Bachelor of Arts - Journalism major

Become a qualified journalist for broadcast and print media with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Journalism.

The Journalism major will teach you research skills, and methods for specialist writing needed for radio, television, newspapers and magazines. You’ll also study the role of news media in different cultures, mass media and ethics, and legal issues relating to journalism.

As an online student you’ll have the flexibility to study when and where it suits you, and graduate with the same globally-recognised Deakin University qualification as an on-campus student.

As well as majoring in Journalism, you can elect other areas of interest to study as part of your Arts degree.

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Nationally recognised - meets Australian Qualifications Framework standards.

  • Year 12 with an ATAR of 55, OR
  • A Diploma or educational equivalent, OR
  • Relevant work experience including any community work


Work placement

Internships are available

Course length
Full-time: 3 years | Part-time: 4-6 years | Maximum 7 years
Study mode



Study from anywhere, when it suits you best and graduate with the identical qualification as an on-campus student.


Study part of the course online. Combine your online learning with classes or practical sessions on-campus at a college or university.


Attend classes on-campus at a university, TAFE or college and interact face-to-face with teachers and fellow students.

Assignments, exams, tests & online activities
Start date

3 start dates per year.

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You can gain entry into the Bachelor of Arts by fulfilling one of these criteria:

  • Year 12 with an ATAR of 55, OR
  • a Diploma or educational equivalent, OR
  • relevant work experience including any community work

In all cases, selection is based primarily on academic merit. Information on your existing qualifications and work experience will also be considered in the selection process (and you may also gain credit for prior learning).

What you'll learn

Through this Journalism major you will develop the ability to:

  • Identify, research, write and construct stories suitable for print, broadcast and online media
  • Interview for print, broadcast and online media and select material for inclusion in stories
  • Write in academic style with adequate referencing
  • Analyse the social role of journalism both nationally and internationally and identify the theoretical issues raised by news, current affairs and feature publications and programs
  • Appreciate the role of the production process in any media product
  • Work in teams and to develop presentation skills in a group setting.

You will also develop skills specific to the other units you choose to make up your Arts degree.

Work placement

You may be able to undertake an internship unit as part of the Journalism major and gain industry experience.

Course structure

24 credit points units

The degree is structured in a way that offers maximum flexibility. It gives students the opportunities to pursue their own interests and design courses of study that suit their needs. They may study particular areas in-depth or undertake a wide range of units.

Students are required to complete at least one major sequence chosen from a variety of study areas including performing and creative arts, languages, history, media and communication, and sociology. Up to one-third of the course may be taken outside the Faculty of Arts and Education, providing even greater possibilities for interesting course combinations.

Major units

  1. Broadcast journalism (radio)

    Students will learn the techniques of researching, writing, interviewing, recording and editing for radio news and current affairs. These skills will be tested through students creating their own broadcast current affairs pieces. Students will also analyse the broadcasting landscape of Australia by writing an essay in which they will evaluate the content of particular radio news and current affairs programs. They will learn about the editorial policies and the financing of different broadcast companies and reflect on how these affect the content that is offered in terms of news and current affairs.

  2. Broadcast journalism (television)

    Students will learn the techniques of interviewing, reporting, writing and filming for television news and current affairs. Students will be introduced to the production techniques needed to compile news reports for television and they will learn about writing and delivering spoken news in a credible manner. Students will research, report and edit a current affairs assignment. Students will analyse the role of television news and current affairs programs as information providers.

  3. Feature writing

    In this unit students are expected to combine journalism skills with academic techniques of research. The aim this trimester is to develop research and writing skills to a level where the student can produce feature articles suitable for publication. There is strong emphasis on finding original information from sources ranging from interviews to the Internet.

  4. Journalism in society

    This unit introduces students to the critical analysis of journalism and news media. It employs media and communication theories along with practical exercises to give students critical understanding of what it means to be a professional working in the field of journalism. Students will articulate, analyse and evaluate the news media and the role of journalism in society from a range of historical and contemporary perspectives, including that of the journalist, the audience and the industry.

  5. Local and community journalism

    This unit explores the practice and theory of local and community journalism in Australia and western societies. It outlines the practices and approaches adopted by these types of news outlets and their relationship to the 'mainstream' media. The unit encourages students to debate the importance of these forms of journalism in an increasingly globalised and digitised media world. Students will develop pieces of journalism in a variety of styles and be encouraged to publish their work in relevant print, broadcast or online contexts. They will also critically engage with the norms and conventions shaping journalistic practices and how they relate to these aspects of journalism and discuss some of the key differences between commercial and not-for-profit outlets.

  6. Media law and ethics

    This unit provides students with groundwork practical knowledge to deal with legal and ethical issues that may arise from their work as communication professionals or as users of media communication. The unit takes a problem-based learning (case study) approach to working with students to develop an understanding of laws and regulations that influence journalism in Australia; highlight potential problem areas for journalists, focusing in particular on privacy, defamation, contempt of court; copyright; the Competition and Consumer Act and the ethical obligations of journalists as media professionals.

  7. Multi-platform journalism

    This unit builds on the first year journalism units in News Reporting to sharpen students' multimedia and mobile news gathering and news presentation skills. It includes, writing for mobile and online journalism; and managing and utilising social media tools to report news. Students will engage with the new news media environment and follow the ongoing evolution of the news industry and the news genre.

  8. News reporting 1

    This unit is an introduction to the practice and theory of multimedia journalism. It sets the social, professional and legal context for journalism practice, and introduces students to the convention of news writing and reporting stories. Students will also focus on combining text with photos and audio clips to produce news stories; critically examining their own production processes, and learn to report multimedia news stories to a deadline.

  9. News reporting 2

    This unit in the practice and theory of multimedia journalism focuses on news reporting processes. It outlines professional, social and legal factors that impact on reporting of local, regional an national news. The unit introduces students to key news beats, including reporting stories about politics, business, sport and local newsworthy events and issues. Students will build contacts in their preferred news beat/s and engage with social media tools to report and produce their news stories. They will also gain skills in reporting a news story (to a deadline) for broadcast and online media platforms.

Support and delivery

Studying online explained

How Deakin's online courses are delivered

As an online student you’ll watch lectures, complete readings and participate in tutorials, just like an on-campus student. The difference is you’ll do this online, when it suits you.

Deakin was one of the first universities in Australia to deliver courses for off-campus students, and they pride themselves on an online learning system that is cutting-edge, engaging and easy to use.

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