Journalism

The Monash Journalism Program is one of the most dynamic in Australia. One of the key strengths of Monash Journalism is its foundational teaching of both the practice of journalism (print, broadcasting and podcasting, photojournalism and digital) and the study of journalism.

"Often the industry is critical of journalism courses over concerns that universities may not teach the practical skills needed in the newsroom. But the journalism course at Monash University provides students with a strong academic base and the workplace skills that editors want."

Annika Smethurst - National Political Editor at News Corp (Sunday Telegraph/ Sunday HeraldSun/ Sunday Mail)

“I had a number of mentors throughout my time at the university who pushed me to see the potential of online platforms, and I credit their enthusiasm for where I am currently placed today.”

Matt Johnson, Wimbledon photographic editor and journalist

“Studying journalism at Monash has equipped me with the necessary skills to work in a fast paced and rapidly evolving industry. Students also receive guidance and support from a dedicated team of journalists and academics.”

Tess Ikonomou, News Corp Journalist

“I was given opportunities at Monash, through the student journalism publication, internships, and overseas study tours, which helped me enter the industry as a leader.”

Luke Mortimer, A Current Affair producer

“Monash provides students with a range of experiences from
semester one to develop reporting skills, from classroom
exercises to internships and overseas study tours ... Studying
at Monash gave me the ability to enter the industry with confidence.”

Sally Hayles, Assistant chief of staff, Nine News Melbourne.

Andrew Rule

"Monash journalism graduates excel at News Corp: from Annika Smethurst in Canberra, Anthony Galloway at state rounds, Ashley Argoon and Monique Hore in the news room and Sam Landsberger and Lauren Wood in sport. Whatever it is you’re doing at Monash, keep it up."

Andrew Rule, associate editor, Herald Sun  

Our program is designed for students to understand the history, power and context of journalism alongside units, which offer practical experience using multifaceted platforms and technologies. This blending of critical enquiry and industry engagement provides students with an opportunity to explore journalism in all its facets, and to address the vital issues of the media today.

Our multi-disciplinary program fosters a strong cohort experience, which involves both self-directed and collaborative learning with a national and international focus and ethical grounding.

The program is taught by award-winning journalists and renowned journalism academics, in a multi-million-dollar purpose-built facility at Caulfield campus. Monash Journalism is designed to facilitate entry to an exciting and challenging profession. Students from many other disciplines and areas of study take our journalism units to learn essential skills in communication in a variety of approaches and media platforms, which improves their employability.

Teaching Program

Monash Journalism’s students benefit from the innovative teaching and research culture of the program. Our staff come from diverse scholarly and journalistic backgrounds, and share a deeply-held interest in the future of journalism in Australia and internationally. They enjoy success in competitive grants schemes and have a strong publication output, and the central questions of their research inform teaching content.

This means that Journalism students are equipped to grapple with ongoing processes of change in industry practice, supported by historically-informed critical frameworks applied to the challenges facing journalism today.

The Journalism teaching program combines professional practice addressing all production technologies for journalism (digital, print, video and audio) with foundational and contemporary scholarship about the context, history and ethical principles of accurate journalism practice in Australia and internationally. It imparts advanced skills in research, media literacy, and communication and is founded on the principle that robust journalism is an essential component of a democratic society.

There are also unprecedented opportunities to engage with international journalism on our study tours, field schools, and internships. Our graduates have worked in key editorial positions worldwide, including News Corp, Fairfax, Channel 9, ABC, London newspapers and the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong.

They have also found employment at hundreds of new startups that are enriching our contemporary experience of media. As well, they have made their mark in the corporate sector, representing major companies, sporting organisations, and government.

For more information about international opportunities, including short term programs, for both undergraduate and postgraduate students, see: Arts Learning Abroad.

Courses

Undergraduate studies

Master's by coursework

Graduate Research

Journalism Internships

While studying Journalism, students are encouraged and helped to organise work experience, which can count towards their degree. Internships help you gain real-world experience and develop your practical skills.

Each year students intern at a variety of regional and urban media outlets. These internships are an excellent way to find out what it is like to be a working Student-journalist, build up your portfolio and make contacts in the industry.

In the past two years, students have completed internships at the following news and media outlets:

Student publishing

It is important for students to strive to publish their work. The more students publish the better their CV will look when they come to find a job in a competitive market.

At Monash, we run the publishing platform Mojo News to make the student’s journalism available to the public. All work is supervised by experienced journalists on staff. Mojo News hosts and produces journalism at industry standards. Mojo’s stories have been published or picked up by numerous media including the Sunday Age, Crikey, New Matilda and many others.The stories are commissioned and also emanate from student assignments, reflecting thatMonash University’s undergraduate and post-graduate journalism students do real journalism throughout their degree. Our students have other publishing opportunities on campus with MOJO Correspondent and the Melbourne Tribune.

Our students consistently receive professional recognition, winning awards and finalist nominations in the national coveted Walkleys and Melbourne Press Club's Quill awards, which attract the best journalism entries in Australia. We also encourage and mentor students to publish in more mainstream media. We encourage all our students to produce self-authored work for publication and broadcast, which they can add to their portfolios for future employment.

We support a Monash Journalism awards night run by and for our undergraduate students. The event develops a strong sense of inclusion and community and integrates our industry relationships.Journalism at Monash is taught and practiced in strict accordance with the Australian Journalists’ Code of Ethics.

Monash Media Lab

Monash Media, Film and Journalism students have a professional media environment right on campus - the Monash Media Lab, a spectacular state-of-the art facility which boasts:

  • two radio and sound production studios with a control-room/audio production and teaching suites;
  • an open-plan newsroom;
  • editing suites;
  • a broadcast TV and video production studio;
  • a TV control room; and
  • two teaching laboratories

The Media Lab Production Program provides staff and students with detailed instruction on Podcasting, Video Production, Presenting and Digital Marketing.

Research

Our research unit: Journalism and the Politics of Change

The research we do can be grouped in the following key themes:

  • Global journalism, democracy and social change
  • Media history, the politics of memory and identity
  • Environment, crisis and the media
  • Voice, interviewing and storytelling
  • News gathering, investigation and fact-checking
  • Journalism genres and creativity

At the start of each year we organise a public forum followed by a research round table on  a specific theme. Examples of previous topics: the impact of surveillance and secrecy on in-depth journalism, the changes to political reporting of federal politics in Australia 2007-2013 and the evolution of storytelling in journalism.

Our research aligns strongly with the Journalism Education and Research Association Australia's discipline description.

Staff

Journalism is multi-disciplinary and the Monash staff are active researchers in a range of fields. All of the staff are research active in their own fields of interest and their expertise as researchers influences the curriculum and their teaching in profound ways to the benefit of students. View all staff.