Credit points: 15

Subject outline

The Emerging Journalist introduces students to the shifting roles and responsibilities of journalists and journalism within liberal democratic societies. At the successful completion of The Emerging Journalist, you will appreciate the contemporary media landscape and the role of journalists and media organisations in relation to social, economic, political and cultural power structures. Topics and issues covered include: the changing nature of audiences and the new ways that journalists are engaging and interacting with audiences; the journalistic applications of social media; best practices in reporting and writing for different formats; and the impacts of cultural and technological impacts on journalism as both a profession and as a practice. Assessment tasks are designed to give students an opportunity to start building a portfolio of journalistic work via La Trobe Journalism's online publication for emerging journalists, upstart,

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorBrigid McCarthy

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesStudents will be taught effective online search techniques in lectures and workshops. Students will be taught basic news writing skills in weekly lectures and workshops. Verbal presentation skills will be covered in introductory lectures. Students will be taught how to track sources through print and online sources. Students will be introduced to notions of journalistic ethics and notions of best practice as they apply across different platforms

Capstone subjectNo

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Incompatible subjectsN/A

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Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

COMMUNICATION - Communicating and Influencing
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Creativity and Innovation
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Research and Evidence-Based Inquiry

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Identify and write newsworthy stories for print/online publication, using relevant journalistic forms, including the inverted pyramid
02. Verbally present research on a newsworthy topic and explain their ideas and questions to groups of other students and staff
03. Utilise archival material, and undertake effective online database and search engine searches to develop and write news articles
04. Identify, analyse and evaluate sources, arguments and evidence in a range of platforms (audio, online, print, screen including engagement with audiences and apply these critical skills to their own work
05. Analyse and understand the concept of best practice as it applies to reporting, writing, recording, filming, photography and attribution, including the Media Alliance Code of Ethics (, media law and, as appropriate, other emerging codes of conduct and guides to best practice

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorBrigid McCarthy

Class requirements

Computer LaboratoryWeek: 30 - 42
One 2.00 hours computer laboratory per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via blended.

LectureWeek: 30 - 42
One 1.00 hour lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Two 700 words each news writing exercises Two hard news articles and analysis of news values.

N/AOtherIndividualNo35 SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

One 1600 word equivalent writing exercise (including verbal presentation of concept) A feature article (includes pitch presentation)

N/AOtherIndividualNo40 SILO4, SILO5

One 1000 word equivalent fortnightly tests (5 tests worth 5% each) Short online quizzes on news and lecture content

N/AQuizzesIndividualNo25 SILO1, SILO4, SILO5