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.

CRICOS CODE 056025F

Course Features

  • Full Time
    1 Year
  • Part Time
    2 Years
  • 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
  Per Unit 2016* Per Unit 2017+
Diploma of Journalism $2,300 $27,600 $2,800 $33,600
  Per Unit 2016* Per Unit 2017+
Bachelor of Journalism $2,750 $66,600 $2,800 $68,400
  • *Total course fee for students commencing in 2016, degree fees increase by the CPI in year 2
  • +Total course fee for students commencing in 2017, degree fees increase by the CPI in year 2

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS­­­
  Per Unit 2016* Per Unit 2017+
Diploma of Journalism $3,300 $39,600 $3,360 $40,320
  Per Unit 2016* Per Unit 2017+
Bachelor of Journalism $3,330 $79,920 $3,360 $80,640
  • *Total course fee for students commencing in 2016
  • +Total course fee for students commencing in 2017
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 the Head of Journalism faculty and teaches the International Reporting, Professional News Practice and Globalisation units. She has been a journalist for more than 30 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 writes for SBS and ABC The Drum whilst MC’ing and facilitating corporate conferences.

Tania Sheward

Tania Sheward

MELBOURNE

Tania Sheward teaches Video Journalism and MOJO units and supervises the Melbourne Macleay TV site.  She is a Broadcast Journalist with over a decade of experience of live news production, mainly at the BBC. Tania has worked in TV, Radio and Online – and all three at once – as the Multi-Platform Producer for BBC Panorama, the longest running investigative TV news program in the world. Her career highlights include supervising the live TV coverage from the London Olympics and interviewing famous Olympians. Currently, she’s a freelance Multimedia Producer and Director.

Morganna Magee

Morganna Magee

MELBOURNE

Morganna teaches News PhotographyMultimedia Project and the elective Photojournalism. She is an Australian social documentary photographer based in Melbourne and she firmly believes that everyone has a story worth telling. Morganna’s images have appeared in The New York TimesThe AgeThe Herald SunThe Big IssueThe Weekend Australian magazine, Art and Australia magazine, Wooden Toy Quarterly, Lostateminor, and Black and White Magazine. She has photographed major commissions for Wintringham Specialist aged care, the shire of Murrundindi , the Mission for Seafarers and Ronald McDonald House among others and has been a member of the Many Australian Photographers (MAP) group since 2009.

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.

Paul Bibby

Paul Bibby

MELBOURNE

Paul Bibby teaches Media Law and Practice and has covered some of the biggest stories of the past decade as a Journalist with The Sydney Morning Herald, from the fall of Prime Ministers to the rise of social media and the challenges of climate change. He spent four years as the Herald’s Court Reporter winning the Kennedy Award for Court Reporting in 2012 and the Sir Owen Dixon Chambers Award for law reporting in 2015. He also won the Kennedy Award for Online News Breaking in 2012. Paul is now plying his trade as a freelance writer, digital storyteller and teacher. He has a passion for social justice and a keen interest in the justice system and the way it is reporter by the media. Follow him on Twitter – @PaulEBibby – if you’d like to know more!

Penny Kirtley

Penny Kirtley

Penny Kirtley teaches T Line Shorthand, a way for journalists to take fast, accurate notes of an interview or court case, to both Macleay student journalists and reporters from News Ltd, Australia’s largest media company. Before moving to Sydney to teach at Macleay College, Penny previously ran the Bachelor of Arts journalism shorthand course at the University of Arts London.

Leah Creigthon

Leah Creighton

SYDNEY

Leah Creighton is the Journalism Internship Coordinator at Macleay College. She is a journalist of 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 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.

Michelle Stephenson

Michelle Stephenson

SYDNEY

Michelle Stephenson teaches the Radio Journalism unit in Sydney. She is National News Director for NOVA and Smooth FM and a highly regarded news reader and social commentator who also produces for Sky News. Michelle has been active in the Australian and International media scene for more than 10 years and can currently be heard on Nova 96.9 reading your news. After spending 10 years working in Television overseas, Michelle returned to complete a Degree in Politics and her Masters in Journalism. She has done many a morning TV show appearance and MC gig, while her new love is her weekly podcast called ‘The Wrap’ which she co-hosts.

Mark Mulligan

Mark Mulligan

SYDNEY

Mark Mulligan teaches the Reporting Government and Institutions and News Research and Data Journalism units. Mark was previously a media advisor to senior ministers in the last Labour government in Canberra and a former foreign correspondent for The Financial Times in London, Madrid and Latin America.