ALJ331 - Developing a Journalism Portfolio 2

Unit details


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Alison McAdam
Cohort rule:Nil

Students must have completed either ALJ111 or ALJ112
and either ALJ218 or ALJ221

Incompatible with: ALJ302, ALJ303
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:

1 x 3-hour seminar per week

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

Independent and collaborative online learning activities (3-hour per week equivalence)


Discover what it’s like to produce journalistic stories for an online news website. You will be writing, producing, researching, interviewing and editing a number of your own stories that showcase your knowledge of, and skills in, news writing, data visualisation, video and podcasting. You will meet deadlines and discuss your work with fellow students in a newsroom-like environment. This unit teaches you about industry structures and advanced storytelling techniques. You will leave this unit with a portfolio of work you can use to begin your career. You will also reflect on the newsgathering and production process.

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

Identify and research an audience for a digital news product

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication


Produce news stories to a professional standard in a variety of written, audio and visual formats

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication


Engage with community issues and social media tools for sourcing, reporting and promoting news stories

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO8: Global citizenship


Act responsibly, ethically and within legal frameworks when creating online content

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving

GLO8: Global citizenship


Reflect critically on professional practice to identify how that practice will contribute towards career goals

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO6: Self-management


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 - News Story 1000 words equivalent 25% Week 7
Assessment 2 - News Story 1000 words equivalent 25% Week 11
Assessment 3 - News Story 1000 words equivalent 25% Week 11
Assessment 4 - Reflective Essay 1000 words 25% To be advised

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 ALJ331
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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