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Digital and Mobile Journalism (MECM30017)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2018
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeMECM30017
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject teaches writing, research and production skills for digital media, with a particular focus on journalism created on mobile devices, a significant, but still emerging, field of contemporary news production. Students learn how to produce and manage content across a range of digital media platforms and formats (video, audio, image, text); with a key component of the course shooting video and recording audio to industry standard using their own mobile devices. Techniques taught involve coverage of both breaking news and scripted news stories, as well as practices of curating and spreading digital content. Students also learn to edit news stories and rich media files using a range of software designed for phones, laptops and desktop computers.

The practical skills taught are embedded in a pedagogical framework of media ethics and digital transformation studies.

Intended learning outcomes

Students that successfully complete the subject should have:

  • an understanding of the place of digital production and mobile journalism in the contemporary media landscape;
  • familiarity with the techniques used to produce, distribute and curate media reports on mobile devices to a professional standard;
  • an understanding of innovation in this still developing field of media engagement;
  • an understanding of the ethical considerations in reporting on mobile media, and an ability to analyse situational reporting in terms of ethical and social constraints.

Eligibility and requirements


Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
MECM10006 Introduction to Media Writing
Semester 2
Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
MECM20013 Writing Journalism
Semester 1
or MECM30010 Writing Journalism



Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home


  • Video report package (2 edited video reports – breaking news and develop news – and associated scripts and memo to news editor, equivalent to 1600 words)
  • 1600 words
During the examination period40%
  • Class participation
Throughout the semester10%
  • Audio report (edited audio report of 120 seconds, including interview, equivalent to 800 words)
  • 800 words
Week 420%
  • Hurdle Requirement
  • Hurdle requirement: Hurdle requirement: This subject has a minimum hurdle requirement of 80% attendance. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject. Note: Note: Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per day. After five days late assessment will not be marked. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked.
Throughout the semesterN/A
  • Reporting assignment on digital production and distribution
  • 1600 words
Week 930%

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    CoordinatorRobert Hassan
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hoursA 1-hour lecture and 1.5-hour tutorial per week.
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period23 July 2018 to 21 October 2018
    Last self-enrol date 3 August 2018
    Census date31 August 2018
    Last date to withdraw without fail21 September 2018
    Assessment period ends16 November 2018

Further information

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Last updated: 19 July 2019