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JRM4908

Faculty of Arts

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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

LevelPostgraduate
FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2010 (Day)
Caulfield Second semester 2010 (Evening)
Coordinator(s)Professor Chris Nash

Synopsis

This unit develops skills in feature story writing by a comparative approach to the work of exemplary contemporary practice. The emphasis is on developing, critiquing and improving a range of research and writing skills for the print and online media, including use of images and hyperlinks. Students are expected to produce publishable work. The subject offers students insights into the breadth of style and genre available to non-fiction writing, including social-realist writing, essays, columns, profiles, 'new journalism' and more complex in-depth features. Ethical considerations are explored in the context of particular examples of production and social context.

Objectives

On satisfactory completion of this subject, students will:

  1. be able to research and write feature articles at a professionally publishable standard
  2. Have a strong understanding of the ethical and social issues associated with in-depth interviewing, researching and writing
  3. be able to produce feature stories for publication in both print and online environments
  4. Understand and work within and among the generic conventions of journalism and broader styles of writing such as non-fiction and fiction.

Assessment

Short feature story (1000 words): 20%
Personality profile or opinion piece (800 words): 20%
Major feature story (1500-2000 words): 40%
Online version of major feature with images and hyperlinks: 20%

Chief examiner(s)

Bill Birnbauer

Contact hours

2 hour seminar per week