Subject details

On the completion of this subject, you should be able to display the following skills:

  1. define researchable questions in the story area;
  2. apply knowledge of journalistic research methods;
  3. quickly and confidently gather the key information needed to compile a journalistic news story on deadline;
  4. evaluate and use journalistic information in a range of contexts;
  5. understand the key journalistic rounds (such as crime, police and the like);
  6. appreciate the importance of social issues and   inclusion regarding marginalised groups such as women, Indigenous Australians, migrants, asylum seekers, same sex attracted people and people with a physical or mental disability;
  7. knowledge of news valued to hone newsworthy story angles based on the information gathered;
  8. ability to display sensitivity to a news audience in a way that stories are organised and written; and
  9. ability to consider yourselves as capable and autonomous practitioners of journalism.
  • Topics
    • What is news gathering?
    • Key new rounds
    • How to research
    • Law and ethics
    • Investigative traditions
    • Turning information into news
    • The life of a news story
    • Advanced news writing
    • The role of journalism in a Westminster democracy
    • The future of journalism
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
    • Online Materials
      • Resources and Links
      • Printable format materials

Entry Requirements

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


Not suitable for incarcerated students.

Special requirements

No special requirements

News and Information Gathering is a practical examination of the realities of news research and news gathering in the key rounds, or specialist reporting areas that exist in real newsrooms around the world. These include reporting tasks such asmedia conferences and  reproting court and council. The key journalistic rounds of crime and courts, politics and parliaments, councils, health and education, social issues, sport and leisure, economics and finance, science and specialties and consumer affairs will be covered.

Working with an experienced teacher you will complete practical news gathering and writing tasks. You will meet deadlines, reflect on ethical issues, apply your understanding of media law and gather news across a range of fields. The online forum component of the subject encourages you to relate your practical work to the relevant literature in the area and discuss your views with your peers. Delve into the challenges and constraints of journalistic research. In this subject you will explore difficult and complex decisions within the professional environment. You will also be presented with opportunities to work through practical problems.

The subject encourages you to develop a systematic approach to information gathering that reflects your own style and interests. While producing a range of news writing assignments, you must meet tight deadlines, confront ethical uncertainties and work across a range of fields. While studying this subject you will develop your ability to locate, evaluate and use information in a range of contexts and to display a nose for news and a professional demeanour.

  • Assignment 1 - News Story (20%)
  • Assignment 2 - Court Report (20%)
  • Assignment 3 - Business Story (20%)
  • Assignment 4 - Major Investigation (40%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

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