Break into the dynamic and ever-evolving world of modern journalism

Society relies on quality journalism to question, investigate and inform. In the age of a fast-moving digital media and fake news, the role of journalism is more critical than ever. The media industry demands well-trained, digitally-savvy journalists who can adapt their skills in a dynamic landscape. Macleay College’s courses embed digital reporting skills into the key disciplines of news reporting, investigative journalism, international journalism, television reporting, radio journalism and photojournalism. You become working journalists from the first day you step into Macleay. You work on real stories in a real newsroom across all media platforms. As a journalism student, you're taught by industry experts who are up to date with the latest trends and well connected to the profession.

Curious to know more about how we teach journalism at Macleay? Check out Hatch, our award-winning, student-run digital publication.

Diploma of Journalism

Get a comprehensive overview of all aspects of the media industry, including covering breaking news and long-form journalism, while applying the hands-on skills of MOJO (mobile journalism), social media journalism, video, audio and visual storytelling. Cover a range of topics from people and politics to fashion and celebrities, global news, sports, health and lifestyle.



Bachelor of Journalism

Students work independently and collaboratively in a creative and supportive learning environment, pitching and producing stories that matter to them. From researching and interviewing to writing, filming, and editing, Macleay’s bachelor students apply a range of multimedia skills to produce stories based on their career interests, including sports journalism, photojournalism, podcasting, music journalism, investigative reporting, business journalism and food, lifestyle, and travel.




Our successful graduates

"The things I was doing in the Macleay newsroom, I’m doing in the field now."

Kezia Dawn
Bachelor of Journalism, Sports Reporter at Nine News

"Macleay has really taught me diverse journalism skills. I’m able to produce videos, write articles and manage social media profiles."

Lachlan Guertin
Bachelor of Journalism, Digital Content Producer at Nova

"We’re now cutting edge as journalists going out into the workforce."

Carolyn Layt
Bachelor of Journalism, Freelance Sports Journalist

Macleay College classes are taught by industry experts

Neil McMahon, Melbourne

I have been a journalist for 35 years, starting my career in Melbourne at the Sun and later The Age. I have worked as a foreign correspondent based in Africa and have been published in the Australian, British, American and South African media, as well as doing radio and TV work. I currently write regularly for the Nine newspapers as well as doing other freelance work for the ABC, SBS and other outlets. I have been teaching at Macleay since 2016.

Rachel Sharp, Sydney

I’ve spent most of my action-packed 25-year career in print and digital media as a writer and editor-in-chief for high profile lifestyle brands like Harper’s Bazaar, InStyle, Marie Claire and Grazia in Australia, Europe, Arabia, and America. While I’m best known as a fashion journo, I have decades of experience in writing and commissioning celebrity, health, beauty, food, interiors, human-interest articles and more.

Cisco Corea, Sydney

I’m a film Director, Producer, Editor and Director of Photography. I also run my own agency called Joker Theory Films and have won a few awards including an ASTRA and an ARIA for my music video by Pnau. When not working at my agency and teaching at Macleay, I run workshops in digital and mobile journalism for news organisations like AA and Fairfax.

Michelle Stephenson, Sydney

I’m a national news presenter and National Newsroom Director for NOVA Entertainment, where I present news for Nova’s Number 1 Drive Time show, “Kate, Tim and Marty” and also direct NOVA Entertainment’s news teams nationally. With a Degree in Politics and a Masters in Journalism, my career has seen me work for Sky News, Prime TV as well as anchoring a news show in Canada.

Peter Weaving, Melbourne

I’m a Central Victorian tree-change photographer, after working for 30 years as a Newspaper Photographer. Recently, I was working as a Chief Photographer at Bendigo Advertiser, mentoring graduate photographers and journalists with daily newspaper operations. Prior to that, I was Chief Photographer for FCN in The Age building. In addition to teaching at Macleay I work as a freelance photographer.

Daniela Intili Sydney

I am an established sports journalist who regularly reports on ABC News.I have also worked as the sports reporter for commercial networks including Ten, Nine, Fox Sports and ESPN Sporstcentre Australia. I have also written weekly column for motoring website, which featured in the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.

Nigel Gladstone, Sydney

I'm an investigative journalist at the Sydney Morning Herald. I was a data journalist at the Herald for two years working on interactive projects, including a Walkley award-winning piece about Cricket participation. Prior to the Herald I worked for Newscorp as a data journalist and spent five years working at various local papers across Sydney.

Should you go for a diploma or bachelor?

Finishing high school and looking to build a career? At university but want to learn from industry teachers in a more intimate and supportive environment? Already working and just want to try something new? 

We understand that different people are looking for different outcomes when they choose to study at Macleay. That’s why we offer both diploma and bachelor programs. 

What’s the difference?


Diploma courses can be completed within 12 months with no ATAR required. Graduating with a diploma opens the door to many employment opportunities, and provides a pathway to articulate into the bachelor program. 


Bachelor degrees can be completed within 2 years, which means you’ll graduate faster than you would at traditional universities. If you completed Year 12 in the past 2 years, we’ll review your ATAR as one part of your application, but it isn't everything. These fast-tracked 2-year degrees get you into the workplace sooner.

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What are the employment prospects like in journalism?

Two-thirds of Macleay Journalism graduates gain industry employment within four months of completing their chosen course program. The result is nearly three times higher than the national average reported by Mumbrella.

Macleay’s integrated internship program is key to much of our alumni success, with industry-connected lecturers helping link students to relevant opportunities. Macleay’s national award-winning, student-run digital publication Hatch also enables students to develop industry-ready skills from day one.

What is the admissions policy at Macleay?

The criteria for admission to our courses are detailed in our Admissions Policies. You can view the Admissions Policy for domestic students here, or international students here.

If I enrol as a full-time student can I change to part-time study after I’ve started the course?

You may change your study load from full-time to part-time and vice versa during your studies. However, to avoid academic and/or financial penalty, you should make any changes to your enrolment prior to Census Date for that trimester.

Can I defer the start of my course?

As a domestic student you can defer the start of your course for up to a maximum of 12 months. If you want to defer for a longer duration, you’ll be required to withdraw from the course and re-apply when you’re ready to recommence your study at Macleay College.

I have completed subjects at another institution. Can I get credit towards my course at Macleay College?

If you have studied at a university or other tertiary institution, you may be eligible for course credit for the subjects you have completed. This is known as Recognition of Prior Learning (or RPL) and may result in course credit via the grade ‘Advanced Standing.’ Advanced Standing recognises your previous study and may reduce the number of subjects required to complete your course at Macleay College.

How many hours do I have to complete for my internship/work placement? Do I get paid for it?

Diploma students are required to complete a minimum of at least 40 internship hours. If you’re studying one of our Degrees, you are required to complete 120 internship hours. Although most internships are unpaid, you are encouraged to maximise your intern hours in order to increase job-readiness after you graduate. Find out more about our Internship Program.

Will the College help me get my internship/work placement?

We constantly receive offers from employers in the journalism industry requesting interns. Our lecturers are industry practitioners and may also help you to find work placement in an area of your interest. However, it is recommended that you select the internship of most interest to you and make an application.

How can I pay my course tuition fees?

Domestic students can pay course tuition fees either with an upfront invoice, via the FEE-HELP loan system, or a combination of both.  International students must pay upfront.

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