Subject details

  • Topics
    • Principles of journalism
    • Current debates about the area
    • Possibilities/limitations in work practices of journalism
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Online assignment submission
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
    • Online Materials
      • Resources and Links
      • Online Assessment
      • Printable format materials

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

  1. identify the different styles and genres of journalism
  2. appreciate journalism's social function and institutional construction
  3. understand notions of journalistic ethics and judgment
  4. appreciate the role of different journalistic styles required for reporting, interpretation, comment and analysis
  5. identify the angle, bias and depth of any piece of journalism
  6. discuss story structure and production techniques used in journalistic work
  7. recognise your own biases and formulate your own approach to truth, honesty and objectivity in reporting.
  • Assignment 1 - Assignment (30%)
  • Assignment 2 - Online Discussion (30%)
  • Assignment 3 - Report (40%)

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

Equivalent Subjects

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • GRF-CMM29

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject introduces you to various types of journalism in the context of current debates in and around the field of journalism. It will show you the possibilities and limitations in the work practices of journalism, and the effect that journalism can have on society.

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