Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 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
Organisational UnitSchool of Media, Film and Journalism
OfferedGippsland First semester 2015 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Ms Anita Anderson


This unit teaches students to produce feature stories for newspapers, magazines and online. Students develop advanced writing and reporting skills to apply the craft of feature writing in relation to contemporary issues. They critically consider the contribution feature writing makes to the print and electronic media, including new media, and they develop an awareness of professional standards applicable to writing stories for the media.


On completion of this unit students will have:

  1. Competence in the production of newspaper and magazine feature stories in a range of styles within the genre;
  2. Application of advanced research tools and interview techniques;
  3. Critical understanding of the ways feature stories elaborate on and humanise contemporary issues;
  4. Knowledge of professional workplace practices and principles and of industry standards relevant to the craft of feature writing;
  5. Knowledge of the history of feature writing, of those who have shown excellence in the craft, and of the future of the genre in a rapidly changing media environment.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Chief examiner(s)


GSC1903, GSC2902, JRN1903