Media Production: Journalism BA (Hons)

Journalism is one of today’s fastest moving industries, but at its heart lies the unchanging ability to tell a good story. This BJTC-accredited course will give you the skills – in digital, broadcast and print – to launch you into a career that embraces all facets of life – from politics to fashion, business to sport, and travel to the arts.

The emphasis is on the practical, and choosing our course means producing real journalism across your three years with us.


UCAS course code
York St John University
Course fees
2019 - 2020: Home & EU students: £9,250 per annum, International (non EU) students: £12,750 per annum
3 years full-time, 6 years part-time
Study Abroad
Yes - see our study abroad web pages for more information
Start date
September 2019
Performance & Media Production

Course overviewBJTC Logo

The strength of our course lies in the fact that we make everything you do industry-facing. From your first weeks you’ll be publishing work on our journalism website, Our course is delivered by experienced journalists with many years of practical experience across different platforms so you’ll be learning skills for multimedia journalism – digital, print (magazines), radio and TV.

You will work to a real deadline during our live production days, alongside guest editors from – for example – Newsbeat, the BBC and York Mix. You will also produce a magazine and can specialise in a medium of your choice in your final year. 

All these skills will be underpinned by knowledge of the law, ethics and regulations. Our course has been developed to meet the requirements of the industry accrediting body, the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC), and is fully accredited by them.

We have excellent links with industry. To give you an idea, a selection of our guest speakers have included Google, Good Morning Britain, Talk Radio, York Mix, BBC Sheffield and Sleeper magazine. You will also undertake a minimum of 15 days’ work experience across your degree to help give you the competitive edge when it comes to graduating into your career. 

Do you want to be a journalist? Come and spend three years with us producing real journalism. 

Jenny Kean, subject director for Media Production

Follow us on:

Twitter: @YSJUMedia or @TheYorkieYSJ
Instagram: @YSJMedia
Facebook: /YSJMedia


100% of Graduates from our Media Production courses are in employment or further study.

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Course structure

You’ll start your first year working alongside our other Media Production students to learn the full range of practical, digital production skills. You’ll also learn about finding stories, interviewing and writing news and features. And you’ll get an introduction to the history and ethics of journalism. The emerging skills of the ‘MoJo’ – the mobile journalist using smartphones and apps – also play an important role in the course.

You’ll move on in your second year to live newsdays for online, TV & radio, plus learning about media law to make sure you’re safe to practise as a journalist. In your final year, you’ll put together a magazine and can specialise in a final project of your own choosing.

Our students have the chance to create work for live clients – they’re currently working on documentaries & short films for York City FC and the Mediale international arts festival in York.

As well as benefitting from our partnership with That’s York TV, who are based right next door to our state-of-the-art digital newsroom, you can be part of our Student Union Radio Society, currently producing ten hours a day of streamed radio programming.

Level 1

Media Production Skills (20 credits): Multi-platform working is now a prerequisite across all media. This module will give every student the technical and craft skills to enable them to produce media across different platforms and to operate in a ‘digital first’ world.

Applied Media Production Skills (20 credits): During this module students will apply video and audio production skills in specific production contexts. Students will also develop production management and online production skills.

Reporting (News & Features) (20 credits): This module aims to introduce the fundamentals of journalistic reporting, with a primary focus on print and online. Students will explore the core principles of professional journalism to develop an understanding of the context and constraints affecting the reporter in search of original and truthful material. They will also undergo voice coaching.

Storytelling (Factual) (20 credits): This module aims to further develop the students’ ability to tell a story (in a non-fiction context), and to understand how they can reach different consumers using different tools to tell that story. It therefore supplements the Media Production Skills module running alongside it which focuses more on craft and technical skills.

Introduction to Media (40 credits): This module introduces students to the broad history of media institutions and practice. Students will be encouraged to see media as having cultural, economic and political impact and what that means for both producers and audiences.

Level 2

Media Law & Public Affairs (20 credits): This module will develop the specialist knowledge of media law required by journalists and live programming producers, for example that relating to court reporting, defamation, privacy and data protection. It will also aim to develop students’ knowledge of government and public institutions.

Newsdays (Radio & Online) (40 credits): Students will develop their practical skills learned in Media Production Skills at level 1, to enable them to produce audio content that is specifically for radio news audiences. Students will develop their professional skills by working to a deadline to produce their own news programming over a series of newsdays.

Newsdays (TV & Online) (20 credits): In this module, students will develop the basic video and television craft skills learned at Level 1 in order to apply these to the more specialised environment of television news. Students will develop their professional skills by working to a deadline to produce their own news programming over a series of newsdays.

Professional Practice (20 credits): As students prepare for their final year, this module will help them focus on the career skills and industry knowledge that they will need to give them the edge in terms of employability. Students will produce a personal development plan, setting their goals for the next 12 months. They will also hone research skills in preparation for their final year research projects.


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Transmedia Practice (20 credits): This module aims to provide the students with the experience of working as independent transmedia producers, whilst grounding their practice in the exploration of conceptual frameworks. It helps to develop the graduate attributes of being digitally literate, curious-minded and able to apply creative solutions to complex problems.

Globalisation (20 credits): Globalisation is a fundamentally important term in understanding the processes of cultural, political and social change in the modern world. This module introduces students to the key theoretical debates and ideas which surround the contested notion of ‘globalisation’ and media representation.

Convergence Culture (20 credits): This module will introduce students to the theory and practice of convergence technology with associated areas of transmedia activity and network theory. Students will be encouraged to engage with the continuing development of communication technologies.

Level 3

Magazine Production (20 credits): This module aims to develop students’ magazine production skills, completing the suite of media production skills with radio, television and online already covered. The craft skills of magazine production will be firmly set in the context of how the market works in terms of different platforms, branding and audiences.

Final Project (40 credits): This module will allow students to synthesise the knowledge gained at Levels 1 and 2, and to specialise in a medium of their choosing. Journalism students can work individually or in small groups to make a long form documentary (video or audio), or series of written features linked by theme or a magazine.

Research Project (20 credits): This module allows students to demonstrate the skills gained at Levels 1 and 2 for independent, self-directed learning, critical thinking and research. Students can opt for a traditional written dissertation, a piece of practice-led research supported by a written thesis or a piece of critical media supported by a written thesis.

Journalism in Practice (20 credits): This module will bring together all the students' skills, knowledge and experience in the running of a real-time newsroom that mirrors industry practice. The module encourages them to be self-starters, to organise their own and others’ workloads, to work to deadline and to practise the team-working skills. It also ensures that their knowledge of industry ethics and the law are up to date.

Professional Portfolio for Journalists (20 credits): This module focuses on students’ final preparations for graduating and entering industry. It includes reflecting on a record of compulsory 15 days’ work experience. The module also helps them to develop an online portfolio to showcase their skills for future employers.

Teaching & Assessment

We think the best way for you to learn a practical subject like media is by doing it. Whilst there may be some lecture-style elements, most staff-led learning sessions are in the form of seminars, workshops and technical demonstrations. Throughout the course we integrate theory and practical work. Production processes will, wherever possible, mirror real ones in industry.

Assessment is carried out through presentations, essays and the submission of portfolios of practical work. There is just one formal examination, for Media Law.

As you approach the end of your degree there is an increasing emphasis on independent learning, but you will still be supported by both academics and our dedicated technical team as part of your timetable and also outside class.

Programme specification

Further information on this course is available in the programme specification. Please note that the programme specification relates to course content that is currently being studied by students at the University. For new programmes, the programme specification will be made available online prior to the start of the course.

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Entry qualifications


The minimum entry requirements for this course are:

96-112 UCAS Tariff points

3 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) including English Language

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Personal statement

Essential criteria

As well as a strong standard of written English, we also look for the ability to demonstrate knowledge and commitment to the subject. This can be done in a variety of ways, for example:

  • Previous study (including qualifications in media or journalism) or work experience
  • An interest and enthusiasm for journalism
  • An interest in and engagement with news and media
  • Knowledge of current affairs

Valued criteria

Candidates can demonstrate a real enthusiasm for the subject that goes beyond achieving good grades in exams. Examples of this include:

  • Further study
  • Career plans
  • Work experience
  • Writing columns for print or online media
  • Participation in student newspapers
  • Subscriptions to journals, newspapers, and magazines.
  • Following or producing blogs

Strong candidates will also demonstrate transferrable skills such as time management and research ability.

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Fees and funding

To study for an undergraduate degree with us, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay will depend on whether you're a UK & EU student or an international (non-EU) student. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course.

Find out more about funding for Foundation Year and/or Placement Year by visiting the Funding Advice pages of our website.

York St John offer special reductions to students graduating from York St John University Undergraduate degrees in 2019 and continuing directly onto Postgraduate study. Find out more about discounts and scholarships.

There may also be some additional costs to take into account throughout your studies, including the cost of accommodation.


Tuition fees

UK & EU 2019 / 20

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2019 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE Primary and Secondary and UG Health Programme degrees is £9,250 per year for UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

Fees & Funding

Overseas 2019 / 20

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2019 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE degrees is £12,750 per year for international students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

International Fees & Funding

International students

We welcome international students from all over the world at York St John University and have a vibrant international community. You can find out more on our International Pages about how you can study with us and what it’s like to live and learn in York, one of the UK’s most historic cities.

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