The Newspaper journalism option is widely recognised by editors as providing the ideal transition between undergraduate life and the pressures of journalism. Candidates usually apply during their final year at university.
While we are always interested in academic excellence, the class of degree and subjects studied may be less important than other qualities. How to Apply
The course concentrates on the fundamental skills of journalism:
- How to obtain the facts through interview skills
- How to present the story through writing skills
- How to project the news through an appreciation of news values
Sub-editing, layout and design
You are also taught sub-editing, layout and design skills in page make-up using the most up-to-date Quark publishing technology. In the second term, you operate bi-weekly production days, creating your own full colour newspaper. You must master TeeLine shorthand during the course.
Capital city stories
You undertake all the main newsroom tasks, tackling real stories in the heart of a busy capital city. Each member of the course is assigned a political ward as his/her news 'patch' and is expected to produce regular stories from the area during the year.
You undertake active Easter attachments on national and regional newspapers, testing your newly-acquired skills in the real world.
Our guest lectures, many of whom are former students, regularly come to Cardiff to share their experiences.
For further information regarding course content please contact the Course Director and for general enquiries contact Huw Thomas.