RMIT journalism graduates are proving that while the industry is changing, there are jobs and opportunities for well-trained candidates.
One-third of graduates who completed the Graduate Diploma in Journalism last year already have full-time jobs in the industry and several more are working as casuals and freelancers.
Graduate Matthew Coughlan is working at Fairfax Media's Wimmera Mail Times.
Mr Coughlan said the program was a premiere course recognised by employers, so the skills students learned were not only useful once they were working but also when job searching.
"The best thing for me about the course was the vocational focus on equipping you with the skills you need in the workplace," he said.
Richard Henderson, who graduated in 2010, is now the New York-based US editor for financial services magazine The Trade.
After graduating, Mr Henderson worked for the English language newspaper the Viet Nam News in Hanoi and also hosted a weekly television program, Exploring Vietnam.
He then moved to the UK where he worked for a variety of regional newspapers before joining The Trade UK.
Mr Henderson said the practical focus of the course - which includes learning skills across print, online, radio and TV combined with an internship programme that harnesses the course's deep industry contacts - means graduates were ahead of their peers when entering the workforce.
"Graduates from the program include senior media figures in Australia and abroad, so the course has a strong reputation globally," he said.
Lucy Ormonde, who also graduated from the program in 2010 and is now the deputy editor at Mamamia.com.au, said the best thing about her area of study was its diversity.
"In the space of a year we could cover print, TV, radio and online journalism and gain some really practical skills that I've been able to transfer to my workplace," Ms Ormonde said.
"Small class sizes, talented teachers and modern facilities were also a big plus for me."
After graduating, Lucy worked at a newspaper in regional Victoria before getting a call from Mama Mia, where she did her internship.
RMIT's journalism postgraduate degree offers hands on experience through its newspaper, The City Journal, and its sister publication, City Journal Online.
Students are also involved in presenting and producing live radio news for 3RRR and producing reports for the program's live-to-air television news bulletin, Newsline, on Channel 31.
Program Manager Maree Curtis said RMIT graduates were sought-after by industry because they could walk into a modern multi-platform newsroom and they have all the skills they needed to start work.
"RMIT's reputation in journalism is second to none due to its strong industry connections and experienced staff who have industry backgrounds and tertiary qualifications in both journalism and education," Ms Curtis said.
"Their professional backgrounds cover radio, television and online journalism, newspaper and magazine journalism, specialist reporting, blogging and news organisation management."
The Graduate Diploma in Journalism is still taking applications for the 2014 semester one intake.
Find out more about the program online or at the RMIT postgrad expo on Wednesday, 5 February.