Writing Magazine Features - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP2 , SP3
  • Availability for 2017: SP2 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Short feature article (20%) , Assignment 2 - Feature proposal & article (60%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 782.00
HECS 782.00
International 1,032.00

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. analyse a range of publications and identify the ways they both reflect and influence public discourse.
  • Assignment 1 — Short feature article (20%)
  • Assignment 2 — Feature proposal & article (60%)
  • Assignment 3 — Analysis of readings & essay (20%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

Note: Level 2 units normally assume an introductory level of prior knowledge in this area, e.g. from studying related Level 1 units or other relevant experience.

  • Audio/Visual equipment
  • Broadband access

This unit addresses the following topics.

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
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 a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  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.
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This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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