Subject Descriptions - Subject Information

Calendar: 2019 Undergraduate
Faculty: Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts
Department: School of the Arts, English and Media

COSMOS mastered subject: Version 2000.01

Subject Information
Subject Code JRNL101
Subject Name Media Reporting and Storytelling 1
Credit Points 6
Pre-Requisites None.
Co-Requisites None.
Restrictions None.
Equivalence Not to count for credit with JOUR101 or JOUR111
Assessment Portfolio - News research portfolio 25% Journal/blog - Local news and resource blog 25% Portfolio 50%
General Subject Yes.
EFTSL (Non Weighted) 0.125
Non Weighted Student Contribution Amounts
Commonwealth Supported (HECS) Students Only
Pre-1997 Pre-2005 Post-2005 Post-2008 Post-2009 Post-2010
$ 820  $ 820  $ 820  $ 820  $ 820  $ 820 
Weighted Student Contribution Amounts
Commonwealth Supported (HECS) Students Only
1771-Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (Direct Entry)
1777-Bachelor of Laws (Direct Entry)
1827-Bachelor of International Studies - Bachelor of Laws
1845-Bachelor of Information Technology - Bachelor of Laws
1852-Bachelor of Business Information Systems - Bachelor of Laws
760-Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies - Bachelor of Laws
770-Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry)
771-Bachelor of Arts - Bachelor of Laws
771H-Course information not Found
772-Bachelor of Creative Arts - Bachelor of Laws
773-Bachelor of Commerce - Bachelor of Laws
774-Bachelor of Mathematics - Bachelor of Laws
775-Bachelor of Science - Bachelor of Laws
775H-Course information not Found
775M-Course information not Found
776-Bachelor of Computer Science - Bachelor of Laws
778-Bachelor of Information and Communication Technology-Bachelor of Laws
779-Bachelor of Engineering - Bachelor of Laws
858-Bachelor of Journalism - Bachelor of Laws
Work Experience No
Tutorial Enrolment Information None.

Subject Availability
Session Autumn  (04-03-2019 to 27-06-2019)
Campus Wollongong
Delivery Method On Campus
Instance Name Class 1
Course Restrictions No restrictions
Contact Hours 1 hr lecture & 2 hr tutorial per week
Lecturer(s) and
Cons. times
Shawn Burns
Coordinator(s) and
Cons. times
Shawn Burns
Instance Comment  
Census Date 31-03-2019

Subject Description
This subject provides an introduction to journalism and professional writing as both a set of skills and an evolving set of professional practices. At a practical level it focuses on developing fundamental skills in identifying news and researching news stories. Students are introduced to news values and approaches to news style. They are also introduced to a range of interviewing and news gathering techniques. Students will learn to produce short written stories and will explore simple video news-gathering techniques. In the second half of the semester students apply these new skills through the production of simple news blogs. These practical skills will be complemented by a theoretical investigation of the role of journalism in society and the emergence of new hybrid forms of professional storytelling.

Subject Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students will be able to:
1. Identify the factors which make an event newsworthy
2. Construct a news story in a variety of journalistic formats
3. Conduct a basic news gathering journalistic interview
4. Be able to produce a simple news blog that contains written and some multimedia elements
5. Articulate a variety of points of view on the role of journalism in society and scholarly arguments behind these viewpoints
6. Articulate and justify their decision-making processes in the development of professional journalism products

Textbook Information
Students will be advised of recommended texts at the commencement of session.
Text book information is available via the UniShop website:

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