ALJ112 - News Reporting

Unit details


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online, Community Based Delivery (CBD)*

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Alison McAdam
Cohort rule:Nil


Incompatible with: ALJM112
Typical study commitment:

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

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Educator-facilitated (scheduled) learning activities - on-campus unit enrolment:

Burwood: 1 x 2-hour seminar per week.

Geelong: 1 x 4-hour on-campus seminar (Week 2, 5, 8), 1 x 1.25-hour online seminar (Week 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11).

Educator-facilitated (scheduled) learning activities - online unit enrolment:

Online independent and collaborative learning activities (1 x 2-hour per week equivalence)


*Community Based Delivery (CBD) is for National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation NIKERI Institute students only.


Build your skills and knowledge of multimedia news reporting. In this unit, you will produce your own news stories that cover issues that interest you. These stories will cross media platforms and will include a written news story, a photojournalism piece and a video news package for broadcast. You'll also hone your skills in, and knowledge of, news values, researching, interviewing and editing. You will meet deadlines and expand your knowledge of the social, professional and legal contexts journalists work within.

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

Identify, develop and research news stories; arrange and carry out news interviews

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication


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


Engage with community issues and social media tools as per discipline specific needs for sourcing and reporting news stories

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO3: Digital literacy


Explain the legal and ethical framework that journalists operate within Australia

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO8: Global citizenship


Use a range of digital technologies to record, edit, produce and present news stories

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO3: Digital literacy


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 - News story 1200 words 
or equivalent
30% TBA
Assessment 2 - Photojournalism news story 1200 words
or equivalent
30% TBA
Assessment 3 - Video 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 ALJ112
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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