ATS2255 - Mobile journalism - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit


Chief examiner(s)

Mr Nick Parkin


Mr Nick Parkin

Not offered in 2019


ATS1089, ATS1090 or ATS1328


'Mobile journalism' is a highly practical journalism unit that focuses on how smartphones and social media have revolutionised journalistic story-telling in Australia.

Students will learn how to use their smartphones and social media accounts to engage in new and innovative journalistic practices, including live reporting, recording audio, shooting video, taking photographs, and finding and reporting stories via various forms of social media.

Students will also understand and appreciate the technological, ethical and legal issues and complications that surround the use of mobile devices and social media when gathering and delivering journalistic content.

At the end of the course students will have created professional examples of digital/broadcast journalism, submitted to deadline.


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

  1. gather quality audio and visual content using a smartphone, including interviews, photography and video;
  2. competently produce written, audio and visual content in an engaging and meaningful way;
  3. appreciate how social media can assist journalists to find and deliver stories in new and innovative ways;
  4. understand key technological, ethical and legal issues and obligations associated with gathering and delivering smartphone content;
  5. competently operate a range of technology, including smartphones, mobile apps, social media, and audio/video/photo editing computer software;
  6. work independently and as part of a team to produce content to deadline;
  7. convey information in a clear, concise, factual and objective way using journalism and news conventions.


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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