ONLINE JOURNALISM PRODUCTION

JRN2JPW

2016

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Journalists are increasingly being expected to possess skills across a range of styles of digital production. Over the course of the subject, students will create video for an ongoing documentary web series called Magnify Melbourne (www.magnifymelbourne.com). They will be introduced to digital publishing platforms and content management systems, and will be introduced to web-based data visualisation, infographics and geo-mapping tools such as Google maps. No specialist computer programming or design skills are required for entry into this subject.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorSteinar Ellingsen

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Completion of 30 credit points of first year level MST, JRN, STC or MSS subjects.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects JRN3JPW

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Core subject for Journalism, Sport Journalism and Media Industries majors in the ABMC. Core subject for ABJ, and compulsory for ABJS and ABJSC. Available as an elective to ABA major in Communication. Available as an elective subject to ABA major in Journalism & a core subject to ABA major in Strategic Communication.

Learning resources

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsVideo Journalism for the Web: A Practical Introduction to Documentary Storytelling.RecommendedLancaster, Kurt. 2012.HOBOKEN: TAYLOR AND FRANCIS.
ReadingsConvergent journalism: An Introduction 2nd ed.RecommendedFilak, V. (ed) 2014HOBOKEN: TAYLOR AND FRANCIS.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Critically evaluate and synthesise arguments in online content; the ability to apply web standards and understand how digital journalism is evolving.

Activities:
Weekly workshops; reflection. Students are introduced to different media platforms in weekly seminars and are required to produce publishable content.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups)

02. Identify best practice in digital journalism production; be able to find and use effective tools to visualise data on the web.

Activities:
Weekly workshops; reflection; production assignments
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

03. Demonstrate proficiency in using audio, video, text and web-based publishing software and hardware to effectively capture and edit content.

Activities:
Weekly workshops; digital news story, video production task
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

04. Combine a diverse set of digital production skills in storytelling.

Activities:
All assessable work, lectures and workshops.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

05. Understanding of the legal and ethical challenges of publishing across platforms, especially copyright and libel.

Activities:
All assessable work, lectures and workshops.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

06. Skills in locating and accessing technical documentation about publishing platforms to facilitate lifelong learning.

Activities:
All assessable work, all classes.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2016, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment size300

Enrolment information No actual cap. No cap.

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSteinar Ellingsen

Class requirements

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

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

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Video Production - 2000 words (or equivalent)50 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06
Digital News Story - 1200 words (or equivalent)30 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06
Reflection - 800 words20 01, 02, 05, 06