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JRN1902

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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedBerwick First semester 2010 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2010 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2010 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Louise North

Synopsis

This unit aims to introduce students to key practices in journalism. At the same time, the unit will familiarize students with the various historical, technological, political, social, cultural and institutional conditions that influence journalism. The basic objective of this unit is to foster critical enquiry by developing specific news writing and reporting skills, and a comprehensive knowledge of the networks of power journalists are engaged with. Students in this unit will also participate in discourses surrounding the current issues and debates in journalism, particularly focused on media laws and codes of ethics and, their impact on professional practice.

Objectives

To assist students in attaining:

  1. skills in research, writing and production of news and feature stories.
  2. an awareness of the impact of changing technologies on journalism practice
  3. an understanding of the current issues and debates in journalism and the changing media landscape
  4. an understanding of journalism's role as the Fourth Estate
  5. an ability to conduct interviews
  6. an understanding of journalism ethics
  7. a knowledge of basic legal issues as they impact on working journalists
  8. Literacy skills
  9. investigative, communication and negotiations skills
  10. Informational management skills

Assessment

On campus students:
Report one news story (900 words): 20%
Report one profile story (1400 words): 25%
Class presentation and report (600 words): 15%
Exam (2 hours): 40%

OCL students:
Report one news story (900 words): 20%
Report one profile story (1400 words): 25%
Discussion paper (800 words): 15%
Exam (2 hours): 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Louise North

Contact hours

3 hours (1 x 1 hour lecture and 1 x 2 hour tutorial) per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Journalism

Prohibitions

GSC1902, GSC2901