Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitJournalism
OfferedNot offered in 2013
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Philip Chubb


Previously coded JRM4915


This unit introduces students to a set of research and reporting approaches and techniques that enable in-depth investigation. The subject is designed to demonstrate a variety of practical research techniques, especially the use of public records and databases; to explore the relationship of investigative and news reporting; and to assist students to produce in-depth investigations of their own.


On satisfactory completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. recognise what distinguishes investigative journalism from other journalism.
  2. develop their own ideas for investigative projects.
  3. utilize advanced skills in finding and interviewing a wide range of sources.
  4. employ a range of investigative research techniques
  5. understand and utilise narrative and presentation techniques appropriate to in-depth journalism.
  6. demonstrate an understanding of the role of investigative journalism in a democratic society and an appreciation of its practical link to the concept of the 'public right to know'.


Minor project 1(800 words plus 300 word reflection): 15%
Minor project 2(1000 words plus 400 word reflection): 30%
Major project(2000 words plus 500 word reflection): 45%
Online contribution(1000 words): 10%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

One 2-hour seminar per week