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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)Carol Altman


Students will build upon their research, interview and writing skills from earlier units to include techniques specific to reporting for radio, including broadcast and webcast. Students will critically consider the application of radio journalism to news, current affairs and features, and develop skills in sound recording, voice production, editing and broadcasting. The unit includes the application of these skills through the Gippsland campus radio journalism studio and in developing packages for potential airing on a regional radio station. Part of the teaching will be in block mode in a lab.


  1. Develop an understanding of the distinctive writing, interview and production techniques required for radio reportage compared to other forms of media;
  2. Competence in the technical production of radio reportage including recording, editing, voice production, broadcasting and panel operation;
  3. A critical understanding of the various applications of radio journalism, including news stories, current affairs and documentary/feature stories, and the industry standards relevant to the genre;
  4. An ability to produce packages of radio news, current affairs and features to broadcast standard;
  5. Knowledge of the history of radio journalism, its application to the online world, and the future of the genre in a convergent newsroom;

Note: Level 3 students are required to demonstrate a higher level of production skills, and critical argument and scholarship, including a stronger grasp of key concepts.


Analysis of radio news story (675 words): 15%
Radio news script (equiv 675 words): 15%
News portfolio (equiv 1600 words): 35%
Radio packages (equiv 1600 words): 35%

Chief examiner(s)

Carol Altman

Contact hours

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

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



ATS1330 and ATS1331 or by permission


GSC2905, GSC2907, JRN2907, ATS2788, ATS2928, JRN2905, JRN2202