Journalism, Media and Communications are central to contemporary life, informing everything from politics to entertainment, sports to finance. Understanding their practices, roles and responsibilities is now essential for a range of careers. At UTAS, we combine analysis of the media industry, practices and texts with the provision of practical journalism, media and communication skills, equipping our graduates with the media knowledge and practical skills required to work in both journalism and media-related work, as well as many other careers that value media literacy and experience.
Studying at one of the top-ranking research programs in Australia*, you will be exposed to a range of relevant media theory and research methods, as well as the practical skills of writing, researching and producing media, including news, specialised communications and public relations.
You will work with staff with a range of national and international media experience, and a breadth of research interests and skills. All our academics are active researchers, drawing on their interests in areas such as food, music, anime, crime, social history, documentary, international politics, environmental protest and health, and extensive experiences as war and political correspondents, broadcasters and in strategic and corporate communications.
We offer an undergraduate major, honours and research higher degrees. Professional internships, industry analyses and media production are encouraged at undergraduate and honours level, as are more traditional paths of study at all levels. You will have the opportunity to undertake a professional placement selected from a large range of local and interstate workplaces, to work in our fully equipped Media Lab with technical support, and to apply for an international exchange, including at some of Europe's leading journalism and media schools.
You will also be encouraged to apply your media and communications knowledge to other areas of study, for example, law, science, music, history, economics or environmental studies.
*Journalism research at UTAS received top-ranking in Australia in the Excellence in Research Australia 2012 (with only one other university). Quality of research was measured as 'above world standard'.
Check out PhD candidate Johanna Baker-Dowdell's chat with Polly McGee on ABC Northern Tasmania about her research on the influence of social media on news reporting of crisis events: https://soundcloud.com/abcnorthtas/joh-baker-dowdell-polly-mcgee-abc-northtas
Authorised by the Head of School, Social Sciences
5 August, 2014