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
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2013 (Evening)
Coordinator(s)Jan McGuinness


Previously coded JRM4908


This unit develops skills in feature story writing by a comparative approach to the work of exemplary contemporary practice. The emphasis is on developing, critiquing and improving a range of research and writing skills for the print and online media, including use of images and hyperlinks. Students are expected to produce publishable work. The subject offers students insights into the breadth of style and genre available to non-fiction writing, including social-realist writing, essays, columns, profiles, 'new journalism' and more complex in-depth features. Ethical considerations are explored in the context of particular examples of production and social context.


On satisfactory completion of this subject, students will:

  1. be able to research and write feature articles at a professionally publishable standard
  2. Have a strong understanding of the ethical and social issues associated with in-depth interviewing, researching and writing
  3. be able to produce feature stories for publication in both print and online environments
  4. Understand and work within and among the generic conventions of journalism and broader styles of writing such as non-fiction and fiction.


Minor project 1(500 words plus 300 word rfeflection): 15%
Minor project 2(1000 words plus 400 word reflection): 30%
Major project(1400 words plus 500 word reflection): 45%
Online discussion: 10%

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Contact hours

2 hour seminar per week