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An International Education,
A London Location,
A Global Future

Flexible Curriculum at Richmond University

Flexible Start Dates

With the opportunity to start your
course in the Autumn (Fall) or the Spring

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British and international internships

Richmond offers all students the opportunity to take an internship

Richmond The American University in London

Academic Requirements

We accept qualifications from around the world

Minor in International Journalism and Media

The Minor in International Journalism and Media covers media, communication and journalism. There is a wide range of course choices in this minor, please see the programme structure below.

It’s not just about study, this is your story

Studying abroad

Whether you’re studying in another country, or studying here at the university in London, with Richmond University you have the opportunity to study abroad. That could mean trying out university in London for a semester to a year, studying overseas at any of our partner locations across the world, or taking part in a world internship – designed to give you the experience you need to complement your programme.

Employability

We offer career support and advice throughout your studies (through the Careers & Internships Office), doing everything we can to make sure you stand out from the crowd when you graduate. Just by taking part in a liberal arts degree, you’re learning a wealth of transferable skills, including learning to adapt to the working climate – essential criteria employers look for. You could also benefit from work experiences and internships as part of your programme; giving you an extra advantage at the start of your career.

Post graduation

  • Journalist
  • Media Relations
  • Public Relations
  • Feature Writer
  • Internal Communications
Programme structure

Minor requirements - US Credits 18 - UK Credits 60

This course provides an introduction to the study of mass media in contemporary modern societies. The course will pay particular attention to the production and consumption of mass media, including newspapers and magazines, television, film, radio, and the internet. Thus the course will encourage students to critically analyse the strategies of media giants, the impact of media ownership over democracy, the effects of media over culture, identities and public opinion. Each topic of the course will be examined with reference to contemporary examples of mass media.
JRN 4200 (3 CREDITS) Introduction to Writing for Media
This course introduces students to basic media writing skills. Students learn to write basic news stories, press releases and promotional materials for use across multimedia platforms. Students will also develop an understanding of the critical differences between the various approaches.
JRN 5200 (3 CREDITS) Feature Writing
This course focuses on consolidating and developing writing skills within journalism, public relations and advertising. Particular attention is given to the development of different writing styles and formats (colour pieces, human interest stories, and PR and advertising genres). The emphasis of this course is on developing independent writing skills across media platforms, and reporting skills for journalism and promotional work including interviewing and managing a variety of sources.
JRN 6205 (3 CREDITS) Media Ethics and Law
This course examines the main legal and ethical issues which media practitioners of the digital age encounter in their working lives, whether in the fields of PR, journalism or advertising. Thus, the course will focus on the concepts of libel and defamation, copyright law, the public sphere, media ownership, objectivity and neutrality, freedom of the press, censorship, codes of conduct for journalists and PR practitioners, advertising regulation, privacy and public interest, reporting restrictions and national interest, propaganda, gender issues and reporting in a multicultural society.

plus one of the following

ADM 6425 (3 CREDITS) Photojournalism
Concentrates on the reportage area of photography using digital equipment. Students learn about the history, nature, ethics, and techniques of photojournalism by studying the work of eminent practitioners and by shooting, printing and laying out a number of documentary style projects. This course is recommended for communications, journalism and social science students as well as photographers.
This course concentrates in consolidating and developing journalistic reporting skills. Particular attention will be given to the teaching of specialized reporting skills (such as how to cover major incidents, political events, etc) and of investigative journalism techniques. Students will learn from case studies of complex and high profile investigations and acquire techniques of investigative reporting, so that they can plan, research and write an investigative feature of public concern or in the public interest. The emphasis of the course is on developing independent reporting skills.

plus one of the following

COM 6200 (3 CREDITS) New Media
This course traces the historical development of new media, emphasizing the social, political and cultural context of new media technologies. It introduces the students to a number of contemporary theoretical debates for understanding the role of new media in contemporary democracies and their impact on identity formation processes. Interfacing practical skills and critical thought, a number of key debates in digital culture are addressed through written texts and the investigation of internet sites and electronic texts.
JRN 5300 (3 CREDITS) International Journalism
This course introduces students to international journalism as it is practised when reporting back from one country to another. Students learn about the changing occupational culture of the foreign correspondent brought about by the 24/7 culture and the rise of citizen journalism. They explore both practical and theoretical issues around news values, global news management, and reporting on the frontline, and – as they enhance their practical journalism multimedia skills - students develop an expertise in at least one country which is not their own.
JRN 5400 (3 CREDITS) Entertainment, Arts and the Media
Many young people dream of writing about and promoting the things that consume so much of their time – music, film, theatre, show business and the arts. This course will give students the basic tools to do the job. It will teach the art of criticism in journalism. Students will also learn the skills needed to promote entertainment and the arts through public relations and advertising. The course will outline the ethical responsibilities of practitioners in these fields.
JRN 6200 (3 CREDITS) Publications Layout
This course prepares journalism students to understand and master publication layout for print and online publication. Students will be taught advanced layout skills and techniques using Adobe InDesign through three major assignments as well as a number of small individual presentations and readings. By the end of this course, graduating seniors will have a number of high-quality documents to include in both their online and printed portfolios to aid in the graduate job search. Work created in this course will also be professionally presented to a panel of faculty and hosted on the Richmond University website. Previous experience with other Adobe CS products is recommended as this course assumes basic Adobe and Apple Mac familiarity.
JRN 6210 (3 CREDITS) Global News Analysis
This course introduces students to the main issues and key theoretical debates in the study of news produced by global media organizations. Students will explore the evolution of global news from the birth of world news agencies, through 24/7 satellite news and the so-called ‘CNN effect’, to the way that new global media producers are influencing news flow and contra flow between east and west. They will also look at how the internet and the ‘networked society’ are challenging the cultural hegemony of the global news producers and opening the way for ‘glocalisation’ of news media.