Bachelor of Journalism

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  • Objectives
    Bond University’s Journalism program is recognized internationally for its quality and innovation and covers a gamut of media, including print, radio, specialization in the areas of Television Journalism, Health Reporting, IT Reporting, Business and Finance Reporting, Crime Reporting, Sports Reporting or Foreign Correspondence.
  • Practical experience
    Work Experience & Internships Some students without practical workplace experience, or with workplace experience in a field different from their studies, choose to undertake an internship as part of their degree. This intensely practical professional development approach fosters graduates who are ready, willing and able to hit the ground running and make an immediate impact in the workplace.
  • Entry requirements
    Successful completion of Year 12 or equivalent, Bond College Certificate.
  • Academic title
    Bachelor of Journalism
  • Course description
    Professional Outcomes

    This program is designed for students for with a career focus aimed directly at working in mainstream journalism, initially as a reporter in newspapers, radio, television or digital media. Students pursuing other vocations where journalistic skills are required will also find this program beneficial.


    International Students: Students must undertake four subjects per semester (equivalent to 40 credit points) to fulfil student visa requirements.

    Domestic Students: Most Students undertake four subjects per semester (equivalent to 40 credit points). You may, however, enrol in fewer subjects (equivalent to 30 credit points) and extend your degree over a longer period.

    Bond's Teaching methodology involves a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, examinations, projects, presentations, assignments, computer labs and industry projects.

    Combined Degrees

    Students can combine this degree with any other undergraduate degree at Bond (except Medicine) to suit their professional and personal interests. Bond's three-semester academic year allows students to complete two degrees in the same time it would take to complete just one degree at other universities (dependant upon degree combination).

    Program Structure
    Core Subjects

    Every Bachelor degree student at Bond is required to complete at least one subject from each of the following four discipline clusters
    Communication (1)

        * CORE11-100 Communication Skills
        * CORE11-101 Public Speaking: Presentation Skills for Leaders

    Outcomes: To communicate effectively in writing, speaking and visual; to understand the nature of communication processes and sources of difficulty in communication.
    Information Technology (1)

        * CORE11-110 Information Technology 1
        * CORE11-111 Business Applications of IT

    Outcomes: To work effectively with contemporary information technology; to evaluate critically the current and future role of computing technology in the storage, retrieval and processing of information.
    Values (1)

        * CORE11-120 Cultural and Ethical Values
        * CORE11-120 Contemporary Issues in Law and Society

    Outcomes: To appreciate the foundation of moral, ethical and social theories and their relevance to issues of public concern and debate; to use theoretical ideas in formulating arguments about how particular issues should be resolved.
    Organisations (1)

        * CORE11-130 Strategic Management
        * CORE11-131 Entrepreneurship

    Outcomes: To appreciate the natural, dynamic and strategic positioning of organisations within their environments; to appreciate the nature of effective work in groups.
    Foundation Subjects (6)

    Students must complete all of the following subjects:

        * AUST11-100 Major Australian Writing
        * JOUR12-230 Ethical and Legal Strategies for the Media
        * COMN12-203 Mass Media
        * JOUR11-101 The Australian Media

    Plus one (1) of the following subjects:

        * ECON11-100 Principles of Economics (School of Business) OR
        * INTR12-214 International Political Economy

    Plus one (1) of the following subjects:

        * INTR-100 Introduction to International Relations
        * AUST11-102 Australian Government and Politics (Faculty of Law)

    Journalism major (8)

    Students must complete:

        * JOUR11-100 Writing for News Media
        * JOUR12-180 Journalism Research Methods
        * JOUR12-240 Newspaper Reporting
        * JOUR13-315 Foundations of Broadcast Journalism

    Plus four (4) of the following subjects:

        * JOUR13-305 Photojournalism, Editing and Publishing
        * JOUR13-300 Freelance Writing: Magazine and Creative Non-Fiction
        * JOUR13-318 Reporting Specialities: Sports, Travel, Fashion
        * JOUR13-320 Broadcast Journalism Practice
        * JOUR12-250 Foreign Correspondence

    Reporting specialisation/Electives (4)

    Minor in specialist reporting field, four 4 subjects in one of the following areas:

        * Television Journalism (Film and Television),
        * Health Reporting (Health Sciences or Psychology),
        * IT Reporting (Information Technology),
        * Business and Finance Reporting (Business and Finance),
        * Foreign Correspondence (IR or Languages),
        * Crime Reporting (Criminology or Law) or
        * Sports Reporting (Health Sciences).

    or choose 4 electives, of which at least 2 must come from the H&SS list of undergraduate subjects
    Journalism practicum (2)

    Students must complete:

        * COMN12-273 Workplace Relations, Career Planning & Portfolio Development

    Plus 1 of the following subjects:

        * JOUR13-700 Journalism Internship
        * JOUR13-600 Special Topic in Journalism

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