Broadcast Journalism - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP2 , SP4
  • Availability for 2017: SP2 , SP4
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Writing: broadcast & program (20%) , Assignment 2 - The Pitch (20%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

Focus on researching, writing and producing news and current affairs stories for television and the internet. You will explore: History of broadcast journalism; Radio and television; The newsroom; The studio; Writing for broadcast; The line-up; Voice and presentation; Camera and sound; Principles of interviewing; The edit; The pitch; Story planning and production. You will need to have access to the internet on a computer with standard modern inclusions (Mic and Webcam).

Broadcast Journalism is designed to extend and develop the skills introduced in second year Journalism units with a focus on researching, writing and producing news and current affairs stories for television and the internet. This unit also includes advanced techniques in media presentation, production, problem solving and the student's critical evaluation of their own performance.

At the completion of this unit you will:

  1. have developed your research and reporting skills;
  2. understand the medium of Broadcast Journalism;
  3. construct effective introductions and present a logical flow of information;
  4. have developed a broad understanding of journalistic practices;
  5. produce basic audio and video content.
  • Assignment 1 — Writing: broadcast & program (20%)
  • Assignment 2 — The Pitch (20%)
  • Online Discussion — Newsroom Contribution (20%)
  • Project — Production (40%)

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

  • Audio/Visual equipment
  • Broadband access

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to broadcast journalism
2Getting the basics down (news packaging, interviewing, writing, formatting and presenting your script)
3Production project (recording audio and video)
4Putting it all together (editing)
5Legal issues
6On-line news

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission

Online materials

  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

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.
  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.

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