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Digital Newsgathering and Reporting (COM104)

School School of Arts
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal
DUBAI-ISC: TJD-internal, TSD-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
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: 1 hour per week; tutorials 1.5 hours per week.
All offerings of this unit include the equivalent of 30 hours of structured learning.
Unit Learning Experiences Through face-to-face and online lectures, students will be introduced to the main topics and practices in journalism. Tutorials will be a mix of discussion and practical exercises, which will help students apply the knowledge and skills that the unit wants students to develop. These techniques and understandings will be the foundation for proceeding to more complex thinking and professional practice in later units. Students 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. Students will get an opportunity to carry out research and interviews, and write news items.
Assessment Weekly in-class quiz and participation (15%); News stories one and two (30%); News Story 3 (25%); concept test (30%)
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed JOU104 Digital Newsgathering and Journalism may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Communication + Creative Media [Combined] (BCrMedia)+(BCommun) [New in 2018]
Games Art and Design (BCrMedia) [New in 2018]
Graphic Design (BCrMedia) [New in 2018]
Journalism (BCommun) [New in 2018]
Photography (BCrMedia) [New in 2018]
Screen Production (BCrMedia) [New in 2018]
Sound (BCrMedia) [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.
Digital Newsgathering and Reporting (COM1041) - as for COM104 except as follows
School School of Arts
Credit Points 3
Availability DUBAI-ISC: TSD-internal
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 (12 weeks x 4 hours face-to-face learning per teaching week)
1 x 2-hour Lecture per week
1 x 1-hour Tutorial per week
1 x 1-hour Workshop per week
All offerings of this unit include the equivalent of 30 hours of structured learning.
Unit Learning Experiences Through face-to-face and online lectures, students will be introduced to the main topics and practices in journalism. Tutorials will be a mix of discussion and practical exercises, which will help students apply the knowledge and skills that the unit wants students to develop. These techniques and understandings will be the foundation for proceeding to more complex thinking and professional practice in later units. Students 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. Students will get an opportunity to carry out research and interviews, and write news items.
Assessment Week 3 writing exercise (5%); Weekly in-class quiz and participation (10%); News stories one and two (30%); News Story 3 (25%); concept test (30%)
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Diploma of Communication [New in 2019]
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.

Contacts

Unit Coordinator
COM104
Mr Andrew Porter
Lecturer in Journalism

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2534
e: A.Porter@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.4.041 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
COM1041
Mr Andrew Porter
Lecturer in Journalism

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2534
e: A.Porter@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.4.041 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts
COM104

DUBAI-ISC: TJD-Internal
MURDOCH: S2-Internal
Mr Andrew Porter
Lecturer in Journalism

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2534
e: A.Porter@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.4.041 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
COM104

DUBAI-ISC: TSD-Internal
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COM1041

DUBAI-ISC: TSD-Internal
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