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Unit description

Introduces students to news writing, research and interviewing techniques that may be applied broadly across news media formats. Students gain a critical appreciation of professional, legal and ethical issues in contemporary journalism. Practical activities and assessments give students exposure to professional journalism standards and practices.

Unit content

Understanding journalism:

  • journalism as a cultural and media industry practice
  • news values: filtering and selection
  • interrogating objectivity: balance, fairness and multiple perspectives
  • news organisations, news sites and newsworkers.

Introduction to journalistic practice:

  • distinguishing news from news comment (editorials, opinion pieces, features)
  • forms, styles and techniques of news writing for print and online
  • news-gathering, research and information routines
  • interviewing skills.

Professional issues in journalism:

  • ethical journalism: a contradiction in terms?
  • introduction to legal issues
  • cultural representation and cross-cultural communications
  • journalist's relationship to public relations and issues management professionals.

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1discuss the roles that news journalism can play in contemporary societiesIntellectual rigourEthical practiceKnowledge of a discipline
2define news and distinguish its characteristics from feature and opinion writingIntellectual rigourEthical practiceKnowledge of a discipline
3explain how news is produced and published for different readershipsKnowledge of a disciplineLifelong learningCommunication and social skills
4apply journalistic techniques and conventions to the accurate research and writing of news storiesCreativityEthical practiceKnowledge of a disciplineCommunication and social skills
5critically discuss representational, legal and ethical issues in contemporary journalismIntellectual rigourEthical practiceKnowledge of a disciplineCultural competence

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. discuss the roles that news journalism can play in contemporary societies
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. define news and distinguish its characteristics from feature and opinion writing
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. explain how news is produced and published for different readerships
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  4. apply journalistic techniques and conventions to the accurate research and writing of news stories
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  5. critically discuss representational, legal and ethical issues in contemporary journalism
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA7: Cultural competence

Prescribed texts

  • Prescribed text information is not currently available.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Structured online learning 1 hour (12 weeks)
Tutorial online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Lecture online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Assessment
Short written response10%
News article plus one-page contact list25%
News article plus two-page contact list30%
Discussion board35%
Notice

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Fee information

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