Macleay College’s Bachelor of Journalism enables students to develop the digital journalism skills now expected by the media industry across all TV, audio, print, social and digital platforms. Students will learn critical skills such as mobile journalism and data journalism, along with news research, feature writing, audio journalism, video, new photography, international reporting, ethics and media law.
Students become working journalists from the first day they step in to Macleay. They’ll experience the rush of working to a deadline and complete specialist journalism training in their chosen elective - sport, music, business reporting, food and lifestyle writing, investigative reporting or photojournalism.
Designed and taught by industry professionals, the course focuses on the latest digital trend in journalism and newsroom practice. The small classes feature personalised teaching that nurtures each student’s unique strength and addresses weaknesses. Students put their learning into practice through Macleay’s internship program in order to build their professional networks and experience what it’s really like to work in Journalism.
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This qualification is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework and is accredited to 30/08/2020 CRICOS Code 080557M
This subject explains the roles of central and local government and examines the relationship between journalists and these institutions. It also explores the public role of other important institutions such as religious organisations and NGOs.
You’ll be covering local councils and national politics in practical exercises and will be learning how to assess the comparative news value of government decisions. You’ll be learning how and where to obtain information from council agendas and central government records and how to distinguish between news and government spin. And you’ll also be looking at the intersection between the public role of the journalist and the public interest in effective government.
The global transition to convergent newsrooms has given journalists greater access to integrated and innovative storytelling tools. In this environment, multiplatform writing is an essential skill.
In this unit, students are taught to recognise the textual differences between social, digital, audio and video journalism. They will be shown how to write to sound and pictures; how to craft compelling headlines and captions; and how to adapt and re-purpose multimedia stories for publication and broadcast across all platforms. Through the exploration and discussion of narrative structures, students will develop the ability to produce both short-form and long-form news stories. Sub-editing exercises will further consolidate their understanding of the characteristics and functions of contemporary journalistic writing.
This subject allows you to practice the disciplines of digital journalism at an advanced level in an internship. The subject encourages you to identify and discuss the ethical and legal dimensions of fast-paced 24/7 digital journalism in a Newsroom setting. You’ll also be encouraged to think critically about the challenges the industry faces in response to the continually changing world of journalism.
Working in the on-campus Newsroom on campus, you’ll be part of a team running an online operation showcasing student work, including daily stories they may wish to produce or be directed to produce. The Newsroom runs as a daily operation three days a week but you’ll be expected to carry out news gathering assignments on other days and to keep a weekly log of your published stories.