Undergraduate | LTU-JRN1TEJ | 2023
The Emerging Journalist
- Study method
- 100% online
- 100% online
- Entry requirements
- No ATAR needed,
- No prior study
- 12 weeks
- 31 July 2023
HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP available
About this subject
Identify and write newsworthy stories for print/online publication, using relevant journalistic forms, including the inverted pyramid.
Verbally present research on a newsworthy topic and explain their ideas and questions to groups of other students and staff.
Utilise archival material, and undertake effective online database and search engine searches to develop and write news articles.
Identify, analyse and evaluate sources, arguments and evidence in a range of platforms (audio, online, print, screen including engagement with audiences and apply these critical skills to their own work.
Analyse and understand the concept of best practice as it applies to reporting, writing, recording, filming, photography and attribution, including the Media Alliance Code of Ethics (http://www.alliance.org.au/code-of-ethics.html), media law and, as appropriate, other emerging codes of conduct and guides to best practice.
Demonstrate an understanding of how factors such as power, politics and ethics shape media industries.
- • News writing.
- • Feature writing.
- • News values.
- • Editing and style.
- • Press freedom.
- • Media ownership.
- • Media ethics.
The Emerging Journalist introduces you to the shifting roles and responsibilities of journalists and journalism within liberal democratic societies. You will appreciate the contemporary media landscape and the role of journalists and media organisations in relation to social, economic, political and cultural power structures. Topics and issues covered include best practices in news and feature writing, media ethics, and working with sources. Assessment tasks are designed to give students an opportunity to start building a portfolio of journalistic work via La Trobe Journalism's online publication for emerging journalists, upstart, http://www.upstart.net.au
- 4 x 250-word written tasks responding to online learning content submitted across weeks 2-6 (25%)
- Folio of news articles equivalent to 1300 words (40%)
- One 1500 word equivalent writing exercise (including verbal presentation of concept) A feature article (includes pitch presentation) (35%)
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