Subject details

  • Topics
    • What is news: professional definitions
    • What is news: democracy and the public sphere
    • What is news: business and political economy
    • What is news in the 21st century
    • News writing: news values, inverted pyramid, writing leads
    • News gathering: research and the interview
    • News ethics and media law
    • Public relations spin and responding to media releases
    • News and social media
    • Reporting crime, justice, health and mental health
    • Reporting on the environment, energy and natural disasters
    • Reporting politics and social justice
    • Building your professional portfolio
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Standard Media
    • Online Materials
      • Printable format materials
      • Resources and Links
      • Online Assessment

At the completion of this subject you will be able to:

  1. write in a journalistic style
  2. research and produce a news story
  3. navigate Australian political institutions
  4. understand and think critically about how the mass media interacts with political institutions
  5. understand the ethical requirements of journalism
  6. draw on a theoretical framework to examine news in a democracy and
  7. appreciate your own biases and consider them rationally.

In order to build the skills required by the professional journalist, this subject requires you to deliver assessment on deadline and exercise initiative when applying methods of research and information gathering to news story assignments.

  • Assignment 1 - Community/Social News Story (30%)
  • Assignment 2 - Political News Story (30%)
  • Assignment 3 - Online Discussion (20%)
  • Assignment 4 - Essay (20%)

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

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

No special requirements

CMM18 News and Politics introduces you to the conventions of news writing and journalism and challenges you to read news and current affairs critically. This subject combines an overview of Australian political systems and the media with a broad theoretical framework on the role of the media in a healthy democracy. You learn the principles and practice of news and politics though Weekly Learning Modules containing a short lecture and Weekly Learning Activities (WLAs) including multi-media options to Read, Watch, Listen and Explore each weekly topic, and take part in weekly discussions on the Discussion Board. You are expected to keep across current affairs on a daily basis and to challenge yourselves by reading news and current affairs in a critical fashion within the theoretical and practical framework supplied in News and Politics. You will combine development of practical news writing skills with study of politics and the media.


NOTE: Required texts are supplied through Griffith University as online resources for OUA students.

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