ALJ111 - Introduction to Journalism

Unit details

Year:

2023 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online, CBD*

Trimester 3: Burwood (Melbourne), Online

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Jennifer Martin
Trimester 3: Kristy Hess
Cohort rule:

Nil

Prerequisite:

Nil

Corequisite:

Nil

Incompatible with:

Nil

Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:
Trimester 1:

Burwood: 1 x 2-hour seminar per week

Geelong: 1 x 2-hour seminar per week

Trimester 3:

1 x 5-hour seminar (week 1), 1 x 4-hour seminar (weeks 2, 5, 6), 1 x 5-hour seminar (week 10)

Scheduled learning activities - online:

Online and independent learning activities including 1 x 2-hour seminar equivalent

Note:

*CBD refers to the National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation (NIKERI) Institute; Community Based Delivery

Content

Discover what it’s like to be a journalist and produce multimedia news stories. In this unit you will learn about news values, researching, interviewing, editing and photojournalism. You will produce your own news stories that cover issues that interest you. The stories you produce in this unit will be a written news story for print or online, and your own audio news story for radio or podcast. You will meet deadlines and learn about the social, professional and legal context journalists work.

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes
ULO1

Identify, develop and research engaging news stories

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO4: Critical thinking

ULO2

Arrange and carry out successful news interviews

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving

ULO3

Sort and sift the material gathered to identify the key news points

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving

ULO4

Write a news story in direct, effective, engaging style with strict attention to factual accuracy as well as accuracy in punctuation, spelling and grammar

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

ULO5

Develop an awareness of the legal and ethical framework that journalists operate within in Australia

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving

Assessment

Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 - Research file 800 words
or equivalent
20% Week 4
Assessment 2 - Practical work 1600 words
or equivalent
40% Week 8
Assessment 3 - Multimedia news story 1600 words
or equivalent
40% Week 11

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via ALJ111
Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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