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News and Information Gathering

Undergraduate | GRF-CJR220 | 2024

Read all about how to source and verify research. Discuss the ins and outs of media conferences and court reporting. Cover the key journalism rounds, including politics, education, sports and finance. Identify what makes a story newsworthy.

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7 July 2024
Entry requirements
Prior study needed
13 weeks
Start dates
15 July 2024

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News and Information Gathering

About this subject

  • 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 values 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.

Entry requirements

Prior study

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

and one of


Not suitable for incarcerated students.

Additional requirements

No additional requirements

Study load

0.125 EFTSL
This is in the range of 10 to 12 hours of study each week.

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What to study next?

Once you’ve completed this subject it can be credited towards one of the following courses

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Bachelor of Arts

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Bachelor of Communication

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