Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitJournalism
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2013 (Day)
Caulfield First semester 2013 (Off-campus)
Caulfield Second semester 2013 (Day)
Caulfield Second semester 2013 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Mr William Birnbauer (semester 1); Ms Jan McGuinness (semester 2)


Previously coded JRN2204


This unit provides a detailed exploration of the research and writing practices, resources and genres of Print Features, including print and online modes. It explores the wide range of research practices, authorial positioning, modes of address and narrative forms in contemporary usage, including the use of aural and visual inserts. It critically considers the implications for journalists of different modes of audience engagement and authorial positioning. 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 story, conduct interviews and gather appropriate research and audio-visual ancillary material in the print feature genre
  2. demonstrate an ability to report in a clear, concise, accurate and engaging way using a variety of narrative conventions with audio-visual support in a coherent package
  3. identify, observe key ethical and legal obligations associated with feature 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 feature 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 journalistic practices in the textual medium.


Minor project 1(500 word report plus 300 word reflection): 15%
Minor project 2(1000 word report and 400 word reflection): 30%
Major project (1400 words plus 500 word reflection): 45%
Online critical reflection and in-class invigilation: 10%

Chief examiner(s)

Mr William Birnbauer (semester 1)
Ms Jan McGuinness (semester 2)

Contact hours

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

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