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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Newspapers and magazines play an important role in economic, political, social and personal life. Focusing primarily on the press in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States, this subject examines the history of the press, the principles that underlie and inform the press, ongoing debates about quality and 'tabloidisation' and the opportunities and challenges posed by new technologies. A core theme running throughout the subject is the changing business model that underlies the press and effects these changes are having on the traditional role of the press in liberal democratic societies.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorLawrie Zion

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Completion of 30 credit points of first year level MST,JRN, STC or MSS subjects.


Incompatible subjects JRN3PAS

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Only available as a compulsory subject at second year level for ABJ, ABJS, ABSC & ABSCB. This subject is also an elective subject to ABA major in Journalism and a compulsory subject to the Arts major in Strategic Communication (Bundoora-ABA & Bendigo-RBA campuses).

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Evaluate claims about the development of the public sphere and the political, economic and social roles played by journalists and editors.

Written exercises and the process of drafting work.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

02. Identify, report and comment on key debates about the contemporary press to the standard required for publication.

Feedback on written drafts, weekly seminars on writing.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)

03. Identify, synthesise and evaluate material from both online, archival and primary sources in the creation of publishable stories.

Quizzes and feedback for self-assessment.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

04. Work with teaching staff and editors to develop and hone story ideas for publications.

Publication exercise in which students are required to write and submit work to a publication.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)

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