ATS1090 - Practice of journalism - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit



Ms Corinna Hente

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  • First semester 2017 (Day)
  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


The unit introduces the key practices of research and reporting for news journalism, including the technical production and narrative conventions for print and online media. Students research and produce original news stories to deadline and engage in a critical evaluation of the work of their peers.


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

  1. demonstrate an ability to conceptualise what a news story could be, and identify and research a news story, conduct interviews and gather appropriate evidence;
  2. demonstrate an ability to report in a clear, concise, factual way using news conventions;
  3. identify and observe key ethical and legal obligations associated with news reporting, and reflect critically on their own and others' performance in this regard;
  4. demonstrate an ability to set and meet deadlines, and report under pressure;
  5. demonstrate an awareness of local, national and international people and events relevant to current issues and media issues;
  6. demonstrate a critical awareness of the capacities, limitations and socio-professional implications of journalistic practices in different 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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