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For those who’ve got their sights set on a career in the media world, a Masters in Journalism can be a definite asset. “This is a very competitive industry to enter and the more 'job-ready' you can be the better,” says Angela Philips, who runs the Masters in Journalism at Goldsmiths, University of London. She adds, “Publications in the UK increasingly demand a post-graduate qualification of some kind so that they don't have to train new recruits.”

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Pedro Cifuentes, academic director of the Masters in Digital Journalism at IE University’s School of Communication, in Spain, agrees. He argues that demand for graduates with a Masters in Journalism has been driven by dramatic changes in the sector, meaning a very different set of journalism skills and knowledge is required.

“Journalism has changed almost more than any other profession in the last decade,” Cifuentes says. “New media need professionals with innovative abilities, creative thinking and a new entrepreneurial mindset. Those interested in getting into journalism need to develop new skills (without neglecting traditional principles) in order to face the radical changes in the industry.”

Similar points are made by Colleen Marshall, associate director of admissions at the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate School of Journalism. “The journalism industry is evolving and journalists need to be able to tell stories across all platforms. Many journalists are attending graduate school to develop their digital media skills, others are going back to school to grow their journalism network, and some to improve on their journalistic fundamental skill sets.”

Key skills gained?

There is certainly plenty of change and challenges still ahead for the next generation of journalists! If you think you’re ready to take these on, what journalism skills will you need in order to succeed?

First, it’s not usually necessary to have studied journalism at undergraduate level in order to be considered for a Masters in Journalism. Most graduate journalism departments will consider applicants from a range of academic backgrounds, as long as they can demonstrate the following:

  • Excellent written and spoken communication
  • Excellent time management & ability to meet deadlines
  • Good research skills
  • Awareness of current technological developments in communications & media
  • Ability to find a new and interesting angle on a story

Relevant work experience is also usually a must – and last but not least, admissions tutors are looking for applicants who really show passion for the subject.

Angela Philips, director of the Masters in Journalism at Goldsmiths, adds “I want candidates who have cut their teeth in student journalism, or had a fair amount of work experience, so that they know what it means to stay up until 4am to hit a deadline.” She adds: “You need to have the drive and commitment first. We can probably teach you the rest.”

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