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Magazine Journalism BA (Hons)

Journalism Guide



Hope you all are doing ok! I’ve received a message on Facebook asking about the difference between BA Journalism and magazine, sports, fashion and broadcast journalism. If you have recently visited our open days, you have been told the main differences between these subjects. However, if you haven’t had a chance to attend one of  the university’s open days yet – this blog post is just for you.


As you may notice University of Sunderland is providing various journalism spheres:  news journalism, fashion, sports, magazine and broadcast journalism. Although, all these courses have different specialisations, but there are some modules that are compulsory to all journalism students. Media law, public affairs, cultural and media studies as well as shorthand are the modules you won’t be able avoid no matter what journalism you’re doing.  Besides that, you can also combine new journalism with magazines or sports as you get to pick optional modules. One more amazing thing – master classes where you get a chance to meet people that are actually working in this industry. They always share their views and give very useful tips.


BA Journalism

BA journalism (or, as we call it, news journalism) is mostly specialised in news reporting.  If your dream is to work for the Guardian or Independent and cover daily news BA journalism is the right choice. You will be taught how to cover serious stories such as court trials to less serious stuff (the biggest hamburger in the world or a cat stuck in a tree).


Fashion Journalism

Fashion journalism is the right niche if you have a great passion for fashion and you want to learn everything about the fashion magazines industry. This course covers everything from trend reports, catwalks reviews and fashion features writing to fashion photography, styling and magazine design.  However, bear in mind that you will also have to learn how to write news and stories that are not fashion related.  But at the end of the day this is only for your own benefit – nobody can guarantee that your first job is going to be in a fashion publication – more is better than less.


Sports Journalism

Sports Journalism is a pretty obvious sphere as well. This course covers everything from writing match reports, sport related features, broadcasting sport events to the business of sport and media photography. However, as well as fashion journalism students have to do some not so fashionable modules, sports journalism students are not an exception and you will also be told how to write news and magazine features.


Magazine Journalism

If you prefer a bit more creative writing then magazine journalism is the right choice. You are going to be told not only how to write an article for a magazine, but also the main things about magazine business.  Modules include: magazine and online writing, multiplatform magazines, magazine design and production as well as general modules I’ve mentioned earlier.


Broadcast Journalism

If you are interested in becoming a radio or TV presenter then broadcast journalism is the right one. You will get told how to use radio and video equipment, write scripts for news and other programmes.  Moreover, you can broadcast your own shows, either specialising in TV, radio or online, or taking a multi-platform approach.


What if you are unsure which one ?



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  • Name: Brigita Leonaviciute
  • Age: 22
  • Studying: Magazine Journalism BA (Hons)
  • Hometown: Kaunas, Lithuania
  • Ambitions: My biggest dream is to become a successful journalist. There is no better feeling than the excitement of interviewing people.

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