The UTS Bachelor of Communication (Journalism) is one of Australia’s most respected undergraduate journalism programs.
Equipping you with the skills to pursue career opportunities across the breadth of the media sector, you’ll learn to produce innovative multiplatform journalism in a range of styles including investigative, political and environmental reporting.
Focused on growing truth, balance and great storytelling in the heart of our journalistic practice, we’ll also ask you to think about the role of journalism as key to democracy and to societies around the world.
This course is embedded in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
UTS Journalism Year in Review - 2019
Want to know what our students get up to? Check out our highlights of the year.
It's been a big year for UTS Journalism.
Our Central News team reported on breaking news, launched a brand new website and won best publication in Australia at the Ossie Awards.
We also launched Meet the Journalist, giving our students the opportunity to interview Leigh Sales, Hamish Macdonald, Rick Morton, Sandra Sully, David Speers, Fran Kelly, Richard Cooke and Emma Alberici.
Our students reported from around the world on three Foreign Corrrespondent Study Tours to Tunisia, India and the Philippines.
As well as live reporting from protest in Hong Kong and Chile.
Our students and alumni were recognised for their excellence in journalism with:
3x Walkley Awards + 2x nominations
1x Walkley Young Australian Journalist Award + 1x nomination
1x Walkley Our Watch Award
4x Ossie Awards + 1x Highly Commended
1x Kennedy Award for Young Journalist of the Year
1x NSW Premier’s Multicultural Communication Award for Student of the Year + 2x Nominations
1x New York Festival Radio Bronze Award for Best Student Documentary
1x Dreamtime Awards Media Person of the Year Finalist
Stay tuned for 2020
- Bachelor of Communication (Journalism)
- Bachelor of Communication (Journalism) / Bachelor of Arts in International Studies
- Bachelor of Communication (Journalism) / Bachelor of Laws
- Bachelor of Communication (Journalism) / Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation
There's a lot of concern that there won't be jobs for graduates when they leave its just that there's been a shift in journalism. Employers are now looking for students who are tech savvy who have multimedia skills. We also teach students how to actually go out and sell all those skills to their future employers.
Currently I'm at BuzzFeed as a post writer. I guess my day-to-day is more writing and pitching posts as well as editing videos. Starting at UTS is probably one of the best decisions I had made. From the get-go there are so many incredible opportunities to advance your skills in print, radio and video work.
The biggest skill that I use now in my role at Nine is definitely the writing that I learned while I was at UTS so being able to be succinct and really clear and really straightforward with what I say.
The journalism course at UTS is one of those really really great degrees where you get an opportunity to be hands on with your work from day one. So I remember back in first semester first year I was already out reporting, covering stories, interviewing people which is something that's not found everywhere else.
Central News is designed to replicate any real world newsroom experience, so anything that's produced in central news is the original work of all the students in the journalism program.
We teach not just how to do a web story but audio skills, video skills, podcasting. For central news I learned a lot of different journalism skills. I learned how to find sources which is really useful in my current role, I'm interview producing for the ABC.
It's also helped with my writing skills. The editor would go through my work line by line with me. I've now been doing a bit of freelancing work and so that. Kind of fine tooth comb with my work really helped me yeah to just develop my journalistic skills.
In addition to that there are internships, there are also foreign correspondent study tours.
The foreign correspondents study tour is a study tour that's organized by UTS where you get an opportunity to go overseas for two weeks and learn what it's like to work as a foreign correspondent. So I was lucky enough to go to Bangalore in India where we had an intensive two weeks of reporting, writing and filming our own stories and just learning everything that encompasses what it is to be a foreign correspondent.
I think the fact that the graduates here emerge with multimedia, multi-platform skills is what sets them apart. It means that they're job ready for everything from mainstream media to public service communication, internal communications and I think that those multimedia skills are intrinsically linked to journalism now.
Why Journalism at UTS?
- Respected journalism program
Join the ranks of one of the most respected journalism programs in the country, led by discipline head Monica Attard OAM. Our students have won Ossie awards for outstanding student journalism and many of our graduates have gone onto receive prestigious Walkley awards.
- Build a professional portfolio
Thanks to our practical approach to learning, every semester you'll be producing stories, reports and multimedia content that will form your professional portfolio. You'll also have the opportunity to publish and broadcast your work before you graduate in various student and community publications such as U:Mag, Vertigo and 2SER-FM radio.
- Gain experience in a newsroom
All UTS Journalism students are invited to join Central News, a dedicated multi-platform news service based at UTS. At Central News, you'll put your studies into practice by producing text, audio and video stories ranging from breaking news to interactive features. You'll also receive one-on-one mentoring and support from Journalism Lecturer and Multimedia Editor Sue Stephenson.
- International opportunities
Benefit from our strong international links and exchange opportunities. As a journalism student, you can embark on a Foreign Correspondent Study Tour, an immersive foreign affairs program with destinations such as Jordan, India, Philippines and Tunisia. You can also undertake a Global Exchange to a partner university or spend a whole year abroad with a combined degree in International Studies.
- Professional recognition
As a UTS student, you can access the Women in Media and Walkey Foundation networks, which provide professional development programs and networking opportunities. As a graduate, you'll be eligible to apply for professional-level membership of the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA). Your degree will also be recognised by the Australian Press Council.
- Add a second major
Expand your career opportunities by adding a second major to your degree. Options include Public Communication, Creative Writing, Digital and Social Media or Social and Political Sciences. An Honours degree is also available for outstanding students who want to prepare for higher degree research.
- Stories from the Streets: Local Journalism, Social Media
- Narrative Multimedia Journalism
- Digging Deeper: Current Affairs and Longer-form Journalism
- Investigating: Data, Tools and Stories
- The Hive: Collaborative Journalism
- Industry Portfolio
View the study plan for Journalism in the UTS Handbook.
Career options include reporter, producer, editor, social media editor, sub-editor, feature and freelance journalist, investigative journalist, researcher, and print, broadcast and online media strategist. Graduates are often employed in areas related to journalism, such as communication advisers or content producers, and as workers in non-government organisations and other civil society bodies, such as unions, universities and charities.
I started interning at Central News in my first few weeks of university. It was a really safe environment to start as there wasn't too much pressure and I could make mistakes and learn from them. It also helped me build a portfolio of work, which was useful when applying for opportunities including the ABC job. Without Central News, I wouldn't be where I am today.
Bachelor of Communication (Journalism)
The best part of studying journalism at UTS is that I am exposed to being a real journalist every day. The practical nature of the degree has made me and my peers very desirable candidates for employment in an industry that is really tough to break out into.
Bachelor of Communication (Journalism)
Choosing to study at UTS was one of the best decisions I have ever made. Throughout my three years, I had an incredible range of opportunities to refine my reporting and writing skills. Whether that was through practical assignments like News Day, submitting a story for Vertigo (the student magazine), or having lectures from industry professionals, there was always something available to help you become the best journalist you could be.
Junior staff writer, BuzzFeed
Bachelor of Arts in Communication (Journalism)
Hi I’m Julia Holman.
I graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, and I studied in Chile, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from UTS.
Studying at UTS was really excellent preparation for the work I’m doing now.
From the journalism degree I had excellent teachers, lecturers, mentors, who were saying “get into the workforce whichever way you can, do internships, write articles, be part of the radio station” and that just really got me working in a controlled, safe, mentored environment.
There really is no typical day or anybody who works in daily news and current affairs because you can wake up in the morning and the night before you had your plan, and you thought the day was under control, and then you wake up and some disaster has happened, somewhere in the world, or an amazing story about somebody’s survival has emerged.
And so you need to throw that show out that you had in your head from last night, and start afresh.
Hi I’m Han Nguyen. I’m currently studying Communications here at UTS, and I’m majoring in journalism.
I’ve always known that I wanted to study at UTS, it’s been a dream of mine since I was a kid.
The culture and the environment is something that appealed to me.
The fact that you are taught by real journalists who had been in the industry for years, it was so appealing, because they are teaching you what they’ve learnt in the field.
So it made it so much easier for us as students to be real journalists.
It’s such a hands on and practical experience.
You’re not just sitting at a desk.
You are literally thrown into the deep end on the first day and you’re sent on a story out in the field.
I’ve done a few internships throughout my course.
7 news, 9 news, a few of the shows on Channel Ten, and most recently I completed a six week internship placement at Sydney Morning Herald.
Whilst there I contributed to 40 editorial pieces, two front pages, and one of my stories actually made the top news article of the day, and that one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve ever had.
I still a year left in my degree, but I’m not worried about not finding a job when I graduate, because UTS has prepared me to be the journalist who I am, and I feel like there is something out there for me.
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