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This subject teaches the craft of writing hard and soft news stories for a range of digital and print mass media news publications. With an emphasis on news writing, students learn what news is and how (and why) news priorities and story treatment may differ between print, broadcast and online. Students will learn how to write news and feature stories, as well as producing one piece of broadcast journalism. Students learn how accuracy, as well as clear and concise language. The subject introduces the core skill of interviewing with students provided with ample opportunity to put into practice what is covered in both lectures and classes. The subject also looks at professional codes of ethics and editorial policies. On completion of this subject students should have a strong grasp of current journalistic practices and required skills.
Intended learning outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject, students will:
- have increased understanding of pathways to the workforce and professional life in contemporary news media writing (or continued study), and journalists' codes of ethics;
- demonstrate a developing knowledge of current journalistic practices, editorial policies, and required skills, including for online publishing;
- the skills to write effectively both for text and audio platforms, and to make editorial assessments about peers' writing; and
- demonstrate a general understanding of current media law and how it directly impacts on journalists.
At the completion of this subject, students should gain the following generic skills:
- an understanding of the imperatives of contemporary journalism;
- the ability to demonstrate competence in writing for the media, including optimum communication techniques and methodology; and
- the ability to make editorial assessments of how effectively a story has communicated facts and concepts.
Last updated: 18 December 2020