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Investigative Journalism (6981.4)

Level: Level 3 - Undergraduate Advanced Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands:

Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Design
Discipline: Discipline of Journalism & Communication Studies




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    This subject provides students with a practical introduction to investigative reporting. The emphasis is on developing skills in gathering and analysing information and interpreting it for news audiences. The subject will focus on potential areas of investigation with particular reference to business. Topics covered include computer-assisted reporting, retrieving and interpreting documents and information from libraries, companies, government departments and agencies. Professional issues involved in seeking, obtaining and publishing news will also be addressed. Particular attention will be paid to privacy and legal issues along with ethics and the journalist-source relationship.

    Learning Outcomes


    1. Understand the similarities and differences between standard and investigative news reporting.

    2. Understand the role of investigative journalism in society, and examine whether that role is changing.

    3. Perform basic investigative reporting tasks of uncovering and retrieving newsworthy information.

    4. Build on skills learnt in earlier units to write investigative news and feature stories.

    5. Identify and examine the particular legal and ethical issues arising in investigative journalism.

    6. Examine the methods and impact of selected investigative journalists? work.

    Contact Hours

    3 hours a week.


    Introduction to Journalism or permission of course convenor.

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