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Not offered in 2020

Unit description

Completes students' introduction to journalism as a contemporary cultural and media practice. Students consolidate their skills in news gathering and writing, and are introduced to feature writing techniques through applied theory and practical activities and assessment. Students learn further research and interviewing skills, and develop a critical understanding of key professional, legal and ethics issues relevant to journalism.

Unit content

  • The nature of features
  • Story ideas and planning
  • Advanced interviewing
  • Feature writing techniques
  • Narrative and description
  • Legal issues and ethics
  • Rhetoric and persuasion
  • Data and verification
  • Marketing your work
  • Investigative journalism
  • Wordcraft and editing
  • Book-length features

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.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1discuss the characteristics of feature writing, including the role of argument, narrative, persuasion and description
2apply skills in planning, researching and interviewing for feature-form journalism writing projects
3access, critically evaluate and document information sources, including reports, databases and specialist publications
4write a newspaper/magazine feature article
5identify and discuss professional, legal and ethical issues in feature journalism practice.

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

  1. discuss the characteristics of feature writing, including the role of argument, narrative, persuasion and description
  2. apply skills in planning, researching and interviewing for feature-form journalism writing projects
  3. access, critically evaluate and document information sources, including reports, databases and specialist publications
  4. write a newspaper/magazine feature article
  5. identify and discuss professional, legal and ethical issues in feature journalism practice.

Teaching and assessment

Notice

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