Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Journalism 2

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Media and Communications

DESCRIPTION Students are introduced to journalism as a career and to the ways technology is changing news media. They will learn how to write basic news stories utilizing proper structure, good grammar, and correct style; how to use the Internet to both research and publish articles; and effective interviewing techniques required to write a short feature article. They will also gain grounding in media law and ethics and are given specialised training in reporting on local government and the courts.

Study-Unit Aims:

- To give students an understanding of news industries, journalism production processes, and technology issues;
- To acquaint students with the principles of sub-editing and specialised reporting;
- To introduce students to the history of journalism;
- To advance students' understanding of journalism best practices, media law and ethics, and style;
- To provide an opportunity for students to further improve their writing, interviewing, and language usage skills.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Explain the basic structures of news industries today;
- Recount basic journalism history;
- Explain the production process in journalism;
- Describe how convergence is changing the practice of journalism;
- Adhere to the latest statutory and common law applicable to journalists;
- Conduct themselves as ethical journalists.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Write news stories on specialised topics such as business;
- Edit news stories using proper grammar and style;
- Write a major feature article based on several interviews;
- Work as a journalist under contemporary newsroom constraints.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Texts:

- Tim Holmes, Sara Hadwin and Glyn Mottershed, The 21st century journalism handbook: essential skills for the modern journalist. Pearson, 2013.
- David Marsh and Nikki Marshall, The Guardian style guide.

Supplementary Readings:

- Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel, The Elements of Journalism: What Newspeople
Should Know and the Public Should Expect. New York: Three Rivers Press, 2007.
- Martin Eide, Leif Ove Larsen and Helle Sjøvaag, Eds., Journalism Re-examined: Digital Challenges and Professional Reorientations. Bristol, UK: Intellect Books, 2016.
- Mitchell Stephens, A History of News: The Future of Journalism. New York: Columbia University Press, 2014.
- Dean Starkman, The Watchdog That Didn’t Bark: The Financial Crisis and the Disappearance of Investigative Journalism. New York: Columbia Journalism Review Books, 2014.
- Hugo de Burgh, Investigative Journalism 2nd Ed. London: Routledge, 2008.

ADDITIONAL NOTES Pre-requisite Study-unit: MCS1030


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Classwork SEM2 Yes 15%
Examination (1 Hour) SEM2 Yes 35%
Assignment SEM2 Yes 50%


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