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ATS2787

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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2011 (Day)
Caulfield First semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Sunway First semester 2011 (Day)
South Africa First semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Chris Nash

Notes

Previously coded JRN2201

Synopsis

This unit provides a detailed exploration of the production practices, resources, technologies and genres of Online Journalism, including video, audio, graphic and interactive formats. It explores the research capacities and information sources available through the internet. It critically considers the implications for journalists of different modes of audience engagement and editorial positioning, including social networking media, blogs and wikis. It covers both news and longer form feature and documentary genres. 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 a news story, conduct interviews and gather appropriate evidence
  2. demonstrate an ability to report in a clear, concise, factual way using news conventions in at least two media
  3. identify, observe key ethical and legal obligations associated with news reporting, 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 news 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 journalistic practices in different media

Assessment

Minor project - Online report employing text (1000 words) and audio/visual elements: 25%
Major Project - Online report employing text (2000 words) and audio/visual elements: 50%
Online critical reflection and in-class invigilation: 25%

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

ATS1329 or ATS1330 and ATS1331

Prohibitions

ATS2656, ATS3656