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Introduction to Journalism (MCC104)

Organisational Unit Creative Media, Arts and Design
Credit Points 3
Description This unit discusses 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 On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
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: 1 hour per week; tutorials: 1.5 hours per week.
Prerequisites Nil.
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.


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