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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)
Sunway Second semester 2011 (Day)
South Africa Second semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Caulfield - Prof Chris Nash


Previously coded JRN3305


This unit provides a detailed exploration of the research and reporting practices in specialized fields associated with contemporary culture. The precise emphasis will vary from semester to semester depending on student and staff preferences, but will include genres such as arts, sport, music and literary reporting. It canvasses the major documentary and database sources, contemporary case studies, key personalities and institutions in each of these specialized fields. It places contemporary practices in their larger historical and geographical contexts, and critically considers the professional and social implications and accountabilities of reporting in these specialized fields. 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 sport/arts/cultural story, conduct interviews and gather appropriate evidentiary material in the appropriate medium
  2. demonstrate an ability to report on sport/arts/cultural events in a clear, concise, factual and meaningful way using a variety of elements in a coherent package.
  3. identify, observe key ethical and legal obligations associated with sport/arts/cultural 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 sport/arts/cultural 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 reporting practices in sport/arts/cultural journalism.


Minor project (news/current affairs reports totalling 1500 words or 6 mins.): 30% +
Major Project (news/current affairs reports totalling 2000 words or 10 mins): 50% +
Online critical reflection and in-class invigilation: 20%

Chief examiner(s)

Andrea Baker

Contact hours

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

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



12 points of JRN units at the 2nd year level