Dynamic Journalism at Bond
The journalism industry is constantly changing and evolving, and our Journalism degree at Bond adapts to these changes to ensure work readiness. At Bond, not only will you learn to craft and tell a story- you’ll also have the opportunity to specialise in the area you’re most passionate about. The Bachelor of Journalism allows students to find their creative side, incorporating traditional and non-traditional methods with emerging media trends. With a variety of University industry ties, students will be able to undertake assessment linked to real world publications.
Choose from 15 specialist Majors including:
Social Media, Advertising, Sports Industry, International Relations and many more.
Communications and Digital Media Experience Day
Are you interested in studying Communications and Digital Media? Gain an insight into the program by attending our Communications and Digital Media Experience Day!
When: Wednesday, 28 June 2017
Where: Bond University, Gold Coast
Register your attendance.
* This event is complimentary for Year 10, 11 and 12 students and one parent.
About the program
The Bachelor of Journalism is recognised internationally for its quality and innovation, incorporating foundations in journalistic traditions with emerging media trends. Students are trained in news writing, broadcast reporting, photography, media rounds and industries, digital publication and design, media ethics and law. Students can undertake specialised subjects such as Foreign Correspondence; Fashion, Travel and Sport Writing; Multimedia Production; Photojournalism; Creative Non-Fiction and Fiction Writing; Social Media and Citizen Journalism. Bond is committed to maintaining strong industry ties, with many assessment tasks linked to real world publication outcomes including internet publications. Students will have the opportunity to report for local, national and international media outlets throughout their degree and can undertake internships in Australia or internationally in places like New York, Washington and London.
The Bachelor of Journalism allows students to find their creative side, while incorpoating journalists traditions with emerging media trends. With a varierty of Univeristy industry ties, students will be able to undertake assessment linked to real world publications.
This degree equips graduates with the ability to produce and edit content for a range of traditional and multimedia platforms, including newspapers, radio, television, web, tablet and social media. Students pursuing other vocations where journalistic skills are required will also find this program beneficial. Graduates could expect to find employment as broadcast journalists or hosts, television or radio producers, print journalists or editors, magazine feature writers or editors, web journalists or editors, photographers and photojournalists, professional writers or bloggers.
The Bachelor of Journalism program comprises of these subjects, as follows:
Foundation subjects (13)
- Writing for News Media (JOUR11-100)
- The Australian Media (JOUR11-101)
- Ethical and Legal Strategies for Communication (JOUR12-230)
- Investigative Journalism (JOUR12-180)
- Foundations of Broadcast Journalism (JOUR13-315)
- Image and Photography (FITV11-120)
- Digital Publishing and Design (JOUR12-240)
- Creative Writing: Fiction and Non-Fiction (JOUR13-300)
- Freelance Writing and Reporting Specialties (JOUR13-318)
- Multimedia Journalism (JOUR13-320)
- Journalism Project (JOUR13-600)
- Television 1: Studio Production (FITV11-140)
Social Media Tactics (PUBR12-100)
- Journalism Internship (JOUR13-700)
Workplace Relations, Career Planning and Portfolio Development (COMN12-273)
Specialist Major (6)
Choose 6 subjects from one of the following Majors avaliable:
Students must choose two (2) elective subjects of which at least one (1) must come from the Faculty of Society & Design list of undergraduate subjects.
To fulfil your student visa requirements, you will need to enrol in 40 credit points per semester.
Most students undertake four (4) subjects per semester (equivalent to 40 credit points). You may however enrol in fewer subjects and extend your degree over a longer period.
Bond University’s teaching methodology involves a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, examinations, projects, presentations, assignments, computer labs and industry projects.
Year 12 school leaver
Bond University requires the successful completion of Year 12 or equivalent for entry to Bachelor level programs. Bond does not rely solely on the Overall Position (OP) or the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR). Rather, a range of criteria are also considered such as extracurricular activities and personal attributes, including outstanding leadership qualities and community involvement.
International Secondary School students
For more information for International Students, including the International Baccalaureate, please go to the International Secondary School equivalency page.
Alternative entry pathways
For those applicants who do not currently have the required academic qualifications, there are a number of alternative entry pathways:
- Bond University Tertiary Preparation programs
- Bond University Diploma programs
- Other institutional Tertiary Preparation Programs
- Vocational education and training qualifications (Certificate IV and above)
- Prior higher education experience (at this university or another)
- Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)
- Professional or para-professional qualifications/experience
- Employment experience verified by a statement of service from the employer stating the position title and length of service and a very brief statement on the tasks undertaken.
For more information on what is required please visit our how to apply page.
English language proficiency requirements
As tuition is delivered in English, all students will be required to provide documented evidence of the required level of proficiency in the English language. Read more detailed information on English language proficiency requirements for university study.
Credit for prior study
Subject credits may be awarded for previous studies. To apply for credits, you will need to submit academic transcripts including detailed subject outlines/course descriptions for each relevant subject and/or certified copies of testamurs to the Office of Future Students. Please refer to how to apply for credit for more information
How to apply
Role reversals aren’t too common so you can imagine the fun we had interviewing former Bond alumna Maria Lewis, a journalist & author based in Sydney about studying journalism at Bond University & life as a journalist after graduating.
Starting out covering police rounds at the Gold Coast Bulletin as a teenager, Maria soon traded felons for film becoming a pop culture commentator. Her work has appeared in The Daily Mail, Empire, New York Post, Penthouse, Huffington Post, The Daily and Sunday Telegraph, SFX, News.com.au, Daily Life, Junkee, College Humor and more. She currently works on nightly news program The Feed on SBS. Her debut novel Who’s Afraid? was published in 2016 and is the first in a five book supernatural series from Little Brown Books in London. She’s the host and producer of the Eff Yeah Film & Feminism podcast.
1. How did you come to realise journalism was for you?
I won the John Burton Cadetship Scholarship which is a joint program with Bond University and the Gold Coast Bulletin and it was an unbelievable opportunity unlike anything else in Australia where I was able to study while simultaneously working in the field as a reporter. It accelerated both my experience as a student and staff writer, while combining a lot of things I’d always loved doing into the one career: engaging with people, writing, investigating, asking questions and letting my curiosity lead me wherever I needed to go.
2. Were there any defining moments in your degree?
The foreign correspondence class was exceptional, with our lecturer being someone who actively worked in the field and had for decades as the ABC’s foreign correspondent for the Asia Pacific region. In just one semester he was able to impart more practical advice and useful tie-bits than anything that could be taught from a text book.
3. What’s life been like after graduating and what would you describe as the highlight in your career?
Life has been life, with highs and lows both professionally and personally. A constant has always been a love of what I do and remaining eternally engaged in my career as a journalist and writer. The highlight for me so far has been getting an international publishing deal with Little Brown Books in London for a supernatural series I wrote and seeing that first book Who’s Afraid? released in Australia and internationally in 2016.
4. How has your experience at Bond helped you to fulfil your current career goals?
It gave me the skills I needed to create an advantage in the professional realm.
5. Based on your vast wealth of experience, what advice would you give to someone studying Journalism?
Stay forever curious; whether it’s writing about movies or murderers, politics or pop culture, the key is remaining is interested in what you’re doing. Weirdly, the rest will fall into place.
Q. Why study Journalism at Bond University?
A. Given the competitiveness of the industry, major media organisations are not interested in teaching television reporters on the job and therefore, it is vitally important that universities teach fundamental reporting competencies to a high standard. Bond University's Bachelor of Journalism teaches at this standard and provided me with the skills, contacts, and experience necessary to thrive in a news environment.
Why did you choose to study at Bond University?
After growing up on the Gold Coast, I was quick to fall in love with the beautiful campus as it expanded and developed throughout the years. From an early age I would sit around the lake and dream that I would one day be a student at Bond. Finally, my dream became a reality after I was accepted to study a Bachelor of Journalism degree. After day one of being a student, I had fallen in love with Bond all over again. The small class sizes, the passionate and supportive teachers and the incredible facilities are a few of the many reasons why I’m lucky to be a Bondy!
Why did you decide to study the field of Journalism? And how did you decide the field was for you?
I’ve always loved writing and telling stories so that was a huge reason behind why I chose to study Journalism. For me, I believe that journalists are the voice for those who are unable to speak. I knew that the journalism field was for me within my first week at Bond. Journalism has an extensive range of areas to work within however; it was after studying a subject in television that I discovered my passion for broadcast.
What is your most memorable moment thus far as a Journalism student?
I honestly couldn’t thank Bond enough for the opportunities I’ve been given throughout my degree so far. My most memorable experience would have to be when I was the Producer for BUFTA (Bond University Film and Television Awards). Since then, I’ve produced a number of productions including the upcoming Federal Election in July 2016.
If you could sum up your Bond experience in a few sentences to someone, what would you say?
My experience at Bond has completely changed my life. Walking into university, I had no direction of what I wanted to do in my life or where I was heading but after my first day, I knew that I had come to the right place. With the constant guidance from my passionate teachers, I am now equipped with the knowledge and drive to chase even the craziest of dreams.
I always loved the idea of attending Bond University so I looked into the possibility of applying when I was in Year 12.
A Bachelor of Journalism at Bond gave me the practical skills to do my job, the writing, speaking and presenting skills. It was also a good mix of those skills with academic study which at the time I thought was a bit frivolous but the study of ethics and analytical skills have contributed to who I am and how I do my job today. We have so many mediums available to us and because news is so media orientated these days, a tweet or a Facebook message takes only a few seconds – Which is when ethics really plays a key role; more so now, than 20 years ago. The emphasis on ethics during my time at Bond is a real credit to the lecturers and the degree. Bond prepared me for the fast-paced nature of journalism.
Highlights of the course are strangely those subjects I really never envisaged myself doing in a journalism degree- For example the Manual Photography courses, which I fell in love with. What’s important is that I still use those skills today, when I find myself outside court with no photographer available and I have to know how to take the right shots. Furthermore, the digital editing & design aspect of the course really helped me understand and appreciate the inner-workings of the craft and ultimately, the inner-workings of my career.
In preparing me for my role at the moment as a Reporter for the Gold Coast Bulletin, my degree at Bond was so broad. I was careful throughout my degree to make sure that I got a snapshot of a lot of different subjects and a lot of different areas of journalism. I felt that I was given the upper edge by Bond, as rival universities didn’t seem to have that breadth of choice.
I feel the journalism industry is brighter and more promising than it ever has been with emerging new platforms which we use for communication, entertainment, news and information. The media industry is always looking for bright and enthusiastic young professionals and it’s an exciting time for Bond graduates of Journalism.
"I chose to study at Bond University because I had heard amazing things from all my teachers and I was offered a scholarship, which they encouraged me to accept so I could pursue all that Bond had to offer. The small class sizes was really appealing to me as well, as I had always had strong connections with my teachers in high school and the thought of getting lost in a seas of hundreds of other students in the same class at university was a bit daunting!
Shortly after graduating from Bond, I started my own Boutique communications agency, CLJ Media. I’m the Founder and Creative Director. Through my business I offer copywriting, blogging, content creation and social media services to my clients! Each day brings something new and exciting with new client projects landing on my desk each week. I run all aspects of my business, including the marketing, PR, social media, accounting and bookwork, as well as the direct client work of course.
Bond got me my very first client for my business! I was working part-time for a small business on the Gold Coast, and they quickly signed up as a permanent client after I started CLJ Media. I got the gig initially through one of my awesome lecturers who recommended me for the role! I made some awesome connections at Bond who gave me advice during my time there that ultimately led me to pursue this path. Not only that, but skills such as public speaking that I gained at Bond have been incredibly useful when pitching to clients!
I loved my experience at Bond! Not only did I learn heaps and gain some valuable insights from lecturers who have had first hand experience in the industry, but I made some amazing friends who have helped support me on my journey and who I know I’ll have life-long connections with!"
"I have many highlights from my time at Bond University, the friends I made and the stunning campus, but the lecturers were a stand out who where pivotal in helping me achieve my goals.
After graduating from Bond I moved to a remote NSW community for my first radio job, then landed a position on the Gold Coast. This was followed by a radio position in Brisbane and now I am TV report with Network Ten in Adelaide."