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Friday, January 27th, 2017

Digital hub adds a new dimension to student learning at Bond University

A new state-of-the-art Digital Media Hub was launched Jan. 24, 2017 at Bond University in the Balnaves Foundation Multimedia Learning Centre (MLC), providing unprecedented access to the latest multimedia technologies for students and staff.

The Digital Media Hub, which was co-funded by the Balnaves Foundation and Bond University Student Association (BUSA), will be used for academic-led classes, development of pod/vod casts, as well as independent learning by students out-of-hours.

Digital hub adds a new dimension to student learning at Bond University

The new digital media hub at Bond (Photo credit: Bond University)

It consists of three main zones:

  • The micro studio for content creation and production, featuring a green screen, HD remote controlled PTZ cameras, three-point production lighting, a teleprompter and monitors, Apple Mac, quality audio capture and playback facilities and virtual reality (VR) hardware.
  • Study lounge areas featuring individual or group-based learning spaces, USB charging stations, BYOD capability to support streaming platforms.
  • Individual digital media workstations with access to a range of software based digital media production, editing, 3D modelling and animation and CAD software plus 12 high-end PCs and Mac Pros.

Bond University Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Tim Brailsford said the purpose-built facility had been created to meet the needs of both students and academics for an interactive, multimedia learning space.

“Along with the growing use of virtual reality teaching apps and technologies by academics in our classrooms, comes the need for all our students to access these technologies to study, learn and create in their own time,” Professor Brailsford said.

“For example, our Health Sciences and Medicine students are creating 3D models of organs and general anatomy; our Film and Television students are creating and editing films; our Architecture students are using CAD for modelling their designs; our Advertising and Journalism students are creating audio and video media for online distribution; and our Interactive Media students are creating mobile applications, software and games.

“Furthermore, our students and academics will be able to use the micro studio to edit podcasts and vodcasts, and deliver lectures and attend seminars anywhere in the world, at any time, via virtual reality and cloud-conferencing.

“We are very grateful to the Balnaves Foundation for their continued generosity and support. This extension to the Balnaves Foundation Multimedia Learning Centre will ensure Bond remains at the cutting-edge of educational technology and we continue to provide our students with world-class facilities.”

Balnaves Foundation General Manager Hamish Balnaves said the foundation was proud to be part of the continued evolution of the award-winning Multimedia Learning Centre.

“The Digital Media Hub will further enable Bond’s academics to deliver a combination of personal interaction and digital learning 24-7, and ensure its students are well equipped to enter the modern global workforce,” Mr Balnaves said.


Find out more about what Bond University has to offer!

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

Monash University launches innovative media lab

A state-of-the-art media lab will be officially launched on April 7, 2016 at Monash University’s Caulfield campus.

Waleed Aly, well-known journalist and Monash academic, will launch the Monash Media Lab, which is part of the Monash Arts School of Media, Film and Journalism.

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Monash Media Lab, Monash Arts School of Media, Film and Journalism (Photo: Monash University) (Photo: Monash University)

The Media Lab will provide a unique environment that will transform the way students learn, giving them the skills to navigate a new, high-tech world of media and journalism.

Waleed Aly’s opening talk will underline the impact that can be achieved when ideas and media professionalism come together.

The lunchtime launch will be followed by a mini film festival in the Media Lab’s theatrette and an evening panel chaired by the ABC’s Virginia Trioli.

The evening panel, featuring industry professionals and former students, will focus on the rapidly changing media environment and what it means for future careers.  The importance of having technologically advanced facilities for educating and providing young people with the skills they need to be industry ready when they graduate will be explored in this session.

Many School of Media, Film and Journalism scholars are also journalists and film-makers with significant industry experience. As part of the launch, a mini film festival will highlight recent works by Dr Romaine Moreton and Associate Professor Tony Moore. Dr Moreton’s critically acclaimed short films The Farm (2009) and The Oysterman (2013) will be shown as well as A/Prof Moore’s feature length documentary Death or Liberty. The documentary is based on the book co-written by Moore and was broadcast in Ireland in 2015 and on ABC television in early 2016.

The Media Lab features equipment and facilities that will transform the way journalism, film and media are taught and learnt.  The facilities include

  • two radio/sound production studios with an adjacent control-room/audio production and teaching suite;
  • an open-plan newsroom;
  • broadcast TV and video production studio announcer/guest desk for six people with mobile tripod mounted cameras, overhead lighting grid and full sound and vision cabling and graphics screen;
  • a control room/vision mixing production and teaching suite; and
  • two laboratories, each with 24 student computer terminals, e-lecterns, interactive screens and optical fibre cabling for synchronous and asynchronous blended teaching and learning activities.

The Media Lab will also provide the means to demonstrate and develop MFJ’s industry engagement and research impact in the community through radio, TV, and online current affairs journalism, documentaries and short films.


Learn more about the studying media and journalism at Monash University. Contact OzTREKK Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shanno@oztrekk.com for more information about Australian arts degrees!

Monday, August 24th, 2015

Griffith program puts spotlight on domestic violence

Federal Member for Griffith Ms Terri Butler last week launched the new Griffith University program – Project Safe Space – which provides journalism students with an intensive learning experience in reporting domestic and family violence.

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Professor Susan Forde speaking at the launch of Project Safe Space. Image: Kasun Ubayasiri (Photo credit: Griffith University)

An initiative of Griffith School of Humanities’ journalism program, Project Safe Space sees journalism and law students working together with victims and stakeholder groups to facilitate change.

Ms Butler said, “It is really wonderful to see Griffith University is engaging in two very important ways of facing up to domestic and family violence in our community, and that’s the way we talk about it and the action we take from it.”

“Project Safe Space aims to educate the community about issues surrounding domestic violence and provide a voice for victims,’’ says journalism lecturer Ms Faith Valencia.

“At the same time, it will provide journalism students with training in best-practice reporting and a better understanding of domestic violence issues.

“Our law students will have the opportunity to engage with the practical legal implications of existing laws surrounding domestic violence, and possibilities for law reform in this area.”

School of Humanities Acting Head of School Professor Susan Forde said the project was immensely beneficial for both journalism and law students.

“Journalism students will be producing news stories, radio articles and television packages which will all focus on domestic violence. Everything our journalism students produce is designed to educate, raise awareness and support victims and survivors and the workers who surround them.”

“For law students, as they move into the legal fraternity they will be able to better navigate and understand that space.

“It’s going to be a very challenging and sometimes difficult experience for our students but no doubt a rewarding and enlightening one.”

Project Safe Space is working in conjunction with

  • Domestic Violence Action Centre (Ipswich)
  • White Warrior Challenge Against Domestic Violence
  • Bravehearts
  • Better Life Psychology
  • R.E.A.D Clinic
  • Mentors in Violence (Griffith University)
  • DV Connect
  • DV Connect Mensline
  • Queensland Eidfest Association

Griffith School of Humanities

The School of Humanities is one of the foundation schools of Griffith University, and offers undergraduate, postgraduate and double degree programs at the Nathan and Gold Coast campuses, as well as online. Areas of study include Creative writing and Literature; Journalism, Public Relations and communication; History; and Social Sciences.

Apply to a Griffith University Arts Degree!


Would you like more information about arts degrees available at Griffith University? Contact OzTREKK Admissions Officer Rachel Brady for more information at rachel@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355 (toll free in Canada).

Friday, June 14th, 2013

OzTREKK Funny Friday

Three men—an editor, a photographer, and a journalist—were covering a political convention in Miami.

They decided to walk up and down the beach during their lunch hour. Halfway up the beach, they stumbled upon a lamp.

As they rubbed the lamp a genie appeared and said, “Normally, I would grant you three wishes, but since there are three of you, I will grant you each one wish.”

The photographer went first. “I would like to spend the rest of my life living in a huge house in Saint Thomas with no money worries.” The genie granted him his wish and sent him on off to Saint Thomas.

The journalist went next. “I would like to spend the rest of my life living on a huge yacht cruising the Mediterranean with no money worries.” The genie granted him his wish and sent him off to the Mediterranean.

Last, but not least, it was the editor’s turn. “And what would your wish be?” asked the genie.

“I want them both back after lunch,” snapped the editor. “The deadline for tomorrow’s newspaper is in about ten hours.”


There are many arts, journalism, and media programs available at Australian universities. Contact OzTREKK Admissions Officer Rachel Brady for more information about Australian journalism programs and other Australian arts degrees!

Email rachel@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355 (toll free in Canada). Learn how OzTREKK can help you to study in Australia!


Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

Read all about it: Australian journalism programs

With newspapers and magazines falling by the wayside, many people are wondering what’s to become of the future of media. Is traditional journalism dead? Are reporters going the way of the dinosaur? On the contrary. News still happens, and the medium is still the message. The internet age is changing daily, with world news being zinged across the globe in mere seconds. No profession is changing faster than journalism. Besides writing and reporting, there are a host of other career opportunities in the field of journalism:

  • photography
  • radio
  • mobile journalism
  • television
  • law
  • teaching
  • advertising
  • public relations
  • foreign affairs…

According to Service Canada, the introduction of specialty channels, the development of specialized media, new methods of distributing information and the ever-growing demand for information has created numerous journalist, researcher and newscaster positions. In order for candidates to stand out, they must have excellent general knowledge, must perfect the language they write, and have a command of investigation, interviewing and writing techniques. In addition, journalists must be able to use major writing software, research on the Internet and use email; have great ability for analysis and synthesis; work effectively on a team; be independent and resourceful; be curious and thorough; demonstrate superior skills in communication and have a critical mind with intellectual honesty. In Canada, bilingualism is most often obligatory and knowledge of a third language is an asset. For radio and television positions, candidates have to be able to speak clearly and easily. Having a pleasing and interesting voice is a major asset.

Here is a brief outline of OzTREKK’s Australian universities that offer postgraduate journalism programs:

University of Melbourne

Master of Journalism – 1.5 years

The University of Melbourne’s Master of Journalism program is designed for students who are dedicated to pursuing careers in journalism and journalism-related fields, and for journalists and other professional practitioners working in the contemporary media industry who wish to update their skills, develop additional advanced skills and expand their education.

The program teaches the full range of journalism skills and critically engages with the professional conventions of journalism, with ethical and legal issues that impact on journalism, and with contemporary questions such as how new media technologies influence journalism practices.

James Cook University

Master of Arts (Journalism) – 1.5 years

JCU’s Master of Arts in journalism program is aimed at journalism and non-journalism graduates who wish to gain practical journalism skills or gain an advanced level of professional skills such as those necessary for investigative journalism. The School of Arts and Social Sciences, Humanities Department, teaches this course. This school boasts award-winning teachers and a range of journalism-related research interests.

Monash University

Master of Journalism – 1.5 years

The Master of Journalism course at Monash University is both an entry-level qualification for a professional journalism career and a mid-career course for working journalists seeking to extend their expertise and refresh the intellectual basis of their practice. It has a national and international orientation designed to optimize the contribution graduates will make to their profession using a full range of media technologies.

University of Queensland

Master of Journalism – 1.5 years

UQ’s Master of Journalism program is a professional, career-oriented program that caters to existing journalists who wish to upgrade or broaden their qualifications, and for graduates from other disciplines who wish to develop skills in news gathering, news writing and investigative reporting. On completion of the program, students can expect to have a deep understanding of journalistic theories and principles, and advanced skills in news investigating, writing, and reporting. In addition to practical instruction in journalism, students study theoretical and reflective courses and have the opportunity to apply academic research methods. Journalism graduates will find career opportunities in a wide range of print and broadcast media organizations, in Australia and overseas.


There are many arts and media programs available at Australian universities. Contact OzTREKK Admissions Officer Rachel Brady for more information about Australian journalism programs and other Australian arts degrees!

Email rachel@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355 (toll free in Canada). Learn how OzTREKK can help you to study in Australia!