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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
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

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

Eligibility and requirements





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


  • Story writing exercise (500 words)
  • words
Week 520%
  • Case study analysis (1500 words)
  • words
Week 840%
  • Final Essay (2000 words)
  • words
During the examination period40%
  • Hurdle Requirement
  • hours
  • Hurdle requirement: This subject has a minimum hurdle requirement of 75% attendance and regular participation in tutorials. All pieces of assessment must be submitted to pass this subject. Note: Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per day. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked.
Throughout the semesterN/A

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    CoordinatorLucy Smy
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours3 hours per week – 1 x 1 hour lecture + 1 x 2 hour seminar throughout semester
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019
    Census date31 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail27 September 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

    Semester 2 contact information

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    There are no specifically prescribed or recommended texts for this subject.

  • Breadth options
  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 14 August 2019