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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
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2011 (Day)
Caulfield First semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Caulfield Second semester 2011 (Day)
Caulfield Second semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Sunway First semester 2011 (Day)
South Africa First semester 2011 (Day)
South Africa Second semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Caulfield - Bill Birnbauer


Previously coded JRN2204


This unit provides a detailed exploration of the research and writing practices, resources and genres of Print Features, including print and online modes. It explores the wide range of research practices, authorial positioning, modes of address and narrative forms in contemporary usage, including the use of aural and visual inserts. It critically considers the implications for journalists of different modes of audience engagement and authorial positioning. Please be aware that access to certain technology/equipment will be required for this unit. Contact the unit coordinator for details.


On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate an ability to identify and research a story, conduct interviews and gather appropriate research and audio-visual ancillary material in the print feature genre
  2. demonstrate an ability to report in a clear, concise, accurate and engaging way using a variety of narrative conventions with audio-visual support in a coherent package
  3. identify, observe key ethical and legal obligations associated with feature journalism, and reflect critically on their own and others' performance in this regard
  4. work independently and collaboratively in learning and production processes, including online forums, to produce feature reports
  5. demonstrate an ability to set and meet deadlines, and report under pressure
  6. demonstrate an awareness of local, national and international people and events relevant to current issues and media issues
  7. demonstrate a critical awareness of the capacities, limitations and socio-professional implications of journalistic practices in the textual medium.


Minor project (1500 words): 25%
Major Project (2500 words): 50%
Online critical reflection and in-class invigilation: 25%

Chief examiner(s)

Bill Birnbauer

Contact hours

One 1-hour lecture per week
1-hour tutorial per week

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