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Digital Newsroom (COM322)

Organisational Unit Creative Media, Arts and Design
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This unit involves advanced news writing for publication. Students will work in the on-campus newsroom to produce text-based and multimedia stories for Murdoch's online news service The Bounce.
Unit Learning Outcomes 1. Work effectively to deadlines.
2. Rapidly and accurately produce news stories for the web.
3. Rapidly and accurately produce multimedia material to accompany stories.
Use a News website Content Management System to upload stories with appropriate extra material and metadata.
Timetabled Learning Activities Workshops: 2 hours per week in first seven weeks; one full day a week rostered in the newsroom in final five weeks.
Unit Learning Experiences This is the capstone unit in journalism which brings together everything students have learned and it places students in a real newsroom to report for our online news service. Students will work under the direction of an industry news editor and be expected to generate their own story ideas and then pursue them with the view to completing a story package for publication on the same day. Their work will be published on The Bounce and will provide a useful portfolio to present to a media employer if they are looking for a career in this field.
Assessment News Quiz (15%); in-class exercises (25%); 5 news stories (60%)
Prerequisites COM301 Videojournalism (or JOU367 Photo and Videojournalism or MCC267 Photo and Video Journalism) AND JOU217/COM217 Online and Mobile Reporting (or JOU217/MCC217 Web News Production) AND JOU245/COM245 Media Law and Ethics (or MCC245 Media Law and Ethics) OR permission from the Unit Coordinator.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed MCC323 Newsroom OR JOU322 Digital Newsroom may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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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: S1-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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