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Journalism Major


Covers writing and research skills, working in audio, video and online environments, and the legal and ethical frameworks of Journalism.

Students can also study specialist areas such as politics, science, health, business and sports reporting. This major introduces students to the world of online and digital journalism. It focuses on building knowledge, developing research and analytical skills and acquiring practical skills for an ever-changing media landscape.




Mount Lawley


South West (Bunbury)


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Learning Outcomes

  1. Adapt knowledge, skills and story ideas to work across diverse media platforms.
  2. Apply and evaluate the journalistic requirements for research and information gathering, generating stories and questions in order to produce articles of a publishable standard across a range of media formats.
  3. Communicate information and analysis, clearly across a range of professional contexts, for professional and non professional audiences.
  4. Critically review, analyse and synthesise information and research, so as to develop stories and story ideas, taking into account ethical, legal and market considerations.
  5. Demonstrate a broad and coherent knowledge in depth the theories, principles, techniques, ethics and media laws affecting journalistic practice, including information gathering, writing, editorials, reporting and news.
  6. Demonstrate independence and self-direction through responsibility for own learning and reflecting on and evaluating personal practices and performance feedback.
  7. Use initiative and judgement to plan and problem solve in the production news stories articles of a publishable standard across a range of formats for diverse audiences.


Students are required to complete the following ten units (150 credit points):

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
CMM1304Writing for the Media15
JOU2111Introduction to Journalism15
JOU2103Media Law and Ethics15
PRN2225Media Relations15
JOU2208Health and Science Journalism15
BRO2000Radio Newsroom15
JOU2107Political Journalism15
JOU3209Business and Data Journalism15
BRO3001Television Reporting15
JOU3205Newsroom Journalism15
Plus, students are required to complete two of the following units (30 credit points):
HIS3106 ^The World's Most Dangerous Places: Politics and History through Documentary15
BRO3106 ^Sports Broadcasting15
JOU2106 ^Sports Journalism15
WRT1110 ^Introduction to Editing15
PHO3201 ^Photojournalism and Editorial Practice15

^ Core Option

Employment Opportunities

Knowledge of the journalistic skill set and a good grounding in writing skills is a valuable asset in many fields of employment, as all organisations now need to be mindful of their public profiles and communication strategies. This major prepares students for a wide range of professional roles in the fields of media and communications.

Possible future job titles

Journalist, Reporter, Producer, Editor, Political Media Staff, Film/Food/Music Reviewer, Digital Content Producer, Social Media Consultant, Media Teacher, Advertising Copywriter, Public Relations Professional, Media and Communication Officer, Sports Reporter, Business Reporter, Health Reporter, Sports Reporter, Science Reporter, Data Journalist

This Major can be studied in the following courses


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