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Jschool is an independent journalism college based in Brisbane, Australia. The college, founded in 2001, admitted its first students in 2002.[1] [2] [3] [4] Jschool is directed and was founded by journalist and educator John Henningham.

Diploma of Journalism[edit]

Jschool provides teaching and assessment of the Diploma of Journalism, an accredited one-year tertiary qualification within the Australian Qualifications Framework. The course is vocational in approach, declaring an emphasis on reporting and news writing practice.[5][6][7][8] In 2009 the college received federal government FEE-HELP registration, enabling Australian students to receive student loans.[9] [10] From 2013, Jschool's Diploma of Journalism can be studied online and is also available part-time for online students. [11]


Graduates of Jschool working in the media include Naracoorte Herald journalist Brett Barfoot, Barrier Daily Truth journalist Katrina Belle, Cairns Post journalist Cait Bester, Moree Champion journalist Luke Buffier, AAP sports reporter Lucy Buhr, Channel 7 Broken Hill video journalist John Corlett, Bundaberg News-Mail journalist Joe Flynn, Sunday Mail journalist Anthony Gough, Beaudesert Times journalist Natalie Hart, Sky News journalist Jack Hawke, 4BC producer Aniela Hedditch, Queensland Times columnist Zane Jackson, Gold Coast Bulletin journalist Merrin Jagtman, former Redcliffe Herald editor Paul Lancaster, former Queensland Times journalist Rob Lockyear, Courier-Mail journalist Andrew MacDonald, Rockhampton Morning Bulletin journalist Emma McBryde, Kyodo News (Tokyo) copy editor Sean Maki Miyaguchi, Townsville Bulletin Night Editor Lendl Ryan, Courier-Mail court reporter James O'Loan, Tweed Daily News journalist David Stuart, former News.com.au business editor and Sydney Morning Herald journalist Edmund Tadros, WIN TV sports presenter Greg Thomson, former Courier-Mail journalist Pat Watson and Queensland Times journalist Gabrielle Wheaton.[12]

Ratings and awards[edit]

The college has been named top journalism school in Australia, based on graduates' ratings. [13] [14]

Students at Jschool have regularly been finalists in the "Most outstanding journalism student" award in the annual Queensland Media Awards (the Clarions), winning the competition in 2010 and 2005[15] [16]


Jschool publishes the online newspaper Newsbytes [8], with news, feature stories and reviews in print and multimedia formats[17]

Honorary degrees[edit]

Jschool has awarded honorary doctor of journalism degrees to distinguished journalists in recognition of their contribution to journalism. Recipients include National Nine political editor Laurie Oakes, [18] [19] national chief correspondent with The Australian newspaper, Hedley Thomas, [Australian Broadcasting Corporation]] radio current affairs journalist Nance Haxton, crime and corruption reporter Bob Bottom, [20] Asia-Pacific Journalism Centre director John Wallace,[21] [22] APN Australian Publishing executive editor Peter Owen,[23] former Courier-Mail editor Greg Chamberlin, journalism educator Desley Bartlett and editor of Brisbane's Independent newspaper, Don Gordon-Brown. [24]

Included among those given honorary doctorates are two Herald Sun journalists, Gerard McManus and Michael Harvey, in recognition of their courage in upholding the Australian Journalists' Association's code of ethics. (McManus and Harvey were convicted and fined for contempt of court when they refused to reveal confidential sources for their investigative journalism.) [25]


  1. ^ Valerie Gigliotti, "Extensive consultation creates intense journo course", PANPA Bulletin, April 2002
  2. ^ Mark Day, "A matter of degree", Media section cover story, The Australian, 24 January, 2002
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ Jim Buckell, "Theory gives way to workplace readiness", The Australian, 11 December, 2002
  5. ^ Elizabeth Allen, "How to break into journalism", Courier-Mail, 28 November, 2009
  6. ^ Transcript, "Journalism Education: Cultures of Journalism/Lifelong Learning series", Radio National, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 26 June 2004
  7. ^ Mick O'Regan interview: "Journalism education: does it provide the skills?" Radio National, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 20 November 2003
  8. ^ "Jobs come easily with diploma", Courier-Mail, 8 October 2003
  9. ^ "Journalism support", Diary, The Australian (Media), 28 September 2009
  10. ^ Christopher O'Leary, "Boost for budding journalists", South-West News, 6 January 2010
  11. ^ "http://www.brisbanemediamap.com.au/clients/555
  12. ^ "Student Snapshot", Courier-Mail (CareerOne), 4 February 2006
  13. ^ "Jschool scoops the pool", Diary, The Australian (Media), 7 October 2008
  14. ^ [2]
  15. ^ [http://clarions.org/awards/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=37&Itemid=15
  16. ^ [3]
  17. ^ "Hot off the press", The Australian (Media Diary), 17 May 2010
  18. ^ "Doctor in the house", Strewth, The Australian, 23 October 2010
  19. ^ [4]
  20. ^ "Honour for reporter", The Independent, 11 December 2003
  21. ^ [5]
  22. ^ "Shrinking media coverage of world news a concern: expert", The Independent, Brisbane, November 2009
  23. ^ "Doctorate for Owen", Diary, The Australian (Media), 3 November 2008
  24. ^ [6]
  25. ^ [7]