To help students who are struggling to make ends meet, Jschool will provide essential textbooks to all students enrolled in the Diploma of Journalism. In addition, most reading requirements can be met through free online resources. Jschool students who have previously studied university subjects say it is a welcome change not to have to buy books, after spending hundreds of dollars each semester on expensive texts while at uni.
Jschool staff are popping champagne corks at news of our first semester online student survey, showing top levels of satisfaction among Jschool students. Jschool director John Henningham said the results gave much encouragement to staff, and incentives to improve further. See survey summary.
Jschool's Diploma of Journalism may now be studied online anywhere in the world. Fee-help loans are available for Australian citizens. Part-time entry study is offered in addition to full-time enrolment, with the full-time diploma taking one year.
Planned deregulation of public university fees announced in the federal budget is tipped to lead to a doubling of fees in uni communication courses, including journalism: Article link
It is predicted that university communication fees will rise to $37,000 SMH Article
Jschool's fees for the Diploma of Journalism will not be affected.
Sad to see the once great journalism course at the University of Queensland facing closure: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-06-02/uq-considers-dumping-journalism/5492470
UQ's problems began when, in the face of industry advice, it abandoned its stand-alone Department of Journalism and amalgamated journalism with communication theory and PR, losing senior teaching staff, industry respect and student enrolments: http://www.jschool.com.au/acboard.php.
One bright spot in the federal budget for vocational students doing diplomas is dropping of the 20% loan fee added to FEE-HELP loans by the government. FEE-HELP students at independent colleges - including Jschool - will now be treated in the same way as HECS students, with no loan fee. (The loan fee for private universities like Bond is currently 25% but will also be dropped.)
Jschool's Diploma of Journalism is now open to mid-year entries. Students will be able to study journalism online ( part-time or full-time ) for the one-year diploma course. To inquire, email [email protected] or apply online
Jschool graduate Aba Saad has done us proud by winning Fairfax Regional Media's Cadet of the Year award. Well done Aba! .
Jschool's political junkies spent half a day at Queensland's Parliament House, learning about history and current practices from the splendid Education & Liaison team.
Jschool is running an online course from 2013, designed for external students anywhere in Australia (or the world). Contact us for more details.
At Jschool we're looking at running an external Diploma of Journalism course from next year, for people from other parts of Australia (or overseas) who can't relocate to Brisbane. Let us know if you're interested in studying with us online in 2013. [email protected]
Distinguished Australian political journalist Laurie Oakes, political editor of National Nine news, received an honorary doctorate from Jschool at our recent graduation ceremony. Laurie's inspiring acceptance speech is now on Youtube, at Laurie Oakes address to Jschool graduates.
Jschool is delighted that two of our Class of 2010, John Corlett and Anthony Gough, have been appointed to Queensland Newspapers editorial traineeships, beginning in December 2010. They will work on the Courier-Mail, Sunday Mail and Quest newspapers during these newly-created positions. Well done gentlemen!
Well done Emma McBryde, appointed to the newsroom of Rockhampton's Morning Bulletin. Emma is our first student this year to be employed as a journalist by a daily newspaper. Good on you Emma!
Congratulations to Jschool student John Corlett, who has been named 2010 winner of the Queensland Clarion Awards' Most Outstanding Journalism Student, metropolitan division. The Clarions are the peak awards for journalism in Queensland, and we're very proud that one of our students has won the top prize. Well done also runner-up Anthony Gough. Jschool students Anthony Gough and David Stuart have also been highly commended in the Journalism Education Association's Ossie Awards. Congratulations all round! Clarion winners.
Congratulations to Jschool student Natalie Hart, appointed to a position as a journalist with the Beaudesert Times. Natalie, originally from Invercargill in New Zealand, is our first student this year to gain a full-time position in the newsroom. Well done Natalie!
Congratulations to John Corlett and Anthony Gough, who have been named as finalists in the Queensland Clarion Awards for Most Outstanding Journalism Student, metropolitan division: 2010 finalists announced.
Jschool has launched an online action-packed multimedia newspaper NewsBytes. Check it out: newsbytes.com.au.
For some sound advice about journalism as a career, including endorsement of Jschool's hands-on approach to journalism education by top ABC news producer Ben Hawke, see Elizabeth Allen's CareerOne article How to break into journalism.
Australian students enrolling in Jschool's Diploma of Journalism are now eligible for "study now, pay later" loan support from the Australian Government under the FEE-HELP scheme. For further information, see: VET FEE-HELP - Information for Students. Jschool welcomes the extension of FEE-HELP to the vocational education sector, which enables students to choose on fair and equal terms between different types of education.
Jschool has again scored a 100 percent satisfaction rating from past students: Top journalism schools
Contact us if you are interested in studying Jschool's Diploma of Journalism in Melbourne
Head of the Melbourne-based Asia-Pacific Journalism Centre, John Wallace, has accepted an honorary doctorate of journalism from Jschool, awarded in recognition of his outstanding work in facilitating exchanges between journalists and regional understanding. See Radio Australia's report: Australian journalist honoured for contribution to Asia Pacific.
Our sincere thanks to the many editors who have recently accepted Jschool students as interns, including editors of Brisbane News, Community Newspaper Group (Perth), Express Advocate (NSW Central Coast), Herald Sun (Melbourne), The Independent (Brisbane), Queensland Times (Ipswich), marie-claire (Sydney) and the Sunshine Coast Daily. Our students are grateful for the experience and challenges you have given them. Thanks also to editors and news directors for welcoming our students on site visits this semester, including Australian Associated Press, Radio 4BC, Brisbane Times and the Media Entertainment & Arts Alliance.
Well done Brett Barfoot, our first 2009 student to get a job as a journalist. Brett, who joined us this year from Geelong, has joined the staff of the Naracoorte Herald. We wish good luck to Brett and to his beloved Cats.
A great bunch of new students has joined us for the Diploma of Journalism at Jschool this year. Joining our home-grown Queensland students are journalists of the future from Australian states Western Australia, Victoria (Melbourne and Geelong) and New South Wales, as well as overseas students from Finland, Japan and Nepal. A warm welcome to you all!
Well done Clare Chapman, who's landed a job as a reporter with the Fairfax-owned Taupo Times newspaper in New Zealand after coming to Jschool from Auckland in 2008 for the Diploma of Journalism. Kia ora Clare!
Best wishes to our student from Mumbai, India, Sandhya Shetty, who's gained a newsroom position with the Warwick Daily News. Apna khayal rakhna Sandy (Take care!).
Congratulations to our youngest '08 graduate, Cait Bester, for your new job at the Mackay Daily Mercury. It must be great to be a full-time journalist just a year after finishing Year 12. We're sure you'll make your mark on central Queensland.
Well done our two 2008 Graces who have gone on to further study in media and arts after completing the Diploma of Journalism Grace Naug to La Trobe University in Victoria and Grace Winzar to the University of Sydney.
Suggestions and comments are invited on Jschool's Diploma of Journalism as we prepare for the five-yearly course accreditation process through the Australian Qualifications Framework. Advice from journalists and the public will help us design the best possible teaching program for the next five years. Comments from current and former students are especially welcome. What areas do you think are essential in a vocational journalism course? Please email: [email protected] by 8th December 2008.
Best wishes to 2008 Jschool graduate Luke Buffier, who is joining the staff of Rural Press newspaper the Moree Champion after successful internships with the Queensland Times and the Maitland Mercury. Champion move Luke!
Congratulations to Peter Owen, group executive editor of APN Media, awarded an honorary Doctor of Journalism degree by Jschool in recognition of his considerable contribution to regional journalism and to journalism education and training. See The Australian's Media Diary: Doctorate for Owen.
Congratulations to Jschool graduate (class of 2003) Edmund Tadros who has written a book flowing from a major investigative series he wrote for the Sydney Morning Herald on the murder of pregnant mother Jody Galante. See "Blood, tears & lies" (SMH) and "What the Mother Knew". Edmund has also set up a blog on his journalism.
Rob Lockyear is the first of the Class of 2008 to get a job in journalism. Rob has been appointed a reporter at the Queensland Times following a successful internship with the Ipswich-based daily. By mid-semester 2, 30 per cent of our 2008 students had been offered journalism jobs.
Jschool applauds the courageous stand of Melbourne Herald Sun journalists Michael Harvey and Gerard McManus, who risked jail to uphold the Australian Journalists Association's code of ethics. Jschool has awarded the two reporters honorary doctorates in journalism: Two journalists honoured for integrity.
From Mike Colman's sports column in the Courier-Mail (20 Oct): "Former Queensland Origin and 1979 premiership-winning back Mitch Brennan was known for a bewildering change of direction during his playing days. Obviously nothing has changed. After many years in club administration the two-time Golden Try winner will graduate next week from respected local journalism academy Jschool."
Congratulations to 2007 student Jo Mitchell-Turner who has been named a finalist as Most Outstanding Journalism Student in the Queensland Media Awards. We'll all be cheering for you on the big night Jo!
Jschool is delighted to have again received a 100 percent satisfaction rating from past students: Top journalism schools
Congratulations to 2007 student Joe Flynn, who's been hired by the Bundaberg News-Mail following a successful mid-year internship. Joe's the first of our 2007 Class to get full-time work in journalism. Well done Joe!
And congratulations also to Katrina Belle, who's accepted a cadetship at the Barrier Daily Truth following her internship there. Good on you Katrina!
Congratulations to Jack Hawke on winning one of the foundation journalism cadetships offered by national number 1 website NineMSN. And congratulations also to Andrew MacDonald for being appointed a graduate cadet at the Gold Coast Bulletin. And to Leysha Penfold for scoring a job as a journalist at the Daily Examiner, Grafton her dream location!
ALL Jschool's 2006 Diploma of Journalism students had media jobs by the end of February 2007. Can any other journalism school, college or university in Australia (or the world!) match this record? Well done all our fine students.
The 2007 Diploma of Journalism course has just started, with a diverse and vibrant bunch of students keen on careers in journalism. In addition to our newcomers from Queensland and New South Wales, we're delighted to have welcomed into our course three overseas students from Sweden, Canada and New Zealand. A warm welcome to you ladies!
Congratulations to 2006 graduate, globe-trotter and quiet achiever Merrin Jagtman, who's joining the staff of the Warwick Daily News as a cadet journalist/photo-journalist. Happy snapping Merrin!
Dynamic do-anything '06 grad Leysha Penfold has temporarily given up skydiving and sailing to join the team organising the Dalai Lama's forthcoming visit to Australia. Can you persuade His Holiness to join you on a bungee jump? Good luck and enjoy!
2006 Jschool graduate and Blues-supporter Danni Pomfret has stubbed out her ciggies and hit the highway as part of the support team for Sarah Bishop's two-month 1000km walk from Brisbane to Sydney to raise awareness of global warming (www.onegiantwalk.org). Go Danni!
Best wishes to '06 graduate Andrew MacDonald, who's joining the Gold Coast Bulletin newsroom as an editorial assistant. Congratulations Andrew and happy surfing!
Interviews with three of Jschool's newest graduates went to air nationally in December on ABC Radio National's "Media Report": Listen to a podcast of the program or read the transcript at "Media graduates head into the world".
Jschool rated a top-of-the-page mention in the Courier-Mail's education pages: "Graduates from Brisbane's independent city-based journalism college Jschool are being snapped up by media organisations." (Courier-Mail, "IQ", 25 October 2006, p.20).
Greg Thomson from our Class of 2006 has been appointed to the position of journalist/producer with regional Victoria News service Southern-Cross Ten. Well done Greg and good luck!
Jschool's 2006 graduation received national wire service coverage through Australian Associated Press, appearing in the Breaking News web sites of all major metropolitan and national newspapers. The story quoted honorary Doctor of Journalism recipient Don Gordon-Brown's call for publishers to launch a second daily newspaper in Brisbane: Jschool in the media
Congratulations Jschool student Leysha Penfold, who's been named a finalist as Most Outstanding Journalism Student in the 2006 Queensland Media Awards. Leysha has been an intern newshound at the Sunshine Coast Daily and the Tweed Daily News. It's the fourth year in a row Jschool has been among the finalists for this prestigious award.
The first 2006 Jschool Diploma of Journalism student to get a full-time newsroom job is Zane Jackson, who came to us from the Gold Coast. Terrific news Zane, and very well deserved. Zane is to join the journalism staff of respected Queensland regional daily, the Bundaberg News-Mail. Zane previously had internship experience at the Gold Coast Bulletin and Grafton's Daily Examiner.
The good news rolls in ... Current Jschool student Alexis Terracini is also going to the News-Mail in Bundaberg as a cadet journalist. Good on you Alexis, well done! Alexis has had internship experience at the Northern Star, Lismore.
National daily newspaper The Australian highlights Australia's best journalism schools including Jschool! and interviews their heads-of-school, Jschool's Professor John Henningham and USC's Dr Steve Lamble: Sally Jackson: "What makes a good school of journalism" (21 Sep 2006).
Jschool students recount the travails and triumphs of their journalism course in the Jschool Blog.
National surveys of recent graduates' satisfaction with their journalism degree and diploma courses show very high comparative rankings for Jschool: Top journalism schools
Greg Thomson is the first 2006 Jschool student to find work in the media. Greg, 18, has been appointed a part-time production assistant at Channel 9. The former Padua school captain has been actively involved in community television through Briz31 TV. Congratulations Greg!
Jschool 2005 graduate James O'Loan has been lured further north, to join the staff of the Cairns Post after starting his journalism career at the Mackay Daily Mercury. The Post's staff includes 2002 Jschool grad Stephanie Sager. Hope you both enjoy reporting on Queensland's tropical paradise.
Jschool graduate Jack Hawke confronted a cyclone on his first day at work. Congratulations Jack on the job with the Tully Times and on your comprehensive on-the-spot coverage of the major North Queensland disaster. Read the interview the ABC did with Jack on the Media Report.
Well done 2005 grad Daphne Haneman in finding regular freelance and part-time work in Brisbane including appointment as Australian correspondent for the international magazine Forkliftaction.com. This news gave us a real lift!
Well played award-winning Angela Banbury for winning a job with the St Kilda Football Club in Melbourne. But don't forget you supported the Lions when you were with us in 2005! And meanwhile, Class of 2004 grad Tony Keen has a regular columnist's spot with Western Australian-based Footygoss.com and with his own AFLCentral.com. Great news Tony.
Jschool warmly congratulates the latest of our Class of 2005 to win a job with a daily newspaper. Brisbane student Gabrielle Wheaton starts work as a journalist with the Queensland Times, where she earlier served an internship. Gabrielle also featured in the Courier-Mail's CareerOne pages, in the Student Snapshot.
Eighteen-year-old Lendl Ryan is the latest Jschool student to get a job just weeks after graduating with his Diploma of Journalism. Lendl has joined the staff of major Queensland regional newspaper the Townsville Bulletin, where he earlier served an internship following work experience at Quest Newspapers. Great work Lendl! And to think that only a year ago he was cramming for his secondary college Year 12 exams...
We're proud to announce that 2005 Jschool student Angela Banbury from Victoria has been named Most Outstanding Journalism Student in the Queensland Media Awards. Well done Angela! The $1500 prize, sponsored by the Queensland Press Gallery, was presented at a gala dinner at Brisbane's Convention Centre. Like last year's Jschool finalist Patrick Watson (now a journalist with the Courier-Mail), Angela won through to the finals against competition from major university journalism courses. Angela, who joined Jschool's journalism training course in February, completed internships with the Sunday Herald Sun and the Courier-Mail's sports department. To cap off a good year she also won the Victorian Country Football League's Media Award for Best Feature Story, for journalism published in her home newspaper, the Pakenham Gazette.
James O'Loan from Brisbane has joined the staff of the Mackay Daily Mercury as a final year cadet journalist after studying his Diploma of Journalism with Jschool's journalism school in 2005. On-yer James! James has been an intern at the Redland Times and at the Queensland Times this year, as well as writing GPS rugby match reports for the school of which he was once vice-captain, St Joseph's College Gregory Terrace.
Congratulations 2003 grad Lucy Buhr for getting reporting jobs at both Rural Press and at Island and Mainland News. And also to fellow 2004 graduate Michael Fedrick for joining the reporting staff of Rehame. Good luck to you both.
Redcliffe Herald senior reporter and Jschool 2002 graduate Paul Lancaster was heard doing a radio interview with the ABC to explain local feelings in the run-up to the Redcliffe by-election. And a good show he made of it too!
Scores of dissatisfied and angry students in the University of Queensland's journalism course have attacked the quality and standards of their program, according to a report in The Australian newspaper (28 September 2005). The complaints are from both local and international students. UQ once laid claim to having the best journalism school in Australia, but standards appear to have plummeted since the former Department of Journalism was forced into a bitterly-opposed amalgamation with communication studies and public relations. (See John Henningham's address to the University of Queensland Academic Board.) The forced merger with communication/PR resulted in the departure of most senior journalism staff including the head of department and foundation professor, as well as revised courses and fewer practical assignments. The students have expressed their views on a dedicated blogspot. There's also an interesting comment on tips on getting into journalism in Notebook Magazine's Forum.
Students who complete the one-year Diploma of Journalism at Jschool's journalism college can earn a new OP or tertiary entrance rank. Depending upon the university or college, completion of an AQF-accredited vocational diploma gives a new OP of between 7 and 9 (or rank of between 82 and 87). There's also an articulation arrangement with one university, giving Jschool graduates direct entry into the second year of a Bachelor's degree. Contact Jschool at 3232 1575 for more details.
Congratulations to two Diploma of Journalism graduates who have been employed by major metropolitan daily newspapers. Edmund Tadros is the only recent graduate of any Queensland journalism course or college to win a traineeship at the Sydney Morning Herald. Patrick Watson is the first 2004 journalism graduate of any college or university to be employed by the Courier-Mail. Well done gentlemen!
Jschool congratulates two recent graduates for high-level recognition of their achievements in journalism. Patrick Watson (class of 2004) has been nominated a finalist in the Queensland Media Awards for most outstanding journalism student. (Pat has also scored a full-time job with Brisbane's metropolitan daily, the Courier-Mail.) Edmund Tadros (class of 2003) has been jointly nominated with William Birnbauer for the United Nations Media Peace Prize (children's rights and issues category) for their investigative reports for the Sunday Age newspaper in Melbourne.
The Diploma of Journalism has been accredited through the Australian Qualifications Framework. In addition, Jschool has been successfully audited and registered as a training organisation within the Australian Quality Training Framework. The nationally recognised accreditation under the Training and Employment Act is valid until 2009. Accreditation follows detailed examination and approval of the course by editors and other leading members of the media industry representing metropolitan and regional newspaper publishers, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance. It is the only such recognised vocational course in Queensland. In a separate process involving state and federal Education departments, Jschool and the Diploma of Journalism have been audited and accepted for inclusion on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).
The University of the Sunshine Coast has signed an articulation agreement with Jschool permitting Diploma of Journalism graduates to enrol in USC degree programs with a year's credit. Jschool graduates can go into the second year of three-year degree programs, receiving credit for studies in journalism and related subjects. Two of Jschool's 2003 graduates have enrolled at USC in 2004 under the new scheme.
Congratulations to Jschool graduate Sean Miyaguchi (class of 2002), who has been appointed editor of the Ipswich Advertiser, a weekly newspaper published by Australian Provincial Newspapers. Sean began his newspaper career at the Grafton Daily Examiner, which has recently employed another Jschool graduate, Toby Walker well done Toby! Congratulations also to 2003 graduate Edmund Tadros, whose investigative reporting series with the Sunday Age's Insight Team on a boy becoming a drug addict while in state care has been running on page 1 of the respected Fairfax weekly throughout July.
Leading investigative reporter Bob Bottom, who has played a major part in exposing organised crime and corruption, received an honorary Doctor of Journalism degree at Jschool's 2003 graduation ceremony.
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