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Professional Doctorate in Broadcast Journalism

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About Broadcast Journalism Degrees

One of Britain's leading industry-accredited broadcast journalism courses it provides a very high-level of vocational training, preparing trainees for careers in radio, television and online news.

Leeds Trinity University was the first UK institution to introduce a postgraduate programme in Broadcast (Radio and Television) Journalism and the Diploma is accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC). The programme provides thorough training in the techniques of broadcast news and is impressively successful in providing enhanced employment prospects for graduates.

Trainees spend one month on-air where they produce radio bulletins and online material in real time for Bradford Community Broadcasting. During this period all of the Broadcast trainees gain experience in the roles of news editor, newsreader and reporter.

Working to tight deadlines trainees also produce Yorkshire Voice regional news programme, showcasing their television skills, and its associated web content. Each edition is reviewed by senior industry figures.

Our alumni are strongly represented in the BBC, commercial radio and television, and newspaper and magazine newsrooms across Yorkshire and the rest of the country.

Leeds Trinity’s continuing partnership with many of the major news organisations ensures access to placements and monitoring opportunities.

Graduate Destinations

The Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism is a highly vocational, calendar year programme which prepares trainees for roles as journalists in a multi-platform environment.

Our alumni are strongly represented in the BBC, commercial radio and television, and newspaper and magazine newsrooms across Yorkshire and the rest of the country.

The course provides a thorough grounding in the techniques of broadcast news, writing for newspapers and magazines, and website production. Trainees work in dedicated newsrooms and studios with all trainees taking roles of responsibility as editors, producers or presenters.

Trainees who follow the broadcast pathway produce Leeds Today, a regional TV news programme that showcases television skills. They also spend a month on air with Bradford Community Broadcasting during which bulletins are produced in real time against deadlines. Trainees following the Print and Magazine pathways produce the North Leeds Newspaper and MORE magazine. Trainees on all pathways are also expected to produce online video, audio and written material for the course’s main news website.

The Broadcast pathways are accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC) while the Print and Magazine pathways have National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCJT) accreditation.


The following five modules make up the diploma:

- News Skills – an intensive, practical module providing the multi-media skills needed in any newsroom, regardless of platform and including shorthand.
- Law, Ethics and Regulation – the knowledge required to be legally safe and ethical journalists, and to follow regulatory codes.
- Live Production – Producing real packages in real time for Yorkshire Voice and the BCB radio.
- Public Affairs – where public affairs embraces British Central and Local Government.
- Professional Work Placement – all trainees must complete at least four weeks of placement in a professional newsroom environment.

The MA in Journalism consists of one module which trainees may register for up to two years after completion of the Diploma.

Research Methodologies and Journalism Research Project – culminates in the production of a supervised research dissertation.

Assessment – Trainees must attend a four-day introduction session in January and submit their research proposal by Easter. Trainees have 12 months to complete their thesis.

Visit the Broadcast Journalism page on the Leeds Trinity University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

James Armstrong, MA Broadcast Journalism

What are your best memories from studying at Leeds Trinity and were you involved with any clubs or societies?

One of my best memories was helping to train the British Army in Press/Media relations as part of the MA (H​ons) Broadcast Journalism course I studied. It was a gruelling couple of days, helping to train soldiers, officers and paratroopers in how to handle belligerent journalists, but we witnesse​​d some spectacular live fire exercises, and even tried our hand on the firing range and on their assault course.

On top of all this, we ran our own radio and TV news rooms, broadcasting live to members of the public. It was the best experience possible for preparing us to walk into any newsroom and perform excellently.

What have you done since you graduated?

I spent years working for BBC local radio stations as a journalist and producer, covering court cases, reporting on news stories, producing sports programmes from all over the country and delivering commentary from sports matches.

I was then offered a role in digital marketing with one of the best agencies in the UK, where I performed well and quickly moved into a management position. From there I was head-hunted to lead a department of my own with another agency, before deciding to partner up with someone to pour our efforts into building a digital marketing consultancy business.

What is your current role and how did it come about?

I'm a partner and consultant in www.haystacksearch.co.uk.

We're experts in digital and search engine marketing, helping client businesses to grow, and optimising their online strategies.

Like all good ideas, this one formed during a meeting in a pub! We decided that since we're both leaders in our respective fields, we'd team up and take on the world. So far it's going brilliantly!

I'm also the owner and operator of a small ecommerce website at www.cavemanstore.co.uk​.

Who is your hero and what would be your dream job?

I wouldn't go so far as to call anyone a hero; it's too much for anybody to live up to, no one's perfect.

And as far as a dream job... Is there any room in the world for a professional weight lifting, whisky tasting, poker playing, computer game testing, food and film critic?

How would you sum yourself up in three words?

Lucky, credible, ambitious

(Student Profile)

Gayathri Kanaga Sundaram, MA Broadcast Journalism

Why do you feel you got more than a degree by studying at Leeds Trinity?

I got more than a degree because not only did I get the skills needed to work in the world of Journalism, I got to show them off to the right people. One of the main factors of getting far in journalism is getting contacts, and while it is good to get as many contacts as you possible can, the most important thing is getting to know the right ones.

The lecturers at Leeds Trinity are great because they pointed me in the right direction and told me the people who I needed to impress. I believe it's that tutoring that has got me where I am now.

What made you choose to attend Leeds Trinity and what are your best/funniest memories from your time here?

I honestly didn't want to do a postgraduate degree at first because I had already done a Journalism degree previously (at a different University) and felt I had done enough. However, after some persuasion from family and friends I decided to return to education. I asked around some of my old University friends, plus people who I did work experience with and they all recommended the course at Leeds Trinity. I applied and within two months, I got the place.

My first highlight of the course was definitely Journalism Week because I got to meet so many incredible Journalists - especially Alex Brooker!

What have you done since graduation and what is your current job?

Since graduation I managed to get some freelance work with BBC Radio Leeds after doing some work experience for them as part of the course and I'm having such a blast. They've been an amazing station to work for.

What advice would you give to this year's graduates about to embark on their careers?

It sounds really cheesy, but be yourself. You don't have to be a certain type of person to be a Journalist. You just need to work the necessary skills of Journalism around your personality, as well as working hard.

Where do you see yourself in five years time?

The dream would be to get a full-time job at Radio Leeds because I really love working for them. However I'm really happy with the way things are going now, I hope it continues this way and hopefully it all goes uphill from here.

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Entry Requirements

The normal entry requirement is a good honours degree qualification - minimum 2.2, preferably 2.1 or above. Relevant work experience is also expected. You need an interest in current affairs and in people, places and events and should have a willingness to accept irregular hours and the ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines. If English is not your first language IELTS 7.0 or equivalent is the minimum requirement.

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