Are you passionate about news and do you want to report and analyze current affairs? Do you want to know why journalism is transforming so quickly nowadays?
This internationally oriented programme trains students from diverse parts of the world to become journalists, with in-depth academic knowledge in the field of Journalism Studies presented by journalism researchers and intensive training by experienced journalists, offering a solid foundation in the skills that are needed to succeed in journalism today.
Theoretical Journalism Studies courses enable students to reflect on the nature of journalism as a profession and stimulate critical thinking about the future of news reporting. You will study how journalism culture and developments in globalization, citizenship, politics and digital journalism interrelate, while learning how to apply appropriate research methods and theories in empirical academic research focused on understanding the field of journalism.
The English-taught Master's track in Journalism takes a year and a half and has a study load of 90 ECTS. In the first two semesters, students will take academic courses and practice journalism skills. During the third and last semester students work on their master's thesis. They also take a second research seminar or complete an internship with a news organization.
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.
“The Master in journalism at the University of Groningen is a complete master mixing both the practical and the theory aspect of the profession.”
My main interest for journalist came from my passion for movies, especially my interest in film criticism. However, being from Venezuela, I have experienced many situations in which the importance and necessity of journalism are highlighted and put in question, which make me expand my interest on the field.
The Master in journalism at the University of Groningen is a complete master mixing both the practical and the theory aspect of the profession. It not only prepares you for an academic track, but also trains you as a journalist in the field, with tight deadlines and weekly stories. This, mixed with the fact that the master trains you in many areas like radio, TV or writing, made the decision to choose this master much easier. It is a very demanding master, and you will be expected to take at least 40 hours a week for it, sometimes even more.
The University of Groningen offers a diverse environment and the journalism master is not an exception. Not only the professors come from all over the world, but in the English track you share the classroom with several other cultures, which makes the experience so much more gratifying, so you also get a taste of different customs and traditions.
When you study Journalism, the newsroom in the Harmony building becomes your second home, and your course mates your family
My name is Alexander Loeb, I am 25 and a Master’s student of Journalism in the International track. I previously studied Media and Communications in Mainz, Germany, where I am also from. Besides my studies, I like playing guitar and singing in the streets of Groningen. I also enjoy writing about music, reviewing concerts and hiking.
The reason why I wanted to study Journalism comes from my background as a music journalist. For the past four years, I have been active as a reviewer of CDs and concerts, as well as interviewing artists such as De Staat. My keen interest in writing and politics made me want to develop further in terms of my abilities to report, interview, and convey current and relevant issues.
The Master’s track in Journalism seemed like the best choice, as I was able to fulfil my wish of studying my second degree in English, as well as work with a small class of motivated students. I personally believe that studying Journalism at the RUG is one of the best choices I have made because the curriculum combines theory and practice in an equal ratio. This way, students do not simple tackle journalistic issues from one viewpoint, but are able to both question theoretical norms in practice and vice versa. With the ever-evolving media landscape of the 21st century and the need for a new wave of journalists to rebrand the profession, I think the journalism Master’s is one of the most exciting and important courses on offer.
Are you a non-EU/EEA student from Mexico, Russia, China, India, or Indonesia, starting a Master's programme at the Faculty of Arts? If so, you could qualify for the University of Groningen OTS/Talent Grant, Faculty of Arts, a partial scholarship which helps you to finance your studies.
Read more about the OTS/Talent Grant Faculty of Arts.