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C04397v1 Master of Advanced Journalism (Extension)

Award(s): Master of Advanced Journalism (MAdvJour)
CRICOS code: 099639J
Commonwealth supported place?: No
Load credit points: 96
Course EFTSL: 2
Location: City campus

Overview
Course aims
Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course diagram
Course program
Articulation with UTS courses
Professional recognition
Other information

Overview

The Master of Advanced Journalism (Extension) is designed to meet the needs of mid-career journalists and graduates seeking a career change. It is a highly industry-focused course that equips students with deep knowledge of journalism, technical skills and the adaptive capacities needed in the current digital dominated media environment. Students who successfully complete the course have current, and forward-looking skills that allow them to operate in digital newsrooms and on other digital facing programs.

Class seminars are conducted by journalism professionals and academics. Students gain hands on reporting, editing and other production experience with the opportunity to learn in a state-of-the-art 'live' newsroom under the tutelage of a highly experienced multimedia producer.

Students are exposed to the latest journalistic trends, discussion of the digital changes changing the industry and state-of-the-art technical training. In addition to in-seminar training, students work on publishable journalism. They have the opportunity to learn about and discuss emerging areas of journalistic practice with lecturers who have been at the forefront of change, and work with leading practitioners of investigative, sport and entrepreneurial journalism.

Course aims

The aim of this course is to foster innovative thinking based on a critical understanding of the digital forces buffeting the news media industry. Graduates of the program:

  • have strong and flexible research, reporting and production skills, and a critical understanding of contemporary media
  • are innovative practitioners and agile thinkers who are able to develop new ideas and practices across journalism and media
  • strive towards leadership positions that are grounded in ethical, professional and transparent practice
  • possess the ability to work across platforms, channels and disciplines in digital and emerging environments
  • have an understanding of the role of the media in local, regional, national and global contexts.

Career options

Career options include reporter, producer, presenter and editor across all types of private and public media, broadcast and publishing organisations including digital start-ups, the not-for-profit sector and non-media publishers.

Course intended learning outcomes

This course engages with the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs), which are tailored to the Graduate Attributes set for all graduates of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences:

1.1 Possess an advanced understanding of the breadth of professional skills and techniques in a range of contexts appropriate to contemporary journalism practice.
1.2 Apply a high level of initiative to create content using multiple techniques and within industry accepted frameworks of accountability.
2.1 Understand the complex capabilities of computer-assisted learning, data and other numeric-based techniques for advanced academic inquiry.
2.2 Reflect critically and synthesise multiple approaches to the theory and professional practice of contemporary journalism.
2.3 Plan and execute a substantial research-based project, demonstrating advanced communication and technical research skills.
3.1 Ability to apply multiple professional skills responsibly and respectfully in multiple cultural and ethno-centric contexts.
4.1 Understand how journalism practice can advance story-telling, understanding and cohesion within and across Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities.
5.1 Develop and maintain collaborative networks, contacts and linkages within industry bodies and across disciplines, while ensuring ethical practice and social responsibility at all times.
6.1 Demonstrate advanced skills in engagement to enable effective communication with multiple stakeholders, using traditional and emerging techniques.
6.2 Harness multiple channels of communication, understanding the power and limitations of each as a tool to spread information and engage specific audiences and communities.

Key

The first digit of each CILO indicates the relevant graduate attribute:

  1. Professional Readiness
  2. Critical and Creative Inquiry
  3. International and Intercultural Engagement
  4. Indigenous Competencies
  5. Active Citizenship
  6. Effective Communication

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree, or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate studies.

All applicants, except UTS undergraduate journalism graduates, need to submit the following:

  • a CV
  • an example of their professional work, which includes:
    • links to or the text of any journalistic work, or
    • links to the applicant's own website, blogposts or published essays and opinion articles, or
    • storytelling forms that include short stories, essays, and short documentary style audio and video recordings.

If none of the above is available, applicants may provide a short essay of no more than 1000 words about key challenges facing journalism and the news media industry.

For applicants with a bachelor's degree:

  • the degree must be in the field of education, management and commerce, society and culture (e.g. Bachelor of Arts), or creative arts
  • if the degree is not in the field of education, management and commerce, society and culture, or creative arts, applicants must also have a minimum of two years' related professional work experience. Employment experience is assessed according to the response provided by applicants via the employment question on their UTS e-application.

For applicants with a master's, graduate diploma or graduate certificate qualification, the qualification can be in any field of study.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 7.0 overall with a writing score of 6.5; or TOEFL: paper based: 584-609 overall, internet based: 94-101 overall with a writing score of 24; or AE6: Pass; or PTE: 65-72 overall with a writing score 58; or CAE: 185-190 with a writing score 176.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Course duration and attendance

The course is two years of full-time or four years of part-time study on campus.

Course structure

The course totals 96 credit points of study, made up of 48 credit points of core subjects and 48 credit points of electives.

Full-time students are required to undertake 24 credit points a session. Part-time students should undertake 8 or 16 credit points a session.

Course completion requirements

STM91174 Core subjects (Advanced Journalism) 48cp
CBK91223 Electives (Advanced Journalism) 24cp
CBK91800 Electives (Extension) 24cp
Total 96cp

Course diagram

Course diagram: C04397

Course program

Typical course programs are shown below for full-time and part-time students, commencing in either Autumn or Spring session.

Autumn commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
57083 Advanced Journalism   8cp
57232 Media Law and Accountability   8cp
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK91223 Electives (Advanced Journalism) 24cp  
Spring session
57088 Journalism Studies   8cp
57085 Digital Journalism and Beyond   8cp
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK91223 Electives (Advanced Journalism) 24cp  
Year 2
Autumn session
57193 Data and Computational Journalism   8cp
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK91223 Electives (Advanced Journalism) 24cp  
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK91800 Electives (Extension) 24cp  
Spring session
57194 Journalism Major Project   8cp
Select 16 credit points from the following:   16cp
CBK91800 Electives (Extension) 24cp  
Autumn commencing, part time
Year 1
Autumn session
57083 Advanced Journalism   8cp
57088 Journalism Studies   8cp
Spring session
57085 Digital Journalism and Beyond   8cp
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK91223 Electives (Advanced Journalism) 24cp  
Year 2
Autumn session
57232 Media Law and Accountability   8cp
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK91223 Electives (Advanced Journalism) 24cp  
Spring session
57193 Data and Computational Journalism   8cp
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK91223 Electives (Advanced Journalism) 24cp  
Year 3
Autumn session
Select 16 credit points from the following:   16cp
CBK91800 Electives (Extension) 24cp  
Spring session
57194 Journalism Major Project   8cp
Year 4
Autumn session
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK91800 Electives (Extension) 24cp  
Spring commencing, full time
Year 1
Spring session
57083 Advanced Journalism   8cp
57085 Digital Journalism and Beyond   8cp
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK91223 Electives (Advanced Journalism) 24cp  
Year 2
Autumn session
57088 Journalism Studies   8cp
57232 Media Law and Accountability   8cp
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK91223 Electives (Advanced Journalism) 24cp  
Spring session
57193 Data and Computational Journalism   8cp
Select 16 credit points from the following:   16cp
CBK91800 Electives (Extension) 24cp  
Year 3
Autumn session
57194 Journalism Major Project   8cp
Select 16 credit points from the following:   16cp
CBK91800 Electives (Extension) 24cp  
Spring commencing, part time
Year 1
Spring session
57083 Advanced Journalism   8cp
57085 Digital Journalism and Beyond   8cp
Year 2
Autumn session
57232 Media Law and Accountability   8cp
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK91223 Electives (Advanced Journalism) 24cp  
Spring session
57088 Journalism Studies   8cp
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK91223 Electives (Advanced Journalism) 24cp  
Year 3
Autumn session
57193 Data and Computational Journalism   8cp
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK91223 Electives (Advanced Journalism) 24cp  
Spring session
Select 16 credit points from the following:   16cp
CBK91800 Electives (Extension) 24cp  
Year 4
Autumn session
57194 Journalism Major Project   8cp
Spring session
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK91800 Electives (Extension) 24cp  

Articulation with UTS courses

This course is part of an articulated program comprising the Graduate Diploma in Advanced Journalism (C06104), the Master of Advanced Journalism (C04321), and the Master of Advanced Journalism (Extension).

Professional recognition

  • Graduates are eligible to apply for membership of the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA)
  • Students are eligible for student membership of the MEAA and access to the MEAA, Women in Media and Walkley Foundation network which provides skill development programs.

Other information

Further information is available from the UTS Student Centre on:

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