THE EMERGING JOURNALIST

JRN1TEJ

2020

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, http://www.upstart.net.au

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorBrigid McCarthy

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 conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Identify and write newsworthy stories for print/online publication, using relevant journalistic forms, including the inverted pyramid

Activities:
Students will be taught basic news writing skills in weekly lectures and workshops; assessment tasks include writing news articles to publication standard.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)

02. Verbally present research on a newsworthy topic and explain their ideas and questions to groups of other students and staff

Activities:
Verbal presentation skills will be covered in introductory lectures; students are required to deliver a verbal presentaiton on their story research and ideas to tutorial groups.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)

03. Utilise archival material, and undertake effective online database and search engine searches to develop and write news articles

Activities:
Students will be taught effective online search techniques in lectures and workshops; assessment tasks will include using Google Scholar and Google News Alerts and subscribing to social media and online feeds to develop and write stories.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)

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

Activities:
Students will be taught how to track sources through print and online sources; students will complete a social media exercise in which they will source appropriate content
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)

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 (http://www.alliance.org.au/code-of-ethics.html), media law and, as appropriate, other emerging codes of conduct and guides to best practice

Activities:
Students will be introduced to notions of journalistic ethics and notions of best practice as they apply across different platforms; students will be provided with the MEAA's Code of Ethics; awareness of, and capacity to apply notions of best practice will be assessed in quizzes and in news stories.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2020, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorBrigid McCarthy

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.

Computer Laboratory Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours computer laboratory per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Two 700 words each news writing exercisesTwo hard news articles and analysis of news values.35 04, 02, 03
One 1600 word equivalent writing exercise (including verbal presentation of concept)A feature article (includes pitch presentation)40 05, 04
One 1000 word equivalent fortnightly tests (5 tests worth 5% each)Short online quizzes on news and lecture content25 04, 01, 05