Writing Magazine Features - 2016

Unit summary

GPWP521

  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
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  • Availability for 2016: SP2 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Short feature article (20%) , Assignment 2 - Feature proposal & article (50%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
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Domestic 2,450.00
International 2,700.00

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into the course Graduate Diploma in Professional Communication.

This unit deals with the social and cultural context of magazine production, the international nature of the market place and the structure and characteristics of magazine feature writing. It examines the source of ideas, and their generation and development into stories, and explores basic feature forms, styles, structures and content. The unit will develop practical writing skills with special attention to publication style and the ability to write for different markets.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. identify and apply magazine feature writing techniques, structures and styles appropriate to a variety of publications and readerships
  2. identify and research original ideas for magazine features and develop them for different readerships and markets
  3. present effective arguments to editors and publishers in favour of publication
  4. conduct interviews and deploy interview material in feature articles
  5. undertaken significant research into the magazine publishing industry, magazine readerships, or feature journalism styles and formats.
  • Assignment 1 — Short feature article (20%)
  • Assignment 2 — Feature proposal & article (50%)
  • Assignment 3 — Analysis of readings & essay (30%)

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into the course Graduate Diploma in Professional Communication.

  • Audio/Visual equipment
  • Broadband access

This unit addresses the following topics.

NumberTopic
1Magazines, culture and society
2Power and influence
3Turning an idea into a story
4Interviewing techniques
5Writing introductions
6Public intellectualism and social networking
7Developing your argument
8Using interview material
9Self-editing
10Niche and grassroots magazines
11Understanding the market
12*Note: Topics are sometimes altered in response to student feedback and to reflect changes and new information in the field.

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Blogs
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links
  • Wikis

This unit is not currently a requirement for any courses, but may be eligible for credit.

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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