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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Pre-requisites

COM00481 - The Fourth Estate: News Journalism AND 144 credit points in any SCU units

Unit aim

Develops an understanding of contemporary online news journalism production models and transmedia publication platforms. The forms, styles and features of online reporting and publication in the contemporary digital news environment are critically analysed. Students develop practical skills through researching, planning and transmedia production of an online journalism website.

Unit content

  • Global audiences
  • Online news formats
  • Transmedia narrative
  • Text in online news
  • Production Technology: audio, images and video
  • Audience interaction in online news
  • User generated content
  • Media workers in an online world
  • Publishing: Content Management Systems
  • Social media and online news
  • Editing online: Style and coding content
  • Law and online communication

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 identify and critically analyse the different forms of online journalism
2 discuss the implications of the digital revolution for journalism and the media industries
3 plan, research, and contribute to the production of a news website
4 evaluate and manage different information sources on the internet
5 demonstrate an understanding of the various roles involved in online news production, working effectively and professionally as part of a production team.

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

  1. identify and critically analyse the different forms of online journalism
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  2. discuss the implications of the digital revolution for journalism and the media industries
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  3. plan, research, and contribute to the production of a news website
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  4. evaluate and manage different information sources on the internet
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  5. demonstrate an understanding of the various roles involved in online news production, working effectively and professionally as part of a production team.
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    • GA6: