APG5653 - International journalism field school - 2019

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit


Chief examiner(s)

Ms Julie-Ann Tullberg


Ms Julie-Ann Tullberg

Unit guides



  • Summer semester A 2019 (Flexible)


  • This unit is an international study program that requires an application to be enrolled and may incur additional cost. The destination of the city/region to be visited will be decided in the first half of the year the unit is offered and communicated to students when the unit expression of interest is issued to students.
  • The unit may be offered as part of the Summer Arts ProgramSummer Arts Program (http://www.monash.edu/students/courses/arts/summer-program.html).


Change and innovation are sweeping through newsrooms around the globe. In this unit, students will travel to the heart of the world's media industry to observe how industrial crisis and creative responses are transforming news organisations, journalists and audiences in the international context. The program begins online, when students will delve into the history, structure, culture and products of leading and cutting-edge international media outlets. To follow, students attend an intensive workshop to develop skills in research design, methods, analysis and project management. Students will travel to a key journalism city to learn first hand how newsrooms are adapting to change, and to experience journalism internationally. How have outlets responded to the pressures of changing consumption patterns, delivery platforms and business models? What is it like to be a media practitioner in the contemporary era? How are news values shifting to capture contemporary audiences? And are the foundations of journalism in a liberal democracy - notions of independence, objectivity and fairness - changing too? Students will draw from scholarly and popular literature as well their immersive experience to formulate individual research projects, adopting a case-study approach to their chosen topic.


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

  1. discuss the organisation, culture and publications of international media outlets operating in the location/city/region to be visited;
  2. analyse the complex 'ecology' of major media industries in an era of global journalism;
  3. utilise skills in research design, methods, analysis and project management, in direct observation of international media outlets and news publications, and in conjunction with scholarly literature;
  4. collaborate constructively with fellow students in learning and discussion processes, including online forums;
  5. produce written work and oral presentations to deadline, making effective use of the conventions of scholarly presentation, including citations and bibliography where required;
  6. engage confidently with individuals and organisations at the cutting edge of journalism, communications, and news media industries.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 288 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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