University of South Australia

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, community and niche media and communication fields. It also opens 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 practise these skills in a real-world environment when you complete an industry internship or project. This is a great opportunity for you to develop your skills, and build important industry experience.

Key features

  • Learn in our industry-standard television and radio studios, located on-campus.
  • Study a curriculum informed by world-class research in Creative Arts and Writing, Language, Communication and Culture1.
  • Gain real-world experience when you complete an industry internship or project.
  • Become a published writer with student publications Verse and On the Record, and online radio station UniCast.

1 2018 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’ve had 100% of our research rated at or above world-class1, and this excellence shines through our teaching. Our people are inspired by challenges and opportunities. We partner with local journalists and media identities and international industry professionals to focus on real-world projects.

12018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

UniSA offers the following Journalism and Professional Writing degrees

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Your career

Our journalism and professional writing qualifications prepare you for a career as a journalist and writer working in text, broadcast, other audio and video, online or for multimedia organisations. You may also set up as an entrepreneurial journalist, charting your own international career. Journalism and journalism-related careers to consider:

  • journalist: research, write, edit, proofread and file news stories for use on television, radio or for publication in newspapers, magazines or journals, either in a media organisation or as a freelance or entrepreneurial journalist
  • reporter: deliver updates on news stories; reporters often cover breaking stories to quickly inform the public
  • TV/radio presenter and/or interviewer: the public face or voice of programs broadcast on television, radio and online
  • researcher/producer: for broadcast, podcast or vodcast; journalists research stories, find people to interview and put rich and informative audio or video stories together
  • scriptwriter: create characters and storylines for movie or television scripts
  • 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
Your Career

Global networks

We are a globally connected university, and our staff and students come from more than 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, NITV/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


Employment for journalists and other writers in Australia is projected to increase by 7.1 per cent by November 20261

1Australian Government, National Skills Commission, Occupational Employment Projections 2021


In 2021, the total Australian media and entertainment market reached $45.6 billion1.  

1PwC’s Entertainment & Media Outlook 2022

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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:


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.


Graduate success

UniSA is South Australia's number one university for graduate careers.*
*ComparED (QILT) Graduate Outcomes Survey 2019-21 – Full-time Employment Indicator (Undergraduate). SA public universities.


A five star university

Five stars for research, employability, teaching, facilities, internationalisation, inclusiveness and innovation*
*2023 QS Stars Ratings