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News Writing and Ethics

Undergraduate | GRF-CJR200 | 2024

Question news writing styles and techniques across a range of genres. Take a closer look at effective news story structure. Investigate journalism ethics in a global media world. Hone your ability to use your personal judgement while pursuing stories.

Study method
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Entry requirements
Prior study needed
13 weeks
Start dates
4 Mar 2024

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News Writing and Ethics

About this subject

  • The subject includes an introduction to the skills of news style, gathering information and writing on a range of key topic areas, for a variety of news genres. The subject introduces you to the ethical issues faced by journalists and requires you to consider stories in an ethical context, against the framework of the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA) Code of Ethics. You will also have to analyse various theories and implications of journalistic ethics in a fully referenced essay.

    At the completion of this subject you should have an awareness of:

    1. styles and techniques of news writing
    2. writing for a variety of print media
    3. personal judgement in information gathering
    4. the nature of narrative construction
    5. cross-cultural and gender related aspects of journalistic research and writing
    6. ethical issues and considerations; vii. the MEAA code of ethics
    7. the relationships between the mass media and other social institutions
    8. critical reflection on journalism practice.

Entry requirements


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.

Equivalent full time study load (EFTSL) is one way to calculate your study load. One (1.0) EFTSL is equivalent to a full-time study load for one year.

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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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