Masters degree in Digital Journalism launched for East Africa Journalists

Masters degree in Digital Journalism launched for East Africa Journalists

(L to R) Prof. Kweku Bentil, Vice Provost, AKU, Dr. Sam Kamau, Faculty, GSMC, Churchill Otieno, Managing Editor Digital, NMG; Dr. Nancy Booker, Assistant Professor, GSMC; Joseph Odindo, Editorial Director, Standard Group, Prof. Rhonda Breit, Associate Dean, GSMC  and Stephen Buckley, Director, Professional Development Courses, GSMC share a light moment during the launch of the MA in Digital Journalism programme.

NAIROBI, OCTOBER 18TH 2017 The Aga Khan University Graduate School of Media and Communications (GSMC) is responding to the digital media revolution by launching a Master of Arts (MA) in Digital Journalism programme that will bring to Nairobi world-renowned journalists and scholars to teach courses that blend practice, reflection and theory.

Students in the 24-month program will be immersed in the world of digital production, and will build expertise in multiplatform storytelling, specialist reporting and editorial leadership.

Most journalism degrees currently offered in the region focus on traditional media despite the rapidly evolving nature of journalism and the increasing complexity and interconnectedness of the world. The GSMC programme will incorporate new techniques on digital technologies and will offer hands-on training in the school’s state-of-the-art radio and television studios in Nairobi. By focusing on East African issues and drawing on local and global trends, students will possess the creativity, critical thinking skills and professional habits needed to lead East Africa’s media into the 21st Century.

The MA in Digital Journalism programme will prepare journalists to become leaders in their field whilst inculcating core values and essential employability qualities such as academic excellence and freedom, intellectual rigour, commitment and passion, ethical practice, and creativity and innovation. It combines real-life practice with academic rigor to develop the knowledge, skills and professional qualities for success at the highest levels.

Rhonda Breit, Associate Dean- Academic Affairs says the MA in Digital Journalism programme is designed to equip mid-career journalists across East Africa to become leaders in their field and to make a positive difference in their societies. “Our program is unique because of the learning experience which equips journalists with the skills and professional habits to confront a changing future. In addition, the program will have a comprehensive multimedia and specialist reporting portfolio to make our graduates globally competitive in an increasingly dynamic world,” she said.

To qualify for the program, one needs to be an early or mid-career journalist or media professional. Applicants will need to demonstrate academic and intellectual ability; basic computer literacy especially as applied to production techniques in the media; broad knowledge of history and current affairs; and submit a portfolio of work.

Upon graduation, students will have the knowledge, skills and qualities needed to succeed at the highest levels of their profession in an era of technology-driven change, by working closely with world-class leaders in the digital space.

Applicants wishing to enrol can apply by logging on to http://akumedia.aku.edu/

The deadline for applications is Tuesday, 31st October 2017.

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