La Trobe University

Master of Communication (Journalism Innovation)


Semester starts
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
2 years
Annual tuition fee (A$)
30 800

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

Academic entry requirement

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.

English language requirement

IELTS (Academic) score of 7.0 with no individual band score less than 6.5.

Please refer to our English Language Requirements page for details of other Accepted English Proficiency tests and additional recognised English Language Proficiency Measures, such as English as the language of instruction.

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

Annual tuition fee (A$)

30 800


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 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:

CRICOS code: 090067B