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Online and Mobile Journalism (COM217)

Organisational Unit Creative Media, Arts and Design
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal
DUBAI-ISC: TJD-internal, TSD-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description This unit will prepare students for work in an online newsroom. Students will research, write and edit news stories, upload them to a Content Management System and produce appropriate social media content to promote their material.
Unit Learning Outcomes 1. Distinguish the role of online media in the media landscape.
2. Distinguish the various aspects of online production.
3. Research, carry out interviews and write news and feature stories that will work on the web.
4. Produce suitable multimedia content for consumption through a news web site.
5. Select and present appropriate stories and other editorial material for a particular readership.
6. Carry out editing functions of a production journalist, including copy subbing, writing headlines, manipulating images and uploading material to a website.
7. Discern legal or ethical problems that arise in publishing.
Timetabled Learning Activities Workshops 1.5 hours a week (12 weeks); three 2 hour seminars.
All offerings of this unit include the equivalent of 30 hours of structured learning.
Unit Learning Experiences In the workshops students will first explore the online news environment with a view to understanding how effective news services gather and publish stories and other forms of information. This will entail reading about and investigating current trends and methods in modern online publishing. To apply this knowledge and new-found digital media techniques, students will then develop interesting story ideas and carry out interviews and recordings in a professional manner. With this content students will create engaging online news items. To draw an audience to their work, they will use various forms of social media and other web communication.
Other Learning Experiences Students will be required to carry out independent research and interviews, and record sound and visual images in the community.
Assessment Weekly, in-class news quiz (10%); 350-word blog and multimedia story (40%); In-class Test (20%); In-class exercises (30%).
Prerequisites JOU104 Introduction to Journalism OR COM104 Digital Newsgathering and Reporting AND IDD129 / COM109 Digital Media Skills. Highly recommended: COM245/MCC245 Media Law and Ethics (JOU245 Media Law and Ethics)
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed JOU217/MCC217 Web News Production may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Journalism (BCommun) [New in 2018]
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
Ms Narelle Hopkin
Lecturer in Journalism

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 7529
e: N.Hopkin@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.4.039 - Building 450, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S2-Internal
Ms Narelle Hopkin
Lecturer in Journalism

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 7529
e: N.Hopkin@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.4.039 - Building 450, Murdoch Campus

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