The overall aim of this programme is to produce graduates who can demonstrate essential skills in the fast-moving environment that is modern Journalism. Graduates will have acquired the knowledge, skills and competencies that will equip them to function as professionals with a solid grounding in the tools and practices of print, broadcast and online journalism.
Course content focuses strongly on journalistic tools and techniques, particularly modern Journalism and digital content creation. Graduates will acquire the knowledge, skills and competencies that will equip them to work as professionals in the communications industry with a solid grounding in the tools and practices of journalism and digital content creation.
The course is a well-rounded, professional programme that prepares graduates for entry-level positions in the media. The programme stresses a balance of academic and practical modules and oers a solid grounding in the tools and practices of print, broadcast, and digital content creation.
What do Journalists and Content Creators do nowadays?
Journalism is undergoing big changes. Technology is evolving and so too is the role of the journalist. With these changes come new practices and new ways of working. Journalism graduates from CIT are highly trained in the skills of journalism and digital content creation. As well as its value in the journalism business, students’ ability to write, to tell stories, to shoot video and create audio – i.e. digital content creation and storytelling - is highly valued in areas such as marketing, advertising, public relations and general communications. As well as journalism, our graduates have also found jobs in these areas.
Some interesting facts:
“Facebook ...now averages 8 billion daily video views from 500 million users.”
"64% of Twitter users are following a professional news account."
"News online needs to be clickable, readable and engaging on any size screen the user chooses."
"Producing great digital journalism requires every bit as much focus, talent, enthusiasm, and expertise in the digital medium as it does in print and TV."
Other Noteworthy Elements
Social Media is a vital tool for anyone working in broadcasting. Journalism students from CIT have a real grasp on how to make the best use of it both for research and promotion.
Practical assignments: Since the programme began we have made strong connections with industry, including the Irish Examiner, RTE, RedFM, the Irish Independent and Newstalk. Each year Journalism students invite industry leaders to a media seminar exploring the current trends in media.
Placement and mentoring: There is a Mentorship Programme in semester 3 of the masters. Each student will work with a mentor who is highly experienced in the communications industry. This can also involve short placements in media organisations.
Documentary making: There is a strong emphasis on documentary making in semester 3. An international student documentary showcase in CIT, FilmCraftCork, is an annual event and Journalism students will have the opportunity both to showcase their documentaries at the festival and to be involved in its organisation through the Event Management elective module.
FilmCraftCork is part of a network of student documentary festivals, which are held in the Netherlands, the UK, Portugal, Belgium, South Africa and New York. CIT students can also submit their documentary work to these festivals.
Master of Arts in Journalism and Digital Content Creation (90 ECTs, Level 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications).
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