BA History and Journalism brings together the expertise of two departments in an exciting, innovative degree that will give you the practical skills and academic knowledge to excel in a wide range of careers. Much contemporary journalism is focused on reporting, contextualising and analysing events as they happen, but also as they have very recently happened, which has led journalism to be described as ‘the first rough draft of history’. We believe that the best journalism is based on a sound understanding of the history that has shaped the world we inhabit today, and throughout this degree you will develop a nuanced and sensitive understanding of the past to inform interpretation and reporting of current events. Drawing on the strengths of the Department of History and the Department of Media and Communications, you will focus on the shared methodologies and skills of history and journalism. History teaching at Goldsmiths embraces cultural, social, political, religious and medical histories, with an emphasis on encounters between different cultures, battles for ideological as well as geographical supremacy, and the creation of individual and collective identities. Our thematic approach allows for the contrast and comparison of events across time and place. This is complemented by Media and Communications modules which offer you the opportunity to develop practical skills such as interviewing, writing in a number of different journalistic styles, video reporting, photojournalism and radio journalism. You will also study more theoretical knowledge such as the importance of the context of journalism: how it relates to the broader world of the media, media culture and its place in society and the democratic process. You will have the opportunity to hone your skills as a practising journalist on our local news website EastLondonLines, working with other students to cover a large and diverse area of London. In the final year you will undertake a supervised interdisciplinary project exploring a topic of your own choice and drawing on the research skills and methodologies of both History and Journalism (for example, archival research, oral interviews) to produce an original piece of historically-contextualised journalism. The final product may be presented as a written document or, for example, as a film or radio broadcast. It could also be presented on a digital platform.