ALJ112 - News Reporting

Unit details

Year:

2023 unit information

Enrolment modes:

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

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Jennifer Martin
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:

Burwood: 1 x 2-hour seminar per week.

Geelong: 1 x 6.5-hour on-campus seminar (week 1, 9), 1 x 1-hour online seminar (week 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10,11).

Scheduled learning activities - online:

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

Note:

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

Content

Build your skills and knowledge of multimedia news reporting. You will learn how to make effective use of social media platform to source and report stories that engage different audiences. You'll also create a photojournalism story and a video package for broadcast and online  media platforms. You'll also hone your skills in, and knowledge of, news  values, researching, interviewing, editing and photojournalism. And you will meet deadlines and expand your knowledge of the social, professional and legal contexts within which 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 news stories; arrange and carry out news interviews

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

ULO2

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

ULO3

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

ULO4

Explain the legal and ethical framework that journalists operate within Australia

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO8: Global citizenship

ULO5

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

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO3: Digital literacy

Assessment

Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 - Social Media Reporting 800 words
or equivalent
20% Week 4
Assessment 2 - Photojournalism news story 1600 words
or equivalent
40% Week 8
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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