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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.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • Available to order through the Co-op Bookshop, www.coop.com.au: Tanner, S, Richardson, N & Kasinger, M , 2017, Feature Writing (Telling the Story), 3rd edn, Oxford University Press, South Melbourne. ISBN: 9780190304881.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Structured online learning (12 weeks)
Profile feature on a place and/or person30%
News feature, research plan and critical reflection40%
Genre feature (eg travel, sport, product, event) and feature pitch30%

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Fee information


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Commencing 2019 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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