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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2011 (Day)
Caulfield First semester 2011 (Evening)
Caulfield Second semester 2011 (Day)
Caulfield Second semester 2011 (Evening)
Coordinator(s)Professor Chris Nash


Previously coded JRM4902


This unit introduces the basic principles and practices for radio and video news reporting, including audio and video field recording, interviewing, scripting, editing and presentation in a critical analytical context. Students develop a series of stories working independently and in groups, and use online forums for mutual story development and feedback. It provides students with skills in the construction of news and short current affairs reports and critical analysis of the characteristics of those reports. Students are encouraged to broadcast/distribute their reports in media/online outlets.


On satisfactory completion of this subject students will be able to

  1. identify, research , record, edit and broadcast a radio current affairs story requiring location sound, interviews, script and presentation
  2. write and present a short news report based on their current affairs story
  3. identify, research , record, edit and distribute online a video current affairs story requiring location sound and image, interviews, script and presentation
  4. work independently and in groups to meet deadlines
  5. identify key ethical and legal parameters associated with radio and television reporting


Radio current affairs report (2-3 mins) and news presentation: 40%
TV news report (2-3 mins.) and news presentation: 40%
Online reflection statement (1000 words) and in-class seminar presentation: 20%

Chief examiner(s)

William Birnbauer

Contact hours

2 hour seminar per week