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In a world driven by media, journalists play an increasingly important role in informing communities about global affairs, politics and government, crime and policing, business and finance, trade and economics, as well as education, health, entertainment, and culture. Journalism is also often called ‘the front line of history’ because journalists write stories about the world around them and these become part of the historical record.

At UniSQ, Journalism students have a choice of two majors which will help them determine what type of career they wish to have. 

The Journalism Studies major provides students with the opportunity to develop writing, communication and research skills across a range of industries, and is particularly attractive to students who wish to become researchers and scholars of journalism, educators, or media commentators. Journalism Studies students often combine their majors with other areas such as History, English Literature, International Relations, Creative Writing, or Legal Studies.

In contrast, the Journalism Extended major is for students who wish to become a journalist and build a career as a reporter, feature writer, digital content creator, editorial designer, or editor. The Journalism major provides students with flexible and highly transferable skills and knowledge to interview sources, and to research, investigate, report, write, edit, design and produce journalistic content. Through practical learning activities and assessment, you will gain experience in being a journalist for a variety of platforms including social media, online news, magazines, and newspapers.Journalism students often combine their studies with other areas such as International Relations, Legal Studies, Criminology, History, Social Justice, Politics, Economics, Marketing, Photography, Public Relations, and Advertising.

Explore UniSQ's Journalism degrees

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Media & Communication
Practical placements allowed Emma Rae to gain hands-on experience in the journalism industry. Receiving a placement with Channel 7 as part of her degree, she learned to adapt to the fast-pace journalistic environment.
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Why study a journalism degree?
If you’re passionate about global affairs, politics, crime, trade, education, health, and pop culture, a journalism degree will qualify you to seek a career in the front lines of history. Whether writing for an esteemed newspaper or magazine or creating online content for a podcast or social media, a journalism degree at UniSQ will teach you the relevant industrial skills you’ll need to excel in your future career.
How long is a journalism degree?
The duration of your degree may vary depending on the education provider you choose. A standard bachelor’s degree in journalism, such as a Bachelor of Communication and Media (Journalism), will take three years of full-time study. Other degrees, such as a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws with focused majors, will take five years of full-time study.  Some students choose to study part-time which increases the amount of time it takes to completed the required courses.
What are my career prospects with a journalism degree?

By choosing to study journalism in Australia with UniSQ, you’ll be studying at a uni renowned for its quality of teaching and student support. Whether you are fresh out of high school or seeking a career change in journalism, UniSQ has a range of on-campus and online degrees available in media and communication to suit your needs. By undertaking journalism studies, you’ll be taking the important first step to a career in a variety of exciting roles, including:

  • Educator
  • Media commentator
  • News reporter
  • Researcher/scholar.

Studying a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Journalism Studies is an excellent opportunity to extend your studies into a fourth year and complete a dissertation under the supervision of staff with industry experience to enhance your understanding of production processes in print, broadcast and digital media. 

Take your studies further with a Journalism major to build your career as a:

  • Reporter
  • Feature writer
  • Digital content creator
  • Editorial designer
  • Editor.

Our flexible study options make managing your studies with other commitments easier, making studying for your dream job accessible for everyone. 

Why study journalism with UniSQ?

By studying journalism at UniSQ, you’ll gain the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed in your chosen profession and reach your career goals. Learn hands-on skills in placement opportunities to thrive in a fast-paced work environment. Our lecturers have years of relevant real world experience combined with the university’s industry-leading facilities and insightful learning programs ensure your academic and professional growth and success.  

Choose from a part-time/full-time journalism degree online, on campus, or pathway program if you have VET or TAFE qualifications. Regardless of how you choose to study at UniSQ, you'll experience the same level of support and opportunity to connect with others.

  • Broaden your education and develop interdisciplinary skills with a Bachelor of Arts double degree.
  • UniSQ is rated 5/5 stars for graduate starting salary for communications students (Good Universities Guide 2024).

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