International Video Journalism

Produce TV stories in a learning-by-doing environment that combines practical training with academic studies.

  • Duration: 1 semester
  • Study mode: Full-time
  • Credits: 30 ECTS
  • Programme Start: Mid August and end of January
  • Location: Campus Aarhus

Deadlines for application: April 1 and October 1.

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Your benefits:

  • Develop your skills as an international Video journalist in one of the best educational and training facilities for Video journalism in Europe.
  • Gain a better understanding of the foreign correspondents working conditions through a first-hand experience in a different country.
  • Strengthen your future career by becoming part of a network of journalists from all over the world.

Programme structure:

Course 1: Introduction program
This course offers students an overall introduction to Denmark and Danish culture, politics and the media industry. Students are also offered Danish language courses. In addition, students are given a 2-day practical technical course in using digital video camera and Final Cut Pro X video editing software.
The learning objective is to ensure that students receive an insight into political, economic, social and cultural aspects of Danish society and learn how to use video camera and editing software.

Course 2: International News Gathering and Current Affairs (5 ECTS)
The lectures for this course will focus on how to develop, and research, the good ideas for current affairs video stories. Through analytical screenings the students will learn how to structure a video story, and work with visuals, speak and sound.
The practical process in searching sources, see them in a critical perspective and make interviews is also a part of the course.

Course 3: Inclusive Journalism (5 ECTS)
This course introduces the students to theoretical perspectives on the cultural production and representation of race, ethnicity and migrancy and discusses the role of the media and journalistic practice in such processes. It provides a context for critical thinking and discussion about multi-racial, multi-ethnic and multi-cultural issues associated within contemporary news media. The journalistic use of social media will be included in the practical exercises of this course.

Course 4: Mobile journalism and social media (10 ECTS)
Analyse and research the stereotypes of people of colour, various ethnic groups, refugees and immigrant communities in the mainstream news media. Make TV stories that report and reflect on the diversities in the society. Learn how to use social media in research for news and for publishing TV stories

Course 5: Final project and written exam (10 ECTS)
A video journalist must be able to work with many different formats, short and long.  The final product is a short documentary, which demands a more in depth going journalistic approach of the students. The lectures and screenings will be on the research and planning process, and writing a script will also be a practical exercise.
The students will make a written analysis of the production in a reflective report, which will count as a part of the final exam.

Learning environment
Practical use of journalistic methods and theory are one of the main ingredients in this programme. You will produce TV stories, interview real sources and work under strict deadlines.

Teamwork is a central part of the study method. In the majority of the semester you get to work with fellow students in different group settings.

Teachers are experienced TV reporters and experts.

Class size is 24 students – about 75% international exchange students, and 25% Danish journalism students. The small class size allows for a close dialogue between teacher and students.

The Danish School of Media and Journalism has one of the best educational and training facilities for TV journalism in Europe. You get to work with professional equipment supervised by experienced journalists and teachers.

To apply for this programme you must have:

  • a minimum of 2 years training in journalism.
  • a good command of the English language, both written and oral.

Non-native English speakers should include a copy of their TOEFL test results (minimum score 550 or computer based 80)/ IELTS test of 6.5 or have the test results sent to our address).

Tuition fee
You do NOT have to pay tuition fee if you are an exchange student from one of our student exchange partners.

The tuition fee for non-exchange students is 4400 €.

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