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Journalism courses

Use the power of words to tell stories of people, places, politics and more. 

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. 


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. 
Emma - Studied a Bachelor of Communication with Griffith University, through Open Universities Australia.

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Undergraduate GRF-COM-DEG-2022

Bachelor of Communication

Available majors

  • Major in Journalism
  • Major in Public Relations
  • Major in Business Communication
  • Major in Creative Writing
  • Major in Screen Studies

Undergraduate GRF-ART-DEG-2022

Bachelor of Arts

Available majors

  • Major in Art History
  • Major in Creative Writing
  • Major in Criminal Justice
  • Major in History
  • Major in Journalism
  • Major in Literature
  • Major in Media Studies
  • Major in Public Relations
  • Major in Screen Culture
  • Major in Sociology

Student stories and study advice

Is a journalism course still relevant today?

While journalists no longer sit by a typewriter, journalism skills are still needed today. The mediums journalists use to tell stories have changed, but the role of using communication to inspire, inform and entertain remains.

While print publications have less full-time staff than in previous decades, the rise of online content has created more digital opportunities for professional communicators than ever before.  In other words, study a journalism course online, and you’ll have plenty of opportunities. 

Journalism career opportunities

Study a journalism degree and you could find work as a:

  • Journalist
    Use skills from your journalism degree to produce stories for websites, magazines, newspapers, TV and radio. Report on recent events, politics, lifestyle news and more.
  • Book editor
    A degree in journalism gives you advanced skills in grammar and vocabulary. These are incredibly useful for publishing houses. 
  • Public relations professional
    Use your knowledge of journalism to represent and control the public image of companies and people.
  • Copywriter
    See your writing up in lights in advertisements and on websites. Get creative by crafting billboards, television commercial scripts, radio ads and more. 
  • Social media manager
    A degree in journalism will hone your knowledge of online platforms. Many organisations need people with these skills to manage and run their company profiles. 

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