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Irish Journalism lecturer who wants to become a Media Studies teacher in the UK. Advice appreciated.

Discussion in 'Media studies' started by Journo212, Nov 16, 2011.

  1. Hello everyone,

    I am looking for advice on what is needed
    to be a Journalism/ Media Studies teacher in the UK.

    I am currently teaching in Ireland, both
    Journalism and English as a Foreign language. However, due to personal reasons, I will emigrate to the UK
    early next year.

    I have been teaching Journalism for over
    two years in a third level college.
    I designed the course, which specifically focuses on constructing
    articles and writing skills. I
    also have a degree in Journalism which is NCTJ recognised. In the last two years, I have been
    studying a part time degree course in English literature in Ireland, and hope
    to do a PGCE in the UK next year. Before I became a teacher, I worked as a freelance Journalist in a Tabloid and Broadsheet newspaper for three years.

    I understand that in Ireland, some
    universities and colleges look for a master’s degree but I am not sure of what
    is required in the UK. I am hoping that my Journalism and teaching experience will be sufficient. Any advice
    on what route I should take or information on this matter would be much
  2. <font size="2">Hi Journo</font><font size="2"> </font> <font size="2">An alternative route in is via FE Colleges, most of which would consider employing the right person without the need for a PGCE. These Colleges tend to pay less than schools but are really stimulating places to work. FE Colleges are also much more likely to seek media teachers explicitly rather than English teachers who can &ldquo;have a go at Media&rdquo; (something one applicant said to me recently!) and teach a wide range of vocational qualifications as well as GCSE and A levels. </font>
    <font size="2">Many would allow you to train for a PGCE in life-long learning whilst teaching, which it may be possible to later translate into Qualified Teacher Status (the government are suggesting they will make this process easier in the future). </font><font size="2">You could also try independent schools which do not have to require a PGCE but relatively few offer Media. Rather more offer Film Studies. </font><font size="2">From my experience trying to recruit bo</font><font size="2">th English and Media teachers, there are considerably more of the former around than the latter. Indeed, there seem to be very few good specialist Media teachers. We have advertised no fewer than five times and are yet to find someone who is really what we need.</font><font size="2">Good luck.</font><font size="2">Sean</font>
  3. Hello Sean,
    Thank you for taking the time to reply to my query. I am currently applying for jobs and your advice is most helpful. My apologies for not thanking you sooner.
  4. paul_d_stevens

    paul_d_stevens New commenter

    The FE route is the one I'm planning on. I'm a former regional newspaper chief sub-editor on the home straight of my part-time PGCE PCET at the University of Southampton, teaching at Bournemouth University's Multimedia Journalism BA for teaching experience. My speciality, as you'd expect, is print design and layout, but I've got some broadcasting experience too (currently presenting a weekday breakfast show on a small radio station).

    Trouble is, I've only seen one job that was right up my street, and that was through Protocol National in Cambridge. Miles away!

    Anyone know where I should be looking for my first post? Are there any? ;-)

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