ATS2788 - Podcasting and audio journalism - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit


Chief examiner(s)

Dr Andrea Baker


Ms Jennifer Bowen

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


Twelve credit points of first-year Arts units. It is highly recommended that students only take this unit after they have completed two first-year level units in Journalism.


ATS2928, JRN2907


The unit focuses on audio storytelling and the use of sound in journalism, considering both podcasting and radio. Through the production of both individual audio stories and a team podcast, students develop the key performance practices of interviewing, recording, voice presentation, editing and mixing sound. It critically considers the implications for audio journalists of different modes of audience engagement in radio and podcasting, and undertakes critical analyses of ethical and editorial issues in audio broadcasting and publishing.


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

  1. identify local, national and international people and events relevant to current issues and media issues;
  2. research a story, conduct interviews and gather appropriate actuality material in the sound medium to produce an audio broadcast;
  3. report in a clear, concise, accurate and engaging way using a variety of audio elements and narrative conventions in an audio environment;
  4. identify and observe key ethical and legal obligations associated with radio and podcast journalism, and reflect critically on their own and others' performance in this regard;
  5. work independently and collaboratively in learning and production processes;
  6. work to tight deadlines and report under pressure.


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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