MA
1 year full time, 2 years part time
Starts September 2017

Journalism and Media Studies

On this course you develop essential journalistic skills in a multimedia context. At the same time, you explore key theoretical issues and debates about journalism and news production in relation to contemporary media, culture and society.

You'll:

  • master techniques in researching and writing for print and digital media, as well as subediting and print news design
  • contextualise journalistic practice within a theoretical framework of journalism studies
  • understand transitional processes in the news landscape at local, regional and global level
  • understand and be able to analyse current theories and debates surrounding the media and society.

What the course taught me – Emma Cash, Journalism MA

Key facts

  • We are ranked in the top 10 in the UK for Journalism (The Guardian University Guide 2018).
  • We offer excellent technical facilities, including a dedicated newsroom, the latest software, video and radio studios, and a suite of digital media laboratories.
  • We focus on fast-changing developments in journalism and media studies – this MA combines both theory and practice.

How will I study?

You’ll learn through core modules and options in the autumn and spring terms. In the summer term, you work on your dissertation or project.

Assessment is by:

  • term papers
  • practical video/media work
  • portfolios of journalism with critical reflections.

The final assessment may take the form of a 15,000-word dissertation or a portfolio of long-form journalism articles.

Brighton Journalist Works  

Elements of our Journalism MAs are taught by experienced journalists at our partner institution, Brighton Journalist Works (BJW). This hands-on training is framed within the academic and intellectual agenda delivered at Sussex.

Full-time and part-time study

Choose to study this course full time or part time, to fit around your work and family life. Modules for the full-time course are listed below.

For details about the part-time course, contact us at mfm@sussex.ac.uk

What will I study?

  • Module list

    Core modules

    Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

    • International Journalism in Transition B

      15 credits
      Autumn Teaching, Year 1

      The International Journalism in Transition B module explores debates that are crucial for an understanding of the roles of journalism and its actual practises in contemporary societies. It opens with a discussion of the broader context of media's roles in contemporary societies and the relationships between these and democracy. It then explores key debates on audiences, contents and media professionals, shedding light on areas and developments that have had a major impact on journalism. Throughout the discussion close attention is paid to the influence of economic, political and technological changes on media and journalism. The concepts and theoretical approaches discussed in the course of the module are of an interdisciplinary character, they stem from sociology, cultural studies, media studies as well as political economy.

    • Media Theory and Research

      30 credits
      Autumn Teaching, Year 1

      The module offers you the chance to explore at an advanced level a number of principal theories and methods within a cultural studies approach to media studies, and to consider how these shape the ways we might think about and research particular media industries, forms and issues. The theory element aims to introduce you to the key thinkers, traditions and debates in media and cultural studies and contributing disciplines. It investigates media as institutions and systems of representation and explores problems of production and consumption in a variety of social and geo-political contexts. You will be encouraged to prepare informal presentations and to engage in discussion with other members of the seminar group. Each week there will also be a short introduction to the following week’s topic in the lecture given by members of the Media and Film faculty.  The research element aims to develop a systematic and critical understanding of the practical, epistemological and ethical issues involved in conducting different kinds of media and cultural research. It also aims to make you methodologically self-conscious in your own research and written work.

    • News and Feature Writing

      15 credits
      Autumn Teaching, Year 1

      This module equips you with essential knowledge and skills in news research and writing and you will be encouraged to produce news material for a range of platforms. You will also explore key theories surrounding different approaches to news and writing, and the key ethical and legal challenges involved.

      The module delivers a foundation in the key principles and techniques of news gathering, news reporting and feature writing. You will proceed from exploring news values, finding story ideas, doing research, identifying and interviewing sources to reporting straight news as well as writing different types of feature stories (e.g. columns, profiles, lifestyle pieces, backgrounders). By the end of the course, you will have gained a solid skill and knowledge base in news and feature writing such as:

      - drawing on a range of sources and turning raw information into a publishable news report or feature
      - building an effective story structure
      - grabbing and maintaining the reader's attention in print and online
      - identifying the story angle
      - quoting people effectively and accurately, and
      - using style and vocabulary appropriate to the genre and context

      You will practice all of these via in-class exercises and real-life journalism assignments. You will also obtain a critical understanding of the genres and sub-genres of news and feature and apply this understanding to a critical analysis of existing news products. You will be encouraged and instructed to write publishable content for mainstream news publications.

    • Advanced Journalism Skills

      15 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      This module will introduce you to the practice and principles of newspaper and magazine design and how to sub-edit and layout pages. You will learn how to re-write and shape reporters' copy for print, broadcast and the internet. You will learn QuarkXpress and how to write snappy headlines. Online subbing and how to write search engine optimised headlines, stand firsts and copy will also be addressed. You will complete a tabloid news page individually and work towards a news day when as a group you will work on a real-life news story and create regularly updated web pages with social media spin-offs and a newspaper front page to deadline. Throughout you will be encouraged to engage in self-reflective critique of your professional practice.

    • Global News Industries B

      15 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      This module explores the function, impact and current status of international journalism in an increasingly 'deterritorialised' media environment. The module will cover a comparative study of different news media systems in the world, the global news flow, institutional and professional issues in international news reporting, and the transformation in international journalism. It will also investigate the extent to which the audiences of global journalism might constitute alternative news networks and a putative global public sphere. New technologies from blogging to multiplatform television, twitter to online distribution, have also transformed the way news is made, disseminated and consumed. This module provides a critical consideration of the economics, culture, politics and sociology of journalism on a global scale. It examines fundamental issues in theories and practices of journalism and assesses ongoing developments in the area of journalism development, expansion, ethics and policies. The module will enable you to understand rapid technological changes and further internationalisation of journalism and the impact and consequences for future of journalism.

    Options

    Alongside your core modules, you can choose options to broaden your horizons and tailor your course to your interests.

    • Dissertation (Journalism)

      60 credits
      All Year Teaching, Year 1

      The dissertation will utilise skills and knowledge derived from areas and practices studied on the Journalism Postgraduate provision including history, theory, economics and culture of journalism. Some of these will be drawn together in a significant piece of written work. The aims of the dissertation module are:

      - To develop your ability to undertake a sustained investigation into a particular topic or issue within your chosen field of study.
      - To enable you to formulate a research proposal justifying selection of appropriate methods.
      - To test your ability to design, plan, organise, research and write a substantial piece based on independent research.

    • Journalism Project

      60 credits
      All Year Teaching, Year 1

      This independent study module involves the completion of a critical journalism project on a topic of your choice. The module offers you the chance to work independently with guidance and advice from an appropriate tutor appointed as a project supervisor. You will be encouraged to seek relevant work experience, if appropriate, as part of the project.

      You are expected to demonstrate how your ideas and knowledge have developed over the year and how these ideas inform your professional work experience. You will develop a portfolio of your journalism and reflect on this process in the associated learning diary and essay.

    • Activist Media Practice

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      Social movements have historically struggled to get their message reported clearly, accurately and effectively through the lens of mainstream media. This has lead to the rise of alternative media practices and strategies to break through or unsettle the corporate and state-run media systems around the world. In order to challenge hegemonic discourses, activist media seeks to circumvent and dismantle traditional media's communicative strategies either through a disruptive aesthetic or through a reconfigured mode of civic engagement. Whether through radical leaflets, pirate radio, graffiti, protest music, performance art, activist videos, political documentaries, or social media and the internet, today's media landscape has evolved into a range of complex transnational networks that can be activated by independent counter-hegemonic media practices and expressions.

      This module asks you to learn about various forms of cultural resistance (through readings, screenings, lectures and discussions) in order to to formulate an effective form of activist media provocation. This piece of activist media may take the form of a video, a website, site-specific performance, series of photographs, media prank, etc. You will also be asked to write a reflective essay that contextualises the finished piece within the conceptual debates of the module.

    • First Person Film (MA)

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      First Person Film examines the ways in which film can be used as a personal, subjective medium, whether in fiction or documentary. Autobiographical or analytical, abstract or essayistic, professional or amateur, the first-person modality is increasingly present in all filmmaking practices. This module seeks to introduce you to theories of subjectivity whether from psychoanalysis, post-structuralism and/or literary theory considering the multiple theoretical incursions on the unity of the subject from Lacan to Butler and Nancy, and even the outright denial of the author (Barthes). We will explore questions of subjectivity such as: what constitutes a subject? from what position does s/he speak? and what or who is the 'I' that speaks? From this will arise further questions regarding the address: to whom does s/he speak and to what avail? who is being interpellated as audience? and how is identification constructed? The module will survey a range of first-person filmmaking, including the fictional autobiography, artist's experimental films, first-person documentary, the essay film, the home movie and the proliferation of YouTube direct address.

    • Interactive Project Development

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      The module focuses on the methods, processes and research techniques involved in the development of interactive media projects from initial concept to distribution -- with close analyses of how the different stages of a project are related, planned and connected to other media.

      You will learn how to identify original sources and subjects with a view to creating a distinctive style and approach through practical exercises and the creation of a test or pilot project. The module will aid you in the development of the tools required to conceptually frame your interactive practice and help them communicate clearly and critically. During the module you will be given time to explore media projects in a variety of media and to consider the implications of those projects for your own work. You will be asked to study and discuss a number of different methods for the critical appraisal and theorisation of creative media projects across genres and will be expected to show initiative in undertaking a wide range of research to help develop your ideas and skills (viewing, listening, reading, observing, testing of techniques, etc).

      The module is taught through a combination of presentations by the module tutor as well as individual students, group-critiques and one-on-one critiques. 

      The module uses an application form containing questions drawn from industry and research council funding and commisioning calls as a structure for you to focus and present your work. At the end of the module, you will produce a proposal in the form of a contextualising essay answering all the questions on the application form, a work plan, a pilot project demonstrating the style and forms of itneraction in your project and a journal demonstrating how you have thought through you ideas, what has emerged from the discussion and in-class critiques. This combination of essay and pilot will be the framework for you self-directed project.

    • Media Histories and Cultural Change

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      This module explores key changes in the media over the past 120 years and how these have both reflected and shaped our cultural life in profound ways. 

      By focusing on the emergence of 'new' media, such as radio and cinema in the early 20th century, television in the later 20th century and the internet on the eve of the 21st century, the module looks at key transitional moments in electronic media forms. It assesses how these media were the products of the cultural life of the time and how they subsequently enriched or, arguably, damaged this broader culture. 

      The module is arranged in three sections that:

      1. Explores the emergence of broadcasting and cinema between the 1890s and the 1930s, and discusses them in the context of new ideas in America and Europe about communication, mass culture and social psychology, and in the context of new artistic ideas such as modernism.
      2. Explores the rise and spread of television between the 1940s and the 1990s, and discusses it in the context of wider debates about visual culture, the consumer society, the Cold War, the witnessing of global media events, national identity and globalisation
      3. Tackles the spread since the 1990s of internet and social media, discussing them in the context of fierce international debates about the changing nature of knowledge and literacy and in particular the alleged creation of a 'distracted' mindset and a superficial and banal popular culture 

      In drawing on specific case studies at each stage, the module aims to enhance your skills in using historical evidence, including written and audio-visual archives and oral history testimony, to develop arguments about media.

    • Media, Culture and Communication

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      The module offers you the chance to explore at an advanced level a number of principal theories and methods within a cultural studies approach to media studies, and to consider how these shape the ways we might think about and research particular media industries, forms and issues. The module begins with a focus on questions concerning media production, distribution and consumption. In the latter part of the module, we pay attention to a variety of methodological approaches which draw attention in particular to different ways of conceptualising the relation between the media and concepts like subjectivity, identity, perception and experience.

      The theory element aims to introduce you to the key thinkers, traditions and debates in media and cultural studies and contributing disciplines. You will investigate media as institutions and systems of representation and explore problems of production and consumption in a variety of social and geo-political contexts. You will be encouraged to prepare informal presentations and to engage in discussion with other members of the seminar group. Each week there will also be a short introduction to the following week’s topic in the lecture given by members of the Media and Film faculty. The research element aims to develop a systematic and critical understanding of the practical, epistemological and ethical issues involved in conducting different kinds of media and cultural research. It also aims to make you methodologically self-conscious in your own research and written work.

    • Music and the Media of Performance (Practice)

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      During the past fifty years the parameters of musical performance have expanded enormously. For John Cage all musical performance was inherently theatrical since it engaged both eye and ear. The visual aspect of musical performance, and the relationship of music to the spatial and to the embodied, has often been overlooked, and has led composers such as, eg, Cage himself, Mauricio Kagel and Heiner Goebbels to explore the extended theatricality of musical performance in directions beyond opera. Other artists like Meredith Monk, Philip Glass and Robert Wilson have restored the term 'opera' to refer to music theatre works that reconfigure the traditional media of opera (music, language, voice, sound, body, space, image) in new ways. More recently muscians such as Michel van der Aa have incorporated sonic and visual media in a live performance context.

      The module will examine both theories and practices of experimental music theatre and multi-media performance through critical and practical engagement with the ideas that lie behind such practices. The module will be assessed by an essay, through which you will demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of key theories and practices in experimental music theatre or multi-media performance.

    • Music and the Media of Performance (Theory)

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      During the past fifty years the parameters of musical performance have expanded enormously. For John Cage all musical performance was inherently theatrical since it engaged both eye and ear. The visual aspect of musical performance, and the relationship of music to the spatial and to the embodied, has often been overlooked, and has led composers such as, eg, Cage himself, Mauricio Kagel and Heiner Goebbels to explore the extended theatricality of musical performance in directions beyond opera. Other artists like Meredith Monk, Philip Glass and Robert Wilson have restored the term 'opera' to refer to music theatre works that reconfigure the traditional media of opera (music, language, voice, sound, body, space, image) in new ways. More recently musicians such as Michel van der Aa have incorporated sonic and visual media in a live performance context.

      The module will examine both theories and practices of experimental music theatre and multi-media performance through critical and practical engagement with the ideas that lie behind such practices. The module will be assessed by an essay, through which you will demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of key theories and practices in experimental music theatre or multi-media performance.

    • New Developments in Digital Media 1a

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      This module critically surveys developments in the expanding field of new media and explores the dynamics driving digital convergence, which is viewed as an industrial, political, social, economic and technological process. You will consider what drives convergence between previously discrete industries, technologies, and contents, and what limits convergence processes. You will explore key developments in the field of new media, including phenomena such as social networks, pervasive and locative technologies, new forms of knowledge organization and gathering.

      The module is both theoretical and practical, with seminars exploring the areas outlined above through critical reading, while a series of workshops provide you with an understanding of core technologies underlying contemporary developments, and help you gain literacy in approaches to content development in this field.

    • New Developments in Digital Media 1b

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      This module critically surveys developments in the expanding field of new media.  You will explore the dynamics driving digital convergence, viewed as an industrial, political, social, economic and technological process. You will ask what drives convergence between previously discrete industries, technologies, contents, and what limits convergence processes. You will also explore key developments in the field of new media, including phenomena such as social networks, pervasive and locative technologies, new forms of knowledge organisation and gathering. This version of the module is theoretical; seminars explore the areas outlined above through critical reading, seminar discussion and presentation, and you will also write a 5000-word term paper.

    • Photography: Documentary, Landscape, Politics

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      This module introduces you to a wide range of work in the documentary and landscape genres, both historical and contemporary, but with an emphasis on `conceptual documentary' and contemporary politicised landscape photography. You will also focus on the problematics of documentary and photojournalism, such as ethical issues and questions of efficacy, and the use of text and sound in documentary publications, gallery installations and websites.

      The module will be taught through tutor-led discussion in seminars, and regular `group crits' of student work-in-progress in the lab. Early on in the module you will conceive and research your own idea for a photographic project, and start producing images for class viewing. The module will equip you with the necessary production & critical skills to continue working independently on your projects during the Easter vacation before the assessment deadline in early Summer.

    • Queering Popular Culture

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      This module offers you the chance to explore lesbian, gay, bisexual and queer contributions to, and perspectives on, the key fields of popular culture, including film, television, the press, popular music, fashion and style. Topics for detailed study will include lesbian representation in mainstream television genres; cinematic homosexualities and their historical context; lesbian and gay 'community television'; contemporary lesbian and gay magazines and newspapers; queer pop from David Bowie to the Pet Shop Boys and beyond; sexuality and style politics; and the pleasures and problematics of camp.

      You will investigate issues of representation, consumption and interpretation; unravel debates over stereotyping, subcultures and sensibilities; and ask whether a specifically 'queered' critique of the existing academic discourses used in the study of popular culture is conceptually feasible and/or politically desirable. You can expect to sharpen and deepen your skills in interdisciplinary cultural analysis, and there will be a particular emphasis on a self-reflexive examination of (y)our own popular cultural tastes and practices, exploring the connections and contradictions between theoretical accounts of popular images and forms and our experiential investments in them as consumers located in (or interested in) sexual minorities.

      The approach on this module is unrepentantly interdisciplinary - there is no overarching theoretical model to which you will be obliged to subscribe. Students with or without backgrounds in cultural studies will be made equally welcome.

    • Sound Environments (Practice)

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      This module examines sonic media creations and sound architectures – physical, digital or hybrid – through alternating seminars and workshops.

      Seminars provide interdisciplinary context and review a range of practices, while workshops afford a space for you to develop your ideas through practical work and theory.

      You will consider the rapid development of sound creation beyond the concert hall. Urban spaces as venues are considered alongside creative, curatorial and critical practices arising from networked sound technologies (streamed radio, distributed performance works, podcasts, etc).

      We also consider architectures where performance is integral. Earlier examples of the integration of architecture, space and organised sound include Semper's Fespielhaus in Bayreuth. Today, digital processing opens up new performance possibilities including new notions of "performative architectures". You will create a practical project and critical commentary in response to these ideas.

    • Sound Environments (Theory)

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      This module examines sonic media creations and sound architectures, which may be physical, digital or hybrid, through alternating seminars and workshops.

      Seminars will provide interdisciplinary context and review a range of practices, while workshops afford a space for you to develop your ideas through practical work and theory.

      You will consider the rapid development of sound creation beyond the concert hall. Urban spaces as venues are considered alongside creative, curatorial and critical practices arising from networked sound technologies (streamed radio, distributed performance works, podcasts, etc).

      You'll also consider architectures where performance is integral. Earlier examples of the integration of architecture, space and organised sound include Sempers Fespielhaus in Bayreuth. Today, digital processing opens up new performance possibilities including new notions of "performative architectures". You will write a term paper of 5,000 words in response to these ideas.

    • The Cinematic Body

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      This module examines the interplay between body and cinema. This includes not only the representation of the body in films but also how the body of the spectator and cultural formations of the body influence and shape cinema itself. You will draw on a wide range of theoretical frames (including film studies, psychoanalysis, gender studies, philosophy, feminism and cultural theory) to consider a variety of themes including: the body as resistance and force; notions of beauty and the sublime; the hysterical body; discipline and punishment; the body as desire. The module will also consider recent developments in film, including the idea of cyber-cinema and its impact on the body.

    • The Politics of Promotional Culture

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      This module is not about advertising per se or the marketing 'tools' usually suggested by the term promotion but an exploration of 1) how advertising has crossed over into domains beyond the commercial with an alleged collapse of boundaries, and 2) how branding seems increasingly to take over aspects of the lifeworld. According to Andrew Wernick, from whom the term promotional culture is borrowed, advertising 'has come to shape not only culture's symbolic and ideological contents, but also its ethos, texture and constitution' (1991: viii).

      The module is about understanding contemporary promotional culture via a grasp of historical developments. These include the development of the capitalist market, the rise of a sign-culture and women as key consumers.

      The module opens up theoretical ideas and debate via a series of case studies which may include 'the department store', 'spin', 'celebrity politics', PR journalism, 'the spectacular university', 'the branded self'. The questions it is concerned with include: does it matter that commercial advertising has been overtaken by branding and promotion extending into politics, public services, the arts and charity organisations? Does this mark a problematic undermining of a 'public sphere'? Or can the 'inauthenticity' of promotional culture be democratically enabling in so far its practices lay open the malleability of social life? Do the developments of other modernities (eg. South/East Asia) suggest we should think about the rise of the market, branding and promotion in different ways than is suggested in a Western literature?

Entry requirements

An upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above (or equivalent) in an appropriate humanities or social sciences discipline. We also welcome applicants who do not have this academic qualification but who are able to demonstrate in their application that they have relevant professional/creative skills and experience

English language requirements

Standard level (IELTS 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each section)

Find out about other English language qualifications we accept.

English language support

Don’t have the English language level for your course? Find out more about our pre-sessional courses.

Additional information for international students

We welcome applications from all over the world. Find out about international qualifications suitable for our Masters courses.

Pre-Masters in Media, Journalism and Film Studies

Need to boost your academic skills for your taught course? Find out more about our Pre-Masters in Media, Journalism and Film Studies.

Visas and immigration

Find out how to apply for a student visa


Fees and scholarships

How much does it cost?

Fees

Home: £7,700 per year

EU: £7,700 per year

Channel Islands and Isle of Man: £7,700 per year

Overseas: £15,100 per year

Note that your fees may be subject to an increase on an annual basis.

How can I fund my course?

Postgraduate Masters loans

Borrow up to £10,280 to contribute to your postgraduate study.

Find out more about Postgraduate Masters Loans

Scholarships

Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Chancellor’s Masters Scholarship (2017)

Open to students with a 1st class from a UK university or excellent grades from an EU university and offered a F/T place on a Sussex Masters in 2017

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

Find out more about the Chancellor’s Masters Scholarship

Sussex Graduate Scholarship (2017)

Open to Sussex students who graduate with a first or upper second-class degree and offered a full-time place on a Sussex Masters course in 2017

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

Find out more about the Sussex Graduate Scholarship

Sussex India Scholarships (2017)

Sussex India Scholarships are worth £3,500 and are for overseas fee paying students from India commencing Masters study in September 2017.

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

Find out more about the Sussex India Scholarships

Sussex Malaysia Scholarships (2017)

Sussex Malaysia Scholarships are worth £3,500 and are for overseas fee paying students from Malaysia commencing Masters study in September 2017.

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

Find out more about the Sussex Malaysia Scholarships

Sussex Nigeria Scholarships (2017)

Sussex Nigeria Scholarships are worth £3,500 or £5,000 and are for overseas fee paying students from Nigeria commencing a Masters in September 2017.

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

Find out more about the Sussex Nigeria Scholarships

Sussex Pakistan Scholarships (2017)

Sussex Pakistan Scholarships are worth £3,500 and are for overseas fee paying students from Pakistan commencing Masters study in September 2017.

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

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Living costs

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Faculty

You will be taught and supervised by faculty from the Department of Media and Film. Elements of our degrees are taught by experienced journalists at Brighton Journalist Works. 

  • Brighton Journalist Works

    Ms Louisa Hannah
    Brighton Journalist Works Convenor
    lh375@sussex.ac.uk

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    Mr Richard Lindfield
    Brighton Journalist Works Convenor
    rl244@sussex.ac.uk

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    Ms Caroline North
    Brighton Journalist Works
    cn232@sussex.ac.uk

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    Ms Paula O'Shea
    Brighton Journalist Works Convenor
    po43@sussex.ac.uk

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    Mr Peter Taylor
    Brighton Journalist Works Convenor
    Peter.Taylor@sussex.ac.uk

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    Ms Marcella Whittingdale
    Brighton Journalist Works
    mw342@sussex.ac.uk

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  • Department of Media and Film faculty

    Ms Judy Aslett
    Teaching Fellow in Journalism
    J.Aslett@sussex.ac.uk

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    Prof Caroline Bassett
    Professor Of Media And Communications
    C.Bassett@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Critical Digital Humanities, Critical Theory, cultural and media policies, Design of public spaces, Digital Humanities, digital media, media history and theory, media technology and innovation, Sexual and gendered subjectivities, Socio-cultural impact of new media, sociology of expertise

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    Prof David Berry
    Professor of Digital Humanities
    D.M.Berry@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Algorithms, Code, Computation, Critical Digital Humanities, Critical Reason, Critical Theory, Digital Humanities, History of the University, Philosophy, Political economy, Post-digital, postdigital, Social and political theory, Software Studies, University

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    Prof Michael Bull
    Professor Of Sound Studies
    M.Bull@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Sensory experience and methodologies

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    Dr Xiaojiang Chen

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    Ms Rachael Duncan
    Teaching Fellow in Media Practice & Journalism
    R.Duncan@sussex.ac.uk

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    Prof Ivor Gaber
    Professor of Journalism
    Ivor.Gaber@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Broadcast News, Journalism, Labour Party, Media and Elections, Media and Policymaking, Media and Social Work, Media Bias, Media Regulation, News Agendas, political communication, Political Parties, Polling, Social Media

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    Prof David Hendy
    Professor of Media and Cultural History
    D.J.Hendy@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: BBC, Broadcasting History, Cultural History, history of emotion, History of sound, media history and theory, Modern British history, oral history, social and cultural history, Television History, Theory and Criticism, Transnational history

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    Ms Coral James O'Connor
    Teaching Fellow in Journalism
    C.JamesOConnor@sussex.ac.uk

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    Prof Kate Lacey
    Professor of Media History & Theory
    K.Lacey@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: 20th C German History, Broadcasting History, Gender Studies, History of sound, Listening, media history, media theory, Public sphere theory, Radio Studies, Role of the media in processes of democratisation, Sound studies

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    Dr Paul Lashmar
    Senior Lecturer in Journalism
    P.Lashmar@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Anti-corruption, Computer aided reporting, Data journalism, Digital Heritage, intelligence agencies, investigative journalism, mass surveillance, mugshots, organised crime, Terrorism and political violence

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    Dr Eleftheria Lekakis
    Senior Lecturer In Media & Communication
    E.Lekakis@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: civic engagement, consumer activism, cultural politics, Digital Culture, digital media, global communication, Humanitarianism, media activism, media sociology, Nationalism, political communication, political consumerism, promotional cultures

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    Dr Sarah Maltby
    Senior Lecturer In Media & Communication
    S.Maltby@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: cultural memory, Media & Communication Studies, media and war, memory and war, Military, Sociology

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    Mr Andy Medhurst
    Senior Lecturer in Media, Film & Cultural Studies
    A.Medhurst@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Genre of comedy

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    Dr Monika Metykova
    Senior Lecturer in Media Communications/Journalism Studies
    M.Metykova@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: cultural and media policies, Journalism, media and democracy, media and diversity, media and migration, political economy of media

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    Prof Sally Munt
    Professor of Cultural/Gender Studies
    S.R.Munt@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: 'race' and class, Alternative Spiritualities/New Religious Movements, cultural geography and space, cultural studies, Culture and Identity Rights, Everyday Life, Gender and Sexuality, history of emotion, Mental Health and Well-Being

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    Dr Pollyanna Ruiz
    Senior Lecturer
    P.Ruiz@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Cultural Theory, Digital Culture, Protest, Public Spaces, Public sphere theory, Social networking

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    Mr Rob Sharp
    Teaching Fellow
    R.Sharp@sussex.ac.uk

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I love coming to Sussex . I try and inspire the students to go out and become ‘troublemakers’, that’s what journalism in a free society is all about.”Mike Gilson
Associate Fellow and former editor of The Scotsman, Belfast Telegraph and Brighton's The Argus

Careers

This course equips you with the skills for a career in:

  • newspaper and magazine journalism
  • a related media and communication industry
  • a research career in journalism and media studies.

Graduate destinations

94% of students from the Department of Media and Film were in work or further study six months after graduating. Recent graduates have gone on to jobs including:

  • admission account executive, Havas Media
  • news editor, Alpha Media Holdings, Zimbabwe
  • SEM and project manager, Pachuco Digital.

(EPI, Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2015 for postgraduates)

Working while you study

Our Careers and Employability Centre can help you find part-time work while you study. Find out more about career development and part-time work

I did work experience at The Argus. It was great to know that I was contributing to a real newspaper – and I was asked to continue working there on a casual contract.”Alice Goacher
Journalism and Media Studies MA

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