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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit



Mr William Birnbauer



  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


Advanced writing and interviewing helps students refine their interviewing, researching and writing skills. The course will emphasise accuracy and critical-thinking skills. Whatever your aspirations, if you want your journalism to be a compelling read to a wider audience, this unit can arm you with the storytelling tools you need.


On successful completion of the unit students should be able to:

  1. Make complex reporting on subjects like business, science and health accessible to non-professionals;
  2. Turn projects into great "reads" that engage the audience;
  3. Infuse daily reporting, on deadline, with memorable characters, vivid scenes and focused story lines;
  4. Create compelling narratives;
  5. Understand how to gather the details, nuance and dialogue that distinguish the best reporting and writing;
  6. Clearly understand the ethical and social issues associated with in-depth interviewing, researching and writing.


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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Twelve credit points of second-year Journalism units.