National code: CUA41220

Certificate IV in Screen and Media (Journalism)

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Overview About this course

Learn the foundations of good journalism and writing for media production including how to research for stories, copyright, interview techniques and ethics. Turn your ambitions of becoming a journalist into a reality and start your dynamic media career.

Outcomes What you'll gain

Learning outcomes

Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

  • Set up equipment for interviews
    Develop techniques for presenting to camera
    Research topics and current issues
    Develop stories into effective content for publishing on multiple platforms
    Work collaboratively to create content and presentations
    Plan and conduct interviews

Course outcomes

Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.

  • Obtain a thorough introduction to the screen and media industry with a comprehensive look at the various practices, expectations and roles that make this industry exciting and unique
    Work on a variety of projects in journalism, radio broadcasting, film and television
    Apply script language in authoring, create storyboards, edit dialogue and sound, prepare audio and video assets
    Write content for a range of media
    A strong pathway to continue your study and enhance your career opportunities

Suitability Is this course right for you?

Entry requirements

Some courses require evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

  • There are no entry requirements for this qualification. You can enrol today.

  • This course is offered as a traineeship. Enquire today to check the eligibility requirements.

Entry recommendations

To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • An interest in, or understanding of the skills and knowledge required in the industry
    Completed a Certificate III in Screen and Media or have equivalent industry experience
    Access to a computer and internet access
    Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) at a Year 10 high school level
    TAFE NSW may ask you to complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills test. This skills test helps us to understand your individual study needs, to design an individualised plan that supports your study success
    and ensures your LLN skills match the demands of the course.

TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.

Pathways Future career and study options

Career pathways

Our graduates go onto roles like: journalist copywriter reporter radio presenter podcast presenter audio narrator editor assistant producer assistant director.

Study pathways

Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:

Previous study 1 Course

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The Certificate IV in Screen and Media (Journalism) does not have any related courses.

Your experience counts

At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.

Units Units taught in this course

Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate IV in Screen and Media (Journalism) qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 13 units of competency, including 4 core and 9 speciality units.

Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.

  • Develop personal work priorities BSBPEF402

  • Work effectively in the creative arts industry CUAIND311

  • Apply work health and safety practices CUAWHS312

  • Develop and implement own self-care plan in the creative industries CUAMWB401

TAFE NSW services Facilities and support

TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

  • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

  • TAFE NSW Libraries

  • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

  • Smarthinking - online access to a tutor

  • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills

  • Student associations – get social with our student community

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