In this unit of study, students will develop high level skills for researching and writing at a professional standard for Australian, international and online journalistic publications. The unit will combine analysis of mainstream and niche market print and online journalism with practical writing exercises. Students will analyse contemporary ethical, sociopolitical and cultural debates related to the changing practice of journalism in a globalised marketplace. Students will use computer-assisted research to evaluate information credibility and write in a range of journalistic styles. They will critically evaluate and edit their own and other students' journalistic writing. The unit will have a particular focus on emergent journalism forms, such as blogs and other social media platforms. Topics will include: understanding audiences, research, interviews, structuring articles, story packages, language and style, editing and revision, titles, marketing as a freelancer and copyright.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Critically appraise the application of key genres in contemporary journalistic writing;  
  2. Generate high level written online journalistic material for contemporary audiences;  
  3. Analyse and discuss compositional and stylistic elements of different forms of journalistic writing; and  
  4. Critically analyse and communicate the effects of the contemporary sociopolitical, cultural and technological context on the practice of journalism.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Profile 1500 words 30%
Assignment Feature article package 2000 words 40%
Assignment Niche journalism articles 1500 words 30%

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