Long Form and Investigative Journalism (9309.2)
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|Discipline Of Communication And Media||Level 3 - Undergraduate Advanced 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 outcomesOne completion of this unit, students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate an appreciation of the history, diversity and importance of long form journalism, and will be confident, reflective practitioners of long form journalism across different media forms;
2. Demonstrate insight into the development of long form journalism, and its continuing relevance in the digital age;
3. Demonstrate familiarity with the range and diversity of long form journalism in the contemporary media environment, and in particular how digital tools and technologies have expanded the possibilities of long form journalism;
4. Demonstrate skills and experience in the production of long form journalism across different media platforms - print, audio, video and digital; and
5. Demonstrate the skills of investigation and interrogation of data that underpin long form 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 - 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
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 - take pride in their professional and personal integrity
2. UC graduates are global citizens - think globally about issues in their profession
2. UC graduates are global citizens - adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries
2. UC graduates are global citizens - understand issues in their profession from the perspective of other cultures
PrerequisitesAll of the following units:
5565 Introduction to Journalism;
5572 Reporting OR 9923 Mobile Reporting;
9019 Audio Journalism;
9036 Video Journalism.
Incompatible unitsRestrictions: This unit is not open to students who have passed 6981 Investigative Journalism
Equivalent units6981 Investigative Journalism
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Writing Feature Stories, by Matthew Ricketson and Caroline Graham, second ediiton, Allen & Unwin, Crows Nest, 2017.
There is a broad range of books, journal articles and media coverage about long form journalism and investigative journalism. The university's library has a good collection of references about the field as well as a developing collection of works of long form journalism. The books listed below are all held in the library, as are the books from which excerpts are taken for the readings prescribed in the week by week timetable. Some of the references below are how to guides that offer you alternative perspectives to the prescribed and recommended texts above, while others survey the field or discuss issues arising in its practice. A number of the books listed below are anthologies that contain examples of long form journalism and narrative non-fiction, which gives you an opportunity to sample the breadth of writing in the genre.
Applegate, E. (Ed.). (1996). Literary journalism: A biographical dictionary of writers and editors. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press.
Bak, J.S. & Reynolds, B. (2011). Literary journalism across the globe. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press.
Boynton, R.S. (2005). The new new journalism: Conversations with America's best nonfiction writers on their craft. New York: Vintage Books.
Bly, N. (2014). Around the World in Seventy-Two Days and Other Writings. New York: Penguin.
Cheney, T. (1991). Writing creative nonfiction. California: Ten Speed Press.
Connery, T. (Ed.). (1992). A sourcebook of American literary journalism: Representative Writers in an Emerging Genre. New York: Greenwood.
Cords, S.S. (2009). The inside scoop: A guide to nonfiction investigative writing and exposés. Westport, Connecticut: Libraries Unlimited.
Eisenhuth, S. & McDonald, W. (Eds.). (2007). The writer's reader: Understanding journalism and non-fiction. Cambridge, Port Melbourne: Cambridge University Press.
Gaines, W. (2008). Investigative Journalism: Proven Strategies for Reporting the Story. Washington: CQ Press.
Glass, I. (Ed.). (2007). The new kings of nonfiction. New York: Riverhead Press.
Gutkind, L. (2005). In fact: The best of creative nonfiction. New York: W.W. Norton.
Gutkind, L. (2008). Keep it real: Everything you need to know about researching and writing creative non-fiction. New York: W.W. Norton.
Harrington, W. (Ed.). (1997). Intimate journalism: The art and craft of reporting everyday life.
Thousand Oaks: Sage.
Harrington, W. & Sager, M. (Eds.). (2012). Next wave: America's new generation of great literary journalists. United States: The Sager Group.
Hart, J. (2006). A writer's coach: An editor's guide to works that work. New York: Pantheon Books.
Hart, J. (2011). Storycraft: The complete guide to writing narrative nonfiction. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Keeble, R.L. & Wheeler, S. (Eds.). (2007). The journalistic imagination: Literary journalists from Defoe to Capote and Carter. London: Routledge.
Keeble, R.L. & Tulloch, J. (Eds.). (2014). Global literary journalism. New York: Peter Lang.
Kerrane, K & Yagoda, B. (Eds.). (1998). The art of fact: A historical anthology of literary
journalism. New York: Simon & Schuster.
Kroeger, B. (2012). Undercover reporting: The truth about deception. Evanston, Illinois:
Northwestern University Press.
Lazar, David. (Ed.). (2008). Truth in nonfiction: Essays. Iowa: University of Iowa Press.
Perl, S. & Schwartz, M. (2006). Writing true: The art and craft of creative nonfiction. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.
Ricketson, M. (2014). Telling true stories: Navigating the challenges of writing narrative non-fiction. Sydney: Allen & Unwin.
Ricketson, M. & Graham, C. (2017). Writing feature stories: How to research and write articles – from listicles to longform (2nd ed.). Sydney: Allen & Unwin.
Sims, N. (2008). True stories: A century of literary journalism. Evanston, Illinois: Northwestern University Press.
Tanner, S.L. & Richardson, N. (2013). Journalism Research and Investigation in a Digital World. South Melbourne: Oxford University Press.
Tanner, S.L., Kasinger, M., & Richardson, N. (2012). Feature writing: Telling the story (2nd ed.). South Melbourne: Oxford University Press.
Weinberg, S. (1992). Telling the untold story: How investigative reporters are changing the craft of biography. Columbia: University of Missouri Press.
Wheeler, S. (2009). Feature writing for journalists. New York: Routledge.
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Word processing skills and the ability to use the internet are assumed.
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Students are required in this unit to read a number of articles online and via e-reserve.
They range in length from one page to 20 pages but are generally around 10 pages.
You may find it easier to print these articles and read the hard copy.
This is fine, but you will need to fund the printing yourself.
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Not applicable to this unit.
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