Media and Communications is an area of
research that investigates new and changing technologies particularly
digital technologies like the internet like social media and also the
industries around those technologies and the impact of those on politics, on
political participation, on news, as well as more broadly on sort of cultural
practices and society. It was always kind of the major I saw myself doing. I think
it’s kind of essential for us to be able to understand the underlying interests
in the information we’re presented and how it’s presented to us to maybe make us
think a certain way. Researching information, synthesising that, presenting it in a logical way. We learn about making infographics, also how to make websites, how to write different styles of journalism of different articles and
so I think that’ll be really useful going forward. The Media and Communications program at Melbourne University is really diverse we’ve got experts from around the world in the
program who research and teach in a number of key areas and it’s
very much designed to build both critical and creative skills and
students but also applied and research skills in a very dynamic and changing
industry. It isn’t a stagnant industry where what we learn today is going to be relevant next week. You have to be adaptable to that change and ready for that change. It’s equipped me for the future because it’s given me a good balance between theoretical research skills, critical thinking and the
practical skills that I can take into the job as well. You’re learning
journalistic skills, you’re producing articles and it challenges you to think
in different ways at the same time. The skills that they learn really equip
them to go into all sorts of communication and leadership roles
within governments, NGOs and industry. We’ll continue to see the growth of new
forms of careers and professional development for our students