Journalism and Society (9303.3)
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|Faculty Of Arts And Design
|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 completion of this unit, students will be able to:
1. Understand the important role performed by journalists in a democratic society, and how that role has developed;
2. Understand the ethical principles that underpin journalism and how they are applied in practice;
3. Examine the issues that arise for journalists in their workplace, whether in a large media company or a small start-up;
4. Appreciate how the role and practice of journalism is changing; and
5. Examine new and emerging approaches to the practice of journalism.
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 - take pride in their professional and personal integrity
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 - think globally about issues in their profession
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas
2. UC graduates are global citizens - understand issues in their profession from the perspective of other cultures
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development
The attributes of UC graduates listed in this outline are gained by students during their degree. Each unit you take will contribute to this, but not all skills and attributes are gained in all units. Some units may emphasise some attributes but not others. In this unit, though, you will learn something but not everything about all three attributes. The attaining of particular graduate attributes to which this unit contributes is set out in the table about assessment in this outline.
PrerequisitesMust have passed Reporting, 5572 OR Mobile Reporting, 9923.
Assumed knowledgeUnits in first year of the Bachelor of Communication (Journalism).
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There is no prescribed text for this unit, however the following books are very useful:
- Australian Journalism Today, edited by Matthew Ricketson, Palgrave Macmillan, South Yarra, 2012.
- Kovach and Rosenstiel (2014), The Elements of Journalism: What newspeople should know and the public should expect, Three Rivers Press.
- McNair (2010) Journalists in Film: Heroes and Villains, Edinburgh University Press.
Relevant readings will be supplied via Canvas each week.
NOTE: What follows is a list of materials and resources of relevance to this unit. The list may seem lengthy but it is essential to your success in this unit (and for your future career prospects) that you stay up to date with local, national and international news and current affairs. It is also essential that you gain an understanding of the news media industry. Uninformed aspiring journalists are unlikely to win jobs in what has long been a competitive industry to enter. The changes sweeping through the industry, which are discussed in this and other journalism units, are making it even more competitive to enter; they are also opening up new opportunities for graduates.
Journals and resources:
Australian Journalism Review, British Journalism Review, Columbia Journalism Review and the Poynter Institute. The first two are academic journals about journalism; there are many others available but these will introduce you to academic debates about journalism. The third named, Columbia Journalism Review, is a longstanding industry journal that discusses professional practice issues. Finally, the Poynter Institute is a philanthropically funded journalism school in Florida that provides a mass of useful guides and discussion materials about the practice of journalism.
Journalism students should be immersed in the news media, including newspapers such as The Australian, The Canberra Times, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Daily Telegraph, radio and news and current affairs on both ABC and commercial stations, and online news websites both locally, such as www.crikey.com.au, and overseas, such as The Guardian, which opened an Australian edition in 2014 and which can be found here: www.theguardian.com.au. .
Media about the media:
For this unit, you should also look at what and how the news media reports on itself. There are many potential sources but for the weekly quiz you should begin by looking at the following:
- The Nieman Journalism Lab is an attempt to help journalism figure out its future in an Internet age. It does not have much news about the media as such but rather it has news about new developments in news media and journalism. It is available at: http://www.niemanlab.org/.
- mUmBRELLA is a free online site that diligently covers the media and is available at: http://mumbrella.com.au/. mUmBRELLA spends as much time covering marketing, public relations, and advertising as it does news media and journalism but it is still a useful source for you to look at.
- The Guardian is a news organisation based in England but it has an Australian office that produces a free online-only news and current affairs website. It has a Media section that is easily found via the website (http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news). You can subscribe to its online media newsletter that delivers media news to the device of your choice each evening.
- Crikey reports regularly on media issues. Crikey is a subscription-based news and current affairs website but some of its material is posted daily for free at: http://www.crikey.com.au/.
- The Australian has a Media section published each Monday and regularly updates its stories online, but many of these are now behind a paywall.
- The Australian Financial Review has a Media and Marketing section that is also published on Mondays, and also behind a paywall. The UC library has hard copies of both these newspapers that are available daily on level C of the library. It also has the Factiva database which carries a range of Australian newspapers and is searchable via the UC library website.
Submission of assessment items
Extensions & Late submissions
Assessments 2 and 3 are to be uploaded to Canvas assessment boxes.
Special assessment requirements
If you are having difficulty managing your workload for whatever personal or professional reasons, please speak to your tutor so they can help you find a solution. There is always a solution, but sometimes you can't find it on your own.
Extensions will only granted if the student speaks to the tutor beforehand and provides a medical or counselling certificate. If no documentary evidence is supplied, the student will lose 5% per day late in line with university policy.
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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.
As with most things in life, the more you put in, the more you will get out of this unit.
Attendance to lectures and tutorials each week is not compulsary, however 30% of your grade depends on weekly in-class quizzes (20%) and your participation in class discussion (10%). It will be very difficult for you to achieve a strong grade if you do not attend class.
Required IT skills
There are no special IT requirements for this unit.
Students are expected to be able to competently use the internet and have basic word processing skills.
Familiarity with social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook would be useful.
There are no in-unit costs.
Work placement, internships or practicums
Please see assessment item details regarding such issues.