Unit description

Explores how we gain information about our world through a variety of contemporary media forms. This unit problematises the traditional differentiation of news from entertainment, and examines a range of media and cross-platform offerings. News and current affairs are explored, alongside hybrid media forms like 'reality' television, a range of documentary formats, and journalistic genres.

Unit content

  1. Contemporary factual media practices
  2. News discourses
  3. Objectivity, ethics and the public sphere in the digital world
  4. Media panics
  5. Social media, celebrities and privacy
  6. Public relations and social campaigns
  7. Podcasts and the world of audio documentary
  8. Documentary film and change agents
  9. Citizen journalism and the factual
  10. Comedy, satire and political debate
  11. Journalism beyond news and current affairs
  12. Sport media and social values

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

  • This is the Unit Textbook : Bainbridge J, Goc N & Tynan L , 2011, Media and journalism: new approaches to theory and practice , 2nd edn, Oxford University Press, South Melbourne.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Lecture on-site 3 hours (12 weeks)
Project OR Critical Review50%


Teaching method
Structured online learning 3 hours (12 weeks)
Project OR Critical Review50%

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