Faculty of Arts
6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL
Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.
Previously coded JRN3910
This unit covers the areas of professional ethics that govern journalism in Australia. Students learn how the principles and codes of journalism ethics influence and impact on journalism practice. Students explore debates about privacy, chequebook journalism, sensationalism, news images and ethics, conflicts of interest, plagiarism, self-regulation, gender and media stereotypes, and reporting of race and 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 rapid technological change provide a framework within which to consider trends and dilemmas in journalism ethics in the 21st century.
On completion of this unit students will:
Note: Level 3 students are required to demonstrate a higher level of production skills, and critical argument and scholarship, including a stronger grasp of key concepts.
Online tutorial discussion: 30%
2 hour seminar per week
This unit applies to the following area(s) of study
Two second-year journalism units or permission
GSC2910, GSC3903, GSC3910, ATS2658, JRN2910, JRN3910