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JOUR90001 Researching/Writing Stories

Credit Points: 25
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2017:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.Show/hide details
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 27-Feb-2017 to 28-May-2017
Assessment Period End 23-Jun-2017
Last date to Self-Enrol 10-Mar-2017
Census Date 31-Mar-2017
Last date to Withdraw without fail 05-May-2017

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.Show/hide details
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 24-Jul-2017 to 22-Oct-2017
Assessment Period End 17-Nov-2017
Last date to Self-Enrol 04-Aug-2017
Census Date 31-Aug-2017
Last date to Withdraw without fail 22-Sep-2017


Timetable can be viewed here.
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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Total 48 hours: 4 hour seminar x 12 weeks
Total Time Commitment:

340 hours

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/disability

Coordinator

Dr Margaret Simons

Contact

m.simons@unimelb.edu.au

Subject Overview:

This is a practice based subject taught by leading practitioners, which enables students to develop their skills in researching, writing and producing stories. Students will enhance their understanding of how news stories are put together and will develop advanced skills in researching, writing and producing stories in a new and rapidly changing media environment. The subject examines a range of different research techniques and considers how these can be applied. It also explores a range of writing challenges.

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this subject, students should:

  • demonstrate a high-level of written and oral communication skills;
  • have developed advanced expertise in researching, writing and editing their own work;
  • be able to apply high level research skills to investigate news stories;
  • demonstrate a high-level of written and oral communication skills;
  • demonstrate an advanced and practical understanding of how news stories are put together;
  • be equipped to critically reflect on writing challenges that journalists face across different media; and
  • be equipped to critically reflect on a range of case studies relating to journalism practice.
Assessment:
  • Five short news writing exercises completed in class (approx. 200 words each - 1,000 words total), due throughout semester (10%)
  • Ten multiple choice current affairs quizzes (equivalent to 1,000 words), due throughout semester (10%)
  • A draft portfolio of news stories (3,000 words), due throughout semester (30%)
  • A 2,000 word essay reflecting on an aspect of journalistic practice, due mid semester (20%)
  • A final portfolio of news stories (3,000 words) (NB: The final version is based on the draft, taking into account feedback from teaching staff), due during the examination period (30%)
  • Hurdle: Students are required to attend a minimum of 80% of classes in order to pass the subject and regular class participation is expected.
Prescribed Texts:

Compiled reader plus News Limited Style Guide (News Limited 2011)

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

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

  • understand the fundamental principles for making critical and ethical judgments regarding professional journalism practice;
  • able to evaluate the dynamic processes of change operating in contemporary media and communication industries;
  • skills in journalistic research, analysis and interpretation;
  • skills in writing, reporting and communicating facts and ideas;
  • time management and planning skills through managing and organising workloads;
  • cultural and ethical understanding through reflection, reading and practical experience of journalists’ responsibilities; and
  • an understanding of how to market their own ideas and successfully pursue careers in an increasingly diversified and transforming industry environment.
Links to further information: http://graduate.arts.unimelb.edu.au/mcp/master-of-journalism.html
Notes:

Must be enrolled in one of the following programs in order to take this subject:

  • Master of Journalism program (MC-JOURN)
  • Advanced Graduate Certificate in Journalism
  • Advanced Graduate Diploma in Journalism
Related Course(s): Graduate Certificate in Journalism (Advanced)
Graduate Diploma in Journalism (Advanced)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: 100 Point Master of Journalism
150 Point Master of Journalism
200 Point Master of Journalism

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