Master of Arts in Journalism with New Media

Course Code: CR_HJWNM_9 Delivery: Full-time, Online  Duration:  (3 Semesters, September to August) Hosting Academic Department: Media Communications

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Department of Media Communications

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Who is this course aimed at?

The online MA in Journalism with New Media programme is aimed at those wanting to launch a career in journalism as well as established journalists wanting to upskill.

What skills will I learn?

Our Masters in Journalism with New Media programme blends journalistic tools and techniques with training in new technologies and media to prepare students for the new media workplace. Along with our strong connections with industry, even as they learn, our students are producing work that is published in the national media. We’re equipping our students with all the skills that are basic requirements for today’s digital journalists: shooting and editing video, creating audio and podcasts, using social media, developing an online presence and strong connections with industry.

“ 2017, video will make up a whopping 69 percent of all consumer Internet traffic.”

What are the benefits of doing the course online?

It offers the opportunity to study within your own schedule and at your own location. Using state of the art communication and education technology, students will have live access to CIT lecturers and a range of international speakers. Also student will be taught using the same tools and technologies that they will use later in the new media workplace.

What do journalists do nowadays?

Some interesting facts:

“Facebook averages 8 billion daily video views from 500 million users.”

USA Today

"64% of Twitter users are following a professional news account."
Reuters Institute

"News online needs to be clickable, readable and engaging on any size screen the user chooses."

BBC Academy

"Producing great digital journalism requires every bit as much focus, talent, enthusiasm, and expertise in the digital medium as it does in print and TV."


Other Noteworthy Elements

Social Media is a vital tool for anyone working in broadcasting. Journalism students from  CIT have a real grasp on how to make the best use of it both for research and promotion.

Practical assignments: Since the course began we have made strong connections with industry, including the Irish Examiner, RTE, RedFM, the Irish Independent and Newstalk. Each year Journalism students invite industry leaders to a media seminar exploring the current trends in Journalism.

Placement and mentoring: work placements of up to three months in broadcasting and news media organisations is part of the course.


Read some testimonials from our recent graduates and from industry experts on the MA in Journalism and New Media here


Admission Requirements:
Admission to the Master of Arts in Journalism with New Media programme is based on a combination of an online application form and a short interview process.

Journalism, by necessity, requires that its practitioners produce clean, competent copy on deadline, often without the benefit of external editing or extensive rewriting. It is expected that students entering the course have mastered basic writing skills, including grammar, syntax and the ability to conceptualise and articulate ideas in writing. It is also expected that students possess the ability to write in English at a post-graduate level.

Candidates should submit three pieces of writing in a journalistic style with their online application. Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed to determine suitability for the programme.


The course modules are listed below. For detailed module information please click here.

Semester 1: Semester 2: Semester 3:
Audio-Visual Broadcasting One Audio-Visual Broadcasting Two Journalism Master Project
News Writing and Editing Features and Web Writing  
Media History & Structure Media Law,Ethics&Prof.Practice  
Multimedia Production Cybercultures  
New Media Workplace New Media Production  


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