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JRN3303

Faculty of Arts

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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2010 (Day)
Caulfield First semester 2010 (Off-campus)
Sunway First semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Chris Nash

Synopsis

This unit provides a detailed exploration of the research and reporting practices for in depth investigative reporting. It canvasses the major documentary and database sources, contemporary case studies, key institutions, and legal framework in this field. It places contemporary practices in their larger historical and geographical contexts, and critically considers the professional and social implications and accountabilities of reporting in this specialized field. Please be aware that access to certain technology/equipment will be required for this unit. Contact the unit coordinator for details.

Objectives

On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate an ability to identify and research an investigative story, conduct interviews and gather appropriate evidentiary material in the appropriate medium
  2. demonstrate an ability to report on an investigation in a clear, concise, factual and meaningful way using a variety of elements in a coherent package.
  3. identify, observe key ethical and legal obligations associated with investigative journalism, and reflect critically on their own and others' performance in this regard
  4. work independently and collaboratively in learning and production processes, including online forums, to produce investigative reports
  5. demonstrate an ability to set and meet deadlines, and report under pressure
  6. demonstrate an awareness of local, national and international people and events relevant to current issues and media issues
  7. demonstrate a critical awareness of the capacities, limitations and socio-professional implications of reporting practices in investigative journalism.

Assessment

Minor project (annotated research brief - 1500 words): 30%
Major Project (feature/current affairs report - 2000 words or 10 mins): 50%
Online critical reflection and in-class invigilation: 20%

Chief examiner(s)

William Birnbauer

Contact hours

1-hour lecture per week + 1-hour tutorial per week

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

Journalism

Prerequisites

12 points of JRN units at the 2nd year level