Master of Communication (Journalism Innovation)

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Network with industry experts in journalism and communications and develop your professional practice across the media and publishing industries.

  • Learn from award-winning, experienced industry professionals and a range of guest speakers from the highest levels of industry and government.
  • Gain experience in the newsroom through practical placement.
  • Network with industry professionals across media and publishing.

Career outcomes

Aspiring and mid-career journalists and communications professionals will fine-tune their skills for careers at the cutting edge of contemporary news media. This course equips you for a career in:

  • journalism
  • media management
  • communications practice
  • senior and general management positions
  • PR

You'll also be equipped to start your own business.

What you'll learn

  • Digital design, commercial strategy and business planning.
  • Essential business, marketing and digital know-how.
  • Commercial strategy skills.


The complete course is 180 credit points.

Students from Australia and New Zealand

$18,250 per 120 credit points. You may be eligible for FEE-HELP, an Australian Government no-interest loan for university fees.

Course structure

You'll develop strong digital and entrepreneurial skills through a mix of core and elective subjects. With a range of subjects to choose from, you can tailor your degree to suit your career goals. You might choose to sharpen your skills in the workforce through practical placement, or you might prefer to work towards further study through research.

Core subjects

  • Digital Editing and Publishing
  • Digital Journalism
  • The Working Journalist

Elective subjects

  • Journalism Internship
  • Entrepreneurial Business Planning
  • Online Journalism Production
  • Research in Journalism
  • Database Fundamentals
  • Internet Client Engineering
  • Managing Innovation in Organisations
  • Object-Oriented Fundamentals
  • Entrepreneurship in IT
  • Research Report
  • Law and Ethics in Journalism
  • Thesis
  • Quantitative Skills for Social Research

For full details on course content, see the handbook.

How to apply


Find out how to apply direct to La Trobe.


Find out about how to apply as an international student.


Scholarships and financial support

A limited number of Postgraduate Excellence Scholarships are available, offering a 20 per cent discount on course fees. Learn more.

Industry connections

Designed by professionals for professionals, this course was developed in consultation with our Editorial Advisory Board. This course offers a range of opportunities to network with and learn from industry professionals across media and publishing.

You'll learn from award-winning, experienced industry professionals in the classroom and make connections in the field through your practical placement. You'll also hear from a range of guest speakers from the highest levels of industry and government.

Featured staff

Hugh Martin

Hugh Martin has worked in a variety of digital editorial and publishing roles with Australia's biggest news publishers. He was Editor of The Age Online ( and Deputy Editor of Sections at The Age. He has also worked as Editor of News Limited ( and as General Manager of APN Online at APN News & Media where he was responsible for launching APN's Regional Online news network.

Hugh is an active member of the International Committee of the Online News Association and previous Chair of the Pacific Area News Association Digital Advisory Group.

His work has received critical acclaim from his peers, winning him two Melbourne Press Club Awards and a Walkley Award (2004).

In 2014 Hugh received a Google/Walkley Foundation Grant for Innovation in Journalism.

Lawrie Zion

Lawrie Zion has over 25 years' experience in the media, including a nine-year stint at ABC radio, where he was based at Triple J. Lawrie has worked for The Australian, The Age, US-based trade paper The Hollywood Reporter, Rolling Stone Australia and HQ. He has also been a regular guest on the Ten Network's The Panel. Lawrie continues to appear regularly on ABC radio and on ABC TV's News Breakfast.

Lawrie is the co-editor of Ethics for Digital Journalists: Emerging Best Practices which will be published by Routledge in late 2014.

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