from English, Economics, History, Law, Politics, Sociology, or Language Studies  

Applicants are required to hold at the time of enrolment the established Leaving Certificate (or an approved equivalent) with a minimum of six subjects which must include: Two H5 (Higher level) grades and Four O6 (Ordinary level) grades or four H7 (Higher Level) grades. Subjects must include Mathematics, Irish or another language, and English.

Note: Grade F6 in Foundation Mathematics also satisfies the minimum entry requirements. Foundation Maths is not reckonable for scoring purposes.

In addition, students must hold a minimum H4 grade in English.

Students wishing to take a Language Studies elective must hold a minimum H3 grade in that language.

We welcome applications from mature students. Mature applicants must apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1 February.

QQI Entry

Certain QQI Awards are acceptable in fulfilling admission requirements for this programme. Go to the UL Admissions QQI page for a full list of modules.

Careers open to you with a degree in Journalism and New Media include;

  • Journalist
  • Editor
  • Technical Writer
  • Public Relations
  • TV Journalist
  • Broadcaster

You will be well-equipped to work in the fast-changing media world that has been transformed by new technology. You will have excellent writing, editing and research skills. The application of these skills to print, on-line journalism and broadcast journalism is a major part of the programme. You will be equipped to work in:

  • National and local newspapers
  • National and local radio
  • eCommerce and ePublishing
  • Communications and public relations
  • Media production, media research
  • Research and teaching at third level

Follow-On Study

Related postgraduate courses at UL include:

  • MA Technical Communication and eLearning
  • MA English
  • MA Comparative Literature & Cultural Studies
  • MA Politics
  • Grad Dip/MA in Public Administration

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Student Profile - Rebecca Maher 

As far back as I can remember I have had a passion for reading, writing and asking questions. So, for me, a career in journalism seemed like the ideal choice. UL’s course is new and modern – it offers a practical focus on writing and broadcasting, the opportunity to learn a new language, valuable work experience and the chance to go on Erasmus and study abroad.

The course is everything I had hoped it would be and more. There’s a strong focus on online journalism as well as social media and how that affects journalists. There’s so much about the course that I enjoy. The lecturers are engaging and enthusiastic, as are the students. The feeling of getting your work published is hard to beat. To see all of your hard work and research written down in front of you is brilliant!

The banter that goes on between students and lecturers is also very enjoyable. Although it makes for heated debate sometimes, that is the nature of the profession and it makes things more interesting and exciting! No two days in our newsroom are ever the same. You can go from writing a hard news story to reading a radio news bulletin, to sitting in a lecture hall discussing Media Law. Also, getting to go to places like RTE for The Frontline is always a great experience. There is a real sense of satisfaction that comes with the course. Journalists often work under pressure to meet deadlines, but nothing beats the exciting feeling of finding and completing that exclusive story!

Graduate Profile - Lisa Blake 

My favourite subject in school was always English. When I began writing workshops as an extra-curricular activity in fifth year, I knew this was something I had to pursue at third level. There were so many courses that appealed to me but I wanted to choose one which incorporated a modern use of the language which is why Journalism and New Media stood out to me. Breaking news excited me and I loved current affairs, so it seemed like a no-brainer. Four years on, I know I made the right choice.

My favourite thing about this course was the emphasis put on the practical application of what we learn in the newsroom; be it editing for radio, practicing a piece to camera, or writing a court report. Journalism is not just about writing for a newspaper, and this course recognises that. Upon graduation, I am equipped with the skills needed for working as a “multi-platform journalist” – something that all employers are looking for nowadays.

Choosing this course also allowed me to delve deeper into my personal interests, such as Law and Irish. As a self-confessed Gaeilgeoir, this course has allowed me to specialise in the area of Irish language journalism, lending me that competitive edge that “specialising” provides. Having chosen Law as my second elective, this gave me a superior understanding when it came to covering Media Law – an area that is crucial for all journalists to be well versed in.

The lecturers in Journalism at the University of Limerick understand that it is an ever-changing profession that requires dynamic and highly-skilled graduate journalists, and it is because of their expertise and hands-on approach coupled with the excellent facilities available to us at the university that I have completed this course feeling very satisfied with my CAO choice.

Graduate Profile - Anne O’Donoghue

On my first day in Journalism & New Media I stood in a classroom with 40 strangers; classmates, lecturers and teachers. What did I know about journalism? To my surprise, it turned out not a lot; I think all I knew was that I wanted to be a journalist and had wanted to be one for quite some time.

I had quite an idealistic image of what journalism was. This was quickly rectified as the course is all about practical industry-based training. The pace of the work is fast and I learned very quickly to respect ‘the deadline’ - there are a lot of them and they come around fast.

I know myself that I was very lucky that I got a place on this course; its practical nature and constant work ethic suited me. For the most part, I was never up endless nights cramming for huge exams, but there is a sense of urgency about the work as the pressure and the workload are constant.

Coming into journalism, I think there were a few character traits that helped me. Being outgoing is one; but however outgoing I was before this course, this has definitely trebled. Also it is important to have a questioning spirit and be curious about the world around you.

My favourite aspect of this course is how industry-focused it is; everything we do is set as if we are working as real journalists. I think also it was very important to me that from the beginning we were educated in online journalism and given the skills to cope with the move to online in the industry.

Now I stand again in the classroom, confident enough to say that I not only know how the journalism industry works but have also acquired the skills to work in print, electronic and broadcast journalism. I can now say that I stand in the classroom not with 40 strangers, but with 40 colleagues and friends.