MA in Journalism

The MA degree in Journalism is a two-year course that trains students in developing the multiple skills and abilities to work on different media (print, audio, video, online), in newspapers, electronic publishing, radio or television. Students will be able to deal with different formats and writing styles in journalism (written and audio-visual reports, investigations, briefs, portraits, editorials ...) and with the technical aspects of the profession (copy editing, audio-visual digital editing, web journalism ...).

Beyond mastering the technical skills, trained journalists will acquire human and interpersonal skills needed to achieve their missions: intellectual curiosity, communicational and relational skills, listening capacities, critical distance from the information source, teamwork... They will also acquire a sound general knowledge and an aptitude for analysis and synthesis.

The MA in Journalism is an accredited course by the Common Convention for Journalists, the professional benchmarking body for quality training in journalism recognised by Press corps and newsrooms in France.

 

  • Who can apply?

Entrance in the Journalism MA is by examination, irrespective of age at the time of registration, and is open to all persons holding a BA degree (or equivalent).

The entrance examination is held in two stages.

First, a written eligibility day-long exam is taken on the following topics:

  • Knowledge of French (multiple-choice questions on grammar points, vocabulary and style of expression). Duration: 1 hour - Coefficient 6
  • General culture (small essay). Duration: 2 hours - Coefficient 10
  • Synthesis of documents around a topical issue. Duration: 2 hours - Coefficient 8
  • English (multiple-choice questions on grammar points and language). Duration: 1 hour - Coefficient 6)

To prepare the eligibility tests, records (of previous tests) are provided at the time of registration. Students who pass the eligibility tests will be summoned for the second stage of the examination.

In the second stage, eligible candidates are called for an oral admission test. This test does not require any special preparation but aims to evaluate the motivation of the candidate and also to test his/her knowledge of current affairs its media coverage.

  • Courses are delivered in french

1st Year — Semester 1

  • Media Law and Communication
  • Information in the Digital Age
  • Communication and economic knowledge
  • News Writing
  • Initiation into Radio-TV 2
  • English for the media and information 1 (complementary course)

 

Semester 2

  • Current affairs
  • History of the media and of political institutions
  • Economy and media strategy
  • Print / multimedia press magazine
  • Initiation Radio-TV 2
  • English for the media and information 2 (complementary course)

 

2nd Year — Semester 1

- Geopolitics

  • Print / multimedia magazine press
  • Advanced level on Radio or TV-1
  • English for media and information (complementary course)

 

Semester 2

  • Professional dissertation
  • Internship and English
  • Print Press
  • Advanced level on Radio or TV -2

 

  • Course outcomes

At the end of this two-year master’s course, students will have acquired several practical skills in boradcast journalism including:

  • Sound knowledge of the economic, legal, institutional and political environment of the media;
  • Well rounded education to analyse the challenges facing the media ecology and their transformations;
  • Proficiency in English for professional use;
  • Sound knowledge of the fundamentals of journalistic writing and their applications in print and broadcast (audio-visual) journalism;
  • Good knowledge of the major journalistic genres such as newsagent journalism, legal journalism,  economic journalism and financial journalism;
  • Sound knowledge of the principles of managing contact files and personal documentation database;
  • Knowedge of the organisational principles of a newsroom and time-constraints on completing the daily;
  • Proficiency in using the Internet as an information search tool
  • Proficiency in using the Web as an editorial production platform
  • Acquiring the fundamentals of multimedia writing
  • Knowledge of document editing packages and common editing tools
  • Knowing best practices and developing skills in TV and radio programme production including script-writing, interviewing, use of audio equipment (microphones and recording devices, image capture; camera usage), field and studio recording, digital audio editing and mixing. The skills gained here apply to radio, film, video, journalism, and multimedia productions.
  • Control of the radio's information production chain (uses of microphones and capture sounds; comments and notes; editing and mixing, interviews and board animation; production of information-radio logs).

 

  • Career opportunities

Several job opportunities are open to students haven completed the MA in Journalism in Print, Online and Broadcast media. Their high quality training makes them immediately operational to work for newspapers, magazines, TV and Radio channels as freelance journalist, columnists, publication secretary, copy editor, section editor, image reporter, TV columnist, section editor, announcer, radio reporter, radio columnist, cyber-journalist or audiovisual production manager.

 

Head of Program: Dr. Stéphane Cabrolié

Email: stephane.cabrolie@univ-amu.fr

 

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