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In-Depth: Feature and Specialist Writing (11087.1)

Level: Level 3 - Undergraduate Advanced Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 1
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Design
Discipline: School of Arts and Communications


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In this unit you will learn to write engaging longer format feature stories exploring topics in greater depth and using multiple sources. This includes writing lifestyle, specialist, and enthusiast styles of longer story telling. To enhance your feature stories for publication online and via social media you will also develop your visual storytelling skills and learn to produce engaging imagery.

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Write engaging longer format 'feature' and 'specialist' stories;

2. Apply visual storytelling capabilities to enhance 'feature' and 'specialist' journalism;

3. Critically discuss the history, diversity and importance of 'feature' and 'specialist' journalism and its continuing relevance for target audiences and communities of interest in the digital age; and

4. Gather, verify, and synthesise information from multiple sources as part of an editorial process.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

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


Must have completed 24 credit points to enrol in this unit.



Assumed Knowledge


Incompatible Units


Equivalent Units

9309 Longform and Investigative Journalism.

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