NUI Galway Postgraduate Prospectus 2021

Sports Journalism and Communication School of Political Science and Sociology College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies

PROGRAMMES AVAILABLE: MA DURATION: 1 year, full-time NUMBER OF PLACES: 15 COURSE INSTANCE(S): 1MSJ1 FEES AND FUNDING: Fees information and funding opportunities: pages 286 and 288. WHEN TO APPLY: Applications will be considered in two rounds. Round 1 closing date—30 April 2021. Round 2 closing date— 31 July 2021.

Your Course The MA Sports Journalism and Communication is a unique programme designed to give you a professional qualification to work as a highly competent multiplatform sports journalist or a communications professional in a sports company or sporting organisation/national governing body. You will take part in an intensive, 12-month training programme in print, digital, broadcast and multimedia practice/strategic communication and will gain important contextual understanding about the contemporary world of sports through a unique ‘Research in Sport’ seminar. Other core modules include a sports journalism bootcamp, Multimedia Newsdays and Media Innovation. You can choose from a suite of specialisms including Strategic Communication; Sports Administration and Governance; Sport in Film; long-form feature writing; and Data Journalism. You will learn in a dedicated digital newsroom and new state-of-the-art broadcasting facilities and will have opportunities to undertake internships at local and national media organisations, sporting bodies and other communications companies. Career Opportunities Graduates of the programme will work in a variety of roles in local, national and international media organisations; in sporting organisations and national governing bodies; in sports communications and governance; and in wider communications roles. Minimum Entry Requirements To be accepted you should normally have a minimum Second Class Honours degree (ideally at 2.1 honours or higher) or equivalent, though applications from a wide range of backgrounds will be considered. To apply, send your CV, a personal statement of no more than 500 words detailing your interest in the programme and your career aspirations, and at least one sample of your work, e.g., a blog post, student media, short radio or television or other media. We also welcome applications from people with prior experience in journalism looking to update their skills; high performance athletes; and sports administrators looking to further their careers. FIND OUT MORE AT: sports-journalism-and-communication.html OR

CONTACT Dr Tom Felle T: +353 91 492 049 E:

3 GOOD REASONS TO STUDY THIS COURSE 1. Partners: As a student on the programme you’ll have the opportunity to apply for internships with partners including RTE Sport, Connacht Rugby, the GAA and a host of media organisations. 2. Facilities: NUI Galway has invested in state-of-the- art media facilities including new digital newsrooms and multimedia labs, radio and television studios, and equipment. 3. Hands on: The programme is taught by industry professionals and includes weekly practical assignments and other hands-on activities.

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