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What to expect at an MA interview at City University

MADAYCity University is one of the top (they will argue that it’s the best) journalism school in Britain for doing a degree, whether that be undergraduate or postgraduate.  It’s been almost a year since I interviewed at City, and many people with interviews coming up in the next few weeks are asking me about what it was really like.

When I interviewed for my MA in newspaper journalism, I didn’t have much idea what to expect other than what a few friends who had gone the day before said (they missed out the important bits, cheers guys).

So what went on? How is it best to prepare? What did they ask? Here’s my roundup of the day – I hope you find it useful for your own interviews.

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My MA @cityjournalism: what I’ve learnt so far

MADAY MA Day: The @CityJournalism class of 2014. Continue reading

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The anti-Churnalism machine

With less and less time and fewer resources available to journalists, reliance on agency copy and press releases is increasingly tempting.

I may be a bit late to this, but I’ve just come across a project run and funded by the Media Standards Trust which aims to stamp out Churnalism and name and shame the culprits.

Check it out here.

With the ability to share information instantaneously and globally, it’s easy to take all the information at face value and rehash it a bit.

That is incredibly boring, and I’m not even sure I would describe it as work. My first few weeks at City have drastically improved my ability to develop my ideas and news stories beyond what is given, what is known and what everyone else is reporting.

I expect the next 8 months to aid me in improving what is still a vital tool for any reporter or media outlet – adding value, context and validity to a story. Without this, the Churnalism machine will destroy all jobs for journalists within ten years.

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What happens when you throw 50 wannabe journalists into a room?

ImageCity University MA Newspaper Journalism 2013 – 2014 is go.

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