Monday, October 29, 2012

Exciting postgrad opportunities in Radio and Online Journalism

Please see this interesting email below for more details 

Liverpool Hope University are currently recruiting for the diversity-driven part-time Postgraduate Diploma in Radio & Online Journalism (in partnership with the BBC) which will begin in January 2013.  With this in mind, I was wondering if you would be able to raise awareness of the course among your staff.  I hope you do not mind me asking.

The course is intensive and pragmatic with assessment briefs set by the course leaders and industry partners. It also nurtures specialist areas of interest (sport, social affairs, politics, science etc.) in order to develop each student’s ‘Domain(s) of Expertise’. The programme also includes a Mentoring Scheme designed in partnership with the BBC in which each student is assigned a personal mentor from the industry.  Current mentors include John Pienaar (Chief Political Editor at BBC Radio 5 Live), Debbie Ramsay (Duty Editor of BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat), Gary O’Donoghue (Senior Political Correspondent for BBC News) and Steve Hothersall (Head of News & Sport, Radio City).

The programme incorporates a three-week work placement in some of the most dynamic and important news rooms in the UK (including BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat, BBC Radio 5 Live, Radio City, Key 103, BBC Northwest Tonight, BBC Radio Lancashire, Real Radio and BBC Radio Merseyside) and current students have already secured regular freelance work in the industry (at BBC Radio Merseyside, BBC Radio 4, BBC World Service, Dee 106.3 and Northwest Tonight)

We aim to encourage as many applications as possible from those with disabilities or from under-represented socio-economic and cultural groups. A first degree is desirable but not essential.

The course has been designed in collaboration with BBC Radio Merseyside and the BJTC (Broadcast Journalism Training Council) and accreditation from the latter is being sought.  Also, to help redress the under-representation of some groups within commercial and public service radio (and to attract applicants from a broad a socio-economic range) the course fees have been set to the lowest band possible.

 The course runs one day per week (apart from some intensive news weeks) over 2 years to encourage those from a wide range of domestic circumstances.   The course fees are, in total, £3,270 – which can be paid in instalments over the two years.

 Interested parties can apply for the course by contacting the Postgraduate Office at Hope on (0)151 291 3111 or email  Or if applicants wish to discuss the course informally they can email me directly at

For further details visit:

Kindest regards,

Gary Morrisroe
Lecturer - Dept of Politics, History, Media and Communication
Programme Leader - PG Diploma in Radio & Online Journalism
Liverpool Hope University

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