JOURNALISM RESEARCH

JRN2JOR

2017

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 delivers specific skills in data journalism and Freedom of Information. 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 Two of JRN1TEJ, JRN1TIN and MAC1WFM, or subject co-ordinators 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. Apply advanced research skills to find a range of relevant sources for a particular story, and critically analyse those sources for legitimacy.

Activities:
All lectures, tutorial activities and assessments.
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)

02. Recognise the role of the Freedom of Information Act in journalism, through creating an accurate and appropriate Freedom of Information request.

Activities:
Students learn about the freedom of information act in lectures and tutorials, and apply this knowledge to an assessment. They must identify a story that would be well served by information available through an FOI application, write a story pitch and write an FOI application.
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. Apply basic data journalism skills to analyse a dataset, and write a story to a publishable standard based on the critical analysis of the data.

Activities:
In lectures and tutorial activities. In class source evaluation strategies and techniques to investigate large amounts of data. In class assessment.
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)

04. Pitch, develop and create a major feature story that explores a particular brief and uses a variety of relevant and credible sources, to a publishable standard.

Activities:
Students will apply the skills they have learnt throughout the semester to complete a major assignment. They must apply critical analysis to sources, use datasets and other sources like academic research, and also complete an interview.
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)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2017, 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*
Feature Story (2000 words)One major feature story based on a particular brief, an associated research dossier to be submitted in Week 8.50 01, 03, 04
Quizzes (1000 word equivalent)These quizzes will test skill-specific knowledge, such as basic maths and statistics for journalism, using library sources, evaluating academic research, and digital source verification.20 01
Writing Exercises (1500 word equivalent)These writing assignments include drafting a freedom of information request and a basic data journalism assignment, where students use excel to manipulate data and report a story using that data.30 01, 02, 03