units

AZA1329

Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedSouth Africa Second semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Ms Joanah Gadzikwa

Synopsis

The unit provides further development of the key practices of research and reporting for news journalism; the social, professional and legal context for journalism production; the technical production and narrative conventions for at least two different media (print, online, radio and/or video); and consideration of factors affecting the optimal choice of medium for reporting. Students research and produce original news stories to deadline in at least two media, produce a critical evaluation of their own performance and constructive feedback for their peers.

Outcomes

On successful completion of the unit 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 select an advantageous medium for presentation, and report in a clear, concise, factual way using news conventions in at least two media;
  3. Identifyand observe key ethical and legal obligations associated with news reporting in the South African and African Context, 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

Minimum requirement: attendance and participation as specified in the Unit Guide for the mode of delivery
Minor assignment: 10%
Brief news report in specified medium: 30%
Brief news report in specified medium: 30%
Online reflection and in-class invigilation: 30%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

One 1-hour lecture and one 2-hour tutorial per week

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