The award-winning BA Journalism course at Coventry University prepares students to work in one of the most exciting industries, as social media and mobile technology bring big changes and creative opportunities. Studying journalism will show how society works – and doesn’t. Our innovative approach means students work as journalists as they learn, producing news and features for mobile, online and broadcast platforms.
Coventry students have been named national Journalists of the Year by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC) in 2012 and 2014; we also won the BJTC’s prize for the best multi-media website, icov.co.uk. Judges said our “cutting edge” course could “revolutionise the way the next generation of journalists gather and distribute news”. Taught by accomplished journalists and expert media academics, it experiments with emerging forms of journalism, using a range of new and mobile technologies. This means the course gives students the knowledge and skills to thrive in the 21st century media landscape.
In 2016, our first year students interviewed refugees and human rights activists as part of a collaboration with universities around the world. Second year students reported simultaneously from Malaga, Bristol and Coventry. And our third years hosted leading BBC journalists at the first Coventry Storytelling Festival – including sessions on filming with smartphones (mobile journalism) and shooting 360-degree video.
Students who choose this course will benefit from:
- A course designed to meet professional standards, which has BJTC accreditation;
industry-standard facilities across a range of media formats;
- news days which enable students to test their skills in a live environment so they experience the excitement of news production;
- personal mobile learning kits, such as a high-end laptop with the latest industry-standard software, enabling mobile working and learning;
- dedicated and flexible creative learning spaces designed for the future;
- access to professional broadcast equipment via our dedicated Media Loan Shop and studios;
- links with employers nationally, including the BBC and Sky, and internationally in places as far afield as Europe and South Africa;
- the opportunity to travel and practise abroad via field trips integrated into your studies.