The journalism program at Curtin University is Western Australia’s largest and oldest, having celebrated its 45th anniversary in 2018.
The program offers an undergraduate Journalism Major, a Master of Journalism, Graduate Diploma in Journalism and Graduate Certificate in Journalism. Our graduates include many outstanding journalists who have gone on to successful media careers in Western Australia, interstate and overseas.
The program aims to provide students with a thorough understanding of the theoretical, ethical and legal issues associated with journalism, as well as the practical skills necessary to work in a contemporary news environment. The program has strong links to the WA media industry, and students may have the opportunity to do a work placement as part of their degree.
The journalism major includes the core units of Introduction to Journalism – Writing, Introduction to Journalism – Broadcast, Media Law and Ethics, News Writing and Reporting, Radio News and Video News before offering advanced and specialist units for third year students. These include Presentation for Broadcast, Advanced Radio, Feature Writing, Multimedia News Production, Industry Placement and Journalism Major Project. Journalism students have also been given the opportunity to undertake a study tour in Shanghai, China.
Curtin Journalism graduates and students have won numerous media awards. These include Gold Walkley Award winner Steve Pennells from The West Australian and Gold Logie winner Carrie Bickmore. In recent years several Curtin Journalism students have won awards or been highly commended at the Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia’s national student journalism awards.
Curtin Journalism staff members have extensive experience in the media industry, and strong links to the Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia, and the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance.