Monica Attard is Head of the Journalism faculty. She has been a journalist for more than 35 years, working much of that time at the ABC where she was a foreign correspondent, reporter and program host. Monica has hosted most of the ABC’s prime time current affairs programs, including PM, The World Today and Media Watch. She is the recipient of five Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism, an Order of Australia, and an Arts/Law degree. Monica is also the author of a best-selling book on the collapse of Soviet communism, called Russia: Which Way Paradise? She facilitates Q and A style debates at corporate conferences and conducts interviews with leaders across many industries as part of her Facilitation business. Monica is a total news junky whose advice to all students entering Macleay College to study journalism is to immerse themselves in the world of knowledge, information and the digital evolution.
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The Bachelor of Journalism at Macleay College is not a theoretical course – you will be working on real stories in a real newsroom from day one – learning everything about TV, radio, print, mobile and digital journalism. You’ll experience the rush of working to a deadline and complete specialist journalism training in sport, music, fashion, food and lifestyle writing, investigative reporting and business journalism.
Macleay College’s Bachelor of Journalism gives graduates a passport to the world, with links to top journalism schools in the US, UK and China. You’ll also complete journalism internships where you’ll gain hands on media experience – another reason why employers love Macleay graduates.
CRICOS CODE: 080557M
Full Time2 Years
Part Time4 Years
|MEDIA HISTORY AND THE ETHICS OF NEWSThis unit assists students in developing and enhancing their understanding of the media – its role, culture, power and effects – and encourages analysis of current media, recognising Australia’s diverse treatment and presentation of news. Students will gain knowledge of current affairs and newsworthy events in Australia and internationally. The issue of journalistic ethics will underpin all lectures, tutorials and discussions. Through practical exercises students will consider the issue of ethics in conjunction with writing-based exercises that will further develop their newswriting ability.|
|NEWSROOM 1: FOUNDATIONS OF NEWSThis unit teaches the basic elements of news gathering, reporting and writing in news style. The primary goals of this unit are to develop the foundation skills of a reporter – news values, how to assess the merits of different stories, how to write a newsworthy intro, how to structure a story and get the facts in the right order, and how to cover events in real time such as press conferences and court cases.|
|NEWS RESEARCH AND DATA JOURNALISMData journalism is a journalistic process based on analysing and filtering large data sets for the purpose of creating a story. In this unit students develop research skills and learn how to use official and unofficial sources of information including the Freedom of Information Act. You will learn the research skills required by journalists in a modern newsroom and practice them in Macleay College’s own Newsroom. As well, you will learn to Identify and use the best search engines, websites and research tools and distinguish between official and unofficial sources.”|
|SHORTHANDThis unit prepares students in the use of Teeline Shorthand. The unit teaches the fundamental areas of shorthand and focuses on developing practical knowledge and skills with theoretical concepts presented in the lectures that are then explored and applied in the tutorials.|
|MEDIA LAW AND PRACTICEStudents will learn about the law and their rights as a journalist, how to cover courts and trials, and how to avoid getting sued. There will also be tutorials on intellectual property, protecting your work and using the work of others.|
|NEWSROOM 2: COLLABORATIVE JOURNALISM (VIDEO)This unit teaches students how to use a camera and practice the language of visual journalism. You will develop those skills so you can report, produce and edit video for online (in The Newsroom), TV news, current affairs and documentaries. You will learn the value of teamwork in a medium that demands it.|
|FEATURE WRITINGThis unit teaches students how to write a feature story and practice advanced writing skills (structure and colour). Students are taught the art of writing profiles and pitching their ideas to magazines, and learning what makes a good story from an editor’s perspective.|
|REPORTING ON GOVERNMENT AND INSTITUTIONSThis unit explains the roles of central and local government to students and examines the relationship between journalists and those institutions. It also explores the public role of other important institutions such as religious organisations and NGOs. Students will cover local councils and national politics in practical exercises and learn to assess the comparative news values of government decisions, how and where to obtain information from council and central government records. They will learn to distinguish between news and government spin and look at the intersection between the public role of the journalist and the public interest in effective government.|
|RADIO JOURNALISMThis unit covers writing, interviewing, editing, on the road reporting, live crosses and news reading for radio to ensure students are well equipped for a smooth transition into a radio newsroom. Students will write and voice their own broadcast-quality news bulletin to add to their CV, under tight deadlines in a virtual newsroom. They’ll also learn and experience the role of a radio news editor, how to report live from the scene of a story and produce current affairs radio packages. There is a strong emphasis on voice techniques and reading news for radio.|
|NEWS PHOTOGRAPHYLearn the techniques of news and features photography and the art of photojournalism, a skill that can take you around the globe. Shoot a photo essay and complete a magazine assignment.|
|MEDIA INTERNSHIP 1The Internship unit is designed to impart an understanding of the professional culture of media organisations, and the opportunity to develop practical skills and nurture professional relationships. Students will develop job-seeking skills and industry awareness through a series of discussions, project work and an internship experience.|
|MEDIA & NEWS ENTREPRENEURSHIPMonetise your skills, find a niche and create content that people want to pay for on sites that advertisers want to use. In a world where anyone can run a website from their living room, you will learn about the challenges and opportunities for future journalists.|
|NEWSROOM 4: INTRODUCTION TO THE NEWSROOMWork in The Newsroom, our live broadcast-quality website producing stories in text, video, audio and photographic format for publication/broadcast in one of these sections: News, Sports, Features or Lifestyle journalism. By the time you graduate, you will have a digital CV packed with stories in your area of specialisation and also your preferred format: text, video or audio.|
|INTERNATIONAL REPORTINGReporting in a world without borders – where all stories can be local. How to deal with issues of culture and language. How to avoid parachute journalism as well as the do’s and don’ts of being a foreign correspondent.|
|JOURNALISM ELECTIVE 1Deepen your specialist knowledge by electing advanced study units from the elective unit available.|
|WRITTEN MEDIA PROJECTYou will learn how to produce publishable long form writing on a subject of your choice, the importance of maintaining a presence on social media to make contacts and create work opportunities, and to understand your rights as a writer. You might even develop your project into something more substantial: such as a book-length work of non-fiction.|
|NEWSROOM 5: NEWS ADVANCED PRACTICEYou will work in The Newsroom, further developing your audio, video and web production skills for the online site or Macleay TV. The emphasis will be on multi media story telling, selecting the right medium for the job, and learning to work at speed to daily deadlines.|
|GLOBALISATIONJournalists today are able to reach distant audiences faster and more directly than ever before. In such a globally connected news environment, what role does the “fourth estate” play in shaping the news? From Google operating in China, to Al-Jazeera offices in Manhattan, to a young woman blogging about an attack on her school in Afghanistan – how is journalism adapting to a more globalised media?This unit will explore globalism in theory and practice. It will look at media models from around the world and help students better understand the global news environment.|
|JOURNALISM ELECTIVE 2Deepen your specialist knowledge by electing advanced study units from the elective units available.|
|MULTIMEDIA PROJECTTackle a different subject and produce a long-form visual essay; it could be a documentary or humorous short film, or photo reportage on your suburb’s historical sites. The choices are endless.|
|NEWSROOM 6: EDITORIAL LEADERSHIP & THE PUBLIC FACE OF JOURNALISMThe best students will run The Newsroom in senior editorial roles, learning to manage people and make informed decisions with tight deadlines. All students will write a detailed self assessment on their newsroom performance and a peer review of the overall project.|
|MEDIA INTERNSHIP 2You will spend invaluable time in the workplace with a media employer, practicing your new skills and learning about life on the job. Many internships lead to full-time positions and important industry contacts who may assist you after graduation.|
|JOURNALISM ELECTIVE 3Deepen your specialist knowledge by electing advanced study units from the elective units available.|
|SPORTS JOURNALISMLearn about the challenges of covering events, both live and in retrospect, that may have been seen by millions of people who all think they know what happened. You will look at the challenges of covering sports stars and sporting institutions, and the commercial and emotional pressures of covering the ‘home team’.|
|FASHION WRITINGLearn the skills of fashion reporting, from catwalks to factories, from hard news to consumer reviews. You will look at the various ways journalism engages with the industry – reporter, critic, reviewer – and practice each.|
|MUSIC AND MOVIE JOURNALISMLearn about music and movies as part of our daily life and as a huge international industry while learning how to be a reporter and a critic, or a profiler of musicians and filmmakers.|
|FOOD, LIFESTYLE AND TRAVELLearn how different styles of food writing – including blogging and magazine restaurant reviews – can lead to career opportunities. You will also learn to write about lifestyle issues – health, fitness, travel and other topics.|
|INVESTIGATIVE REPORTINGLearn how to combine traditional reporting with new forms of information gathering, the skills of developing a source and the value of data mining. You’ll examine how to conceive and present investigative reporting projects to make them accessible and relevant in today’s media landscape.|
|BUSINESS JOURNALISMYou will learn how business functions and why economic news is of such great importance. You will learn how to cover a specialist area where you have to explain complicated economic ideas in understandable terms to a general audience.|
|PHOTOJOURNALISMLearn the techniques of news and features photography and the art of photojournalism, a skill that can take you around the globe. Shoot a photo essay and complete a photographic magazine assignment.|
Dream of being a TV Reporter, Radio Presenter, Fashion Editor, Sports Commentator, News Writer or Social Media expert? These are just some of the dream journalism careers waiting for you after studying our Diploma of Journalism.
Other Journalism careers include:
- Politcal Writer
- Newspaper Journalist
- Investigative Journalist
- Sports Writer
- Beauty Editor
- Beauty Blogger
- Fashion Writer
- Radio Host
- Podcaster… and more!
Colin McKinnon oversees the Newsroom in Melbourne and teaches Business Journalism. He has been a journalist and journalism educator for nearly 40 years and has worked in more than 30 countries. His career began with Reuters in Fleet Street, London. He was a correspondent in Asia and Africa, an editor in London, and the news agency’s global training editor for a decade. In Australia, from 1999 to 2015, he led Fairfax’s editorial training team, recruiting, selecting and training journalists for The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Australian Financial Review.
Stacey Murray is the Journalism Program Coordinator for Macleay in Melbourne. Stacey has a shorthand speed of 90 wpm and teaches Shorthand for Journalists and Professional News Practice. She is a Director of Alfalfa Social Media, a company that specialises in social media marketing and training for small businesses.
Terry Brown teaches the Media History & the Ethics of News, and Foundations of News units at the Melbourne campus. Terry was a senior journalist, columnist and colour writer with the Herald Sun, Australia’s best-selling daily newspaper, eventually leaving to write novels and to teach. In his 25 years with The Sun and later The Herald Sun, he worked on almost every big story and major sporting and news event of the era, from the Hoddle and Queen St massacres of the late 1980s through the gangland wars to the Black Saturday fires. Exceptionally versatile, he has covered the Property, Industrial Relations and Religious Affairs rounds, 20 Melbourne Cups, State and Federal elections, served as News Ltd’s national Defence Correspondent and chief of staff. He worked on the much loved A Place in The Sun and In Black and White columns, wrote features, editorials, news, colour and humour.
Donna teaches Fashion Writing, and Food, Lifestyle and Travel at the Melbourne Campus. She is a 3AW radio senior journalist, newsreader, editor, arts, entertainment and travel reporter. She has worked as a travel writer for the magazine Arrivals and Departures and is an ongoing contributor to the Age online/SMH online. Donna covers events including the Spring Racing Carnival, Formula One Grand Prix, Melbourne Fashion Week, The Logies, The AACTA film awards, Melbourne International Film Festival, and the Melbourne Comedy Festival. Face to face interviews include Clint Eastwood, Harrison Ford, Hugh Jackman, Liam Hemsworth, Stephen Fry, Jerry Hall and Daniel Craig.
Wendy Squires teaches the Feature Writing unit and has been a journalist and editor for more than 25 years, starting her career at News Ltd as a cadet journalist before working her way to magazines and television. She has been the editor of Cleo and Australian Style magazines and held senior roles on Who Weekly, The Australian Women’s Weekly, Madison and Woman’s Day. In 2000 she returned to News Ltd where she created the Body + Soul insert magazine, edited all News Ltd’s Olympic Games magazines and helped launch Fox Studios. She has also written for numerous titles including The Bulletin, Cosmopolitan, Good Health, Men’s Style, Mode, Shop, People and ELLE. In 2009 her novel, The Boys’ Club, was published, based on her year as the Publicity Director at Network Nine. Today, she writes a syndicated opinion column for The Age, freelances for many magazines and websites, appears as a commentator on Sky News and ghost authors biographies for PanMacmillan. She is also writing her second novel.
Tony Kleu, a working journalist with wide experience, oversees the Newsroom and teaches the Written Media Project. After 10 years with The Guardian newspaper in London he was recruited by Fairfax to chief sub the Sydney Morning Herald’s foreign news pages. He left Fairfax after 20 years as a writer and editor, including stints as Opinion editor and Higher Education writer, and in the training unit. Since 2007 he has been a freelance editor, copywriter and Plain English teacher.
Aletheia Casey is a Sydney based photographer with over 15 years experience and has been working as a photography lecturer for over five years. Previously Aletheia worked as a Photographer and Visual Journalist in the film and television industry for clients such as BBC London, BBC World and SBS Television. During the last four years she has published and worked with The Sunday Times Magazine, The Financial Times Magazine, Getty Images Worldwide, Australian Associated Press, and various international publications.
Aletheia has exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery, The Royal Shakespeare Company (London), The National Geographic Society (London) and the Australian Centre for Photography. She was named a winner of The Magenta Foundation Flash Forward Emerging Photographer Award for the UK in 2012 and 2015, a finalist for the National Photographic Portrait Prize and Bronze and Silver winner in the Documentary category of the PX3 Awards in France. Aletheia has twice been named a finalist for the Environmental Photographer of the Year Award.
Aletheia recently completed her Masters of Photojournalism and Documentary Photography through the London College of Communication and graduated with Distinction
Leah Creighton is the Journalism Internship Coordinator. She is a journalist with 15 years’ experience, working at The Australian, and The Daily and Sunday Telegraphs. An online news specialist, she was the editor of The Sunday Telegraph Online for five years and the author of the Telegraph’s first news blog. Leah is a hard-news journalist who honed her skills as a beat reporter for many years at The Sunday Telegraph. An Irish literature prize-winner from the University of NSW, she runs a freelance writing and editing business, Writin’ Creighton and tutors in English language, grammar and shorthand.
Antoinette Lattouf teaches the Investigative Journalism unit. Antoinette is a cross-platform journalist with more than 12 years’ experience. Her career spans television, radio and online. Antoinette is a multi-award-winning journalist and a Walkley finalist, and has worked on a range of programs at the ABC, SBS, Channel 10 and triple j. She was part of the team that helped launch ABC’s News24, has worked as a columnist and a breakfast television panellist.