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Journalism Today (UNIB30011)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeUNIB30011
Semester 2
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Journalism is an area of key social importance in the contemporary world, and a practical knowledge of journalistic processes is important not only to media practitioners, but in a range of fields where the quality of public communication is of vital significance. This University Breadth subject provides a practice-oriented engagement with journalism and its social implications, focusing on key areas such as business, financial, science and legal reporting. Students gain an understanding of key journalistic principles of newsworthiness, identifying stories, investigation and verification, and newswriting. The subject also encourages students to critically examine the role and importance of journalism, focusing on a range of case studies that highlight the critical role it plays in contributing to public knowledge and social phenomena by influencing public perceptions, the vital importance of accuracy and responsibility, and the risks that arise when the public is misinformed. It highlights the importance for journalists of developing critical expertise in areas of reporting specialism, and draws on cross-faculty expertise to provide demonstrations of this. Finally, the subject encourages students to consider the implications of social, political, economic and technological changes for journalism, and the risks and opportunities facing journalism today and in the future.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject, students should:

  • Be able to demonstrate a practically oriented understanding of key journalistic principles, practices and formats
  • Develop a grounded, analytically informed understanding of the significance of reporting in areas of key societal importance
  • Demonstrate understanding of how processes of change are affecting journalism, and critically engage with the potential challenges and consequences of change
  • Develop relevant practical and critical skills in investigation, analysis and writing

Last updated: 14 September 2019