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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Unit aim

Introduces students to news writing, research and interviewing techniques that may be applied broadly across news media formats. Students gain a critical appreciation of professional, legal and ethical issues in contemporary journalism. Practical activities and assessments give students exposure to professional journalism standards and practices.

Unit content

Understanding journalism:

  • journalism as a cultural and media industry practice
  • news values: filtering and selection
  • interrogating objectivity: balance, fairness and multiple perspectives
  • news organisations, news sites and newsworkers.

Introduction to journalistic practice:

  • distinguishing news from news comment (editorials, opinion pieces, features)
  • forms, styles and techniques of news writing for print and online
  • news-gathering, research and information routines
  • interviewing skills.

Professional issues in journalism:

  • ethical journalism: a contradiction in terms?
  • introduction to legal issues
  • cultural representation and cross-cultural communications
  • journalist's relationship to public relations and issues management professionals.

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.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 discuss the roles that news journalism can play in contemporary societies
2 define news and distinguish its characteristics from feature and opinion writing
3 explain how news is produced and published for different readerships
4 apply journalistic techniques and conventions to the accurate research and writing of news stories
5 critically discuss representational, legal and ethical issues in contemporary journalism

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

  1. discuss the roles that news journalism can play in contemporary societies
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  2. define news and distinguish its characteristics from feature and opinion writing
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  3. explain how news is produced and published for different readerships
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  4. apply journalistic techniques and conventions to the accurate research and writing of news stories
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  5. critically discuss representational, legal and ethical issues in contemporary journalism
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Prescribed texts

  • Lamble, S, 2013, News As It Happens: An Introduction to Journalism, 2nd edn, Oxford University Press, South Melbourne, Vic. ISBN: 9780195520408.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.