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Diploma of Journalism

Real Training, Real Stories

The Newsroom is produced and published by the students of Macleay College as part of their Journalism studies.

Australia takes control of first Trans-Tasman Test

By: Andrew Cullen
February 12
Australia holds a commanding position heading into day two of the first test in the Trans-Tasman Trophy at Wellington. Australian captain Steve Smith’s decision to bowl first on a green pitch at Basin Reserve was quickly justified after Australia ploughed through the New Zealand top order in the first hour of the morning session. Josh… Read More

Proof that good books do still exist

By: Jessica Holmes
February 12
This is the book that Lena Dunham just can’t get enough of. The Life and Death of Sophie of Sophie Stark by Anna North has been praised by Girls star and writer Lena Dunham as “… perceptive, subtle, funny and lingers in unexpected ways. The analysis of a woman who puts her art above all else is equal parts… Read More

Intern of the week: Zena Chamas

ZenaChamas_internship

Read about Diploma of Journalism student Zena and her experience interning at the ABC in Melbourne. Read More

Intern of the week: Jesse Mullens

Jesse Mullens

Imagine writing match reports for NSW Rugby league! That's what journalism student Jesse has been doing as his internship. Read his story here. Read More

  • Overview

    Start working in journalism after 12 months of study in Melbourne or Sydney

    Journalism is a career for life that can take you around the world working in some exciting roles. But the real scoop is that Macleay can help you get there in just 12 months from now. Study a Diploma of Journalism at Macleay and become a journalist sooner with our fast-tracked, practical journalism course.

    Career paths include:

    • Newspaper Journalist
    • Magazine Editor
    • Sports Journalist
    • Political Reporter
    • Fashion Writer
    • TV, Radio or Online Producer

    What you will learn in our Diploma of Journalism

    The Diploma of Journalism at the Sydney or Melbourne campus, is specifically designed to prepare you for the media world by putting you to work as an actual newspaper journalist in Sydney or Melbourne from the first day of your journalism course.

    You will develop your skills by working in The Newsroom, the fully equipped and broadcast-ready news outlet of our journalism college that will expose you to the essential procedures and fast-paced energy of newsrooms worldwide.

    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 in Sydney give such an awesome insight into what it’s really like to be a professional journalist in Sydney and around the world.

    You will also gain a solid foundation in video journalism including camera work and news production, as well as radio journalism skills and classes that help you find your professional voice. It’s the most comprehensive way to become job-ready for journalism within just one year and it’s all right here at Macleay. There is also an opportunity to articulate into the Bachelor of Journalism degree dependent on performance.

    Get real-world experience

    During the final trimester you will gain hands-on work experience and make invaluable professional contacts by taking part in our internship placement program – taking you one step closer to a great job before you’ve even graduated.Whether you study the Diploma of Journalism in Sydney or the Diploma of Journalism at the Melbourne campus, you’ll be able to take advantage of an outstanding work experience opportunity.

    Wondering how to get into journalism? This is the most comprehensive way to become job-ready for journalism within just one year and it’s all right here at Macleay.

  • Details

    Course Code DipJourn
    Course Duration 1 year Full-Time – equates to 3 days per week at Macleay College, 12 to 16 hours face to face with your teachers. 4 units per trimester.2 years Part-Time – equates to 1-2 days per week at Macleay College, 6 to 12 hours face to face with your teachers. 2-3 units per trimester.
    Location Sydney Campus or Melbourne Campus
    2016 Start Dates Feb 8, May 30, Sept 19
    University Pathways Macleay College – Bachelor of Journalism
    Diploma of Journalism graduates can articulate into the Bachelor of Journalism degree dependent on results. The degree is a fast tracked degree that can be completed in just 2 years of study.

    Unit Descriptions

    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.
  • Course Fees

    Macleay College’s Diploma of Journalism is run over 12 months (three trimesters). Fees are charged on a per unit basis and there are 12 units to be completed in the diploma course. The 2015 tuition fee per unit is $2,200 and the 2016 tuition fee is $2300. For a full breakdown on course fees please click here.

    The fees for this course can be paid in three different ways:

    1. FEE-HELP

    Macleay College is an approved higher education provider for FEE-HELP, the government loan scheme that assists eligible students to pay their tuition fees. To be eligible for FEE-HELP, you must:

    • be an Australian Citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa with approved residency for the duration of the course;
    • submit a completed Request for FEE-HELP Assistance Form;
    • not have already exceeded the FEE-HELP limit of $93,204 through previous study.

    2. Full Upfront Payments

    Full fee-paying students can pay upfront via Eftpos, Direct Deposit or Credit Card. The payment must be made by the Census Date of any particular trimester.

    3. Partial Upfront Payments

    You are welcome to pay a portion of your fees upfront and defer the remaining amount through FEE-HELP.

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  • Entry Requirements

    At Macleay College we pride ourselves on the welcome, friendly service and the attention given to applicants and students. Our full-time student admissions staff are available to students for consultation on admissions questions including course details, studying and general questions.

    Who is eligible?

    Admission to a Macleay College course is open to:

    • Students currently sitting for or recently completed the Higher School Certificate or equivalent
    • Graduates who want to add a professional qualification to their degree
    • Individuals looking for a change or re-orientation to their career

    Make a booking with a consultant to discuss your options.

    Book a consultation Ask a question

  • Course Guide

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Overview
Details
Course Fees
Entry Requirements
Course Guide

Start working in journalism after 12 months of study in Melbourne or Sydney

Journalism is a career for life that can take you around the world working in some exciting roles. But the real scoop is that Macleay can help you get there in just 12 months from now. Study a Diploma of Journalism at Macleay and become a journalist sooner with our fast-tracked, practical journalism course.

Career paths include:

  • Newspaper Journalist
  • Magazine Editor
  • Sports Journalist
  • Political Reporter
  • Fashion Writer
  • TV, Radio or Online Producer

What you will learn in our Diploma of Journalism

The Diploma of Journalism at the Sydney or Melbourne campus, is specifically designed to prepare you for the media world by putting you to work as an actual newspaper journalist in Sydney or Melbourne from the first day of your journalism course.

You will develop your skills by working in The Newsroom, the fully equipped and broadcast-ready news outlet of our journalism college that will expose you to the essential procedures and fast-paced energy of newsrooms worldwide.

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 in Sydney give such an awesome insight into what it’s really like to be a professional journalist in Sydney and around the world.

You will also gain a solid foundation in video journalism including camera work and news production, as well as radio journalism skills and classes that help you find your professional voice. It’s the most comprehensive way to become job-ready for journalism within just one year and it’s all right here at Macleay. There is also an opportunity to articulate into the Bachelor of Journalism degree dependent on performance.

Get real-world experience

During the final trimester you will gain hands-on work experience and make invaluable professional contacts by taking part in our internship placement program – taking you one step closer to a great job before you’ve even graduated.Whether you study the Diploma of Journalism in Sydney or the Diploma of Journalism at the Melbourne campus, you’ll be able to take advantage of an outstanding work experience opportunity.

Wondering how to get into journalism? This is the most comprehensive way to become job-ready for journalism within just one year and it’s all right here at Macleay.

Course Code DipJourn
Course Duration 1 year Full-Time – equates to 3 days per week at Macleay College, 12 to 16 hours face to face with your teachers. 4 units per trimester.2 years Part-Time – equates to 1-2 days per week at Macleay College, 6 to 12 hours face to face with your teachers. 2-3 units per trimester.
Location Sydney Campus or Melbourne Campus
2016 Start Dates Feb 8, May 30, Sept 19
University Pathways Macleay College – Bachelor of Journalism
Diploma of Journalism graduates can articulate into the Bachelor of Journalism degree dependent on results. The degree is a fast tracked degree that can be completed in just 2 years of study.

Unit Descriptions

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.

Macleay College’s Diploma of Journalism is run over 12 months (three trimesters). Fees are charged on a per unit basis and there are 12 units to be completed in the diploma course. The 2015 tuition fee per unit is $2,200 and the 2016 tuition fee is $2300. For a full breakdown on course fees please click here.

The fees for this course can be paid in three different ways:

1. FEE-HELP

Macleay College is an approved higher education provider for FEE-HELP, the government loan scheme that assists eligible students to pay their tuition fees. To be eligible for FEE-HELP, you must:

• be an Australian Citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa with approved residency for the duration of the course;
• submit a completed Request for FEE-HELP Assistance Form;
• not have already exceeded the FEE-HELP limit of $93,204 through previous study.

2. Full Upfront Payments

Full fee-paying students can pay upfront via Eftpos, Direct Deposit or Credit Card. The payment must be made by the Census Date of any particular trimester.

3. Partial Upfront Payments

You are welcome to pay a portion of your fees upfront and defer the remaining amount through FEE-HELP.

Downloads

At Macleay College we pride ourselves on the welcome, friendly service and the attention given to applicants and students. Our full-time student admissions staff are available to students for consultation on admissions questions including course details, studying and general questions.

Who is eligible?

Admission to a Macleay College course is open to:

  • Students currently sitting for or recently completed the Higher School Certificate or equivalent
  • Graduates who want to add a professional qualification to their degree
  • Individuals looking for a change or re-orientation to their career

Make a booking with a consultant to discuss your options.

Book a consultation Ask a question

Please complete the form below to gain access to the Macleay College Course Guides.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Macleay Course Guide
Please download your PDF file below.

Download the Course Guide

The Newsroom is produced and published by the students of Macleay College as part of their Journalism studies.

Australia takes control of first Trans-Tasman Test

By: Andrew Cullen
February 12
Australia holds a commanding position heading into day two of the first test in the Trans-Tasman Trophy at Wellington. Australian captain Steve Smith’s decision to bowl first on a green pitch at Basin Reserve was quickly justified after Australia ploughed through the New Zealand top order in the first hour of the morning session. Josh… Read More

Proof that good books do still exist

By: Jessica Holmes
February 12
This is the book that Lena Dunham just can’t get enough of. The Life and Death of Sophie of Sophie Stark by Anna North has been praised by Girls star and writer Lena Dunham as “… perceptive, subtle, funny and lingers in unexpected ways. The analysis of a woman who puts her art above all else is equal parts… Read More

Intern of the week: Zena Chamas

ZenaChamas_internship

Read about Diploma of Journalism student Zena and her experience interning at the ABC in Melbourne. Read More

Intern of the week: Jesse Mullens

Jesse Mullens

Imagine writing match reports for NSW Rugby league! That's what journalism student Jesse has been doing as his internship. Read his story here. Read More