DIGITAL JOURNALISM

JRN5DJN

2018

Credit points: 30

Subject outline

This subject introduces students to the principles and skills for researching, writing and producing compelling stories for different types of media and publishing platforms, including text, video, audio, still images, blogs and mobile journalism. Students will develop the skills necessary to critically evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of different publishing platforms and select the right platform for the right story. At the completion of this subject, students will have used a minimum of three different media to tell a layered single story.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points30

Subject Co-ordinatorHugh Martin

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Elective subject for AMGC.

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsMultimedia Journalism: A Practical GuideRecommendedBull, Andy, 2010LONDON,ROUTLEDGE
ReadingsVideo Journalism for the Web: A Practical Introduction to Documentary Storytelling.RecommendedLancaster, Kurt. 2012HOBOKEN: TAYLOR AND FRANCIS.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. A demonstrated understanding and ability to apply the principles of telling stories across different media.

Activities:
Students are introduced to different media platforms in weekly seminars and are required to produce publishable content.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing
Creative Problem-solving
Critical Thinking
Inquiry/ Research

02. Proficiency in using audio, video, text and web-based publishing software and hardware to effectively capture and edit content for storytelling.

Activities:
Example -based labs will enable students to develop hands-on skills in using software and hardware.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research
Creative Problem-solving
Critical Thinking

03. Critical ability to evaluate research a story and select the most effective media to tell it.

Activities:
All assessable work, lectures and workshops.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking
Inquiry/ Research
Creative Problem-solving
Writing

04. Demonstration of advanced research skills, including sourcing appropriate interview subjects, evaluating source material; knowledge of and ability to effectively use archival materials,and capacity to conduct effective interviews.

Activities:
All assessable work, lectures and workshops.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research
Creative Problem-solving
Critical Thinking

05. Understanding of the legal and ethical challenges of publishing across platforms, especially copyright and libel; an appreciation of best practice models of digital storytelling.

Activities:
All assessable work, lectures and workshops.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking
Creative Problem-solving
Inquiry/ Research

06. Skills in locating and accessing technical documentation about publishing platforms to facilitate lifelong learning; appreciation of multimedia journalism practitioners.

Activities:
All classes and assessable work
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking
Creative Problem-solving
Life-Long Learning

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorHugh Martin

Class requirements

WorkShop Week: 10 - 22
One 3.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Exegesis (1,600 words)20 01, 03, 04, 05, 06
Mobile Journalism story (2,100 words)30 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06
Multimedia Journalism story (3,500 words)40 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06
Multimedia Story proposal (800 words)10 01, 02, 03, 04, 05