LONG-FORM JOURNALISM: HISTORY, THEORY, PRACTICE

JRN5JFL

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Students enrolled in Long Form Journalism will analyse the work of a contemporary or historical practitioner of long-form journalism and they will also produce their own piece of long-form journalism (critical or review essay, observational feature story, themed-blog posts, immersion story, gonzo reportage, historical journalism, digital storytelling or audio slide show to name a few possible styles and formats) on a research topic of their choice. All students will be expected to write for publication. The subject will to expose students to the dazzling range of long form journalism produced from the early twentieth century until the present. Students will learn to write critically about selected work from the journalism canon, to think about how such work is researched and written and why and then use this knowledge to produce their own piece of journalism. The aim is to give students research training for scholarly or creative honours or masters projects.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorMichael O'Keefe

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be enrolled in Master of Journalism Innovation, Graduate Certificate in Journalism Innovation or Graduate Diploma in Journalism Innovation or Master of Communication (Journalism Innovation) or Graduate Diploma in Communication (Journalism Innovation).

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects JRN4LFJ, JRN5LFJ

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. A passion for critical readiing-listening-viewing-creating excellent journalism and openness to new forms of journalism

Activities:
Scholarly essay and production of long-form journalism with a special focus on the history of long-form journalism and its likely futures
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research
Critical Thinking
Life-Long Learning
Writing

02. Ability to swtich or mix genres by making journalistic writing more schoarly and scholarly writing more journalistic

Activities:
Thinking about new or inventive ways of referencing research within journalistic writing, figuring out ways to tell powerful stories about seemingly complex or dull topics
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking
Creative Problem-solving
Writing

03. Able to analyse and deconstruct exemplary works of journalism, ability to do the same with own work

Activities:
Develop two research projects - one practice-based, one more scholarly - with help from lecturer and fellow students
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving
Critical Thinking
Teamwork
Inquiry/ Research

04. Confidence to discuss difficult or complex issues with sensitivity and directness, understand difference between oral history and journalistic interviewing

Activities:
Presentation of class paper on the work of a key contemporary or historical journalist, face-to-face interviews with subjects, helping host guest seminar with long-form journalist (eg scripting questions)
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Speaking
Inquiry/ Research
Critical Thinking
Writing

05. Recognising the ways to strive for ethical best practice in journalism but acknowledging the grey areas too

Activities:
Critical essay on key practitioner will require consideration of ethics as will self reflexive research statement on journalism project.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Ethical & Cultural Awareness
Inquiry/ Research
Critical Thinking

06. Researching scholarly essay and piece of journalism using diverse, inventive and challenging sources

Activities:
Library seminar on using primary and secondary sources in journalism research, annotated bibliography for scholarly essay, self-reflexive research statement for journalism
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research
Creative Problem-solving
Critical Thinking

07. Understanding the role of teams and individuals in producing long-form journalism

Activities:
Working in teams to strengthen research proposals, collaborating with lecturers and technical staff on projects with audio or visual components
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Teamwork

08. Writing incisive, lively, thoughtful, very well referenced scholarly ctiticism and journalism

Activities:
Critical academic essay analysing the work of a practitioner of long-form journalism, a feature story that is pitched for publication
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking
Inquiry/ Research
Writing
Ethical & Cultural Awareness

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMichael O'Keefe

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
Twelve 2.0 days lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Class paper on key journalist (1000 word equivalent)20 03, 04, 06, 08
One piece of long-form journalism (3000 words)50 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08
Scholarly review essay (1500 words)30 02, 03, 04, 07, 08