Online News Production - 2016

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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: SP1 , SP2 , SP3
  • Assessment: Critique (20%) , Online Discussion (20%) - Learn more

Unit provided by

2016 Fees
Domestic 782.00
HECS 782.00
International 1,032.00

Develop your online news production skills. Journalism is changing and online news sites often lead the way when reporting on disasters and major events. Online news sites may also provide greater depth and connectivity to a significant audience than their mainstream media counterparts. You will develop relevant research, writing, planning and production skills.

Assessment is based around the production of an online news site. Upon completion of this unit you will understand the major strategies of news writing and production for the internet. You will also be able to critically assess internet news, identify and write about issues, crises and trends, manage sources online and produce, edit and design news web pages.

At the completion of this unit students will achieve the following learning outcomes:

  1. advanced knowledge and understanding of the democratic principles of journalism and journalists' social and legal obligations
  2. understanding of the impact of digital technology and the internet on journalism and news production
  3. ability to critically assess news-oriented internet services
  4. ability to identify emerging issues and opportunities for online news services
  5. advanced skills researching, writing and editing news, visuals and audio content for an internet audience
  6. familiarity with software packages for editing and producing news online
  7. developed skills in designing a news-oriented web page
  8. ability to critically reflect on your own production of online news.
  • Critique (20%)
  • Online Discussion (20%)
  • Portfolio (60%)

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.

You must have basic familiarity with computers and the internet before starting this unit. Not suitable for incarcerated students.

  • Broadband access

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Journalism is changing
2it might be history but here's what you need to know
3How its meant to work (in theory)
5News practice and principles for the net
6It's still journalism
7Newswriting online
9Writing for the Web
10Design, photos, illustrations and graphics
13Telling stories online
14Online news production today and tomorrow
15Building and keeping an audience
16Online new in context
17Case studies and stories to inspire you

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Blogs
  • 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 is an approved elective 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.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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