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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Unit aim

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: 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

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

Prescribed texts

  • Available to order through the Co-op Bookshop, www.coop.com.au: Ricketson, M, 2004, Writing Feature Stories: How to Research and Write Newspaper and Magazine Articles, 1st edn, Allen and Unwin, Crows Nest, NSW. ISBN: 1 86508 732 7.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.