Journalism - 2017

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Unit summary

PWR60004

  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assignments - 60%-70% , Online Discussion - 30%-40%

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2017 Fees
AUD$
Domestic 2,810.00
Domestic continuing 2,203.00
International 3,060.00
International continuing 2,453.00

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In this unit, you gain insights into how journalists define news and construct news stories; develop an understanding of how news stories and features are structured; explore the various genres of journalistic writing through practical exercises; and create a marketable piece of journalistic writing.

Please note: assessment values are indicative only, details will be advised at the start of the unit.

After successfully completing this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Identify and critically evaluate the functions and conventions of journalistic reporting
  2. Demonstrate practical hard news writing skills
  3. Initiate, plan, research, and produce a feature article of publishable standard.
  • Assignments — 60%-70%
  • Online Discussion — 30%-40%

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • LPW501 — Journalism
  • Broadband access

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

NumberTopic
1Critical and cultural perspectives on the function of the news media
2News values and conventions of news stories
3Writing style and the news story
4Content and the news story
5Structure and the news story
6The characteristics of feature articles
7Interviewing and the ethics of journalism
8Radio news
9Television news
10Reporting on war
11Alternative forms of journalism
12Opportunities for publication

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Print based materials

  • Welcome Letter

Online materials

  • Printable format materials

This unit is a core requirement 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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