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Advanced Writing (MECM30008)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5Not available in 2019

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Year of offerNot available in 2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeMECM30008
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject provides students with the skills to write at an advanced journalistic level. Lectures will present students with techniques that will enhance skills in interviewing, news judgement, narrative technique, researching, framing ideas, developing contacts and using off the record information. Students will also deal with issues of fairness and objectivity, plagiarism, libel and codes of conduct. On completion of this subject, students will have developed advanced skills in feature writing.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should have:

  • the ability to develop practical knowledge of different journalistic writing styles;
  • gained a critical understanding of interviewing, the role of sources and researching;
  • become aware of ethical and legal issues in contemporary journalism; and
  • acquired high level skills in feature writing.

Generic skills

At the completion of this subject, students should gain the following generic skills:

  • be able to effectively research and write extended length journalistic stories;
  • have gained an understanding of the practical implications of on-going debates over journalistic conduct in relation to their own writings; and
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the mass media and other forms of communication in contemporary society.

Last updated: 3 April 2019