ATS3656 - e-journalism - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

School of Media, Film and Journalism


Ms Elizabeth Hart

Not offered in 2017


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This unit will help students transfer their journalistic skills to digital media - such as material generation and web authoring - and the convergence of print, audio and video formats, and the integration to produce and distribute content. Students will be introduced to a set of research and reporting approaches that will enable them to locate people and story details using online tools. They will build on the skills they acquire in the unit to report, write news and produce multimedia packages news for online audiences. Part of the teaching will be in block mode in the lab. Off-campus students should be aware that access to certain technology and equipment will be required to complete this unit successfully.


Upon successful completion of this unit students will have:

  1. knowledge of how online tools and technologies are changing journalism;
  2. ability to assess ethical and legal issues surrounding online news reporting and presentation;
  3. ability to identify differences between analogue and digital/ online journalism;
  4. competence in the use of multimedia tools and technologies to develop and disseminate multimedia journalistic stories and packages suitable for an online audience;
  5. working collaboratively in a team to develop online stories and packages; and
  6. ability to assess the value, authenticity and authority of sources.


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 Arts units.


GSC2903, GSC3913, ATS2787, ATS2656, JRN2201, JRN2903, JRN3903