AMU2789 - Video news and current affairs - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Malaysia School of Arts and Social Sciences


Mr Jeswant Singh

Not offered in 2017


This unit provides further development of the key journalistic practices of concepts, research and practices in the production of news and current affairs stories in the audio-visual format. This includes the social, professional and legal context for journalism production; the technical production and conventional narrative styles for video journalism. This unit also examines the various factors affecting the use of audio-visual media for the reporting of news and current affairs stories. Students will research and produce original news stories to deadline in the audio-visual format, produce a critical evaluation of their own performance and provide constructive feedback for their peers.


Upon successful completion of the unit, students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an ability to identify and research a news story, conduct interviews and gather appropriate evidence in the audio-visual media;
  2. Demonstrate an ability to select an advantageous medium for presentation, and report in a clear, concise and factual way using news conventions in a video environment;
  3. Identify, observe key ethical and legal obligations associated with video 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 video journalism;
  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 affairs and media issues;
  7. Demonstrate a critical awareness of the capacities, limitations and socio-professional implications of journalistic practices in audio-visual media.


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 first-year Arts units.


ATS2789, AZA2789