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 UnitSchool of Social Science, South Africa
OfferedSouth Africa Second semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Ms Michelle Alexander


The unit provides an opportunity to undertake detailed examination of the production practices, resources, technologies and genres of video journalism. Examination topics covered include broadcast and online modes. It develops the major performance practices of voice presentation and interviews, image and sound recording, editing and post-production. The unit critically analyses and evaluates the implications for journalists of differing forms of audience engagement and editorial positioning, including news, current affairs and feature/documentary genre. In a South African and African context, access to certain technology/equipment will be required for this unit. Contact the unit coordinator for details.


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

  1. Identify a television news or current affairs story, research and prepare a brief;
  2. Shoot, interview, script and edit a television story;
  3. Demonstrate the ability to successfully undertake individual and group work;
  4. Analyse and evaluate key ethical and legal issues and obligations associated with television reporting, particularly as they apply to the South African and African contexts.
  5. Demonstrate the capacity to apply basic professional standards to production and presentation of television news.


Minor project (News/current affairs video reports totalling 3-minutes): 25%
Major Project (Current affairs/feature video reports totalling 6-minutes): 50%
Online critical reflection and in-class invigilation: 25%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

One 2-hour seminar per week

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