Links - Journalism courses

The following are some useful links to institutions and organisations that offer journalism education. There are many thousands around the world; these are some the editors of The News Manual know something about, though we do not specifically endorse any. Where text appears in quotes it is usually taken from their website itself. We show the actual URL so you know exactly where the link will take you.


Australasia and the Pacific

Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS): "... is Australia's premier national training institution for the screen and broadcast industries and enjoys strong political and industry support. AFTRS production, research and collaborative activities contribute directly to the nation's creative economy. The school is focused on continuing to nurture and launch the careers of the next generation of Australian screen story tellers and audio visual practitioners." Based in Sydney.

AUT University: "AUT's Communication Studies programmes prepare you for a media career or enhance the skills you already have. Designed in consultation with media and communication professionals, they give you a thorough grounding in theory, analysis and practice. The demand for graduates is high because the standard is high." Also hosts the Pacific Media Centre, Auckland, New Zealand. (See also Links - Research Resources)

Bond University: "... equipping its students with both the theoretical understanding and the practical, hands-on skills needed for rewarding careers in news and current affairs. Journalism undergraduate programs at Bond University recognise the diversity of the media and the range of specialised journalism positions throughout the realm of new media industries." Based on the Gold Coast, Queensland.

Central Queensland University (CQU): "offers comprehensive online journalism courses through its eJournalism programs. At CQU, the internet is seen as a platform for courses, a method of publication, an object of study and a communications link to our professional collegiate." Based in Rockhampton, Queensland.

Charles Sturt University (CSU): "It was one of the first communication schools set up over 30 years ago [and] ... was also the first to offer specialist BA Advertising and Commercial Radio degree courses. The School’s focus has always been on preparing students for professional employment. Postgraduate courses are offered by Distance Education at Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and Masters degree levels in PR/Organisation Communication, Journalism and Cultural Event Management." Based in Bathurst, NSW.

Curtin University: "Media and Information (M&I) builds on an enviable reputation as the provider of high quality education in the fields of Journalism, Film and Television, Internet Studies, ... Media Studies and Mass Communication." Based in Perth, Western Australia.

Deakin University: "Journalism at Deakin provides students with the skills and knowledge needed to become a qualified journalist in the broadcast and print media. Students study mass media, ethical and legal issues, gain research skills, workplace experience via internships, and learn methods and techniques of specialist writing." Based in Melbourne.

Divine Word University (DWU): Recently revised its Communication Arts (Journalism) program. "The revised curriculum has a stronger academic and general education component and a change in scope. Originally the program focused on training students to work in the mainstream media. The Department has now expanded its curriculum in order to respond to the wider communication needs in the country." Based in Madang, Papua New Guinea.

Edith Cowan University (ECU): Offers both undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in media - with specialisations in subjects including journalism and broadcasting - through its School of Communications and Arts. Based in Perth, Western Australia.

Griffith University: "Griffith's journalism courses are designed to equip students with the broad knowledge and practical expertise required to get your foot in the door of the media industry. You will receive a solid grounding in basic journalistic skills such as writing, interviewing, politics, law and investigative research before specialising in one or two formats (print, radio, television or online)." Based in Brisbane and the Gold Coast, Queensland.

Jschool: "An Australian college of journalism established by well-known journalism educator Professor John Henningham to provide industry-relevant education and training for students seeking careers as journalists. It is based in Brisbane, capital of the state of Queensland."

La Trobe University: "This course [Bachelor of Journalism] offers training for students who plan to work in the areas of print, television, radio and online journalism. It also provides a broad understanding of the operation and regulation of the media and its cultural, social, political and economic role in society." Based in Melbourne.

Monash University: "Monash offers one journalism award, the Bachelor of Arts (Journalism), at the Gippsland campus. A journalism sequence is offered in the Bachelor of Communications and the Bachelor of Arts. A journalism specialisation is offered at the Berwick campus in the Bachelor of Communications. Students from other degrees and other campuses may choose journalism units as electives." Based in Churchill and Melbourne, Victoria.

Murdoch University School of Media Communication & Culture (MCC): "The School's focus is media and multimedia theory and production (film, television, radio and online media, as well as broadcast and print journalism), mass communication, public relations, communication and cultural studies, Australian Indigenous Studies and Women's Studies." Based in Perth, Western Australia.

New Zealand Broadcasting School (NZBS): "is the premier national provider of advanced applied training in television, film, digital media and radio performance & production in New Zealand." Based in Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology.

Pacific Media Centre (PMC): "Informed journalism and media research contributes to economic, political and social development and the Pacific Media Centre will stimulate research into contemporary Maori, Pacific and ethnic media and culture production. PMC will also collaborate with other Asia-Pacific media centres engaged in research and cultural production and develop cultural and research publications, building on the success of the peer-reviewed publication Pacific Journalism Review." The Centre, within AUT University in Auckland, New Zealand, is headed by one of the Pacific Region's most respected journalists and educators, Associate Professor David Robie.

Queensland University of Technology (QUT): "Journalism courses provide professional preparation for careers in print, broadcast and online media anywhere in the world. At the core of the journalism course is the production and presentation of news and current affairs reports for 4EB radio, Briz31 television, print and online communications." Based in Brisbane, Queensland.

RMIT University: "The program blends theory and practice: You will learn the core professional skills for journalism and how to reflect on your practice. They also learn the context in which journalism is done. You will produce journalism through a newspaper and a news web site, and take part in live radio bulletins for community radio, and regular news and current affairs programs for community television." Based in Melbourne.

TAFE NSW Sydney Institute, Petersham College: "We offer a suite of hands on courses in news media, radio broadcasting and communications media. These are delivered ... in an industry focussed learning environment equipped to meet contemporary media standards." Based in Sydney.

University of Canberra: "Communication courses meet the needs of the mass media industries and business world, providing graduates with the skills to take up entry level positions immediately, combined with the theoretical knowledge and ability to lead their chosen profession over their careers. We provide three main streams for undergraduates: Advertising and marketing communication; Journalism; Public relations."

University of Canterbury: "The Graduate Diploma in Journalism is designed to prepare students who have completed a first degree for a career in journalism – print and broadcasting. There is a strong emphasis on practical work. Students report for local newspapers and contribute to a wide range of magazines and other publications throughout the year. Radio items are broadcast on a weekly bulletin." Based in Christchurch, New Zealand.

University of Melbourne: "Media and Communications at the University of Melbourne offers an exciting range of undergraduate, postgraduate coursework and research based courses and awards. All courses aim to equip students to understand the changing nature of media industries and professional practices in the contemporary world and how these inform diverse social, cultural and political processes at global to local levels."

University of Newcastle: "Bachelor of Communication - creating highly skilled and adaptable professionals in the areas of media production, journalism and public relations." Campuses in Newcastle, NSW, and Singapore.

University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG): "The program aims to prepare people to work with information and communicate in a professional capacity (e.g. information managers, journalists and PR specialists)." Based in Port Moresby.

University of Queensland: "Our innovative programs offer a wide choice of journalism and communication courses, and keep apace with ever-changing technology and industry requirements. Programs at undergraduate and postgraduate levels cover practical and theoretical aspects of journalism, communication and public relations." Based in Brisbane and Ipswich.

University of South Australia (UniSA): Offers undergraduate programs in journalism and journalism + international studies. Also offers postgraduate certificates, diplomas and degrees in journalism and related fields. Based in Adelaide.

University of Southern Queensland (USQ): Offers undergraduate and postgraduate diplomas, certificates and degrees in subjects including journalism, editing and publishing. Has radio, television and print production facilities on campus at Toowoomba.

University of the South Pacific (USP): "The arts degree major in Journalism and Diploma in Pacific Journalism are designed to prepare professional communicators for careers in the news media industry and for information roles in the regional and global media community. The programme is intensely practical ... and it involves a broad spectrum of both professional and background studies." Based in Suva, Fiji.

University of Sydney: Although offering a more generalist range of media and communications programs, the University of Sydney does offer some journalism practice courses.

University of Tasmania (UTAS): "Journalism, Media and Communications at UTAS equips students to critically analyse Australian and international media from a variety of perspectives and for work in the media industries. Students study a range of relevant media theory and research methods and are introduced to the practical skills of writing, researching and producing for print, television, radio, and online media." Based in Hobart.

University of Technology Sydney (UTS): "UTS Journalism includes streams in print, radio, television and online journalism as well as investigative, political and specialist reporting subjects. The emphasis is on developing journalists who are innovative, reflective and have a strong understanding of the role of journalism and the contexts in which it is practised in Australia and internationally." Based in Sydney.

University of Western Sydney (UWS): "The Journalism major ... integrates an understanding of how communication works with real-world experience in broadcast, print and online journalism. You'll develop journalism skills for newspapers, magazines, Internet, radio, television, corporate and community media contexts, and you'll come to understand news team culture and management." Based in Sydney.

University of Wollongong (UOW): "The Bachelor of Journalism is a three-year full-time course that caters for students planning a career in journalism or a related field. The course has been designed to provide students with a range of skills that will enable them to work in print, broadcast or online media." Also has Masters program. Based in Wollongong, NSW.

Other Commonwealth

Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies (JOMEC): "One of the largest media departments in the UK. A pioneering force in journalism education since the 1970s, the School is now a world renowned centre for the study of all aspects of journalism, mass media and cultural studies."

Institute for the Advancement of Journalism (IAJ): "The IAJ was set up in 1992 to help improve journalism just as South Africa entered a new democratic era. Since then, thousands of people have passed through its doors. We place special emphasis on interactive learning, giving participants scope to develop their skills through discussion, role-play and hands-on exercises." Based in Johannesburg.

National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ): "Delivers the premier journalism training scheme in the UK.  Our range of journalism training products and services includes: accredited courses; qualifications and examinations; awards; careers information; distance learning; short courses and continuing professional development; information and research; publications and events." Their website lists more than 60 courses at 39 centres around the UK. Based in London.

Reuters Foundation: "trains several hundred journalists a year, sharing the skills and reporting principles that have made Reuters a highly respected and trusted international news agency. Journalists from around the world take part in workshops in subjects such as writing international news, sports or photo journalism, television news coverage, writing business news and covering environmental or health issues." Based in London.

Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism: "The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, sponsored by the Reuters Foundation and established in the Department of Politics and International Relations, marks Oxford University's commitment to create an international research centre in the comparative study of journalism." Based in Oxford, UK.

Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF): "An independent media research, documentation and training centre working to promote and defend freedom of press." Based in Karachi

Rhodes University: Students from all over Africa come to study the University’s range of courses on all aspects of media production including journalism, photojournalism, new media, television, radio, writing and editing and design. Based in Grahamstown, South Africa.

Sri Lanka College of Journalism (SLCJ): "endeavors to change the media from within by imparting world class training and education for journalists in Sri Lanka. The three main programs are: a one year full time diploma course in journalism; monthly mid-career courses for journalists already working in the industry; regular regional courses for provincial correspondents." Based in Colombo.

Thomson Foundation: "We work with a highly experienced dedicated team of over 60 media specialists who we can call on whenever the need arises [to provide] overseas courses, workshops and seminars - often in the offices of a local media organisation, the British Council or an NGO; communication projects abroad for NGOs, media enterprises, UN agencies, and governments; annual summer courses in advanced reporting skills for broadcast, print and online journalists at our UK headquarters; tailored UK courses and study visits designed for individual partners; the production of multi-media materials (video and print) on specific issues like HIV/AIDS, energy and the environment. The courses cover every aspect of radio, television and online journalism, from reporting and production to media regulation." Based in Cardiff, UK.

University of British Columbia (UBC): "The Master of Journalism degree is an intensive professional graduate program that runs over four terms with a summer internship.  It is designed to provide graduates with the optimal mix of academic theory and practice to succeed as a journalist locally or globally." Based in Vancouver, Canada.

The School also hosts Journalism Ethics for the Global Citizen which "aims to study and improve journalism standards through discussion among journalists, academics and the public".

University of Witwatersrand: "The Graduate School draws on the skills of the country's leading academics in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Creative Arts. This intellectual expertise is harnessed to produce graduates who will not simply become personnel trained in particular procedures, but innovators, initiators and conceptualisers." Has a program in journalism and media studies. Based in Johannesburg.


Asia Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD): Set up by the United Nations in 1977 and aimed at generating a vibrant media environment in the Asia-Pacific region. Since it was established, more than 23,000 broadcasters have benefited from seminars, courses and workshops in a range of media issues. Based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

College of Journalism and Mass Communication (CJMC): "Launched in January 2001, the College of Journalism and Mass Communication became the first private sector initiative in Nepal to offer academic courses in journalism and mass communication. The college is affiliated to Purbanchal University." Based in Kathmandu.

East-West Center: "Journalism fellowships and exchanges for working American and Asia Pacific journalists promote understanding of the complexities of the Asia Pacific region through study tours. Intensive dialogue with colleagues, government officials, business executives and community leaders provides participants with a means to broaden their network of contacts." Based in Hawaii.

European Journalism Centre (EJC): "is an independent, international, non-profit institute dedicated to the highest standards in journalism, primarily through the further training of journalists and media professionals. Building on its extensive international network, the Centre operates as a facilitator and partner in a wide variety of training projects." Based in Maastricht, The Netherlands, and Brussels, Belgium.

Institute for Further Education of Journalists: Fojo is Sweden's only mid-career training center for professional journalists. Fojo began its international activities in the early 1990s, offering courses and workshops in a broad range of topics covering everything from basic reporter skills to media management." Based in Kalmar, Sweden.

Interactive Telecommunications Program, New York University: "A two-year graduate program located in the Tisch School of the Arts whose mission is to explore the imaginative use of communications technologies — how they might augment, improve, and bring delight and art into people’s lives." Based in New York.

Maynard Institute for Journalism Education: "Dedicated to training journalists of color and helping the news media reflect the nation's diversity in staffing, content and business operations." Based in California, USA.

Top Journalism Schools: A website with advice on finding a journalism school in the United States, with links to dozens of sites across the country. Based in the USA.

Zayed University, UAE: "The College of Communication and Media Sciences offers students opportunities to perfect their communication skills and to discover how they might use those skills to play important leadership roles. Students master the crafts of written, oral and visual communication through the courses they complete, co-curricular activities on campus, and internships and practicum experiences both on campus and in the workplace." Based in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

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