Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedNot offered in 2012
Coordinator(s)Carol Altman


Previously coded JRN2905


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;


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, ATS3928