The journalism program at Curtin University is Western Australia’s largest and oldest, having celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2013.
The program offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, and has produced many outstanding graduates 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.
It includes the core units of Introduction to Journalism – Writing, Introduction to Journalism – Broadcast, Media Law and Media Ethics before offering a range of specialist units for second and third year students.
Students’ work is showcased via several platforms.
The Western Independent website you are reading publishes the multimedia work of Photo Journalism, News Writing and Reporting, Radio News, Feature Writing, Study Tour, Major Project and Multimedia News Production students. The website also showcases journalism from an Aboriginal Community Engagement project founded by an interdisciplinary team of staff from Curtin University’s Faculty of Humanities.
Advanced Broadcast students also have the opportunity to produce news packages and voice reports for Curtin FM and, in some semesters, contribute to the award-winning Noongar Dandjoo television series broadcast on NITV.
Curtin Journalism graduates and students have won numerous media awards. These include former Gold Walkley Award winner Steve Pennells from The West Australian and 2012 Walkley Young Australian Journalists of the Year, Jake Sturmer of the ABC and Anthony DeCeglie of The Sunday Times. 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. Curtin Journalism staff are also actively engaged in the production of academic research.