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Digital Newsgathering and Journalism (JOU104)

Organisational Unit Creative Media, Arts and Design
Credit Points 3
Description This unit examines the professional role of journalists and introduces students to the skills of news gathering and reporting. Students will also be introduced to a range of issues that have a bearing on the professional practice of journalism, including media law, ethics and the culture of news.
Unit Learning Outcomes 1. Define and understand the basics of journalism
2. Master the basic 'tools of the trade'
3. Reflect on what makes good journalism
4. Write a basic news story
5. Understand the difference between different styles of journalistic writing and write a feature story
6. Evaluate information and critically assess sources
7. Gather and present information in an accessible way
8. Describe how newsrooms operate
9. Have an acquaintance with the law and ethics facing editorial decision-making
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 11 x 1 hour; tutorials 11 x 1.5 hours. (Perth and Dubai)
Workshops: 24 hours contact time plus online content. (KAPLAN)
Unit Learning Experiences Through face-to-face and online lectures, you will be introduced to the main topics and practices in journalism.Tutorials will be a mix of discussion and practical exercises, which will help you apply the knowledge and skills that the unit wants you to develop. These techniques and understandings will be the foundation for proceeding to more complex thinking and professional practice in later units. You will be encouraged to keep abreast of news and current affairs as these will provide useful examples and stimulate discussion about the way the news media operate in society .You will get an opportunity to carry out research and interviews, and write news items.
Assessment Weekly in-class quiz and participation (15%); News story 1 - 300 words (15%); Web News story - 500 words (25%); News Story 2 (30%); concept test (30%)
Prerequisites Nil.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed MCC104 Introduction to Journalism or JOU104 Introduction to Journalism may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Previously 2013: MCC104
2016: 'Introduction to Journalism'
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Journalism (BA) [New in 2014]
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
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