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Start Date
January, April, June, September

Duration
3 year(s) full-time

Mode
Online

Time Commitment
10 - 15 hours per week per course

Program Code
XBJO

Study as
Full-time or part-time

Fees
AUD$ 24,200 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL) for students enrolled in 2024

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.0]
  • IELTS reading [6.0]
  • IELTS writing [6.0]
  • IELTS speaking [6.0]
  • IELTS listening [6.0]
Equivalent English qualifications (PDF)

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Degree overview

  • Study a journalism degree that gives you the foundational knowledge and digital proficiency to work effectively across contemporary news media.
  • Master essential technical and creative skills to publish compelling stories and content across a range of platforms, and learn to write, edit and design content to effectively engage diverse audiences.
  • Develop an understanding of entrepreneurial journalism, and learn how to operate as an independent or freelance journalist.
  • Become familiar with global media operations, intercultural communication, and the local, regional, national and international contexts within which journalists work. 
  • Explore specialist areas including travel writing, in-depth and social justice journalism, data visualisation, digital photography, podcasting, and digital documentary.

Snapshot

Snapshot

Study On Demand – this is a 100% online journalism degree designed specifically for online learning. With UniSA Online, you can take full control over your study, access support seven days a week, plan your study to fit around your life, view learning resources 24/7, and log into the interactive online environment anywhere, any time and on any device.

In this degree, you’ll combine the fundamental principles of journalism with a sound knowledge of digital platforms, enabling you to publish compelling stories and content.

Develop your audio and video production capabilities, conduct journalistic research, and showcase your abilities with an industry-ready portfolio of work.

Graduate with the knowledge and the creative and technical skills you need to report stories that people can connect with.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

UniSA Online’s Bachelor of Journalism combines essential journalistic knowledge and skills with digital proficiency and an entrepreneurial mindset.

You’ll learn about the role that news plays in peoples’ lives, delving into contemporary issues like the impact of media ownership, technological disruption, and reporting in the age of disinformation.

Throughout your studies, you’ll hone your critical thinking and analytical skills, build your knowledge of media law and ethics, copyright and investigative reporting practices, and build in-depth knowledge of emerging technological practices and their application in reporting, including data analysis, infographics and visual journalism.

You’ll be ready to take on the multi-platform delivery of news required of contemporary journalists and communication professionals.

Study hours

Studying 100% online means you can engage with course materials at your own pace, whenever it suits you – there is no need to be online at a particular time. It’s flexible around your life so you can control your study schedule week by week. As a general rule, we recommend 10 to 15 hours of study a week for each course.

Assessment

Assessment

All assessments, including exams (if required) are 100% online, meaning you’ll never need to travel to submit an assignment or find an exam venue.

Some of your assessments may include:

  • an industry-relevant project
  • an online presentation
  • essays and reports.

Degree structure

Please note, courses may not be displayed in order of study.

First year
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Elective
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UO News Reporting (COMM 1074)
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Elective
, Rule(s): 1
Second year
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Elective
, Rule(s): 1
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Third year
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UO Feature Writing (COMM 3073)
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UO Travel Writing (COMM 3094)
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Elective
, Rule(s): 1
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Elective
, Rule(s): 1
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Study Journalism On Demand

Dr Bonita Mason, Program Director: UniSA Online gives an insight into what the Bachelor of Journalism is about, and which critical skills you’ll need to step straight into a rewarding career.

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Why Bachelor of Journalism

Why this Degree

Ongoing shifts in the way people consume the news has caused widespread changes in journalism. In a world where trust in media outlets is low, disinformation is widespread, and artificial intelligence can write passable news stories, the need for verified, credible and truthful reporting, produced by skilled and ethical journalists, is more critical than ever. 

This degree equips you with the knowledge and skills to empower readers and audiences, and the societies they inhabit. Throughout your studies, you’ll learn by doing – your assessments involve researching, writing, editing, and pitching stories, all of which are essential skills for a journalist. You’ll also produce an industry-standard portfolio of work as you study, so you’re ready to step straight into your career.  

The blurring of boundaries between modes of media production means that journalists are often asked to prepare text, digital, and audiovisual versions of the same story. With courses focused on technological innovation, cross-platform storytelling, and disseminating news via social media, you’ll be well equipped to meet the demands of your future workplace.  

Your degree has been designed and developed with leading industry experts to ensure that what you learn is practical and relevant, and is taught by academics with strong professional backgrounds and industry connections.  

Career outcomes

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Your career

As social media and other online platforms enable more people to share what they think every day, the role of informed, knowledgeable, well-trained and ethical journalists in presenting truthful and accurate information in the public interest is more important than ever.

A career in journalism can lead you toward a wide variety of career opportunities, from producing stories for print or digital publications, to working in a newsroom, or as a freelance journalist.

Your journalistic skills are applicable across a range of industries, including communication, content creation, and public relations.

Careers to consider:

  • Journalist: research, write, edit and produce news or feature stories for a range of publications and formats, including newspapers, magazines, TV, radio, or digital channels including social media and podcasts; write and deliver updates on news stories; conduct interviews; provide continuous coverage on breaking news and events.
  • Producer: plan the way a story comes together; coordinate all elements of an audio and/or video news bulletin ready for broadcast across platforms.
  • Editor: plan, revise and coordinate stories and materials for publication; review and curate story ideas; set deadlines and track performance.
  • Communications officer: develop compelling content and creative concepts for a range of marketing and communication materials including email campaigns, long-form articles, style guides, social media, written scripts, and landing pages; work closely with designers, web developers, photographers, and videographers.
  • Copywriter: prepare written content for a range of formats or channels, including advertising, publications, marketing materials, or websites.
  • Submissions writer: research, write and develop proposals, bids, grants and tenders, including business cases, case studies and capability statements.
  • Foreign correspondent: report on news and current events from an overseas location; research and write stories that highlight developing international issues and interpret for an Australian audience; contribute to commentary around international stories and events.
  • Investigative journalist: undertake extensive, in-depth research, including data analysis, to uncover a previously hidden situation in the public interest.
  • Documentary maker/producer: conceive, research, interview for, edit and produce feature-length non-fiction films for broadcast and streaming.
  • Media adviser: provide expert advice and strategic communications to an organisation or individual; write and distribute press releases; coordinate press conferences.
  • Public relations specialist: generate media coverage to help raise the profile of an organisation; deliver creative solutions and new ideas across traditional and social media; develop crisis communication strategies and manage reputation issues; and build long-term relationships with media and influencers.

Industry facts

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Strong employment growth is predicted over the next three years. Journalists are expected to increase by 7.1 per cent.1

1labourmarketinsights.gov.au

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There will be demand among consumers for customised content that reflects more specialised, domestic, and local interests.2

2The Australia Institute, The Future of Work in Journalism report 2021.

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Your study experience and support

Study On Demand

Our online career-focused degrees give you full control and ultimate flexibility over your study. It’s Study On Demand, on your schedule, on your terms.

  • Designed specifically for your online learning
    Designed by a team of academic and online experts, our course materials are delivered in an interactive way using innovative digital technology and state-of-the-art teaching and learning resources.
  • Study when it suits you
    Our online degrees support students who lead busy lifestyles. With four start dates a year in January, March, July and September there is no need to interrupt your life.
  • Take control of your study schedule
    With all content available from day one of your course, you have the power to plan your study schedule in advance. 
  • Finish each course in 10 weeks
    Our courses are delivered within 10-week terms to keep you motivated throughout your degree. Study two courses a term or just one.
  • 100% online study
    You won’t need to come onto campus for coursework, assessments or exams. Complete all study for your degree where it suits you.
  • Get the help you need
    Whether you need help with course content or assessments, we offer the academic support and services you need to be successful in your studies.
  • Adjust your study to your life
    There’s no need to interrupt work and family life or spend money on travel and student accommodation. Organise study around your life.
  • Learn from world-renowned academics
    Get a degree that’s designed and taught by leading academics and industry professionals.
  • 100% online interactive learning environment
    Our interactive online learning environment supports all your study needs. Log in anytime, on any device, wherever it suits you.
  • Access a library of over 700,000 digital resources
    Access a library of more than 700,000 digital resources including e-books, videos and journal articles. Our Ask the Library virtual service can help you locate, access, evaluate, use and reference a range of information resources.

Why UniSA Online?

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Our graduates get jobs

UniSA is ranked as the number one university in Australia for graduate employability.1 Join a university known for its employment outcomes. Your UniSA Online degree is more than just a piece of paper – it will prepare you to start your career or take it to the next level.

Specifically designed for online learning

Our team of academic and online experts have created interactive and media-rich course material using innovative digital technology and state-of-the-art teaching and learning resources. Every degree has been specifically designed for online learning to ensure you graduate with the skills and knowledge for your future career.

Backed by industry

Every UniSA Online degree is overseen by an experienced industry advisory board. We've also consulted with industry experts with a wealth of experience to design course content that reflects the most cutting-edge developments in your field. Our industry connections will enrich your online study experience - you'll be presented with industry problems that real organisations face. You'll also gain the skills and knowledge that industry are telling us they need in graduates.

Expand your professional network from wherever you are

Online study doesn’t mean studying on your own. You’ll connect with a community of other like-minded students – you’ll be able to share, debate and collaborate ideas through virtual classrooms, online chat, video conferencing, and online communication tools.

1 QILT Employer Satisfaction Survey, 2020-22 – Employability Skills Indicator. Public universities.

Student support

Student services

Studying can be challenging, especially when you’re also juggling work and other life commitments. You’re not studying 9-5, Monday to Friday, which is why we provide personalised, extended hour support services – including on weekends – so you can get help when you need it. 

Dedicated Student Adviser support

Our Student Advisers will be an important part of your student journey – they’ll help you enrol, discuss your study goals, communication preferences, and will be your first point of call for all your general study questions. They’ll link you to an extensive range of support services and resources across the University and will help schedule appointments with specialised services if required.

Online academic support seven days a week

You’ll be supported by our highly experienced academic team of Online Course Facilitators and Online Tutors. Our academics will guide you through your learning and ensure you have an outstanding, high-quality education.

They can help you with your course materials and assessments, provide feedback on your work, assist you with referencing as well as answer any other course-specific queries. You’ll be able to contact your academics via email, online discussion forums and live messages in the online learning environment. You can also communicate in real-time and chat face-to-face with your academics online.

24/7 tech support

Our IT Help Desk is available 24/7 to provide assistance with your computer set up, student email, software requirements and other UniSA apps and student applications. You’ll be able to get support no matter what time it is.

24/7 digital environment

Our interactive online environment supports all your study needs. You’ll be able to track your progress through the student dashboard, plan your study schedule, receive reminders on due dates for tasks and assessments, as well as collaborate and network with a community of other like-minded students.

Using innovative technology in online education, your study experience will be highly personalised based on your learning activities throughout your degree. Just like your own personal study coach, you’ll get tailored feedback to enhance your learning outcomes and ensure you’re successful in your studies.

Student services

IT Requirements

Generally, any desktop or laptop computer purchased in the past three years should be capable of meeting your online learning needs. While mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones will be able to access most of your online course content, there are likely to be elements of most courses where we recommend you use a desktop or laptop computer. Your computer should be able to:

  • run a modern browser (Microsoft Edge, Firefox 24, Safari 5, or Chrome 32 or later versions)
  • run Java
  • run programs to create documents, spreadsheets and presentations
  • use a web camera and headset (or ear pods with microphone)
  • Some UniSA Online degrees require an online exam. The online exam software – Remote Proctor Now – has specific capability requirements. Please refer to the system requirements prior to conducting your exam to ensure your computer is compatible.

Access free IT software and resources

As a UniSA Online student, you'll:

  • Get free access to the full Office 365 ProPlus suite, which includes full versions of Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher, Access and Lync software. Install the full suite on up to five different devices (PC and Mac compatible). 
  • Get 1Tb of personal storage that syncs with your PC or mobile device through OneDrive - it's like an extra hard drive that allows you to open any of your files from any of your devices, whenever you need them. 
  • Get free access to LinkedIn Learning - Access more than 5000 video courses on a broad range of topics such as: the Microsoft Office suite, time management and study skills, health and wellbeing, communication and presentation skills, photography, film making and designing your own games or mobile apps.
  • Be able to connect with others using Microsoft Teams, Yammer and the Outlook Web App.

There are some degrees that have specialised software requirements. We've made this software available to students to access for free - you'll be able to download and install any of the required programs on your own device anywhere and anytime. See if your degree requires specialised software.

Check your device

Our computer system test will determine if your device has the base system resources and software required to study online. It'll also check the speed of your internet connection.

See if your computer, laptop or device is all set up and ready to go – it takes just a few seconds.

How to apply

The application process is easy – just follow these simple steps:

  1. Submit an online enquiry

    If you're ready to apply, the first step is to fill out and submit our online enquiry form. Here you'll be asked a series of questions to see if you're eligible. Following your online enquiry, one of our Degree Advisers will contact you at your preferred time to discuss the application process.

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  2. Speak to a Degree Adviser and start your application

    If you're eligible, you'll receive an email outlining the entry requirements and the relevant documentation you need in order to be considered.

    In order to verify your academic qualifications, you'll need to upload relevant documents like your official parchment, certificates or transcripts. If you have work experience, you will need to upload your CV as well as any other documents like work references, professional recognition or accreditation or your training certification.

    Your email will contain information on the specific documents you need to provide as well as a link to begin your application. You'll be asked to create an account and set your own password.

  3. Complete your application and send through your documents

    In order to proceed with your conditional offer, you’ll need to complete your application and provide required evidence of your previous study or work experience.

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Online Course Facilitator

As an award-winning journalist with more than 15 years’ experience as a journalism academic, I am committed to engaging, high-quality and contemporary journalism education that combines the theory and practice of journalism. Real-world and original reporting begins in first year, and continues across the forms and technologies of public interest storytelling and throughout the three years of the degree. Strong journalism industry connections to Adelaide, South Australian and national media, and membership of the SA Press Club and the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance also strengthen and enrich the program. My work in governmental policy development, analysis and advice, and in project, policy and media management in national and regional Aboriginal organisations, enables me to see journalism from a broad range of perspectives. My award-winning PhD and subsequent research advocates critically reflexive journalism research and practice, and is focused on journalism’s ability to bring real and lasting beneficial change to people’s lives.

Bonita Mason


Program Director

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