JOURNALISM RESEARCH

JRN2JOR

2016

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Journalism Research will explore the main modes of research relevant to the practice of contemporary journalism, including: strategies for staying abreast of news-media discourse; on-the-ground and investigative techniques; interpersonal communication with contacts; and techniques for finding and interrogating non-news-media texts, such as government reports, ABS statistics and academic research. It also includes a focus on critically evaluating media releases and exploring data journalism. It draws on a set of practices that have long been part of the journalist's skill-set, but which are being expanded and taking on a more central role as huge amounts of previously unavailable information and data are released by a range of institutions.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorMerryn Sherwood

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites JRN1TEJ or coordinators approval

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects JRN3CAJ

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Core subject at second year level for ABJ & ABJS.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

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

Activities:
In class writing and sourcing activities, in-class writing assessment.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Writing (Writing)

02. Understand the significance for journalists of staying abreast of news media, and develop effective strategies for reading news texts quickly, but with a critical eye.

Activities:
In class source evaluation strategies and techniques to investigate large amounts of data. In class assessment.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Speaking (Speaking)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Writing (Writing)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)

03. Use non-news-media texts to generate news stories, and to provide information and direct quote material for use in news and feature stories.

Activities:
In class evaluation of other sources, such as academic research, public relations work and more. In class assessment.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

04. Critical evaluation of all sources for a work of journalism.

Activities:
Case studies of sources in that include critical evalutions and techniques for these evalutions.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

05. Find and evaluate the relevance of interviewees and off-the-record sources, conduct interviews and turn raw quote material into engaging copy.

Activities:
Part of the major assessment, students must conduct interviews. In class activities to help them prepare.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Writing (Writing)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

06. Understanding of the complexities of journalistic interviewing

Activities:
Part of the major assessment, a feature story, students must conduct interviews. In class activities to help them prepare.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Speaking (Speaking)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2016, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMerryn Sherwood

Class requirements

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

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

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Major feature story (1500 words)40 01, 02, 04, 05, 06
Research dossier to support final assignment (1000 words equivalent)20 03, 04, 05, 06
In-class, peer-assessed writing exercises (1000 word equivalent)40 01, 04, 02, 05