Aga Khan University Graduate School of Media and Communications
(GSMC) is responding to the digital media revolu-tion by
launching a Master of Arts (MA) in Digital Journalism programme
that will bring to Nairobi world-renowned journa-lists and
scholars to teach courses that blend practice, reflection and
Students in the 24-month program will
be immersed in the world of digital production, and will build
expertise in multi-platform storytelling, specialist reporting
and editorial leadership.
Most journalism degrees currently
offered in the region focus on traditional media despite the
rapidly evolving nature of journalism and the increasing
complexity and inter-connectedness of the world.
The GSMC programme will incorporate
new techniques on digital technologies and will offer hands-on
training in the school’s state-of-the-art radio and television
studios in Nairobi.
By focusing on East African issues and
drawing on local and global trends, students will possess the
creativity, critical thinking skills and professional habits
needed to lead East Africa’s media into the 21st
The MA in Digital Journalism programme
will prepare journ-alists to become leaders in their field
whilst inculcating core values and essential employ-ability
qualities such as academic excellence and freedom, intellectual
rigour, commitment and passion, ethical practice, and creativity
It combines real-life practice with
academic rigor to develop the knowledge, skills and professional
qualities for success at the highest levels.
Rhonda Breit, Associate Dean- Academic
Affairs says the MA in Digital Journalism programme is designed
to equip mid-career journalists across East Africa to become
leaders in their field and to make a positive difference in
“Our program is unique because of the
learning experience which equips journalists with the skills
and professional habits to confront a changing future.
“In addition, the program will have a
comprehensive multimedia and specialist reporting portfolio
to make our graduates globally competitive in an
increasingly dynamic world,” she said.
To qualify for the program, one needs
to be an early or mid-career journalist or media professional.
Applicants will need to demon-strate
academic and intellectual ability; basic computer literacy
especially as applied to production techniques in the media;
broad knowledge of history and current affairs; and submit a
portfolio of work.
Upon graduation, students will have
the knowledge, skills and qualities needed to succeed at the
highest levels of their profession in an era of
technology-driven change, by working closely with world-class
leaders in the digital space.
Applicants wishing to enrol can apply
by logging on to
The deadline for applications is
Tuesday, 31st October 2017.