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.
- 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
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 characteristics of feature writing, including the role of argument, narrative, persuasion and description||Creativity||Knowledge of a discipline||Lifelong learning|
|2||apply skills in planning, researching and interviewing for feature-form journalism writing projects||Creativity||Knowledge of a discipline||Lifelong learning|
|3||access, critically evaluate and document information sources, including reports, databases and specialist publications||Creativity||Knowledge of a discipline||Lifelong learning|
|4||write a newspaper/magazine feature article||Creativity||Knowledge of a discipline||Lifelong learning|
|5||identify and discuss professional, legal and ethical issues in feature journalism practice.||Creativity||Knowledge of a discipline||Lifelong learning|
- Available to order through the Co-op Bookshop, www.coop.com.au: Tanner S, Kasinger M and Richardson N, 2012, Feature Writing (Telling the Story), 2nd edn, Oxford University Press, South Melbourne. ISBN: 9780195578614.
Teaching and assessment
|Structured online learning (12 weeks)|
|Profile feature on a place and/or person||30%|
|News feature, research plan and critical reflection||40%|
|Genre feature (eg travel, sport, product, event) and feature pitch||30%|
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Commencing 2016 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1
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