Sports Journalism 1 (7142.7)
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|Discipline Of Communication And Media||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 outcomesOn successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
1. Produce sport-related articles of publication standard;
2. Demonstrate your understanding of the different writing styles (ie. match reports, previews,reviews, profiles and features) as they apply to sports journalism by producing publicationstandard articles;
3. Demonstrate your ability to undertake the practical aspects of covering sporting event; and
4. Evaluate the impact of societal issues on sports reporting.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
1. UC graduates are professional - employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
1. UC graduates are professional - use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
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 - 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 - 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
Prerequisites5572 Reporting OR 9923 Mobile Reporting
CorequisitesStudents must be enrolled in the Sports Media course.
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Lists of required texts/readings
As no single book covers all the material considered in this unit, a list of readings will be provided through E-reserve to complement the major issues we will address in lectures and tutorials. As topical issues arise frequently about sports journalism and the media, additional readings and case studies will also be provided in-class and on the Moodle site.
Strongly recommended reading/viewing/listening
Despite all the material which will be provided to you, nothing will be a substitute for you actively being involved in the media coverage of sport. You are expected to keep in touch with stories and issues relating to sport by following coverage online, and on TV and radio. It is recommended that students read, ON A DAILY BASIS, a metropolitan newspaper online or in hard copy.
Print/online (high priority)
Read a mix of broadsheet/compact (The Australian, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Canberra Times) and tabloid (Daily Telegraph, Herald Sun) newspapers and their Sunday editions to compare the styles of sports coverage. There are also many sport-specific magazines on the market; observe the way they cover sport and the journalistic styles.
Online (high priority)
All major media outlets have a dedicated online presence which complements their mainstream operation on TV, radio or in print. Australian sites with a considerable commitment to sport include www.abc.net.au, www.foxsports.com.au, www.sbs.com.au, www.smh.com.au and www.news.com.au, among others.
Sport-specific sites (high priority)
You should be following sport-specific sites. Examples includes: http://www.theroar.com.au/ (you can even contribute to the ‘Roar of the Crowd'), http://www.sportal.com.au/, http://www.insidesport.com.au/, http://www.espncricinfo.com/, http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league, https://au.sports.yahoo.com/#page1, http://wwos.nine.com.au/, http://thecrowd.foxsports.com.au/, http://www.theage.com.au/afl/, and http://www.ausport.gov.au/, but there are many others.
Sporting organisation sites (high priority)
All major sports also have their own web presence and, in some cases, a large contingent of content producers to match the coverage by media organisations. These include: http://www.afl.com.au/, http://www.nrl.com/, http://www.cricket.com.au/, http://www.footballaustralia.com.au/, http://www.nbl.com.au/, and many others.
TV (high priority)
Watch the nightly coverage of sport on public broadcasting news bulletins (ABC or SBS), commercial news bulletins (7, 9, 10, WIN), and pay-TV (Fox Sports and Sky Sport), particularly the weekend news bulletins. Any ‘live' sports broadcasting event on TV has journalistic elements that you should pay attention to such as hosting, sideline reporting and commentating.
Radio (high priority)
Monday-Sunday: ABC, Grandstand
IMPORTANT: You should be operating a Twitter account and following sporting organisations, athletes and sports media outlets.
Submission of assessment items
Extensions & Late submissions
i. You must attempt and submit every assessment item to pass this unit.
ii. Deadlines are an integral part of working in the media. Assignments submitted late without prior notification and without an extension granted, will incur a penalty and may result in a fail grade. Late assignments will also be marked without comment. If you require an extension it is important to ask for one before the due date. If a medical condition makes this impossible, a doctor's or counsellor's certificate should be submitted, normally within three days of the incident. Extensions can only be obtained from the tutor for valid, documented reasons. Lack of personal organisation, pressure of work, and computer and printing problems, are not considered valid reasons. Losing your USB memory stick, or having it stolen, is also not a valid reason. Always back-up your work – it is good work practice as well as providing piece-of-mind.
iii. Interest and general knowledge of sport is assumed. Inability to demonstrate a good general knowledge of sport, and sport reporting tasks, will be reflected in your grades. Careless spelling, unproofed copy, and poor written expression will affect your grades. In other words, practice writing when you can and check your work before submitting.
iv. Word processing skills are assumed. Work must be submitted electronically, not in hard-copy. Students must make and retain an electronic copy of all assignments submitted.
v. If there is any doubt about the requirements of any particular assignment or assessment procedure, the onus for clarifying the issue rests with the student who should contact the lecturer about the matter.
Students will not be able to resubmit an assignment. Students who receive a FAIL grade will only be offered supplementary assessment in exceptional circumstances, as determined by the unit and course convenors.
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.
There is an expectation that students will attend and participate in all structured time: lectures, tutorials and field trips. Participation in learning activities is an important component of studying journalism. It is relevant to the gaining of knowledge and skills appropriate to Sports Journalism 1, and it also applies to your degree as a whole.
There is a significant link between a student's participation and the quality of work submitted for assessment as well as the achievement of learning outcomes. To this end, you are encouraged to take part in organised activities and utilise access to teaching staff during class time to get feedback on your work and advice about your studies.
Required IT skills
Word-processing skills and the ability to use the Internet are assumed. Web-based applications, including social media, will be used in this unit.
There are several text books on journalism and sports journalism-related topics in the Co-op Bookshop on campus. Purchase of these is optional but they will help supplement your learning from in-class and assessment activities.
For other costs, see section 4b: Materials and Equipment in this unit outline.
Work placement, internships or practicums