RESEARCH IN JOURNALISM

JRN5RIJ

Not currently offered

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Journalism Research teaches students to research and write news and feature stories in the most detailed, accurate, engaging and creative way possible. Students are guided through online and offline research strategies and are required to think critically about every source they use. Students are required to report on a meeting or event and to initiate and develop an original feature story idea for print or online platforms.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorHugh Martin

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be enrolled in AMGC.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Elective subject for AMGC.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. A sophisticated appreciation and engagement with the past, present and possible futures for journalism

Activities:
Readings, lectures, in-class exercises and feature assignment
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research

02. Ability to follow-up and expand news stories by finding a new angle or source for target print or online publications

Activities:
Students must expand and follow up one "news in brief" story from a metro daily. Students are required to work critically with a range of online sources and are expected to pitch their story for publication.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing
Inquiry/ Research
Critical Thinking

03. Ability to report on news events and to write short, accurate news stories for target print or online publications

Activities:
Students attend either a meeting or event, to be agreed with their tutor,take notes, interview speakers and write a news story. Pre-meeting research includes reading agendas, minutes and specialist reports. Students are required to interview at least one person.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving
Writing
Inquiry/ Research
Speaking
Critical Thinking

04. Critical evaluation of all sources for a work of journalism, including an understanding of how "spin" works.

Activities:
Website and interview critiques for news stories, reflective statement in feature assignment, in-class research and writing exercises
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking
Inquiry/ Research

05. Demonstrated ability to develop an original story idea, pitch it to an editor and achieve publication

Activities:
News and feature assignment - intensive mentoring and feedback to assist students to get their work published.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing
Speaking
Inquiry/ Research
Creative Problem-solving
Critical Thinking

06. Understanding of a range of journalistic genres, including inverted pyramid news stories, colour writing, first-person essays, gonzo reportage and the many versions of investigative feature writing

Activities:
Two news stories, feature assignment and bi-weekly in-class writing, reporting, pitching and interviewing exercises as well as significant engagement with required reading and key journalism texts.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing
Inquiry/ Research
Critical Thinking

07. Understanding of the complexities of journalistic interviewing

Activities:
Lectures, in-class writing exercises, feature assignment (2 interviews required) and course reading
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking
Speaking

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