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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.

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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.

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Diploma

Journalism

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.

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Bachelor

Journalism

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

 

Nicole Battram, Sydney

As passionate advocate for delivering industry relevant and future focused learning environments, I specialise in introducing students to the strategies behind great brand experiences. Outside of the education industry, I am an experienced strategist and idea-generator with a history of cultivating success for high value clients. Working with organisations such as the BBC, Supercheap Auto, Shine Media, Qantas and Dreamworld transforming brands and consumer experiences through a unique understanding of consumer centric motivations.

Sue Stephenson, Sydney

I’m a digital and broadcast news specialist with a strong interest in media laws and ethics, and new and innovative journalism. I've worked in regional media and for Channel 7, ABC News and Nine, and I'm one of the Walkley Foundation's Google News Initiative trainers. My career highlights include being the Foundation Executive Producer of ABC News 24 (now the ABC News Channel); winning Logie, Walkley and Prodi awards as a reporter/producer; and receiving Teaching Excellence and three JERAA Publication of the Year Awards as a Journalism Lecturer. I've been commissioned to write the next foundational journalism textbook for Australia and the Asia/Pacific and I'm about to embark on a PhD through Sydney University.

Kathy Marks, Sydney

I'm a former reporter and foreign correspondent for Reuters, Daily Telegraph (UK) and The Independent. I now mostly write long-form features and essays for Australian magazines including Griffith Review and The Weekend Australian Magazine. I won a Walkley Award for Coverage of Indigenous Affairs. My non-fiction book Pitcairn: Paradise Lost won the Ned Kelly Award for best true crime writing.

Tim Young, Melbourne

After years at the Age, I now lecture in journalism, multimedia, podcasting, video journalism and mobile journalism at Macleay. During my time at Fairfax, I worked as a video journalist but have recently turned my hand to podcast production.  I co-produced The Age’s multi-award winning podcast ‘Phoebe’s Fall’ and was part of the team who produced ‘Wrong Skin’, recently named Podcast of the Year at the Australian Podcast Awards.

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.

Lynelle Scott-Aitken, Sydney

As a specialist writer of food and travel articles and books for companies like Fairfax and Lonely Planet, I’ve travelled the globe for over a decade in search of stories and also spent eight years at Bauer Media writing, editing and managing multiple titles. I’m also passionately interested in the field of professional ethics, having volunteered as an ethics teacher in NSW primary schools.

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.

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, drive.com.au 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.

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.

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

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

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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FAQs

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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