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Sports Journalism & Communication

Your Course
The MA Sports Journalism and Communication is a unique, new programme designed to give you a professional qualification to work as a highly competent multiplatform sports journalist or a communications professional in a sports company or sporting organisation/national governing body. You will take part in an intensive, 12-month training programme in print, digital, broadcast and multimedia practice/strategic communication and will gain important contextual understanding about the contemporary world of sports through a unique 'Research in Sport' core module. Other core modules include Journalism Bootcamp, Media Law, Multimedia Newsdays and Media Innovation. You can choose from a suite of specialisms including Strategic Communication; Managing Sport: Public Policy, Administration and Governance; Sport in Film; long-form feature writing; and Data Journalism. You will learn in a dedicated digital newsroom and state of the art new broadcasting facilities and have opportunities to undertake internships at local and national media organisations, sporting bodies and other communications companies.

3 GOOD REASONS TO STUDY THIS COURSE

1. Partners: As a student on the programme you'll have the opportunity to apply for internships with partners including RTE Sport, Connacht Rugby, the GAA and a host of media organisations.

2. Facilities: NUI Galway has invested in state-of-theart media facilities including new digital newsrooms and multimedia labs, radio and television studios, and equipment.

3. Hands on: The programme is taught by industry professionals and includes weekly practical assignments and other hands-on activities.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements
To be accepted you should normally have a minimum Second Class Honours degree (ideally at 2.1 honours or higher) or equivalent, though applications from a wide range of backgrounds will be considered. To apply, send your CV, a personal statement of no more than 500 words detailing your interest in the programme and your career aspirations, and at least one sample of your work – eg a blog post, student media, short radio or television or other media. We also welcome applications from people with prior experience in journalism looking to update their skills; high performance athletes; and sports administrators looking to further their careers.

Duration

1 year, full-time

Number of credits

ECTS weighting 90

Careers or further progression

Career Opportunities
Graduates of the programme will work in a variety of roles in local, national and international media organisations; in sporting organisations and national governing bodies; in sports communications and governance; and in wider communications roles.

Further enquiries

CONTACT
Dr Tom Felle
T: +353 91 492 049
E: tom.felle@nuigalway.ie

Subjects taught

Module Diet

Module Code & Title ECTS Semester Core / Optional Module Code

Semester One
Journalism Bootcamp 10 1 Core DJ6115

Research in Sport 10 1 Core FM6118

Sports Journalism 10 1 Core DJ6109

Semester 2
Multimedia Newsdays 10 2 Core DJ6112

Social and Digital Production 5 2 Elective DJ6121

Data Journalism 5 2 Elective DJ6104

Sport and Film 10 2 Elective FM6117

Social Marketing and Environmental Sustainability 10 2 Elective MK5132

Feature Writing 10 2 Elective DJ6100

Media Law 5 2 Elective LW871

Journalism Innovation, Employability, and Entrepreneurship 10 2 Elective DJ6120

Semester 3

Final Project for journalism, media and communication 30 3 Elective XXXX
OR
Dissertation: Journalism, media and communication 30 3 Elective XXXX

Application date

Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System.

WHEN TO APPLY: Applications will be considered in two rounds. Round 1 closing date—30 April 2020. Round 2 closing date— 31 July 2020.

Course fee

Fees: EU
€8,500 p.a. 2019/20

Fees: Tuition
€8,276 p.a. 2019/20

Fees: Student levy
€224 p.a. 2019/20

Fees: Non EU
€16,500 p.a. 2019/20

Enrolment and start dates

Next start date September 2019

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