What is Jschool?

Jschool is an Australian college of journalism established to provide industry-relevant education and training for students seeking careers as journalists. It is based in Brisbane, capital of the state of Queensland.

Established in 2001 and enrolling its first intake of students in 2002, Jschool has in 15 years achieved the best journalism employment outcomes and student satisfaction rates in the country — see The Australian's article "What makes a good school of journalism". Jschool's major activity is the Diploma of Journalism, but the college is also engaged in research, writing and teaching consultancies.

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What is the Diploma of Journalism?

Jschool's Diploma of Journalism is a unique vocational course that prepares students for entry-level positions in newspapers and other news organisations. It may be studied online, full-time over one year or part-time over two or more years.

Its focus is the development of practical skills alongside relevant theory and professional education, including law and ethics. The course provides foundation study of Australian political, social and cultural institutions, together with topics in literature and the arts. These studies are carefully integrated with applied journalism to providea well-rounded education designed to contribute to the preparation of intelligent and responsible 21st Century journalists.

The course features small classes, intensive training in news reporting & writing methods, training in technical skills (including shorthand), focused teaching from senior journalists & educators, supervised work placements on daily & weekly newspapers and a curriculum designed with extensive industry input and approval.

The Diploma of Journalism is nationally accredited under the Australian Qualifications Framework, a unified system of national qualifications across all sectors of education.

Eligibility for enrolment: The minimum requirement for enrolment in Jschool's Diploma of Journalism is completion of senior secondary education with demonstrable high standards of written and spoken communication. There are additional requirements for international students.

Combining Jschool with a university degree: For those who seek a university degree as well as the Jschool Diploma of Journalism, an articulation arrangement is in place with the University of the Sunshine Coast, giving a year's full credit towards three-year Arts and Journalism degrees. Similar arrangements may be made with other universities. In addition, completion of the Diploma of Journalism gives students a tertiary entrance rank of between 87 and 82 (equivalent to Queensland's "overall position", or OP, of between 7 and 9). For Queensland University of Technology the OP awarded to students with a diploma is 7 and the tertiary entrance rank 87.

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