Journalism Degree Courses

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Journalism today revolves around digital communication, making it a natural fit with online study.

Australian universities offer fully online degrees in journalism, usually in the form of a major in arts or communications.

  • Distance education courses develop reporting, editing and production skills in print, radio, television and online formats.
  • They prepare you for diverse roles using current media technologies to communicate to large audiences.

Journalism graduates work in reporting industries and as communication experts in business and government.

From broadcast news reporting to independent online commentary; from freelance documentaries to sophisticated data analysis and interpretation; from live field reporting to reflective long-form story-telling... Today’s journalists need to be skilled communicators who can work across platforms.

~ Murdoch

Why Study Journalism?

Studying journalism gives you analytical and communication skills of value in many different fields.

Journalism is a versatile discipline. A degree in journalism prepares you for the modern workforce, where being able to communicate well and adapt to changing job demands are essential.

The core skills of journalism are to research insightfully, question artfully, and write cleanly and crisply so everyone understands you. Journalism graduates use these skills even if they do not work as a traditional newspaper, TV or radio reporter. With an online degree in journalism, you might be employed as an

  • editor of books, magazines, newsletters and brochures
  • document writer, producing industry reports, grant applications, etc
  • copyrighter who crafts persuasive ads for different media
  • PR expert working in branding, corporate communication and social media
  • content producer for websites.

Study Journalism Online

You can study journalism online as a major in a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Communications degree. Masters and other postgraduate courses in journalism are also offered online.

As an online journalism student, you have plenty of choice about what you study. Good online arts and communications universities offer a wide selection of subjects.

  • Undergraduate students need to complete a minimum number of units from the journalism stream to qualify for a major in journalism.
  • Normally, you don’t have to commit to a journalism major until the 2nd year of the degree.
  • You can specialise through your choice of journalism subjects (e.g. by focusing on writing or digital media) and by choosing other arts and communication units that match your interests and goals.

The online world provides a wonderful new platform for journalism, bringing the reader inside the tent and, to the dismay of old-school media barons, removing the power of the gatekeepers to use (and abuse) their media to influence society.

~ Eric Beecher

Best Bachelor Degrees

The best online bachelor degrees in journalism are available from Australian universities which excel in arts and communications.

Studying with a strong online arts university gives you choice and allows you to complete a degree fully online if you wish.

  • The best degrees give flexibility to study journalism topics of interest to you.
  • Online students can access a wide range of writing and media units.

You also have the opportunity to specialise in particular fields within journalism (such as writing and publishing, or video-based journalism) or choose a more general study program.

Online journalism student.

UNE journalism degrees

The University of New England offers a number of journalism-related degrees. You can study for a Bachelor of Media and Communications (with a major in Media & Culture, or Writing & Publishing) or a Bachelor of Arts (majoring in Writing, or Screen & Media). UNE also has a Bachelor of Arts (Writing) online course.

USQ BComn(Journalism)

The University of Southern Queensland’s courses in communications media and journalism are highly rated by graduates. There is a broad program for journalism students. Available degrees include BComn (Journalism), Bachelor of Arts (Journalism) and Bachelor of Creative Arts (Film, Television and Radio). Students are encouraged to do an internship in a print, television, radio or online newsroom.

Western Sydney BComn(Journalism)

Western Sydney University offers a Bachelor of Communication degree that has been designed for distance education students. There is a single curriculum for the 1st year before students specialise in 1 of 3 majors: Journalism, Advertising or Public Relations. Students have the opportunity to do digital productions and participate in work placements.

Top Masters Courses

Studying online for a masters degree in journalism is a way of gaining a professional qualification and/or furthering your journalistic skills.

  • Some of Australia’s top distance education universities have strong programs at the masters level, with many journalism and related units to choose from.
  • Courses typically take 1.5 years if studied full time and have dissertation (non-coursework) elements.

We’ve had students go into jobs where they’ve been the innovators because they’ve known the most about technology and multimedia skills; they’ve helped the organisation do new things.

~ Sue Wallace

CSU MComn (Journalism)

Charles Sturt University runs a Master of Communication distance education course in which you can major in Journalism or Organisational Communication. It’s 3 semesters worth of study if you have a relevant undergraduate degree. No previous journalism or media experience is required. Topics include journalism cultures and practice; convergent journalism; and research, writing and reporting.

UNE Master of Arts

The University of New England has a large Master of Arts program in which you can major in fields such as English; Writing; and Media and Communications. The breadth of subjects allows you to acquire knowledge of topics you might be writing about in the future, such as politics, foreign cultures, the environment, and government policy.

USQ Master of Arts

Professional or prospective journalists can gain job-relevant skills by studying for a Master of Arts (Humanities and Communication) by distance education with the University of Southern Queensland. The affordable and highly rated course allows you to study topics such as advanced writing, analytical and opinion writing, international relations, Australia and Asia, and specialised reporting. Students can elect to study online or on campus.

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