AZA2789 - Journalism: Video perspectives - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

South Africa School of Social Science


Mr Tula Dlamini

Unit guides


South Africa

  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


The unit provides an opportunity to undertake detailed examination of the production practices, resources, technologies and genres of video journalism. Examination topics covered include broadcast and online modes. It develops the major performance practices of voice presentation and interviews, image and sound recording, editing and post-production. The unit critically analyses and evaluates the implications for journalists of differing forms of audience engagement and editorial positioning, including news, current affairs and feature/documentary genre. In a South African and African context, access to certain technology/equipment will be required for this unit. Contact the unit coordinator for details.


On satisfactory completion of the unit students will be able to:

  1. Identify a television news or current affairs story, research and prepare a brief;
  2. Shoot, interview, script and edit a television story;
  3. Demonstrate the ability to successfully undertake individual and group work;
  4. Analyse and evaluate key ethical and legal issues and obligations associated with television reporting, particularly as they apply to the South African and African contexts.
  5. Demonstrate the capacity to apply basic professional standards to production and presentation of television news.


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.