MAKING MEDIA

MAC1MME

2019

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

The focus of this introductory subject is twofold. First, it will examine news in a variety of media forms, concentrating largely on television like news. This aspect of the course will be a balance between descriptive and analytical and will draw on direct examination of news texts and research literature. Second, the subject will require all students to acquire rudimentary skills in basic video and sound production and studio operation as well as writing and scripting in order to produce a full news production within a television studio format.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorIvo Burum

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Compulsory subject for BMCJ, BMCSJ, BMCMI and an elective subject for BMCSC.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Demonstrate rudimentary skills and knowledge in the operation of cameras, editing software, sound recording equipment and lighting in a studio and onsite location.

Activities:
Students practice the skills in these areas after instruction and demonstration. They plan, instigate and co-ordinate the sophisticated use of all of this equipment in a self-directed large group task.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

02. Develop and demonstrate an appreciation of the social production of newsgathering, production and distribution through the process of a news production simulation.

Activities:
Students engage in a semester-long simulation game to produce a professional appearing television news program. This requires work in a variety of teamwork configurations ranging from small groups of 2-3 to a large group of 25 which is directed at solving the set task, meeting the fixed deadline and setting aside personal differences for the bigger objectives. Students engage in a process of critical self reflection on their own work and others commentary on that same work.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

03. Demonstrate an understanding of the various genres and format styles associated with field to studio workflows.

Activities:
Students research and work through simulations of developing format elements across genre styles and platforms.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

04. Evaluate the ethical, legal, commercial and industrial context of news production and distribution and reception

Activities:
Students reflect on their own practice and case studies which focus on these concepts
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)

05. Analyse existing content in the mobile and traditional media space to determine relevance and workflows

Activities:
Students practice tasks associated with semiotic, narrative and cultural analysis with a range of cultural artifacts and objects and then applies these ideas to a contemporary news item.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2019, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorIvo Burum

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

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 face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Analyse current news climate (inc TVC) against how we consumed news online assignment (1200 word eq)Based on discussion, research and readings, filming and interviews we form a critical view about the various perceptions of news then and now30 01, 03, 05
Team and group field story and studio program production (1600 word eq)Utilising skills learned in lectures and practiced in tutorials we develop teams and produce professional field stories and then studio news like programs across varying format40 03, 04, 05
Written 850 word critical reflection on the field stories and studio production and participationBased on skills learned and experience had in ten field and in studio, individually and as a group, students critically reflect on that learned experience.30 02, 03, 04