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Digital and Mobile Journalism (MECM30017)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
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.

Last updated: 21 September 2019