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Introduction to Journalism

Journalists are so much more than people who write articles. They’re the fabric of our society – holding a crucial role that tells stories of the every-man, holds those in power accountable and uncovers the deep dark secrets of society. 

With words as their superpower, journalists investigate the unknown and share their findings with the general population – ensuring that our fathers, brothers, mothers, sisters and friends are informed about the issues taking place in society today.

Study a degree in journalism, and you’ll join a league of individuals committed to communication. 

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Curtin University


Travel Writing

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No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 26 Feb 2024, 26 Aug 2024

Enrolments open until 29 Feb

La Trobe University


Writing for Media

100% online

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 04 Mar 2024

Griffith University

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No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 04 Mar 2024, 04 Nov 2024

Enrolments open until 29 Feb

University of South Australia


Advanced News Writing

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No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 24 Jun 2024

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Griffith University


Bachelor of Arts

Innovators, communicators and creators start here!

Develop critical thinking, writing, and research skills in demand across all industries. You can follow your passion with majors and electives that interest you. Develop connections through peer learning, networking, and work experience.

100% online

3 years full time or part time equivalent

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Available majors

  • Art History,  
  • Creative Writing,  
  • Criminal Justice,  
  • History,  
  • Journalism,  
  • Literature,  
  • Public Relations,  
  • Screen and Media Studies,  
  • Sociology,  
University of Southern Queensland
University of South Australia


Bachelor of Journalism

Build a career in the rapidly changing world of news

Prepare for your career as a journalist, content creator or communications specialist. You’ll combine core journalism principles with essential technical and creative skills. Become equipped to work across contemporary news media.

100% online

3 years full time or part time equivalent

University of the Sunshine Coast

The business world values engaging communicators

Combine broad business knowledge with a comms specialisation. You’ll study business fundamentals then add communication theory. Media skills—including video, writing, and socials—are need in almost all sectors. Gain the competitive edge.

100% online

4 years full time or part time equivalent

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What will I learn in a journalism degree?

Study a journalism course online, and you’ll learn:

  • How to identify what’s “newsworthy” and what's not: Gain a sense of what's worth reporting on. You'll develop a nose for news through consuming journalism in preparation for creating your own.
  • How to research and plan news stories: Understand what happens behind the scenes of a story. Learn what it takes to find information and structure your piece.
  • Techniques for interviewing subjects and telling their stories: Getting information from people takes a lot more than asking a question. Discover how to build trust with those you report on.
  • Skills to create stories in print, broadcast and online media: From using online publishing systems, to creating sound files, you'll learn it all.
  • The power, and danger, of social media in journalism: Social media has created a new era of news. Discover how you can harness it for to deliver trusted information.

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We spoke to The Sydney Morning Herald journalist Nigel Gladstone on what it means to uncover major news stories as an investigative journalist in Australia. 

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