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JRN2903 - Online Journalism

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Dr Amy Forbes


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)


This unit is designed to develop students' skills in the area of online journalism. It considers the role of the journalist in the 'information society'; issues of access to and distribution of information; and the applications and potentials of online and convergence journalism. The legal and ethical issues confronting the online journalist will be considered. The wider implications of the electronic networks and online news outlets will be addressed through contemporary debates, for example the projected demise of newspapers; the role of electronic literacy in contemporary society; the emergence of multi-media story telling and convergence journalism.


At the end of the semester, students will have a good knowledge of:

  1. the development of the Internet, in particular the world wide web, and its impact on the media and in the society; 2. the critical discourses related to the information society;
  2. the differences between traditional print and broadcast journalism, and online and convergence journalism;
  3. how the practice of journalism is being shaped by new information technologies;
  4. what skills are needed to work as an online or multi-media journalist;
  5. the ethical and legal issues confronting online journalists;
  6. what skills are required to produce a multi-media news web site.


Analytical piece (1000 words): 20 %
Reporting a news story (1000 words): 20%
Multi-media reporting project proposal (700 words): 15%
Multi-media reporting project (1800 words): 35%
Team work and participation: 10%

Contact hours

2 hours (1 x 1 hour lecture and 1 x 1 hour laboratory) per week


JRN1902 and JRN1903 or equivalents


GSC2903, GSC3913, JRN3903