News Writing and Ethics
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.
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- 06 Mar 2023
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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:
- styles and techniques of news writing
- writing for a variety of print media
- personal judgement in information gathering
- the nature of narrative construction
- cross-cultural and gender related aspects of journalistic research and writing
- ethical issues and considerations; vii. the MEAA code of ethics
- the relationships between the mass media and other social institutions
- critical reflection on journalism practice.
- Journalism ethics
- Newsgathering and writing
- Community news
- Reporting Youth affairs
- Reporting Indigenous affairs
You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:one of
- GRF-LHS157-Research and Writing for Journalism
- GRF-CMM18-News and Politics (No longer available)
You are recommended to have completed the following subjects(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this subject:
- GRF-LHS155-Introduction to Communication and Journalism
- GRF-CMM129-Styles and Genres of Journalism (No longer available)
- GRF-CMM29 (Not currently available)
Not suitable for incarcerated students.
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Learn about the different ways that information and news is gathered and reproduced. You will learn about the range of print and electronic media professions that exist in today's information society and explore global trends and issues arising from the growth of information media. The subject introduces news style, exploring how to gather information and write on a range of key topics across news genres. You will also examine ethical issues faced by journalists and consider such issues in connection to your own stories using the framework of the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA) Code of Ethics. These issues will be analysed and discussed in essay form.
- News Story (Community) (25%)
- News Story (Indig. Affairs) (25%)
- Essay (30%)
- Online Discussion (20%)
Current study term: 05 Mar 23 to 02 Jun 23
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