Tuesday 2 August 2011

Journalism masters degree gets 3m euros funding

An Erasmus Mundus masters degree focusing on journalism, media and globalisation offered at City University in London has been selected by the European Commission to receive approximately 3 million euros in funding over five years from 2012.

The financial support will mainly be used for student bursaries.

The degree, which is designed to offer students an international perspective on journalism and media has been developed through collaboration between City University and partners at the University of Amsterdam, the University of Hamburg, Swansea University and is coordinated by Aarhus University and the Danish School of Media and Journalism.

Hans-Henrik Holm, professor at Aarhus University in Denmark said: “The Eramus Mundus journalism programme was selected on the basis of it being a truly global training programme for journalists wanting to learn how to report global change. Those assessing the applications highlighted the academic quality of the institutions providing the teaching and the integration of universities around the world.”

Neil Thurman, senior lecturer in online journalism at City University said there was increasing demand for journalists with international skills.

“With the growth of social media and online reporting, the boundaries of journalism are no longer restricted by geography. There is increasing demand for journalists who have the ability to think, report and work on a global basis, for a global audience. We think the funding of this programme is significant as it recognises the value our international Degrees are offering the journalists of tomorrow.”

The funding will largely be used towards providing student tuition and maintenance scholarships. It will also provide faculty scholarships for incoming and outgoing staff exchanges with global partners at UC Berkeley, the University of Technology, Sydney and the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile.

More information about the degree and thebursaries can be found at: www.mundusjournalism.com

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