SPORT REPORTING

JRN2SRP

2016

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Sport journalists are required to write a variety of stories for a variety of mediums. In addition to previews and match reports, the sport journalist must be able to write about the politics of sport, report on sports stars involved in judicial or legal hearings, write about the personal lives of sports stars in feature stories and write opinion pieces on issues involving sport and its participants. Print journalists will find themselves being asked to contribute to radio and television broadcasts and this subject will offer further opportunities to become proficient at reporting on those mediums. This subject will build on prior learning of the 'mechanics of journalism,' such as the inverted pyramid; types of sources; and different approaches and techniques, whilst giving the student exposure to realistic settings such as a television live cross or media conference.

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 JRN1WFM or MAC1WFM or by approval from subject coordinator.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects JRN3SRP

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Core subject for ABJS, BMC (Sport Journalism major) & elective for ABJ. Available as an elective subject to ABA major in Communication.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Develop a 'media diet' on sport and general news.

Activities:
Students will be given a weekly quiz that will indicate whether they have been reading the papers and keeping up with current events. Sport Journalists need to keep up with non sport news to inform their work. Sports people, events and entities may take on a different importance or be placed in an unusual context depending on what else is happening in the world at the time.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

02. Students will become familiar with and demonstrate the basic techniques of a good television 'live cross.'

Activities:
Students will be given vision of a media conference one week prior to their live cross. They will need to identify the main angle arising from the conference and conduct their own research on the person of interest to provide context to the news angle. The student will write an introduction for the newsreader in television format and upload this to Moodle prior to performing the live cross in the LTU studio which will include a short Q&A.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Speaking (Speaking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

03. Students will demonstrate an ability to convey not only the outcome of a sports event but be able to identify and describe the major incidents which led to that outcome.

Activities:
Students will watch a sporting event in class, shotlist it as they are watching it and then write a match report to be uploaded to Moodle 90 minutes after end of play. This task requires students to be conscious of a deadline.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Writing (Writing)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

04. News judgement, writing and presenting a report from a press conference.

Activities:
Students will attend a real press conference in the field and then write a radio news intro and voice report in real time. They will file with the same deadline as professional journalists which will introduce them to time pressure and writing to a deadline.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Speaking (Speaking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

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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

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.

WorkShop Week: 10 - 22
Three 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Press conference radio report x 220 04
Anzac Day match report30 03
TV Live Cross30 02, 04
Quiz 10 x 2%20 01