This introductory subject immerses you in fundamental practices of news gathering and presentation for textual, digital and visual news media. You are introduced to news writing conventions through simulated and real-life reporting experiences, with the opportunity to experience work in a real newsroom with practising journalists. You will be grounded in the core journalistic values of truth, fairness and accuracy. These acquired skills are transferable across industries, including those external to traditional communications, to ensure you are a more efficient and effective communicator regardless of career path.
|Academic unit:||Faculty of Society & Design|
|Subject title:||Newsroom: Introduction to Journalism|
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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
- Analyze and evaluate what is news and understand news values.
- Generate new ways of thinking about how information is gathered and presented.
- Create reports for print and digital news media.
- Apply acquired knowledge in real-world situations.
- Demonstrate an understanding of legal and ethical considerations in news publishing.
|*Showcase Portfolio||Four news stories||70%||Ongoing||1, 2, 3, 4, 5.|
|Case Analysis||Ethical scenario response||30%||Week 9||1, 2, 3, 4, 5.|
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|High Distinction||85-100||Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.|
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|Pass||50-64||Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.|
|Fail||0-49||Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.|
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Identify news from white noise and how you will find your very first story, guaranteed.
Grab your reader's attention as they thumb through content on their mobile phone by understanding the different categories of news, how to apply them and when.
Lay your foundations and create a logical structure for a solid news story.
Interviews are where most information is sourced. Asking questions of a stranger may seem scary at first but this framework will guide you carefully on how to get the info you need and enjoy the process.
Advanced techniques on how to craft the report
Navigating ethical and legal considerations and using your own moral compass to determine truth and fairness in news publishing.
A mobile phone is a reporter's best friend so learn how to use it professionally, from video and photography to recording and transcribing interviews.
Advanced techniques from styles of questions to interview structure and how to deal with seasoned interviewees such as celebrities and politicians.
Career pathways for journalists are now considerably broader than legacy roles (print and broadcast) with journalistic skills transferable to non-traditional industries and hybrid and emerging platforms/industries.
Tactics and strategies when pushing deadlines.
This subject establishes a foundation from which aspiring journalists can launch into more specialised areas, including features and long-form, investigative, broadcast, podcasting, online and digital, photojournalism, and social media storytelling.