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Investigative Journalism (12 points)



Gippsland First semester 2004 (Day)

Synopsis: On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to research complex events and issues with the perceptiveness, scepticism and persistence necessary to uncover hidden facts to enlighten readers, listeners or viewers and enhance their understanding of the underlying causes, current implications and possible outcomes. They will be skilled in communicating their understanding of society, its undercurrents, and the ways in which governments and other institutions operate.

Assessment: Seminar paper (2000 words): 25% + Proposal for a media production (audio, video, multimedia or text as a result of class-based workshops): 25% + Major exercise in investigative journalism on topic of student's choice (5000 words) or equivalent in an electronic format (audio 30 minutes, video 20 minutes, multimedia): 50%

Prerequisites: First degree with a major in journalism or permission

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