Sound Stories (11086.1)
|Available teaching periods||Delivery mode||Location|
|View teaching periods|| On-Campus
|| Bruce, Canberra
|0.125||3||Faculty Of Arts And Design|
|Discipline||Study level||HECS Bands|
|School Of Arts And Communications||Level 2 - Undergraduate Intermediate Unit|| Band 2 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
Band 4 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 4 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan Social Work_Exclude 0905)
Learning outcomesAfter successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate the basic research, interviewing, writing and production skills appropriate for audio journalists in a range of news media contexts;
2. Understand and evaluate the integral function of audio in a multi-platform story environment;
3. Produce stories as part of a structured editorial process in a team environment using suggested news and genre formats for target audiences;
4. Produce high quality sound, including recording, editing, voice work, and 'live' presentation; and
5. Act in a professional manner that accords with the role and responsibilities of journalists in contemporary Australia and the ethical and legal framework facing audio journalists.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
1. UC graduates are professional - display initiative and drive, and use their organisation skills to plan and manage their workload
1. UC graduates are professional - employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
1. UC graduates are professional - take pride in their professional and personal integrity
1. UC graduates are professional - use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
1. UC graduates are professional - work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict
2. UC graduates are global citizens - adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries
2. UC graduates are global citizens - behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives
2. UC graduates are global citizens - make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives
2. UC graduates are global citizens - think globally about issues in their profession
2. UC graduates are global citizens - understand issues in their profession from the perspective of other cultures
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - be self-aware
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - evaluate and adopt new technology
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development
Equivalent units9019 Audio Journalism
|Year||Location||Teaching period||Teaching start date||Delivery mode||Unit convener|
|2023||Bruce, Canberra||Semester 1||06 February 2023||On-Campus||Mrs Natalie Larkins|
There is no one set text for this unit. Instead, a range of readings will be made available to you via Canvas and/or e-reserve at the university library.
Whilst there is no set text, several are recommended and listed here. Additional texts and resources will be uploaded to Canvas throughout the semester:
- Sang, Lee and Park (2020) Podcast Trends and Issues in Australia and Beyond: Global Perspectives, News & Media Research Centre, University of Canberra https://apo.org.au/node/308947
- Frangi, A (2012) The Radio Toolbox: everything you need to get started in broadcasting in the digital age, Palgrave MacMillan.
- Bull, A (2016) Multimedia Journalism: A Practical Guide, London & New York: Routledge. 2nd ed.
- Blaine, M. (2014) The Digital Reporter's Notebook, New York & London, Routledge.
- Phillips & Lindgren (2013) Australian Broadcast Journalism, Oxford University Press.
- Kovach & Rosenstiel (2014) The Elements of Journalism: What Newspeople Should Know and the People Should Expect, The Three Rivers Press.
- Pearson, M., & Polden, M. (2014). The Journalist's Guide to Media Law: A handbook for communicators in a digital world. Allen & Unwin.
Students are expected to listen to daily radio news bulletins, feature radio programmes, and podcasts to familiarise themselves with the different audio journalism styles.
Only by listening to quality audio journalism will you be able to successfully produce it for your assessments.
Submission of assessment items
Extensions & Late submissions
Please see each assessment description in Canvas for submission details.
Special assessment requirements
***Please note, all assessments must be attempted to pass this unit.
Students have a responsibility to uphold University standards on ethical scholarship. Good scholarship involves building on the work of others and use of others' work must be acknowledged with proper attribution made. Cheating, plagiarism, and falsification of data are dishonest practices that contravene academic values. Refer to the University's Student Charter for more information.
To enhance understanding of academic integrity, all students are expected to complete the Academic Integrity Module (AIM) at least once during their course of study. You can access this module within UCLearn (Canvas) through the 'Academic Integrity and Avoiding Plagiarism' link in the Study Help site.
Use of Text-Matching Software
The University of Canberra uses text-matching software to help students and staff reduce plagiarism and improve understanding of academic integrity. The software matches submitted text in student assignments against material from various sources: the internet, published books and journals, and previously submitted student texts.
EXPECTATIONS REGARDING JOURNALISTIC STANDARDS
As a student journalist, you must assume that all content you generate in this unit is intended for publication. As such, you should aim to produce professional work to a high standard, observing all relevant laws and ethical standards. You are to:
- Observe the MEAA Code of Ethics (refer to The Owl Canvas site);
- Refrain from interviewing anyone who presents a conflict of interest, such as family, friends or colleagues, without the express permission of your tutor;
- Disclose all conflicts of interest or other relevant information in your stories;
- Inform sources and interviewees that your stories are for publication via The Owl and/or UCFM;
- In the first instance, produce your own original video, audio, images and text — if your tutor expressly permits the use of third party material, you must observe copyright law and ‘fair dealing’ provisions related to news reporting (refer to The Owl Canvas site) and give attribution if required;
- Not plagiarise; and
- Observe defamation, trespass and other relevant laws
Failure to follow these guidelines could result in a fail grade for an assessment task or for the unit.
If you have any questions about these guidelines or a specific assignment task, speak with your tutor.
To achieve your best in this unit it is strongly recommended you keep up to date with local, national and international news and current affairs. You are also urged to listen to a wide range of audio journalism, such as ABC Radio News, Triple J's Hack, AM and PM on ABC666, Background Briefing on ABC Radio National, and specialist podcasts on topics that interest you. Plus daily news podcasts such as: The Squiz, The Signal (ABC), Today in Focus (Guardian), Please Explain (SMH), 7 am (The Saturday Paper). Additional recommendations will be included on Canvas.
To achieve the most out of this unit it is strongly recommended you read and listen to the online material provided, and attend the tutorials. Together these online and in-class content will help you to develop the skills needed for each assessment and provide opportunities for you to receive feedback on your work. Failure to attend in key weeks will make it difficult to pass some assessments.
Required IT skills
This unit assumes basic computer proficiency such as basic word processing and internet searching ability, use of email and Canvas. It also assumes familiarity with social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and SoundCloud. If you are unfamiliar with any of these, you are advised to make yourself familiar with them. Audio recording and editing skills will be taught in class.
This unit does not require expensive textbooks, however, it does require each student to own and bring with them each week a set of headphones, some kind of digital audio recorder and camera (i.e. a smartphone), and preferably a portable hard drive. You will also need to pay for your own travel to and from interviews as part of your assessments.
Work placement, internships or practicums