Journalism and PR

Bring your stories to life in the mediaHUB, our multimedia publishing and broadcasting newsroom, alongside BBC Newcastle Journalists. Work on our award-winning digital publications: SR News, Northern Lights, Fashion North, SportsByte and Spark Sunderland. Be inspired by our lecturers and their strong industry contacts, broaden your horizons on inspiring field trips and graduate with a professional portfolio to impress prospective employers. 

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Courses we offer

At Sunderland, our Journalism and PR courses are designed for you to hone your practical skills, with lots of networking opportunities and chances to build contacts with regional and national industry experts. You could be our next graduate to gain a job with leading employers, including the BBC, The Guardian, Stylist magazine as well as in various roles for PR and marketing companies.

Undergraduate courses

Postgraduate courses

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Award-winning Journalists and Broadcasters

From the former Head of Features at the Daily Mirror and the former Deputy Editor of Grazia magazine to award-winning sports journalists, you’ll perfect your craft alongside experienced academics who have years of industry expertise. You’ll have the opportunity to engage with regional and national high-profile journalists such as Kevin Maguire, Associate Editor at the Daily Mirror and Visiting Professor in Journalism at the University, and ITV News Correspondent Alastair Stewart. Both regularly visit the University along with a host of experienced journalists to give insight into the industry via masterclasses and lectures. Working journalists are also on hand daily in the Journalism Newsroom to offer expert advice on projects and portfolios. At Sunderland, we offer some of the most comprehensive Journalism courses in the UK accredited by the leading industry body the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ).

State-of-the-art facilities

Our department has a great reputation giving you access to state-of-the-art facilities. You'll be based at The David Puttnam Media Centre, which houses our fantastic mediaHUB, and has the added benefit of a great location, close to the city centre and within miles of stunning coastline.

Our journalism suites are equipped with Apple Macs and the latest design and video-editing software such as Final Cut Pro, Burli, Newscutter and ENPS, and our Broadcast Journalism Newsroom features 17 workstations plus an Avid Utility server, Sky feed, and two 40” plasma screens.

Becoming a journalist

You’ll explore all areas of journalism and learn the key skills to make it as a journalist, from Shorthand, Media Ethics, News and Online Writing, Public Affairs Reporting, Multi-Platform and Video Journalism, to Writing and Researching. You'll have the opportunity to showcase your skills in your final portfolio of work, in addition to working for newspapers, magazines, radio stations, TV and PR companies to connect you to the industry through placements.

Our courses all prepare you for an undergraduate or postgraduate degree, and the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) Diploma in Journalism, the nationally recognised industry entry qualification. NCTJ accreditation is widely recognised as a gold standard for courses that turn out highly skilled, highly motivated and highly employable trainee journalists.