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JRN2910

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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedBerwick Second semester 2010 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester 2010 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester 2010 (Off-campus)

Synopsis

This unit covers the areas of professional ethics that govern journalism in Australia and in other countries. Topics include fairness and accuracy, media bias, invasion of privacy, conflict of interest, media stereotypes, self-regulation, and reporting on minorities. Students learn the extent of ethical constraints and freedoms and the tensions that arise among media owners, media regulators, journalists, and the public in reporting of news. The challenges of globalisation and of rapid technological change provide a framework within which to consider trends and dilemmas in journalism ethics in the 21st century.

Objectives

Students who successfully complete this unit should be able to demonstrate:

  1. Knowledge of and practice in applying the Australian Journalists Association code of ethics and the Australian Press Council Statement of Principles and knowledge of comparative codes of ethics from other countries;

  1. Knowledge of the journalist's rights and responsibilities as defined by the Australian Journalists Association Code of Ethics and where appropriate various codes of ethics applying to other countries;

  1. Strategies to communicate in a professional way with employers and the public about ethics issues in the workplace;

  1. Ability to debate the ethics conflicts that arise between governments, the public, and the media in various press systems;

  1. Skills in news gathering, interpretation, and writing to enable students to carry out the duties of the profession of journalism in a way that honours and includes all groups in society and recognises the rights of people from various socio-economic and cultural backgrounds;

  1. Ability to critically analyse self-regulation of the media in Australia and elsewhere and to compare self-regulation with other forms of regulation of media;

  1. Understanding of trends in globalisation of the media and the implications for journalism ethics.

Assessment

Online tutorial discussion: 30%
Tutorial presentation (online for DE students) and report: 20%
Written project - 50%

Contact hours

2 hour seminar per week

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

Journalism

Prerequisites

JRN1902 and JRN1903 or equivalents or permission

Prohibitions

GSC3903, GSC3910, GSC2910, JRN3910