Journalism employability

Practitioner and transferable skills

Research skills

Timely and accurate research is at the heart of professional practice in journalism. You will learn how to build evidence for your arguments so that you can underpin your journalism practice.


Throughout your course you will have the opportunity to work together with other students in a professional newsroom environment. You will take on various professional roles so that you develop a range of skills that will enhance your employability.

Interpersonal skills

Journalism is often about people and their stories. Working together with other students, the staff and the local community to you will learn how to interact with others effectively.


You will develop core professional skills such as sub-editing that will prepare you a career in the industry.

Following instructions

Your assessed work throughout the course will be based around clear professional briefs that will guide your development.

Qualitative and quantitative assignments

You will learn how to use a range of different types of data to back up your journalistic writing including statistical information.

Legal and public admin knowledge

An understanding of media law along with an insight into the structures and processes of local and national government are essential for a journalism career.

Burli, Myriad, Final Cut Pro and InDesign training

Our professional newsroom is equipped with industry standard software that will help you prepare to work in the industry.

Presentations skills

Journalism is about communication and through assessed presentations you will learn how to communicate your ideas to others.

Personal and professional development

UoB Today website

We offer you the opportunity to work on in-house publications as a way of building your skills, professionalism and confidence.

Trips to report on legal proceedings in court

You will have the opportunity to report on a real case, observing all the necessary legal requirements. Reporting on court cases is an excellent way of honing your skills.

Structuring arguments

Journalism requires a clear understanding of the facts of a story and the ability to build these into a coherent and compelling argument. Through practical assignments you will hone your critical thinking skills.

Mock interviews

Carrying out journalistic interviews is a core skill that you will learn from the start of the course.

Portfolio experience

Practical assessments relating to magazine layouts

You will learn how content comes to together in the magazine industry to create compelling page designs.

Studio operations

You will work in our professional newsroom on live "news days" allowing you to bring all your skills together in an intensive high-pressure experience that will really build your confidence.

Editorial experience and roles in workshops

You will have the opportunity to take on an editorial role within a "news day", directing news gathering and making important decisions about lead stories and the priorities for the day.


Our professional newsroom is equipped with industry standard software that will help you prepare to work in the industry.

Special project outputs

Your special project at the end of the course will allow you to prepare your best work in a professional way so that you can clearly demonstrate your abilities to employers.

Professional recognition and endorsement

BedsSU volunteering

Volunteering helps you build experience and helps others. Journalism students are always in demand to help organisations with their communications. We will encourage you to engage with community groups that can benefit from your skills and abilities.

BJTC accreditation

If you choose a professionally accredited course you will receive industry recognition of your skills and abilities alongside your academic qualification. This is highly valued by employers.

Ethical codes

Journalism is a powerful force within our society and so you have an obligation to use it responsibly. Throughout your course you will consider the implications of what you are doing and the impact it could have on those involved.


University switchboard
During office hours
(Monday-Friday 08:30-17:00)
+44 (0)1234 400 400

Outside office hours
(Campus Watch)
+44 (0)1582 74 39 89



International office

Student support


Our Tweets: @uniofbeds