Programme Title: Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Journalism
2021 CAO Points 367
Journalism is the activity or profession of writing for newspapers, magazines or news websites, or preparing news for broadcast. This four-year programme offers you the opportunity to learn all of the skills you need to work in the media – whether in TV or radio broadcasting, creating content and news online, or producing content for newspapers, magazines or social media platforms.
You’ll learn to research, write, present programmes, report on major events, investigate, report on breaking news, edit copy, produce and edit audio and video, report to camera, and interview across platforms. You’ll also gain a critical understanding of the role of journalism in a democratic society.
Subjects include News Reporting, Photo-Journalism, Digital Media Skills, Sports, Crime & Science Reporting, Media Law, News Production, Layout & Design, Broadcast & Online Journalism, Local News Reporting, Radio, and TV Presentation. You’ll work on The Liberty newspaper online and offline, and produce radio and video journalism.
The School of Media publishes and broadcasts student work during the academic year through newspapers, websites, podcasts and programmes.
Study Abroad Opportunities
In Year 3, you can study abroad either on Erasmus in Europe or the US, or on exchange programmes.
- Broadcast Journalist (TV or radio)
- Online Journalist
- Video Journalist
- Sports Journalist
- Radio Presenter
- Radio Researcher
- Social Media Editor
- Editorial Assistant
- Magazine Editor or Journalist
- Newspaper Journalist
- Production Journalist
- Online Community Manager
Your knowledge and skills will be useful in jobs such as Communications or Multimedia Specialist, Public Relations Officer, Publishing Assistant, Advertising Copywriter.
A journalism education will also open up opportunities in fields such as communications, public relations, social media management, online content management, advertising, marketing, digital content production, digital marketing, consumer research, NGOs and charities, the civil service, semi-state bodies.
The overall structure is based around two areas of study: Journalism Practice and Critical Studies.
Journalism practice provides a full and thorough grounding in media skills. Students work on reporting, analysis and commentary across online, print, radio, and television. Classes simulate a professional working environment and students learn how to produce magazines, podcasts, online news websites, multi-media packages, radio programs, video packages, photo-journalism, multi-media projects, and data-based journalism.
Critical studies provide an overview of journalism in its social, political and historical context. Through this aspect of the programme students also develop an appreciation of subjects such as politics, economics and law. The aim here is to develop a critical academic approach to journalism, which will facilitate rigorous analysis of journalism practice. Academic and practical aspects of the programme are integrated throughout the four years.
- Academic Writing Media Studies
- Crime & Science Reporting
- Digital Media Skills
- Media History
- Media Law
- News Reporting
- Broadcast & Online Journalism Local News Reporting
- Layout & Design for Print
- News Production
- Radio Package
- TV Presentation
Students work on The Liberty newspaper and website, Clicnews website and develop their T and radio skills.
Students will continue to produce The Liberty online and offline, and produce radio and video journalism a well as taking courses in journalism research and investigative reporting, data journalism and advanced photojournalism. Critical studies modules will examine globalised journalism, advanced aspects of media law, and documentary studies.
Students work independently on projects including media entrepreneurship and online multi-media project work. Students will complete two major pieces of work, a journalistic project for a selected medium and a journalism related dissertation as well as media management
On graduation, you can follow in the footsteps of TU Dublin alumni working in RTE, TV3, leading newspapers such as The Irish Times and The Examiner, Today FM, Newstalk, BBC, ITV, CNN, ESPN, Storyful. Or you may proceed to postgraduate studies leading to the award of MSc, MPhil or PhD at research institutes and universities worldwide.