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2021 unit offering information will be available in November 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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1discuss the characteristics of feature writing, including the role of argument, narrative, persuasion and descriptionCreativityKnowledge of a disciplineLifelong learning
2apply skills in planning, researching and interviewing for feature-form journalism writing projectsCreativityKnowledge of a disciplineLifelong learning
3access, critically evaluate and document information sources, including reports, databases and specialist publicationsCreativityKnowledge of a disciplineLifelong learning
4write a newspaper/magazine feature articleCreativityKnowledge of a disciplineLifelong learning
5identify and discuss professional, legal and ethical issues in feature journalism practice.CreativityKnowledge of a disciplineLifelong learning

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
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  2. apply skills in planning, researching and interviewing for feature-form journalism writing projects
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  3. access, critically evaluate and document information sources, including reports, databases and specialist publications
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  4. write a newspaper/magazine feature article
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  5. identify and discuss professional, legal and ethical issues in feature journalism practice.
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning

Teaching and assessment

Notice

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Fee information

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Commencing 2021 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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