Thinking about studying MA Broadcast Journalism? Here is how to get some free cash

Cardiff University MA Broadcast Journalism student Sevda Moyassari, this year’s winner of the Reform Media Group’s Sir David Nicholas Award,  with Kamal Ahmed, BBC News’ Editorial Director

Sounds to good to be true?

Not necessarily.

Now is a good time to apply for MA Broadcast Journalism courses. There are, of course, good programmes around the country. I may be biased (and I am) but I think the best is Cardiff University’s long-established MA Broadcast Journalism course.

It has a great track record of success. Graduates get jobs and it has an amazing network of alumni across the industry.

And the curriculum is bang up to date. Students look at social media, MoJo and data journalism, as well as learning traditional skills in TV and radio news journalism.

So, what about this free money?

There are a number of burasaries and scholarships for which students can apply.

The Sir David Nicholas Award 

01ASWKQF; SIR DAVID NICHOLAS Chairman, Talk Radio COMPULSORY CREDIT: UPPA/Photoshot Photo URK 007818/A-19

Offered in honour of ITN’s legendary Editor-in-Chief, this is aimed at BAME students and offers £2000 to help meet the costs of the course.

It is supported by the Media Society of The Reform Club in London and winners are invited to a networking evening with top editors and journalists as well as an additional work experience opportunity with ITN or a similar organisation.

The Sue Lloyd-Roberts Scholarship 

Sue Lloyd-Roberts, Emmy award winning ITN and BBC News correspondent

Offered in memory of the award-winning TV news correspondent, this award covers the full fees of your course and is for any Masters student interested in the issues which pre-occupied Sue Lloyd-Roberts. These include international affairs, human rights, women’s rights, and the environment.

Sir Tom Hopkinson Award

Sir Tom Hopkinson was an active journalist before becoming a ground-breaking teacher of journalism

This award of £1000 is offered in memory of the founding director of the Centre for Journalism Studies at Cardiff University

Sir Julian Hodge Award

The entrepreneur and banker Sir Julian Hodge

This award in memory of the banker and founder of the Hodge Foundation offers £2000 pounds.

Should you be accepted onto the MA Broadcast Journalism course at Cardiff University, you will be able to apply for these bursaries.

It might also be worth thinking about applying for a bursary from the Royal Television Society. These are generally offered to students who are applying to university and have some quite stringent rules attached – but can be quite valuable if you are successful.

And finally, if you do make it onto the MA Broadcast Journalism course you will need to do at least three weeks work experience in a broadcast newsroom. The Broadcast Journalism Training Council offers a £200 placement support bursary to help you cover the costs.

Free money and a life-changing opportunity. Why would you not want to apply to MA Broadcast Journalism at Cardiff University?