THE INTERVIEW

JRN1TIN

2015

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

As workplaces become more interactive and interconnected, interviewing skills are becoming more important across a range of vocations. In this subject, students study the processes and skills required for interviewing, focussing on key case studies in literature, print journalism, cinema, broadcasting and online. A key component of the subject will be interviews undertaken by students in all or some of the key interview formats, including live discussion, email, pre-recorded audio and written profile pieces. Students undertaking this subject will gain a broader appreciation in the art of inquiry and personal interaction and develop greater confidence in everything from one on one communications to public speaking to critical analysis. Students will also gain a clear understanding of the use of quotation technique including quote punctuation, in written work and develop an appreciation of key editing issues, both practical and ethical.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPhil Kafcaloudes

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects HUS1TIN

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Core first-year subject for students enrolled in either ABJ or ABJS. Available as an elective subject to ABA major in Journalism.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. An understanding of the history and formats of interviews in the media, and interview practice in journalism, and non-related fields such as medicine, human resources, law and history.

Activities:
Examples of interview practice demonstrated in lectures and tutorials. Guest lectures from a range of fields, including journalism, medicine, law and history
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

02. Student will learn how to format written versions of interviews, with specific attention to the use of full and partial quotes, and the editing of interview material

Activities:
These skills will be developed in assessable tasks such as their final assignment.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

03. Students will learn how to approach interview subjects, and secure their involvement in the interview process

Activities:
Each student must undertake an interview for their final assigment. Classes will be devoted to the process of selecting and securing interviews for this process. Students must be able to write letters of introduction and to be clear about the possible publication outcome of their interviews.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Writing (Writing)

04. The ability to develop live interviewing skills

Activities:
Students will undetake interviewing tasks in class that will introduce them to the skills required for writing for the spoken voice, and will have the option to submit recorded interviews as part of their assessment
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Writing (Writing)
Speaking (Speaking)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)

05. The ability to identify and write critically about interviews, analysing what factors makes them compelling or interesting.

Activities:
The initial assessment task will require students to identify and write short commentaries about interviews selected from a range of formats.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Writing (Writing)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

06. The ability to plan interviews in a range of formats, and to write introductions for interviews that are to be conducted live.

Activities:
Students will prepare for interviews to be conducted in lectures. Each student will also undertake at least one interview of their own for assessment.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Writing (Writing)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

07. Writing for an online publishing platform, with particular emphasis on learning how to deploy hyperlinks, and how to write catchy summaries of articles

Activities:
Two of the assignments will require students to prepare material suitable for the upstart publication ( www.upstart.net.au) - assessed components will include writing short excerpts (summaries that attract attention) and use of hyperlinks
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Writing (Writing)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2015, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPhil Kafcaloudes

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

Tutorial Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One interview (presented in text or a/v format) (1200 words)30 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06
One interview article (1000 words)25 01, 06, 07
One live interview preparation (800 words)20 01, 02, 04, 06
One publishing assignment (1000 words)25 01, 02, 04, 06