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Journalism and Professional Writing

Interested in Journalism and Professional Writing?

A journalism and professional writing qualification from UniSA will prepare you for a career as a journalist and writer in mainstream media and communication fields. It will also open doors to a wide variety of allied professions such as technical writing, editing, scriptwriting, and marketing and communication.

Our industry-standard on-campus facilities, which include a TV and radio studio, will ensure you graduate career-ready. They offer you the opportunity to practice recording news broadcasts, producing and filming.

You will also get the chance to practice these skills in a real-world environment when you complete an industry internship. This is a great opportunity for you to develop your skills, and build important industry experience.

Key features

  • Study South Australia’s only Journalism degree.
  • Learn in our industry-standard television and radio studios, located on-campus.
  • Practice your skills using one of South Australia’s largest green screens.
  • Gain real-world experience when you complete an industry internship.
  • Become a published writer with student publications Verse, The Globalist, Piping Shrike, and On the Record.
  • Our curriculum is informed by our world-class research – research that is ranked number one in South Australia in journalism and professional writing1.

1 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

Why UniSA?

We’ve invested millions of dollars in new buildings and facilities, so you will have access to the latest technologies and will learn in ultra-modern teaching spaces. We’re also Australia’s youngest university to receive five stars in research1 and this excellence shines through our teaching. Our people are inspired by challenges and opportunities. We partner with local icons and international industry professionals to focus on real-world projects.

Students will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience by contributing to the online student publication, On The Record, and our internet radio station, UniCast.

1 2017 QS Stars Ratings

UniSA offers 8 Journalism and Professional Writing degrees

Choose your level of study

Your career

Our journalism and professional writing qualifications prepare you for a career as a journalist and writer working in print, broadcast, online or for multimedia organisations. Careers to consider:

  • communication specialist: create and deliver internal and external communications
  • copywriter: develop advertising concepts; often work alongside an art director
  • editor: prepare, write and edit copy; editors also plan and coordinate the selection of material for publication, and may be required to supervise other staff
  • journalist: research, write, edit, proofread and file news stories for use on television, radio or for publication in newspapers, magazines or journals
  • reporter: deliver updates on news stories; reporters often cover breaking stories
  • scriptwriter: create characters and storylines for movie or television scripts
  • TV presenter: the public face or voice of programs broadcast on television, radio and the internet
Your Career

Global networks

We are a globally connected university, and our staff and students come from over 90 countries. We have more than 2,500 industry and professional relationships that support student internships, research and community engagement. Our students have had placements and internships with organisations like:

  • all major TV networks (ABC, SBS, 7, 9, 10)
  • The Messenger
  • The Australian
  • The Bunyip
  • Newstyle Media
  • Department of the Premier and Cabinet
  • Cancer Council
  • Resthaven
  • Uniting Communities
  • InDaily/Solstice Media

Industry facts

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Employment for journalists and other writers in Australia is projected to increase by 10.1 per cent by November 20201.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015 

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Between now and 2020, the total Australian media and entertainment market will reach $47.4 billion1.

1PwC Media and Entertainment Outlook report 2016

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What others are saying

I have really enjoyed using the practical facilities at UniSA,  the TV and radio studios, and the opportunity to do an industry internship as part of my studies. 

Isobel Scott

Bachelor of Journalism and Professional Writing, Bachelor of Arts (International Relations)

Isobel Scott

Isobel Scott

Bachelor of Journalism and Professional Writing, Bachelor of Arts (International Relations)

Journalism at UniSA focuses on practical learning – from day one I was able to write articles and contribute to UniSA news and the UniPollWatch website. In my second year, I worked in the UniSA radio station, UniCast, creating live broadcasts and later had the opportunity to show my TV news packages to industry leaders. I loved being able to delve into the field straight away.  

Madeline Dunk

Bachelor of Journalism and Professional Writing

Madeline Dunk

Madeline Dunk

Bachelor of Journalism and Professional Writing

Through the range of skills I developed during my studies, coupled with the hands-on experience that UniSA offer, I got a job in a professional newsroom before I even graduated! This degree has given me the skills to write newspaper articles, host a radio show, anchor a television broadcast and compose a media release. Plus completing a double degree with International Relations, meant I could explore my long-term interests in foreign affairs.

Madeleine Dunne

Bachelor of Journalism and Professional Writing, Bachelor of Arts (International Relations)

Madeleine Dunne

Madeleine Dunne

Bachelor of Journalism and Professional Writing, Bachelor of Arts (International Relations)

Why study at UniSA?

As one of the most innovative universities in Australia and Asia, there are many reasons to study with us. Here are just three:

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Accessible, helpful and flexible

We have six campuses, a 24/7 online learning environment, and we offer flexible study options like online and evening courses.

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Graduate success

UniSA is South Australia's number one university for graduate careers.*
*QILT: Graduate Destination Survey 2014-2016 Full-time Employment Indicator

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A five star university

Five stars for research, teaching, employability, internationalisation, facilities, social responsibility and inclusiveness.*
*QS Stars rankings 2017