La Trobe University

Master of Communication (Journalism Innovation)


Start dates
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July) 2018
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.
Fees and costs
$20,200 per 120 credit points.
Note: 120 credit points represents full-time study for one year.

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.

The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 9.

Staff profile

Professor Lawrie Zion

Department of Communications and Media
Humanities and Social Sciences
College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce

Knowing how to navigate a newsroom is easier when you learn from someone who has lived and breathed the media industry in Australia for their entire career.

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’s 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.

See Professor Zion's full profile

Entry requirements


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.

Career outcomes

This degree prepares you to work for yourself or in a range of roles across the media and publishing industries. You'll be ready to work in: - journalism - media management - communications practice 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.

Fees and costs

Course fees

$20,200 per 120 credit points.
Note: 120 credit points represents full-time study for one year.


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.

Scholarships are available for both current and future students. Find out what La Trobe scholarship opportunities might be available to you.

How to apply

Apply now to start in Semester 2, 2018.

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See Student Handbook for more details

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