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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 First semester 2011 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2011 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Ndaeyo Uko


Previously coded JRN3903


This unit will help students transfer their journalistic skills to digital media - such as material generation and web authoring - and the convergence of print, audio and video formats, and the integration to produce and distribute content. Students will be introduced to a set of research and reporting approaches that will enable them to locate people and story details using online tools. They will build on the skills they acquire in the unit to report, write news and produce multimedia packages news for online audiences. Part of the teaching will be in block mode in the lab.


On completion of this unit students will have:

  1. Knowledge of how online tools and technologies are changing journalism;
  2. Ability to assess ethical and legal issues surrounding online news reporting and presentation;
  3. Ability to identify differences between analogue and digital/ online journalism;
  4. Competence in the use of multimedia tools and technologies to develop and disseminate multimedia journalistic stories and packages suitable for an online audience;
  5. Working collaboratively in a team to develop online stories and packages;
  6. Ability to assess the value, authenticity and authority of sources;
Note: Level 3 students are required to demonstrate a higher level of technical skill and critical argument and scholarship.


Online news site analysis: 10% (equiv 450 words)
Produce multimedia packages: 40% (equiv 1800 words)
In class multimedia presentation (DE students to submit online): 10% (equiv 450 words)
Major project - website development: 40% (equiv 1800 words)

Chief examiner(s)

Philip Chubb

Contact hours

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

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



Two second-year journalism units


GSC2903, GSC3913, ATS2787, ATS2656, JRN2201, JRN2903, JRN3903