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Bachelor of Journalism Bachelor of Journalism, Bachelor of Arts (International Studies) Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Journalism. Is Journalism for you?. What makes a good journalist? Curiosity “People” skills Writing skills General knowledge Journalism – a “glamour” career?

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Bachelor of JournalismBachelor of Journalism, Bachelor of Arts (International Studies)Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Journalism


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Is Journalism for you?

  • What makes a good journalist?

  • Curiosity

  • “People” skills

  • Writing skills

  • General knowledge

  • Journalism – a “glamour” career?

  • Most journalists work in print media

  • Most interviewing done by phone

  • Strict deadlines

  • Limited opportunities for “creative” writing

  • But …

  • On-the-spot when things are happening

  • Meet interesting people

  • Paid to talk with people and write

  • Learn about many different fields/specialise in area of interest

  • Travel – within job and work elsewhere

  • Rarely dull, always changing


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Entry requirements

  • Getting into journalism:

  • Cadetship

  • University journalism program

  • University program in other area, followed by postgraduate study in journalism

  • Program entry requirements:

  • SACE entry: No prerequisite subjects; English recommended.

  • TER from 2008

  • Bachelor of Journalism:

  • Bachelor of Journalism, Bachelor of Arts (International Studies):

  • Tertiary transfer possibilities:

  • From one of UniSA Bachelor programs based at Magill (e.g. Bachelor of Arts Communication and Media Management) – apply to transfer after 1 year of study


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Program structure

  • Bachelor of Journalism:

  • Three-year full-time degree program

  • Study in journalism plus study in another area (e.g., writing, international studies, sport and play studies, language, communication, film and video production)

  • Broad-based foundation courses

  • Core Journalism courses and Journalism electives (TV journalism, radio journalism, shorthand, sports journalism)

  • Bachelor of Journalism, Bachelor of Arts (International Studies):

  • Four-year full-time double degree program

  • Compulsory + elective courses in Journalism

  • Compulsory + elective courses in international studies

  • Study of language

  • Electives + foundation courses

  • Students strongly encouraged to undertake exchange

  • Graduate with two degrees


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Program Structure

  • Bachelor of Laws , Bachelor of Journalism:

  • Five year full-time double degree program

  • Compulsory + elective courses in Laws

  • Compulsory + elective courses in Journalism

  • Students must complete first year Laws courses before studying Journalism courses

  • Graduate with two degrees


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Program structure

  • Key areas of study:

    • What is “news”?

    • Information-gathering skills

    • News writing skills

    • Writing for newspapers, radio and TV

    • Legal, ethical and social issues

    • Media theory

  • Core Journalism courses cover:

    • Intro to news and news writing

    • Desktop publishing/news design

    • Intro to broadcast journalism

    • Ethics, law, social issues

    • Professional practice

  • Journalism Electives include:

    • Advanced print journalism

    • Radio journalism

    • TV journalism

    • Specialist journalism

  • Contact hours 12 to 16 a week

  • Available full-time and part-time; on-campus only

  • Based at Magill campus


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Experience. The Difference.

  • Key advantages of the program:

  • Only university journalism programs in SA

  • Taught by academics and practitioners

  • Practical and theoretical preparation for work in journalism

  • Highly regarded by employers

  • Excellent national reputation (in top 5 programs)

  • Can lead into postgraduate study

  • Strong demand from applicants

  • Placements/internships/TheWarbler

  • Industry links:

  • Opportunities for practical experience (e.g., internships, radio journalism, The Warbler)

  • Close links with industry in SA and in Victoria/NSW

  • Industry tutors

  • Industry guest speakers

  • Most graduates employed in journalism or related areas


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Our graduates

  • Where journalists work:

  • Newspapers

  • Radio

  • Television

  • “In-house” publications

  • Magazines (general, specialist)

  • Public relations

  • Government departments

  • Freelance

  • Recent graduates working at:

  • Metropolitan TV (Channel 7, 9, ABC)

  • ABC Radio (Adelaide and regional)

  • Messenger Newspapers

  • The Advertiser

  • Commercial radio in SA and interstate

  • Country newspapers in SA and interstate

  • Local government

  • State and federal government

  • Specialist magazines interstate


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Contact details

  • Rosie Paradiso– Program support officer–830 24561

  • Program information events –

  • Communication and Media booths at Open Day

  • Magill Career session (Tuesday, 9 September at Magill campus)

  • UniSA website – www.unisa.edu.au – visit MBJO, MBJI, DBLD


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