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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 Second semester 2011 (Day)
Caulfield Second semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Robert Carey


Previously coded JRN2205


This unit provides a detailed exploration of the main sub-editing, editing and design practices for print and online media. It explores a range of genres, styles and modes of address in contemporary usage for newspapers, magazines, blogs and websites. It includes the usage of sound, still and moving images. It critically considers the implications for journalists of different modes of audience and demographic engagement. 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 commission written reports, edit and lay-out print, audio and visual material for publication in print and online media
  2. demonstrate an ability to sub-edit in a clear, concise, accurate way in a variety of narrative genres
  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 edited reports
  5. demonstrate an ability to set and meet deadlines, and edit 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 editorial practices in the print medium


Minor project (sub-editing and layout totalling 2000 words): 30%
Major Project (editing, sub-editing and layout totalling 4000 words): 50%
Online critical reflection and in-class invigilation: 20%

Chief examiner(s)

Robert Carey

Contact hours

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

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





ATS2657, ATS3657