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Norman Zafra produces and writes TV news and documentaries in the Philippines. As an international student, he studied the Master of Journalism Pathway 2 to improve his skills as a journalist and enhance his career.
“What I loved about this pathway was that it offered an interesting mix of business and communication papers, allowing me to navigate the evolving news media industry while gaining essential business and management skills,” Norman said.
“I had the chance to study newsroom and social media management for my Management Communication paper, media relations and crisis communication for my Advanced Public Relations class and dealing with international audiences for my Advanced Cross-Cultural Communication class. The research methods course was useful for when I wrote my critical reflection in the journalism research project.”
The final part of the Master of Journalism is the journalism project, comprising a piece of long-form journalism and a critical reflection on the process.
Norman’s piece of journalism was a multimedia report on the Philippines’ recovery from Typhoon Haiyan, which had devastated the country. He travelled solo around the Philippines to undertake his research.
“The other part of my journalism project was a critical reflection of my backpack or solo reporting experience while in the Philippines, and an analysis of the emerging online applications and software I used to present my multimedia feature.”
Norman said one of the greatest strengths of the Master of Journalism programme was its option for experienced journalists to take the communication management pathway.
“Journalists are sometimes too focused on the reporting aspects of their profession, leaving little room to learn the organisational and business perspectives of running a newsroom. And so I think my degree will give me an advantage when I assume a leadership position in the future.
“Also, my degree equipped me with the multimedia skills relevant to today’s digital and convergent media environment.”
His advice for those thinking of studying the Master of Journalism is to “choose a journalism project topic that is close to your heart, passion and interest, as it pushes you to learn more, makes you hungry for knowledge, and inspires you to up your skills”.
Armed with his Master of Journalism, Norman now works as a director of documentaries and lectures at a university.
There are two main pathways for the Master of Journalism, one for those wishing to enter the journalism industry and one for experienced journalists. For more details, click here.
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Last updated on Tuesday 27 August 2019