6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL
Undergraduate - Unit
Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.
- First semester 2019 (On-campus)
The unit may be offered as part of the Summer Arts ProgramSummer Arts Program (http://www.monash.edu/students/courses/arts/summer-program.html).
The unit provides a critical introduction to the key concepts and practices of research and reporting for South African and African news journalism; the social, professional and legal context for journalism production; the technical production and narrative conventions for at least two different media (print, online, radio and/or video). Students research and produce original news stories to deadline in at least two media, produce a critical evaluation of their own performance and constructive feedback for their peers.
On successful completion of this course students should be able to:
- Demonstrate an ability to conceptualise what a news story could be, and identify and research a news story, conduct interviews and gather appropriate evidence.
- Demonstrate an ability to report in a clear, concise, factual way using news conventions in at least two media.
- Identifyand observe key ethical and legal obligations associated with news reporting in the African and South African context, and reflect critically on their own and others' performance in this regard
- Work independently and collaboratively in learning and production processes, including online forums, to produce news reports.
- Demonstrate an ability to set and meet deadlines, and report under pressure
- Demonstrate an awareness of local, national and international people and events relevant to current issues and media issues.
- Demonstrate a critical awareness of the capacities, limitations and socio-professional implications of journalistic practices in different media.
Within semester assessment: 100%
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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