Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedNot offered in 2015
Coordinator(s)Ms Elizabeth Hart


This unit enables students to apply principles and methods of reporting in regional and local contexts, with emphasis on the reporting of legal cases, crime, and local government activity. Students will visit courtrooms, police and municipal councils to complete assignments, thus applying journalism skills learned in earlier units. The unit also addresses social and industrial aspects relevant to local media. Students engage with the growing body of theory on local and community journalism by tracing the history of the provincial media, contemporary trends, and the role of local audiences in the wider framework of the fourth estate.


  1. Understanding of newsroom cultures outside the metropolis;
  2. Skills in evaluating theories of regional, local, and community journalism;
  3. Evaluate, explain, and identify historical and contemporary trends;
  4. Engage merit in a specialist field of journalism and display a high level of practical skills;
  5. Ability to utilize sensitive primary sources to investigate contemporary issues.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 288 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Off-campus attendance requirements

No attendance requirement for off-campus students


Completion of an undergraduate major in journalism or cognate discipline.