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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - 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
OfferedBerwick Second semester 2011 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester 2011 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Elizabeth Hart


Previously coded JRN1903


This unit teaches students to produce feature stories for newspapers, magazines and online. Students develop advanced writing and reporting skills to apply the craft of feature writing in relation to contemporary issues. They critically consider the contribution feature writing makes to the print and electronic media, including new media, and they develop an awareness of professional standards applicable to writing stories for the media.


On completion of this unit students will have:

  1. Competence in the production of newspaper and magazine feature stories in a range of styles within the genre;
  2. Application of advanced research tools and interview techniques;
  3. Critical understanding of the ways feature stories elaborate on and humanise contemporary issues;
  4. Knowledge of professional workplace practices and principles and of industry standards relevant to the craft of feature writing;
  5. Knowledge of the history of feature writing, of those who have shown excellence in the craft, and of the future of the genre in a rapidly changing media environment.


Colour story (600 words): 15%
Magazine feature story and pitch (1200 words): 25%
Major news feature and critique (1600 words): 35%
Invigilated class and online project (equivalent to 1100 words): 25%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Elizabeth Hart

Contact hours

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

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study





GSC1903, GSC2902, JRN1903