Mobile Reporting (9923.1)
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|Faculty Of Arts And Design
|Discipline Of Communication And Media
|Level 1 - Undergraduate Introductory 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 a basic audio, video and photo journalism using a mobile phone;
2. Produce basic audio, video and photo journalism for online and mobile audiences.
3. Gather and verify newsworthy information from a range of sources.
4. Understand the rapidly changing media environment and broader journalism context of which mobile journalism is a part.
5. Demonstrate an understanding of the legal and ethical contexts in which journalists work, particularly in mobile and online environments.
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
2. UC graduates are global citizens - behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives
2. UC graduates are global citizens - communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings
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
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
Prerequisites5565 Introduction to Journalism
Assumed knowledgeIntroduction to Journalism writing skills
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There are no set texts for this unit. Relevant readings will be provided on the Moodle site. However, here are several useful texts and wesbites:
Burum & Quinn (2015) MOJO: The Mobile Journalism Handbook, New York & London: Focal Press
Blaine, M. (2014). The Digital Reporter's Notebook. New York and London. Routledge.
Kobre, K (2017). Photojournalism: the professionals' approach (7th edition). New York and London, Routledge.
Bull, A. (2010) Multimedia Journalism - a practical guide. London & New York: Routledge
Pearson, M., & Polden, M. (2014). The Journalist's Guide to Media Law: A handbook for communicators in a digital world. Allen & Unwin.
BBC Journalism College of Journalism - http://www.bbc.co.uk/academy/journalism
Submission of assessment items
Extensions & Late submissions
See assessment descriptions for submission guidelines.
Special assessment requirements
Students must retain copies of their work. You must always back up your work to a portable hard drive or to the cloud. Technical failure of an audio or video file could result in a fail grade if you have not got a safety copy of the work. Students must also test all audio and video files and URL links and Blog links prior to submission. It would not be acceptable for a professional journalist to submit a corrupted file to their editor. Similarly, it is not acceptable to submit corrupted files or inoperable URLs for assessment.
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.
Attendance of tutorials is not compulsory, but failure to attend will jeopardise your success int his unit. Please be aware that weekly in-class news quizzes also make up part of the assessment.
However, attendance for guest lectures from industry experts is compulsory and in-class activities are based around the content of those lectures.
Required IT skills
Word processing skills and ability to use the internet are assumed. Familiarity with the recording functions on the student's mobile phone is also desireable.
There is no set text book for this unit. Instead, students need a pair of earphones and portable hard drive. Purchase of a lapel microphone for their mobile phone is recommended.
Purchase of a selfie stick/tripod is desirable but not essential.
Work placement, internships or practicums
This is a very practical unit. Throughout this unit students are required to apply professional journalism practice standards to their field work as they go about completing their assessment tasks. Students are expected to observe the MEAA journalist Code of ethics: https://www.meaa.org/meaa-media/code-of-ethics/