Get basic knowledge in how news is gathered and amplified. You’ll dissect methods of reporting in print, broadcast, online and on social media. Discover what makes a good interview. Learn how to gather news under tight deadlines.
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- 26 Jun 2023
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By the end of this 10-week course, you’ll be able to:
- Demonstrate ability to select story topics that are newsworthy and select news angles from those topics
- Demonstrate ability to select news angles and choose suitable sources of news
- Plan and conduct interviews designed to produce publishable data suitable for a range of news media
- Plan and conduct other news gathering practices designed to produce publishable data suitable for a range of news media
- Write complete but basic news stories and follow-up news stories under deadline pressures
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of current issues reported in Australian and international media
- What is journalism?
- Journalism professional norms
- Structure and style of a news story
- News sources: interviewing
- News sources: other sources
- Writing for different media
- The impact of technology on news reporting
- Ethics and trust in journalism
- News organisations and news business
- Disrupted journalism
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Master the art of writing compelling news stories for diverse audiences and platforms including print, radio, television, and online including social media sites.
Discover what makes a good news story, learn how to capture the attention of your reader, and examine the importance of structure, format and style in an article. You’ll also uncover the range of news sources modern journalists use to gather information in a digital era.
Investigate how the rise of blogging, independent media and citizen journalism are disrupting the news media business.
Develop effective interviewing techniques, learn how to choose impactful quotes and develop skills to piece your story together.
Learn about the main players in the Australian media and the types of news they report. Your industry knowledge will put you in good stead for your future career.
UniSA Online’s 10-week short courses give you the flexibility to upskill in a certain area, stay current with developments in your field, diversify your knowledge, or even explore a new direction in your career – without having to commit to the time and cost of a full university degree.
Delivered 100% online, you’ll be able to study where and when it suits you. Access online academic and student support seven days a week, fit study around work and life commitments, view learning resources 24/7, and log in to the interactive online environment anywhere, any time and on any device.
This is a first-year course from UniSA Online’s Bachelor of Communication degree
Should your course have an exam it will be scheduled for Australian Central Standard Time or Australian Central Daylight Time, depending on the time of the year.
- Continuous Assessment (60%)
- Project (40%)
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