The Diploma of Journalism course has been designed with industry advice to give students practical skills in journalism in combination with contextual theoretical knowledge. Units are as follows:
The key introductory journalism subject, JR101 covers basic reporting and news writing, including development of news gathering and interviewing skills as well as approaches to writing conventional news stories.
An overview of key issues in history as well as a broadening of understanding of literature and of the English language. Included in this unit are reviewing skills, especially in relation to books, films and theatre, plus travel, sports and art.
This unit develops an understanding of Australia's system of government and shows how to report on political events, including coverage of parliament and local councils as well as understanding of basic economics and the federal budget.
This unit concentrates on developing skills in writing and transcribing Teeline shorthand. The unit includes other skills, including keyboard and note taking.
An overview of the Australian legal system plus examination of areas of law such as defamation directly affecting journalists and practical experience in covering courts.
Understanding and experience of a range of multimedia areas including online media, use of social media for research and writing, video journalism, photography, radio news writing, sub-editing and HTML.
Study of current news media issues including press freedom, media responsibilities, media structure, ethics, regulation, media history and international comparisons.
Development of skills in news reporting as well as writing colour stories and features, plus research methods including effective search, databases, polling, statistics, balance sheets and freedom of information.
The Diploma of Journalism may be studied over one year (full-time) or longer (part-time), with entry in late February and early July each year. The course may be studied online. Australian citizens are eligible for "fee-help" student tuition fee loans.