Journalism – Field of study catalogue MU
“Media make the world go round. Learn how to set them rolling!”
The Journalism study programme focuses primarily on the theory and practice of journalism. Journalism students gain knowledge about theoretical concepts of journalism, media history, and media ethics and regulation. This knowledge is broadened and built on in practical seminars and workshops focusing on individual basic types of journalism. This study programme is designed around the premise that students in a combined form of study need to acquire or improve not only theoretical knowledge, but also practical skills. The programme is designed for secondary school graduates as well as for those who already work in the field. They are also suitable for university students as an additional, secondary field of study.
The programme aims to prepare journalists who will be able to actively engage in mass communication and its expert and critical analysis and create journalistic products. Graduates are able to start their careers with a basic sum of skills and knowledge necessary for journalistic practice.
After successfully completing his/her studies the graduate is able to:
- actively engage in mass communication and make qualified and critical judgements about it
- understand the past and present socio-cultural reality and apply this knowledge in his/her job, being able to view the reality in an unbiased and objective way
- understand basic theoretical terms from the area of media studies as well as ethical and legal journalistic values and standards and actively apply them in his/her profession as a journalist
- find, collect, analyse, and interpret data and information
- use current digital information technologies, systems, and software necessary in journalism
- create basic types of journalistic products and genres for all types of media (print, online, radio, and TV)
- apply his/her language, stylistic and basic communication competences necessary in journalism and other professions related to mass communication (spokespersons etc.)
Students acquire knowledge and skills needed in all basic types of media. Graduates can work as journalists in print (newspapers, magazines), electronic (radio, TV), and online (news and content websites) media and also as low- and mid-level managers in all the above-mentioned types of media organisations. Moreover, their studies also allow them to work in public relations as spokespersons or media consultants in political, public, and private institutions and organisation as well as in marketing agencies.
Journalism is a single degree Bachelor's study programme offered as a combined form of study. The regular length of studies in this programme is six semesters. The study plan only contains required courses which must all be completed during the studies. The courses are offered according to a fixed schedule and must be completed in the required order.
To be allowed to sit the final state exam, a student must fulfil the following requirements:
A/ Pass all the courses required by the study programme and gain the compulsory 180 ECTS credits. This includes 4 ECTS credits gained for demonstrating a minimum required level of language competence.
B/ Write and submit a Bachelor's thesis by the given submission date. While writing the Bachelor's thesis, students must enrol in two compulsory thesis seminars: ZUR781 Bachelor's Thesis Seminar I and ZUR782 Bachelor's Thesis Seminar II. Students must enrol in the former no later than two semesters prior to the planned submission and defence of the thesis (ideally in the 5th semester) and they must enrol in the latter in the semester in which they plan to submit and defend the thesis (ideally in the 6th semester). Students cannot enrol in both seminars in one semester. Detailed rules for passing individual thesis seminars and for writing and formatting the Bachelor's thesis can be found at: http://medzur.fss.muni.cz/informace-pro-studenty/szz.
C/ Demonstrate a minimum required level of language competence set by the university for a Bachelor's programme graduate. This requirement is governed by the respective university/faculty regulation.
The final state exam consists of three parts which are evaluated separately. These are Obhajoba bakalářské práce (Bachelor's Thesis Defence), Teorie masové komunikace (Theory of Mass Communication) and Praktická zkouška ze žurnalistiky (Practical Journalism Exam).
The final state exam is structured so that the content covered by the individual parts corresponds with the content of the curriculum.
Theory of Mass Communication focuses on theoretical knowledge obtained during the studies, encompassing the content of the following courses: ZUR730 Journalism, ZUR731 Introduction to Communication and Media Studies, ZUR732 Introduction to Sociology of Journalism, and ZUR740 Study of Media History. This is a written exam.
Practical Journalism Exam reflects primarily the content taught in ZUR734 News, ZUR735 Current Affairs, and ZUR737a Special Seminar I. The test examines the student's journalistic knowledge and practical skills obtained during the studies. This is a written exam.
The Bachelor's thesis defended in the Bachelor's Thesis Defence is based on all courses of the field, but primarily – based on the chosen topic and method – on courses that are relevant to the topic. The Bachelor's thesis should show that the student is familiar with the topic of the thesis and that he or she is able to do scholarly work under supervision. The thesis defence is oral and the evaluation is based on the level of mastery and understanding of the topic as well as the level of presentation. For more information, go to: http://medzur.fss.muni.cz/informace-pro-studenty/szz
Graduates of the Journalism Bachelor's study programme can continue to any follow-up Master's degree programme, provided that they meet the admission requirements. At the MU Faculty of Social Studies, graduates can enrol in the follow-up Master's study programme of Media Studies and Journalism.