DIPLOMA OF JOURNALISM

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Our Diploma of Journalism is designed to prepare you for the media world by putting you to work as a real reporter from the first day of your journalism course.

Taught by working journalists, you will be given in-depth and practical journalism training and learn the basics of news research and what makes a great story, as well as the essential skills to become a specialist writer or a foreign correspondent. No other writing courses give such an awesome insight into what it’s really like to be a professional journalist in Australia and around the world.

You will also gain a solid foundation in video, mobile phone (MOJO) and radio journalism. Learn camera work plus news production skills that help you find your professional voice. It’s the best way to get ready for a career in journalism, in only 12 months.

Graduates of the Diploma of Journalism can then articualte into the Bachelor of Journalism at Macleay College if they have passed all subjects in the Diploma of Journalism.

CRICOS CODE 056025F

Course Features

  • Full Time
    1 Year
  • Part Time
    2 Years
  • International
    1 Year
  • Units
    12
  • Internship
    40 HRS
  • Campus
    MelbourneSydney
  • ATAR
    N/A
  • Fee Help
    yes
  • IELTS
    6.5
  • Evening Classes
    yes
TRIMESTER 1
Media History and the Ethics of News
This 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 news writing ability.
Foundations of News
This unit teaches students 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 Journalism
Data 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.
Shorthand
This 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.

 

TRIMESTER 2
Media Law and Practice
Students 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.
Video and Digital Journalism: from Camera to Broadcast
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 Writing
This 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.
Radio Journalism
This 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.

 

TRIMESTER 3
Reporting on Government and Institutions
This 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.
MOJO (Mobile Journalism)
This unit prepares students with the technical and aesthetic principles of Mobile Journalism (MOJO). MOJO expands on the knowledge storytelling skills learned in the Video & Digital Journalism unit to provide a deeper understanding of the technical aspects in shooting video and radio using mobile technology such as practical shooting, pre and post production, asset management, ingestion, transcoding, visual and audio narrative, editing and digital publishing.
Internship
The Internship unit is designed to impart an understanding of the culture of media organisations, and the opportunity to further develop their practical skills and nurture professional relationships through an internship placement. Students will develop job-seeking skills, industry awareness and professional experience through a series of discussions, project work and the internship placement.
ELECTIVES
Students choose one of the electives listed:
Sports Journalism
Learn 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 Writing
Learn 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 Journalism
Learn 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 Travel
Learn 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 such as health, fitness, travel and other topics.
Investigative Reporting
Learn 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 Journalism
You 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.
Photojournalism
Learn 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.

DOMESTIC STUDENTS

2017

2018

Per Unit

Annual Per Unit

Annual

$2,800

$33,600 $2,900

$34,800

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

2017

2018

Per Unit

Annual Per Unit

Annual

$3,360 $40,320 $3,360

$40,320

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!
Monica Attard

Monica Attard

SYDNEY

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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Colin McKinnon

MELBOURNE

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 AgeThe Sydney Morning Herald and The Australian Financial Review.

Stacey Murray

Stacey Murray

Melbourne

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

Terry Brown

MELBOURNE

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.

Wendy Squires

Wendy Squires

Melbourne

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

Tony Kleu

SYDNEY

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.

Matt Smithson

Matt Smithson

Melbourne

Matt Smithson teaches the Radio Journalism unit. He is the Breakfast Newsreader and News Editor for Nova 100 and a reporter with Nine News Melbourne. Matt has worked in radio since 2007, first as a journalist and newsreader with FIVEaa in Adelaide, before jumping into FM and taking up the critical breakfast shift in Melbourne. In demand as a TV reporter and producer, Matt also works as a journalist with Nine News.

Aletheia Casey

Aletheia Casey

SYDNEY

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 Creigthon

Leah Creighton

SYDNEY

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

Antoinette Lattouf

SYDNEY

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.