Journalism

Why study Journalism?

The contemporary media industry exists beyond newsrooms and requires multi-skilled specialists. La Trobe's Master of Communication (Journalism Innovation) will equip you with skills in digital design, commercial strategy and business planning to support your professional practice across the media and publishing industries.

Designed in consultation with our Editorial Advisory Board, La Trobe's Master of Communication (Journalism Innovation) has been built by professional for professionals.

As a La Trobe graduate you may be eligible for our 10% Alumni Advantage when you apply for a full-fee postgraduate coursework program.

Career opportunities

With a strong professional focus, our Master of Journalism Innovation prepares you to work for yourself or in a range of roles across the media and publishing industries. Equipped with a new set of transferable skills, you'll be ready to work in journalism, media management, communications practice, public relations and more. Your skills in commercial strategy will be a valued asset across industries, opening doors to senior and general management positions across a diverse range of fields.

Courses

Local students

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2018

Graduate Certificate of Communication (Journalism Innovation)
Duration :
One year
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Campus:
Melbourne
Year
2018
About this course
The Graduate Certificate is a program of study offering choices in a range of cutting-edge coursework subjects, as well as research project options that can provide an opportunity progress to the Master of Communication (Journalism Innovation).

The focus is on enhancing journalistic practice while developing skills essential for the 21st century media professional. You'll develop insights and strong responses to the contemporary, changing media industry.

Strong industry links are maintained through the program's extensive work placement scheme, which offers you the chance to spend time in a newsroom.
Prerequisite
The minimum entry requirement is successful completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or its equivalent). Prior learning developed through relevant work experience or professional accreditation, where it is deemed to be at least equivalent to that obtained through a Bachelor degree, may be considered.
Fee amount
$19,000 per 120 credit points
Selection
In making an offer to an applicant, the University will give consideration to a range of factors to determine whether an applicant has demonstrated the capacity to work at a Masters level, including academic record, English proficiency, and/or employment experience.
How to apply
Apply now to start in Semester 1, 2018.

To find out more about this course and studying at La Trobe:

- ask us a question
- book a one-on-one consultation
- chat online
- visit our FAQ page
- connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram
- call us on 1300 135 045.
See Student Handbook for more details
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options.

The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:
Graduate Diploma of Communication (Journalism Innovation)
Duration :
1 year full-time or 2 years part-time
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Campus:
Melbourne
Year
2018
About this course
The Graduate Diploma of Communication (Journalism Innovation) is designed to help aspiring and mid-career journalists and communication practitioners develop insights and concrete responses to the contemporary, changing media industry. The focus is on enhancing journalistic practice whilst developing skills essential for the 21st century media professional. The graduate diploma is a program of study offering choices in a range of cutting edge coursework subjects, as well as research project options that can provide an opportunity progress to the Master of Communication (Journalism Innovation).
Prerequisite
Successful completion of an undergraduate degree (or equivalent); or five or more years of relevant work experience.

NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
Fee amount
$20,200 per 120 credit points.
Selection
La Trobe University offers a range of Postgraduate Pathways. In making an offer to an applicant, the University will give consideration to a range of factors including English proficiency, academic record and/or employment experience.
How to apply
Apply now to start in Semester 1, 2018.

To find out more about this course and studying at La Trobe:
- ask us a question
- book a one-on-one consultation
- chat online
- visit our FAQ page
- connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram
- call us on 1300 135 045.
See Student Handbook for more details
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options.

The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:
Master of Communication (Journalism Innovation)
Duration :
Either 1.5 years full-time (3 years part-time) or 2 years full-time (4 years part-time). The length of the course will be determined by the relevance of your previous educational experience.
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Campus:
Melbourne
Year
2018
About this course
The Master of Communication (Journalism Innovation) is designed to help aspiring and mid-career journalists and communication practitioners develop insights and concrete responses to the contemporary, changing media industry.

The focus is on enhancing journalistic practice whilst developing business, marketing, project management and software design skills essential for the entrepreneurial 21st century media professional. Strong industry links are maintained through the program's extensive work placement scheme, which offers you the chance to spend time in a newsroom.

The degree is an articulated program of study offering choices in a range of cutting edge coursework subjects, as well as research project options that can provide an opportunity to progress to a higher research degree.
Prerequisite
Successful completion of an Australian Bachelor's degree (or international equivalent) with a minimum 60 per cent average. Prior learning developed through relevant work experience or professional accreditation, where it is deemed to be at least equivalent to that obtained through a Bachelor degree, may be considered. In making an offer to an applicant, the University will give consideration to a range of factors to determine whether an applicant has demonstrated the capacity to work at a Masters level, including academic record, English proficiency, and/or employment experience. The Bachelor degree (or equivalent) must be deemed cognate and marks reflective of the capacity to work at the Masters level to gain entry to a 1.5-year Master's degree, otherwise, the applicant will be considered for a 2-year Master degree program, which involves initial entry into a fully upgradeable Diploma entry pathway.

NB: Meeting minimum entry requirements does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
Fee amount
$20,200 per 120 credit points.
How to apply
Apply now to start in Semester 1, 2018.

To find out more about this course and studying at La Trobe:
- ask us a question
- book a one-on-one consultation
- chat online
- visit our FAQ page
- connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram
- call us on 1300 135 045.

Do you have an excellent academic record? If you're a full-fee paying student, you may be eligible for a La Trobe College Excellence Scholarship and receive up to a 25% reduction on your course fees.
See Student Handbook for more details
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options.

The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:
Master of Communication (Public Relations)
Duration :
2 years
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Campus:
City
Year
2018
About this course
Communicating in a fast-changing world for businesses, government and community groups requires highly skilled specialists. The Master of Communication (Public Relations) aims to equip graduates from all fields to the highest levels in this growth industry of the 21st century. It will equip you with a range of skills in areas including issues management, campaign development, media relations, community relations and internal communication and writing and research for strategic communication.
Prerequisite
An approved Bachelor's degree with 60% average in the humanities, social sciences or similar discipline.

NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
Fee amount
$19,600 per 120 credit points.
How to apply
Apply now to start in Semester 1, 2018.

To find out more about this course and studying at La Trobe:
- ask us a question
- book a one-on-one consultation
- chat online
- visit our FAQ page
- connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram
- call us on 1300 135 045.

Do you have an excellent academic record? If you're a full-fee paying student, you may be eligible for a La Trobe College Excellence Scholarship and receive up to a 25% reduction on your course fees.
See Student Handbook for more details
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options.

The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

How to apply?

Methods of application vary from course to course. Please see the course entry above for details of how to apply for the course you are interested in.

Fees and scholarships

Some postgraduate courses are fee-paying which means that you pay the full cost of the course (FEE-HELP is available). Others offer Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) – where the Commonwealth Government subsidises the cost of your course and you pay a contribution (HECS-HELP is available).

Students enrolled for certain postgraduate coursework programs may be eligible for student income support.

International students

2018

Graduate Diploma of Communication (Journalism Innovation) (090065D)

Duration :
2 years
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
30 200
Campus
Melbourne
Year
2018
About this course
The Graduate Diploma of Communication (Journalism Innovation) is designed to help aspiring and mid-career journalists and communication practitioners develop insights and concrete responses to the contemporary, changing media industry. The focus is on enhancing journalistic practice whilst developing skills essential for the 21st century media professional. The graduate diploma is a program of study offering choices in a range of cutting edge coursework subjects, as well as research project options that can provide an opportunity progress to the Master of Communication (Journalism Innovation).
English Language Requirements
IELTS (Academic) score of 7.0 with no individual band score less than 6.5.
Academic entry requirements
NB: Meeting minimum entry requirements does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
How to apply
Apply now or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.
See Student Handbook for more details
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options.

The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

Master of Communication (Journalism Innovation) (090067B)

Duration :
2 years
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
30 800
Campus
Melbourne
Year
2018
About this course
The Master of Communication (Journalism Innovation) is designed to help aspiring and mid-career journalists and communication practitioners develop insights and concrete responses to the contemporary, changing media industry.

The focus is on enhancing journalistic practice whilst developing business, marketing, project management and software design skills essential for the entrepreneurial 21st century media professional. Strong industry links are maintained through the program's extensive work placement scheme, which offers you the chance to spend time in a newsroom.

The degree is an articulated program of study offering choices in a range of cutting edge coursework subjects, as well as research project options that can provide an opportunity to progress to a higher research degree.
English Language Requirements
IELTS (Academic) score of 7.0 with no individual band score less than 6.5.
Academic entry requirements
NB: Meeting minimum entry requirements does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
How to apply
Apply now or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.
See Student Handbook for more details
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options.

The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

Master of Communication (Public Relations) (090068A)

Duration :
2 years
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
30 200
Campus
City
Year
2018
About this course
Communicating in a fast-changing world for businesses, government and community groups requires highly skilled specialists. The Master of Communication (Public Relations) aims to equip graduates from all fields to the highest levels in this growth industry of the 21st century. It will equip you with a range of skills in areas including issues management, campaign development, media relations, community relations and internal communication and writing and research for strategic communication.
English Language Requirements
An overall IELTS academic score of 7.0 with a score of no less than 7.0 in writing, listening, reading and speaking.
Academic entry requirements

An approved Bachelor's degree with 60% average in the humanities, social sciences or similar discipline.

NB: Meeting minimum entry requirements does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
How to apply
Apply now or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.

Do you have an excellent academic record? If you're a full-fee paying student, you may be eligible for a La Trobe College Excellence Scholarship and receive up to a 25% reduction on your course fees.
See Student Handbook for more details
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options.

The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

How to apply?

Enquire now about any course for international students or find out how to apply.

Fees and scholarships

Estimated fees for international students are indicated for each course above. Fees are indicative only and set at 120 credit points per course, unless otherwise stated, and may vary depending on the number of credit points in which students enrol. Some courses may vary in credit point load and fees will be adjusted accordingly.

There is also a range of scholarships available for international students to assist students.

Related study options

Didn't find a suitable course? You could also try these study options:

Your study experience

Other ways into postgraduate study

Contact us on 1300 135 045 to find out about other ways into postgraduate study.

Student work

upstart is a project of La Trobe's Journalism, Media Studies and Cinema Studies programs. The site showcases the writing of emerging journalists.

Student and graduate profiles

Students of the College talk about their experience at La Trobe.

About the academic staff

You'll get to meet a large number of academics during your course, from tutors through to lecturers. You can view all the staff from the School of Humanities and Social Sciences or focus on staff in creative arts and screen studies.