WRITING FOR MEDIA

MAC1WFM

2016

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Writing for Media introduces students to the practice of writing in order of importance for various media platforms. The focus of the subject will be to teach students how to write short form news articles for print (newspapers and online news sites) and radio. Students will record their own radio voice report at the end of semester. The key learning outcomes of news judgement, distilling information, writing concisely and writing material in order of what is most important are transferable across a range of vocations. You do not have aspire to be a news journalist to use the skills you will learn in this subject.

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 MST1WFM

Equivalent subjects MST1WFM

Special conditions Core subject for the Bachelor of Media and Communication (ABMC), Bachelor of Journalism (ABJ) and Bachelor of Journalism Sport (ABJS).

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Demonstrate a comprehension of the pre tutorial stimuli such as readings and videos.

Activities:
Quiz held weekly between weeks 2-11.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)

02. Demonstrate an understanding of the key fundamentals of professional writing such as correct grammar, punctuation and attribution.

Activities:
Online test to be held in class on first four weeks curriculum.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Writing (Writing)

03. Students will demonstrate an ability to re-order information delivered in a press conference environment in order of importance and then write a short news story in print form using the inverted pyramid method. Student will be exposed to working under time pressure.

Activities:
Students will attend or watch online in class a press conference and submit a bullet point list of information considered important for a subsequent story in a set time period. The student will then write a print story based on their bullet point list as an out of class task.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Writing (Writing)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)

04. Students will demonstrate an ability to re-order information delivered in a press conference environment in order of importance and then write a short news story suitable for print, radio and television news.

Activities:
Students will attend or watch online in class a press conference and submit a bullet point list of information considered important for a subsequent story in a set time period. The student will then write stories suitable for print, radio and TV based on their bullet point list as an out of class task.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Writing (Writing)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2016, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPhil Kafcaloudes

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.

Tutorial Week: 31 - 43
Twelve 2.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
News story assignment (1600 word equivalent)40 03, 04
Press conference activity (800 word equivalent)30 03, 04
Quizzes on pre-tutorial stimulus (1200 word equivalent)20 01
Test (600 word equivalent)10 02