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ATS1089: Fundamentals of journalism

Faculty of Arts

Fundamentals of journalism

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The unit relates the practice of journalism to the study of journalism and how it operates in contemporary Australian society. Students gain a foundational understanding of the changing media landscape, the seismic shifts in technology, the culture of the newsroom, sources and verification, different genres of journalism, objectivity and interviewing. Drawing on scholarship as well as media case studies and a range of practical research techniques, students will examine investigative journalism, literary essays, long-form journalism, 'new journalism', documentaries, television, photojournalism and social media. In addition, the unit locates the Australian experience in its historical and international context.


1 - Report - 25% 2 - Quiz- 10% 3 - Analytical Exercise - 25% 4 - Essay - 40%


Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.