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Journalism (English taught)

Programma

  • 1e jaar

    The first two semesters show a parallel schedule of courses in journalism skills and in journalism studies.

    The first two semesters show a parallel schedule of courses in journalism skills and in journalism studies.

  • 2e jaar

    The third and last semester is for writing the Master's thesis and taking either a second research seminar in Journalism Studies or an internship with a news organization.

    The third and last semester is for writing the Master's thesis and taking either a second research seminar in Journalism Studies or an internship with a news organization.

Programma-opties

  • Optional courses (specialisatie)

    Students choose one of two theoretical specializations and one of two topical Research Seminars during the first year.

  • Master's Honours Programme (honoursprogramma)

    The Master's Honours Programme was developed especially for students who want to get more from their studies.

    It is a programme worth 15 ECTS that is followed in addition to the standard Master's programme. It is a one-year interdisciplinary programme that is designed to introduce students to various aspects of leadership.

  • Master's placement (specialisatie)

    During this Master's track, you can follow a placement for ECTS credit points.

    It is your responsibility to find a placement yourself, but the Mobility Office can offer help with this where necessary. Click the link above to find examples of placements completed by other Master's students.

Opbouw programma

VakPeriode 1Periode 2Periode 3Periode 4
Journalism Skills I (5 EC)
Journalism Skills II (5 EC)
Journalism Skills III (5 EC)
Journalism Studies (10 EC)
Theoretical Specialization: Global Journalism (5 EC, facultatief)
Theoretical Specialization: Journalism and Political Culture (5 EC, facultatief)
Business and Ethics (5 EC)
Journalism Skills IV (5 EC)
Journalism Skills V (10 EC)
Research Seminar I (10 EC)
VakPeriode 1Periode 2Periode 3Periode 4
Master's Thesis (20 EC)
Research Seminar II (10 EC, facultatief)
Internship (10 EC, facultatief)

The 90 ECTS curriculum is 55% academic theory and 45% journalism skills. The academic theory courses include theoretical specialization such as Journalism and Political Culture, research seminars such as News and Audiences and of course a Master's Thesis. The journalism skills courses include topics like international reporting, feature writing, television, online journalism and live radio. A two month internship with a news organization is optional.

Check out the content of the courses on Ocasys: https://www.rug.nl/let/courses-ma-mediastudies

The online course catalogue Ocasys offers more details on all courses: https://www.rug.nl/let/courses-ma-mediastudies

Studeren in het buitenland

  • Studeren in het buitenland is facultatief
  • Maximaal 10 EC

The optional internship may be done outside the Netherlands, in the country of origin or elsewhere.

It is allowed to take an internship abroad.

Waarom in Groningen?
  • Hands-on-training in small groups
  • State-of-the-art newsroom facilities
  • Aims to develop a multimedia mindset
  • Unique combination of practical skills and academic reflection (50-50 approach)

Students have access to professional facilities for their news productions, such as an exclusive newsroom with instruction area, powerful workstations, a radio and television studio, edit rooms and recording equipment.

The programme has an excellent relation with employers and internship providers. The department is proud of it's longstanding collaboration with Dutch public broadcaster NOS in both education and academic research, and has affiliates with universities in Sheffield and Cardiff (UK).

The programme entered first place in the 2012 Elsevier Guide for Best Studies. In 2012 and 2013 it was labeled as one 77 top masters in the Netherlands by the Keuzegids Masters, one of the most influential Dutch study guides, and the best in the field of Media Studies and Communication Sciences.

  • Hands-on-training in small groups
  • State-of-the-art newsroom facilities
  • Aims to develop a multimedia mindset
  • Unique combination of practical skills and academic reflection (50-50 approach)

Students have access to professional facilities for their news productions, such as an exclusive newsroom with instruction area, powerful workstations, a radio and television studio, edit rooms and recording equipment.

The programme has an excellent relation with employers and internship providers. The department is proud of it's longstanding collaboration with Dutch public broadcaster NOS in both education and academic research, and has affiliates with universities in Sheffield and Cardiff (UK).

The programme entered first place in the 2012 Elsevier Guide for Best Studies. In 2012 and 2013 it was labeled as one 77 top masters in the Netherlands by the Keuzegids Masters, one of the most influential Dutch study guides, and the best in the field of Media Studies and Communication Sciences.

If you have any questions or doubts about your studies, you can always contact the study advisor. He or she knows all the ins and outs of the program and personal planning. Study advisors are impartial and everything that is discussed is treated confidentially. They can also help you find the right institutions and student desks for your problems..

If you have any questions or doubts about your studies, you can always contact the study advisor. He or she knows all the ins and outs of the program and personal planning. Study advisors are impartial and everything that is discussed is treated confidentially. They can also help you find the right institutions and student desks for your problems.

  • Testimonial van Emanuele Del Rosso

    The lecturers are an asset to the programme

    'I applied to several universities for this Master's track. I was accepted everywhere, but because of its high ranking I decided to follow the programme at the University of Groningen.

    I think the lecturers are an asset to the programme. They have a lot of experience in the field and that makes them both good teachers and good journalists. What I also like about this programme is its practical approach. One of the reasons I chose to follow this Master's track is the internship at the end of the programme. I have plans to apply to an English-language newspaper somewhere in Ireland or the UK. Of course I'd love to do my internship at the New York Times or the Guardian. After my Master my ambition is to work for one of these as a journalist.

    In order to be successful in this programme you have to work hard. But for me that is no problem because I really enjoy the assignments. When I do have free time, I like to jog or attend activities such as conferences at the Faculty.'

    Sluiten
    – Emanuele Del Rosso
  • Opleidingsvideo

    Learning journalism research practices in an international classroom

    – Opleidingsvideo
  • Testimonial van Sarah Bomkapre Kamara

    PhD at Ludwig Maximilians University (Munich)

    At the moment I am a PhD candidate at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich. Before this I worked as a journalist at the English for Africa Department at Germany's International Broadcaster Deutsche Welle, where I wrote stories for the radio and the website. I also presented some of the daily shows.

    I wanted a job that was more than just going into the office every morning and returning home at night which led me into becoming a journalist. I wanted to become the type of journalist that provides change by sharing information, one that gives people a voice knowing how that kind of journalist can have huge impact on the government and citizenry.

    The skills modules of the Master's track in Journalism has been very important to me. I learned to compile media packages and edit videos for an international audience. The courses were intense and the training strong. I learnt both the theories and skills one needs to practise journalism anywhere in the world. 

    It was tough sometimes, but I'll never forget how supportive the lecturers were. Another thing I will always remember is the city of Groningen. I miss it so much! I loved the old buildings and going to the market every Saturday. I was lucky to live in an international student house. Every week we ate food from another country. I still have friends from all over the world and even learned how to ride a bicycle! It was a beautiful experience!

    Sarah received a Eric Bleumink Fund scholarship for talented students and young researchers from developing countries (she is from Sierra Leone). She was interviewed about her stay in Groningen by Unifocus, the university's videomagazine. You can see it here: http://youtu.be/g5csALGJh8E

    Sluiten
    – Sarah Bomkapre Kamara
  • Testimonial van Owen Shipton

    ‎Video Journalist/Gallery Director

    The internship I completed as part of my Master's track led directly to a job in journalism. After an intense year of studying and three months of work experience, my internship supervisor offered me a job as a Video Journalist. Since then, I have been promoted to Gallery Director, with creative control over my channel's live content.

    Studying in Groningen prepared me for daily newsgathering – it taught me how to make news – and also to look critically at the media content others create. That’s important regardless of whether you want to work in Journalism Studies or journalism itself; you can’t get better at what you do without reflecting on the work of others.

    Groningen’s the sort of place where other people will want to visit you. You won’t be able to keep your parents, friends or significant others away. I’ve got very fond memories of my time there, which was academically tough enough to keep me on my toes but relaxed enough to have a lot of fun.

    I’m looking forward to getting more presenting experience, something that studying in Groningen gave me a real taste for. After a year looking at such varied topics, you learn what you want to do most.

    Sluiten
    – Owen Shipton
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