Graduate Diploma in Journalism students taste early success

RMIT Graduate Diploma in Journalism students have proven they have a nose for news with their first writing assessments published across the Herald Sun and Leader newspapers.

Graduate Diploma in Journalism student Elsie Lange

During Semester 1, 2020, more than half a dozen students successfully pitched and published stories from the Melbourne Storm’s bid to re-enter the pokies market to outrage over higher kill rates for unwanted dogs.  

Graduate Diploma in Journalism Program Manager Maree Curtis said the course always attracted strong students, but such early industry achievement had been exceptional.

“We always see our students publish widely and get many industry-based opportunities but to see such success after just a couple of months and during a pandemic is quite incredible,” Ms Curtis said.

Elsie Lange, pictured left, said it was incredible to see her name in print.

“When I started the Graduate Diploma in Journalism I didn't have a background in the industry. I had no idea that in just a few months I would have stories published in The Leader, or that I would be given the opportunity to intern at such exciting places so soon,” Elsie said. 

“It has been an important learning experience and despite the challenges of COVID-19, our coordinators have managed to make the course so engaging and valuable.” 

The Graduate Diploma in Journalism program has a track record of industry success with students entering television, radio, print, podcasting and corporate jobs, including securing five ABC cadetships in the past two years.

Students are prepared for industry with a strong foundation writing course, practical skill development and a successful internship program.

The Graduate Diploma in Journalism program has opened for a mid-year student intake for the first-ever time. 

“The mid-year intake is unprecedented and takes into account increasing demand for the program,” Ms Curtis said.

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