ATS2790 - Longform journalism - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit


Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Margaret Simons


Associate Professor Margaret Simons

Unit guides



  • First 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.




The unit introduces students to research and writing skills for longform journalism projects. Students will learn to source, investigate and analyse information for creating compelling stories The unit will examine ethical issues and the role of public service journalism.


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

  1. demonstrate an ability to identify and research worthwhile stories from a range of information and data;
  2. conduct interviews with relevant people related to the project;
  3. report in a clear, concise, accurate and engaging way using a variety of online, print and/or audio visual material;
  4. identify key ethical obligations associated with long-form feature writing;
  5. produce work that reflects an awareness of local, national and international people and events relevant to current media issues;
  6. work to tight deadlines and report under pressure;
  7. reflect critical awareness of the capacities, limitations and socio-professional implications of journalistic practices.


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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