Credit points: 15

Subject outline

The Emerging Journalist introduces students to the shifting roles and responsibilities of journalists and journalism within liberal democratic societies. At the successful completion of The Emerging Journalist, you will appreciate the contemporary media landscape and the role of journalists and media organisations in relation to social, economic, political and cultural power structures. Topics and issues covered include: the changing nature of audiences and the new ways that journalists are engaging and interacting with audiences; the journalistic applications of social media; best practices in reporting and writing; and the impacts of cultural and technological impacts on journalism as both a profession and as a practice. Assessment tasks are designed to give students an opportunity to start building a portfolio of journalistic work via La Trobe Journalism's online publication for emerging journalists, upstart,

FacultyFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorLawrie Zion

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

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Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Only available as a core at first year level for ABJ & ABJS and an elective for ABSC. This subject is also available as a core subject to ABA major in Journalism & ABA minor in Journalism Sport.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorLawrie Zion

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Tutorial Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementComments%
one 1,200 words equivalent fortnightly news test (6 tests worth 5% each)30
one 1,200 words social media exercise and reflective essay30
one 1,600 words news writing exercise (verbal presentation and written news story)40