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Journalism Now and Next (11084.1)

Level: Level 1 - Undergraduate Introductory Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands:

Band 1 2013-2020 (Expires 31 Dec 2020) Band 2 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021) Band 4 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)

Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Design
Discipline: School of Arts and Communications


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This unit will provide you with a thorough understanding of the changing nature of journalism in our global media-saturated society. You will be introduced to the fundamentals of journalism news writing, research and ethics in a multi-platform publishing environment. You will also explore contemporary journalism issues in context including reporting diversity and mental illness, and debate the role of journalism in its many forms.

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Write a simple news story;

2. Complete basic research and verification for a news story to ensure accuracy;

3. Develop an understanding of news and current affairs from a critical professional perspective;

4. Identify the role and responsibilities of journalism in contemporary Australia and basic understanding of ethical and defamation issues facing journalists; and

5. Discuss the changing character of the news media industry, industry economics and impacts of convergence on traditional media and institutions.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

Three hours of an on-campus lecture and interactive workshop per week.





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Equivalent Units

5565 Introduction to Journalism.

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