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JRN1903 - Feature Writing

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Elizabeth Hart


Berwick Second semester 2007 (Day)
Caulfield Second semester 2007 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester 2007 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester 2007 (Off-campus)
Malaysia Second semester 2007 (Day)
Singapore Second semester 2007 (Off-campus)


Students critically consider the genre of feature writing for print and electronic media, including new media. They produce news features and magazine style articles to publishable standard, learn advanced reporting skills, and address the cultural implications of writing about issues of contemporary interest. The unit includes aspects of design and presentation of feature articles.


  1. production of newspaper and magazine feature articles to publishable standard;
  2. application of research skills for writing in the genre;
  3. understanding of the similarities and differences between news and news feature writing, including the role of argument and persuasion;
  4. management of information in the form of documents and date bases;
  5. professional understanding of workplace practices and principles and of industry standards relevant to the craft of feature writing


Two feature articles (800-1000 words each): 50% +
One extended feature article (1600-1800 words): 30% +
Critique (800 words): 20%

Contact hours

3 hours (1 x 1 hour lecture and 1 x 2 hour tutorial) per week


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