Journalism

Discipline

Build your knowledge and practical skill set in communication and media with one of the most respected courses in the industry. Learn how to identify, research, plan and produce newsworthy stories suitable for print, broadcast and online media.

Get work-ready

Get hands-on learning experience and be taught by our expert team of journalism and media practitioners who have extensive experience across all the key media platforms. You'll learn how to identify, research, plan and produce newsworthy stories. Final-year students take part in a program of intensive news production in a digital newsroom, graduating with the ability to create and edit word, sound and vision to craft stories, news and features for print, online, radio, television or multimedia newsrooms.

Undergraduate

Undergraduate (your first degree)

An undergraduate degree is generally completed between two to four years, depending on the pattern of study and any recognition of prior learning you may have. Associate degrees, bachelor and bachelor with honours are all undergraduate degrees.

Postgraduate

Postgraduate (further study)

A postgraduate qualification can be undertaken by students who have already completed an undergraduate degree or possess significant, demonstrable work experience. Postgraduate courses include graduate certificates, graduate diplomas, master’s and PhDs, as well as specialist programs for industry professionals.

I undertook an internship at the Colac Herald while completing my third year. An internship in the newsroom allowed me to implement the practical skills I learnt at university, giving me the confidence that I had chosen the right career.

Olivia Reed

Bachelor of Communication (Journalism) graduate | Journalist, Geelong Advertiser

Career opportunities

Job prospects for communication graduates in Australia are extremely promising, with a range of career options and growth in multiple sectors. Internet publishing and broadcasting is set to grow by 20.9%* over the next five years to May 2023.

As a graduate, you’ll be equipped with the skills and knowledge to work effectively in contemporary digital newsrooms. If you have a way with words and getting to the heart of a matter, a career in journalism could lead nearly anywhere. Some specialities include:

  • broadcast journalist
  • commissioning editor
  • editorial assistant
  • freelance journalist
  • magazine journalist
  • media policy writer
  • newspaper journalist
  • political speech writer
  • press photographer
  • press sub-editor
  • publishing copy-editor/proofreader.

A new home for new media

Melbourne Burwood Campus is host to an industry-standard newsroom and creative media labs. Communication and creative arts students can learn and refine their skills in an authentic media environment.

Gain industry experience

Our partnerships with national media outlets mean you can intern with a major newspaper, radio station or television network in your final year. You’ll be able to see your work published or gain first-hand broadcasting experience. Our students often secure employment as a direct result of their work and ability to collaborate across various discipline areas.

Latest articles

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Research with us

If you’ve got an insight that the news and media industry could benefit from, take on an ambitious higher degree by research and become an expert in your field.

Recent Deakin research

Journalism ethics and law: stories of media practice

Janine Little presents a combined ethics and law experience for journalism students and uses stories and case studies to highlight the most significant questions for the practice of law and ethics today.

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Discover journalism at Deakin

Deakin Webinar Series: How to kickstart a career in communications

Trying to break into the fast-paced and constantly evolving word of communications can be overwhelming. Hear about our course options the units on offer, work integrated learning options and internships available to you.

Gain industry experience with an internship

Students and lecturers talk about internships in journalism and communication.

Deakin Live broadcast: Liam

Bachelor of Arts (Journalism and Public Relations) student, Liam, talks about his internship experience working courtside for the Deakin Live broadcast.

*Australian Government Department of Jobs and Small Business, 2018 Employment Projections – for the five years to May 2023.

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