ATS3811 - Journalism professional placement - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Organisational Unit

School of Media, Film and Journalism


Mr Matthew Loads (Berwick)

Ms Elizabeth Hart (Gippsland)

Not offered in 2017


The unit has an internship component - contact the Unit Coordinator for further information.


This unit enables students to experience contemporary media in print, audio-visual, public relations, or online settings. In consultation with the unit coordinator, students are assigned to industry placements in the commercial, government, or community sectors. Students build on skills and knowledge they have acquired in earlier units. They learn the ways theories of journalism apply to methods and practices in journalism and related occupations. They also develop critical insights to the profession of journalism in a rapidly changing and culturally diverse mass media environment


This unit will:

  1. Equip students with skills required to work in a professional media environment;
  2. Provide experiential knowledge of the ways professional standards, methods, and practices apply in a particular media outlet;
  3. Gain an understanding of professional relationships among practitioners, owners, and consumers of media;
  4. Improve the ability to meet news writing and production deadlines;
  5. Apply journalism skills acquired in undergraduate study, including the techniques of journalistic writing, interviewing, and news gathering;
  6. Demonstrate the ability to analyse the relationship between journalism theory and practice in a contemporary workplace.


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. + Additional requirements + Placement

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Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


Twelve credit points of second-year Arts units.


GSC3902, JRN3902