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:

Credits

Course 1: Introduction program (no ECTS)
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: Feature journalism (5 ECTS)
The lectures for this course will focus on how to develop, and research the good ideas for a feature story. In analytical screenings and group discussions, the content and visual aesthetics of a feature story will be in focus. Methods for script writing will be introduced and the students will learn how to structure a video story with the different elements suitable for the focus of their story.
The practical process with research, source critique, and interview technique is a part of the course, so is camerawork and editing.
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 media. The journalistic use of social media will be included in the practical exercises of this 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 media. The journalistic use of social media will be included in the practical exercises of this course.

Course 4: Documentary
The course is the first part of the process of documentary video production and it includes: the development of ideas, research, treatment, production planning and writing a pre-script.
In using social media for research, the students will learn how to judge the validity of different kind of sources. The students will get practical knowledge in using statistics in their stories and other documentation relevant to the topic they work with.
Verification of information and judgement of sources is a part of the research.
Field research hereunder visit to locations and pre-interviewing sources will be a part of the course.
As a part of the research process and promotion for their documentary production, the students will do individual video stories for social media on their mobile phones.

Course 5: Documentary part 2
Production, post-production and written exams (5 ECTS)
The documentary production and post-production are the key elements in this course. The students will use all of the pre-production from course 4 in the practical part of the course.
The recordings with camerawork: visual framing, sequences, sound, interviews, stand up and the editing with structuring the journalistic content will be the main workload of the course.
As part of the post production the students will re-edit the documentary after receiving peer-feedback and recommendations from the teachers. The students will develop a distribution plan based on their expectations and goals for the documentary production.

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.

Requirements
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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