Handbook

150 Point Master of Journalism

Year and Campus: 2017

Coordinator

Associate Professor Margaret Simons

Email: m.simons@unimelb.edu.au

Contact

Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Currently enrolled students:

Future students:

Overview:

The program is designed for students who are interested in pursuing careers in journalism and journalism-related fields, and for journalists and other professional practitioners working in the contemporary media industry who wish to develop additional advanced skills and knowledge.

The program teaches the full range of journalism skills and critically engages with the professional conventions of journalism, with ethical and legal issues that impact on journalism, and with contemporary questions such as how new media technologies influence journalism practices. Students will:

  • learn real-world skills from leading industry practitioners;
  • engage with important and challenging issues facing the Australian and global media industries;
  • gain a theoretical and practical grounding in issues such as civics, governance, citizenship, and leadership;
  • investigate key concepts that frame recent developments in fields such as media law, management theory, globalisation, health policy, and climate change; and
  • undertake an internship with an external organisation, and gain valuable practical experience and extend your professional networks.
Learning Outcomes:

Students who complete the Master of Journalism should be able to:

  • gain the skills required to become journalists, or build on existing skills and knowledge if mid-career;
  • reflect on professional issues and develop innovative forms of practice;
  • link theory and practice in a way that has not been achieved in graduate programs at other universities;
  • develop the knowledge and skills they need to shape the profession at a time of great change;
  • take a real-world profession-based approach to delivery, through the use of case-based teaching and the production of high quality journalism by students; and
  • use flexible delivery modes including intensives and after-hours contact so as to ensure that the course is accessible to working students.
Structure & Available Subjects:

150 point program

Duration: 1.5 years full-time / up to 3 years part-time


  • core subjects (minimum of 50 points)
  • other core subjects or elective subjects (remaining 100 points)

Please note:

  • The thesis option requires two consecutive semesters of enrolment
  • The Journalism project option requires three consecutive semesters of enrolment

Capstone Requirement:

All students are required to complete the Capstone Requirement for the program (at least 25 points). Students must complete one capstone option:


Capstone Stream 1: JOUR90015 Journalism Thesis Part 1 and JOUR90016 Journalism Thesis Part 2 (37.5 points total)

Purpose: An opportunity to integrate knowledge and research skills to address a specific Journalism research by planning and executing a substantial research-based project.

Capstone Stream 2: JOUR90017 Journalism Project Part 1, JOUR90018 Journalism Project Part 2 and JOUR90019 Journalism Project Part 3 (37.5 points total)

Purpose: An opportunity to complete a substantial professionally focussed project under industry standard supervision. This might be a book, portfolio of articles or other substantial journalistic project.

Capstone Stream 3: JOUR90010 Newsroom-Applied Professional Practice (12.5 points) and JOUR90003 Journalism Internship (12.5 points)

Purpose: An opportunity to complete a professionally focussed project under industry standard supervision, aimed at publication in The Citizen, and participating in the newsroom experience and also completing a 20 day placement in the industry.

For policies that govern this degree, see Academic Services Policy in the University Melbourne Policy Framework.

Subject Options:

Core Subjects

minimum 50 points

Subject
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2
25
Semester 1, Semester 2
12.5
Semester 1
12.5
Semester 2
12.5
Semester 1, Semester 2
18.75
Semester 1, Semester 2
18.75
Summer Term, Semester 1, Semester 2
12.5
Summer Term, Semester 1, Semester 2
12.5
Summer Term, Semester 1, Semester 2
12.5

Elective Subjects

maximum 100 points

Please note:

  • The elective subjects are listed below, grouped by topic
  • There is no restriction on the number of electives you can take from a particular group
  • Languages: Students may enrol in up to 25 points of language study in the following areas: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Spanish

Media/Journalism

Understanding Australia and the World

The environment and climate change

Subject
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:

Health

Subject
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:

Business and Economics

Subject
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2
12.5
Semester 1, Semester 2
12.5
Summer Term, Semester 1, Semester 2
12.5
Links to further information: http://arts.unimelb.edu.au/culture-communication
Related Course(s): Master of Journalism

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