New Journalism degree launched by University of Leicester

Posted by pt91 at May 29, 2018 01:38 PM |
Innovative course will enable students to ‘think like a journalist’

Issued by University of Leicester on 29 May 2018

‘Think like a journalist’ – That’s the opportunity being offered to potential students of an exciting new Journalism degree at the University of Leicester.

The innovative new Journalism degree emphasising core skills across all platforms is being launched by the University of Leicester at its open day on Saturday, June 9.

The new BA Journalism at Leicester will focus on practical skills, the context of journalism and developing the employability of its students over their three years of study.

The degree will be run by lecturers from the School of Media, Communication and Sociology at the university, originally established as the Centre for Mass Communication Research as the first of its kind in the UK, and already offers popular undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Media and Sociology.

Former newspaper editor Tor Clark, now Associate Professor in Journalism at Leicester, who will lead the new degree programme, said: “We are very excited about our new Journalism degree.

“It is designed to embrace all the various forms of journalism now operating, to give students a taste of all platforms, but also to emphasise students’ development of core and key journalism skills.

“Alongside the development of these skills, students will study the context and controversies of journalism and develop their employability through practical work and professional placements.”

Tor added: “I’ve tried to put everything I’ve learned throughout my career about what makes a good Journalism degree for students into this new degree, so it has a blend of what they want, what they don’t yet know they want and what they need.

“The aim is for every student to think like a journalist and core news skills will be at the heart of the degree. Students will be constantly challenged to push the boundaries, to probe, question and to uncover the news. They will develop the attributes and skills to sniff out a story and to tell it in a compelling way.

“And Leicester, with all its fantastic culture and sporting opportunities, is the perfect place for students to start to explore the exciting world of journalism.”

Alongside all their studies, students will also continue to develop their own employability through a series of compulsory and optional modules, alongside work placements.

On graduation, students will be equipped to explore careers in all aspects of the communications industries or develop their academic skills with further study on higher degrees.

Tor added: “Having worked in Journalism for the last 30 years and taught it for the last 14, I have designed a programme which uses all my knowledge of the industry and the academy to create a degree which is enjoyable to study, helps students enjoy their own academic, professional and personal development and then equips them for either employment or further study on graduation.”

Full details of the BA Journalism at the University of Leicester are available on the University website at

Details of forthcoming open days at Leicester can be found at


Notes for editors

  • The School of Media, Communication and Sociology at the University of Leicester was formerly the Department of Media and Communication. It was founded, in 1966, as the Centre for Mass Communication Research, and as such is the longest established academic department of its kind in the UK.
  • Tor Clark is a fully NCTJ-qualified journalist, having worked for the Northamptonshire Evening Telegraph 1989-1994, the Harborough and Lutterworth Mail 1994-2001 and the Rutland & Stamford Mercury 2001-2004, being editor of the latter two.
  • Before joining the University of Leicester, he was Principal Lecturer in Journalism at De Montfort University and programme leader of its two Journalism degrees. He is now a regular contributor on journalism and politics to BBC Radio Leicester.
  • He is available for interview about the new programme. Contact him at

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