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Journalism (English taught)

Journalism Studies and research

Our Journalism Studies staff implements diverse research projects in the field of Journalism Studies, sometimes collaborating with universities such as Sheffield and Cardiff. During the Master's track you will learn about the staff's projects for example during the research seminars. You will acquire knowledge of theories and methodologies and learn to apply this in your own research projects, for example with your master's thesis.

Sometimes this leads to joint publications, like The editor-in-chief. Entrepreneurial journalism leadership (2011; in Dutch), that was the result of a research seminar on the role and function of modern editors-in-chief.

The department encourages students to participate in conferences and symposia in the area of Journalism and Journalism Studies. You might well be asked to help out with research projects as a student-assistant. 

Examples of long-term research projects are:

On the staff pages you may find additional information on research projects our staff is working on.

Examples of master's theses can be found in the thesis repository.


  • Opleidingsvideo

    Learning journalism research practices in an international classroom

    – Opleidingsvideo
  • 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.'

    – Emanuele Del Rosso
  • 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:

    – 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.

    – Owen Shipton
  • Testimonial van Aurélie Juignet

    This Master provides a solid base to become a good and ethical journalist

    Hi, my name is Aurélie, I'm a short French 23-year old woman. I discovered Groningen during an Erasmus exchange in 2009. At that time the Master's track in Journalism was only in Dutch, so I could not attend any of the classes. But I heard that it was about to open in English so I decided to apply. And here I am again! I was happy to be back; Groningen is a nice student city, not big but still lively.

    Yet, one has to be energetic to benefit from it, since the International Master is not an Erasmus exchange with a couple of lessons: it requires a lot of time!

    I already had a French bachelor degree in Journalism with a specialization in TV, nevertheless I have learned a lot this year. Theory lessons helped me to see a bit beyond the everyday practice of journalism. Even though I was supposed to know already how to do reports, I realized that there were different rules between French and Anglo-Saxon media, so I broadened my professional knowledge.

    The International Master's track in Journalism of Groningen has the advantage of offering a training in the three medias, plus some experiments online. An internship helped then to improve little by little, by practicing everyday, using the skills taught here. Because, in my mind, this Master's track provides a solid base to become a good and ethical journalist.


    – Aurélie Juignet
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