INTRA Programme BA Journalism

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BA Journalism


  • To equip students with the advanced skills to produce journalism for print, broadcast, visual, and online media.
  •  To train students to write clearly and succinctly.
  •  To train students to report accurately and fairly about current affairs.
  •  To develop students’ advanced research skills in journalism and communications.
  •  To ensure students recognise the fundamentals of media law and journalistic ethics.
  •  To help students understand the roles and responsibilities of journalists in society.
  •  To give students a detailed understanding of the structures and practices of the media industry in Ireland and internationally.
  •  To develop students who are independent critical thinkers who can create and complete original journalism and research.

 Programme Outline

The BA Journalism degree programme combines courses that focus on reporting and production skills and courses that examine how history, politics, law, ethics, culture, and society shape the practice of journalism. All students are required to complete courses in basic and advanced reporting, basic and advanced video and audio journalism, feature writing, investigative journalism, editing, ethics and regulation, entrepreneurial journalism, social and mobile journalism, and media law. Students can undertake optional modules in photojournalism, data journalism, and news design. Students can also opt for specialised courses in political and financial journalism, peace and conflict journalism, cultural journalism, climate change and the media, crime and the media, and press and public relations. All final-year students must produce in-depth pieces of public affairs journalism, as well as completing a journalism-related academic dissertation or substantial journalism project.

Work Areas 

  • Daily Newspapers, Sunday Newspapers, National Television
  • National Radio, Digital Media Organisations, Local Radio
  • Local Newspapers, Trade Magazines, Consumer Magazines
  • Public Relations Organisations,  Government Departments

INTRA Internship

Students complete a two-month INTRA internship between May - June at the end of third year.


Course Modules

Semester 1 Core Modules

  • News Writing
  • Critical Thinking and Independent Learning
  • Journalism and Society
  • Journalism History 

Semester 2 Core Modules

  • Reporting: Principles and Practice
  • Journalism Studies
  • Digital Media Production Skills
  • Ethics and Regulation
  • The Radio Newsroom


Semester 1 Core Modules

  • Radio Reporting
  • Feature Writing
  • Media Law
  • Networked News
  • Case Studies in Investigative Journalism

Semester 2 Core Modules

  • Advanced Reporting
  • Video Journalism
  • Semester 2 Optional Modules
  • Crime, Policing and the Media
  • Cultural Journalism
  • News Design
  • Photojournalism
  • Data Journalism


Year Long Core Modules

  • Newsdays

Sem 1 Core Modules

  • Research for Journalists
  • Video Storytelling
  • News Editing

Sem 1 Optional Modules

  • Perspectives on Political and Financial Journalism
  • Sport, Media and Society
  • Climate Change and the Media
  • Peace and Conflict Journalism
  • Press and Public Relations
  • Journalism Portfolio (year-long option)

Sem 2 Core Modules

  • Entrepreneurial Journalism
  • Social and Mobile Journalism
  • Project/Dissertation
  • Autumn Core Module

INTRA (Compulsory)

If you would be interested in hiring from this programme, please get in touch.



INTRA Coordinator  Email Address  Contact Number 
Vanessa Wade 01-7005178