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Subject details

  • Topics
    • Journalism ethics
    • Newsgathering and writing
    • Community news
    • Reporting Youth affairs
    • Reporting Indigenous affairs
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
    • Online Materials
      • Resources and Links
      • Online Assessment
      • Printable format materials

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.
  • Assignment 1 - News Story (Community) (25%)
  • Assignment 2 - News Story (Indig. Affairs) (25%)
  • Assignment 3 - Essay (30%)
  • Assignment 4 - Online Discussion (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

Entry Requirements

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

You are recommended to have completed the following subjects(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:

Special requirements

No special requirements

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.

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