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JOUR13-318: Freelance Feature Writing and Blogging

Description

In the current media landscape, a reporter with original ideas, a fresh voice and sharp insights can develop a brand, a following and a portfolio of published work quickly. This subject teaches you how to write in a variety of formats (from listicles to in-depth features, travel narratives, opinion, reviews and columns), as well as how to pitch work to digital, print (newspaper, magazine, zine etc) and multimedia publications, and how to set up a blog or portfolio platform of your own. The style and content of the writing is entirely up to you—you will be encouraged to mine your interests, contacts and natural writing style for inspiration and credibility, and to find suitable publications for your work. Previous students’ work has been published by Buzzfeed, The Guardian, Huffington Post, Women’s Health, News Corp and Frankie Magazine. In addition, you’ll also consider the business of freelance writing, including personal branding, establishing contacts, freelance writing rates and tax and business structures. 

Subject details

TypeUndergraduate
CodeJOUR13-318
EFTSL0.125
FacultyFaculty of Society & Design
Semesters offered
  • September 2020 [Standard Offering]
  • May 2021 [Standard Offering]
Credit10
Study areas
  • Communication and Creative Media
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2020: $4,340
  • Commencing in 2021: $3,890

Learning outcomes

1. Conceptualise, research, structure and write original feature stories in a wide range of styles, formats and for a variety of publications.
2. Select and utilise creative and innovative approaches to both story development and personal brand.
3. Critically evaluate a range of feature writing within its social, historical, cultural and ethical/legal contexts.
4. Demonstrate informed consideration of industry standards and trends and pitch work to potential freelance employers.
5. Critically analyse and edit their own written work for clarity, originality, coherence and brevity, demonstrating sensitivity to publication conventions, industry trends and audience expectations.
6. Consider written work within its visual and publication contexts and conceptualise, design and self-publish a blog.

Enrolment requirements

Requisites: ?

Nil

Restrictions: ?

Nil

Subject outlines

Subject dates

Standard Offering
Enrolment opens15/03/2020
Semester start25/05/2020
Subject start25/05/2020
Cancellation 1?08/06/2020
Cancellation 2?15/06/2020
Last enrolment07/06/2020
Withdraw – Financial?20/06/2020
Withdraw – Academic?11/07/2020
Teaching census?19/06/2020
Standard Offering
Enrolment opens02/08/2020
Semester start14/09/2020
Subject start14/09/2020
Cancellation 1?28/09/2020
Cancellation 2?05/10/2020
Last enrolment27/09/2020
Withdraw – Financial?10/10/2020
Withdraw – Academic?31/10/2020
Teaching census?09/10/2020