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MA Journalism/Investigative Journalism Taster Session for Offer Holders

Venue: Online

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Come and join us for our MA Journalism/Investigative Journalism taster session.

MA Journalism/Investigative Journalism is part of the School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication.

You will have the opportunity to chat with our academics and find out more about the programmes.

The following staff that will be leading the taster session:

Dr Gavin Evans (convenor core module Fast-Track Journalism Skills)

Prof Tim Markham (convenor compulsory module Theoretical Perspectives)

Dr Iain Overton (teaches Introduction to Investigative Journalism)

This event will be online.


3:30 – 3:50pm (20 min) Tim Markham: General introduction to the two programmes (structure, modules, timetable, unique features, careers etc.

Tim Markham gives details about the structure of the programme, what and how you will be taught , and which careers typically are open to you after you have graduated with an MA Journalism at Birkbeck.

3:50-4:05pm (15 min) Gavin Evans: Taster Fast-Track Journalism Skills

Drawing on his distinguished career as a journalist across two continents and many media outlets from Guardian and New York Times to the South African Eastern Province Herald and Rand Daily Mail, Dr Gavin Evans’ FastTrack Practical Journalism Skills is a cover-all, starter-pack module for MA students that gives you an introduction to journalism and the media more generally, covering newswriting, feature writing, reviewing, subediting, online journalism and media law.

4:05-4:20pm (15 min) Tim Markham: Taster Theoretical Perspectives

Professor Markham explains how his Theoretical Perspectives on media gives a thorough grounding in all aspects of academic media theory, combining foundational scholarly approaches to understanding media with contemporary debates about technology in the digital age.

4:20-4:35pm (15 min) Iain Overton: Taster Introduction to Investigative Journalism

With 25 years of award-winning investigative journalism and war-reporting under his belt, Dr Overton outlines how this course will offer you practical and applicable insights into how to expose human rights harms, interrogate the abuse of power and hold those in the highest office to account.

4:35-4:50pm (15 min) Tim Markham: Taster Digital Journalism

Tim Markham describes how the module Digital Journalism will give you a critical understanding of how digital technologies have changed journalism, covering all aspects form the power of platforms such as Google, Amazon or Facebook, to audience metrics, participatory journalism, so-called “robot” journalism and generative Artificial Intelligence to the rise of new business models – and how you will explore your critical insights by designing your own journalistic platform.

4:50-5:00pm Q&A

Your opportunity to get answers to your questions about the programme.

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