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.
- 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.
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.
Learning outcomes and graduate attributes
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||discuss the roles that news journalism can play in contemporary societies||Intellectual rigour||Ethical practice||Knowledge of a discipline|
|2||define news and distinguish its characteristics from feature and opinion writing||Intellectual rigour||Ethical practice||Knowledge of a discipline|
|3||explain how news is produced and published for different readerships||Knowledge of a discipline||Lifelong learning||Communication and social skills|
|4||apply journalistic techniques and conventions to the accurate research and writing of news stories||Creativity||Ethical practice||Knowledge of a discipline||Communication and social skills|
|5||critically discuss representational, legal and ethical issues in contemporary journalism||Intellectual rigour||Ethical practice||Knowledge of a discipline||Cultural competence|
- Lamble, S, 2016, News As It Happens: An Introduction to Journalism, 3rd edn, Oxford University Press, South Melbourne, Vic. ISBN: 9780190303747.
Teaching and assessment
|Structured online learning 3 hours (12 weeks)|
|Short written response||10%|
|News article on a local event plus self-evaluation and one-page contact list||20%|
|News article on a local issue plus critical reflection and one-page contact list||30%|
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