Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject explores podcasting and the use of sound in storytelling. Through the production of individual podcasts students develop interviewing, recording, voice presentation and editing skills. The subject also covers how to create, develop and tell stories in the context of a podcast, including how to write to audio, and how to develop and practice presenting skills to enable the production of compelling podcasts.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorBrigid McCarthy

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesWriting portfolio, voice report, news bulletin, podcast

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Completion of MAC1WFM or JRN1TEJ or MIN1MME OR Completion of 60 credit points of subjects at first-year level in their degree


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

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

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Identify and research a story, conduct interviews and gather appropriate research and actuality material in the sound medium;
02. Report in a clear, concise, accurate and engaging way using a variety of audio elements and narrative conventions in an audio environment;
03. Work with respect to key ethical and legal obligations associated with audio journalism
04. Set and meet deadlines, and report under pressure
05. Maintain a high level of current affairs and general knowledge (of local, national and international events to inform reporting

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorBrigid McCarthy

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 10 - 22
One 1.00 h lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

TutorialWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.00 h tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Writing Portfolio (1500 words) A selection of news writing and podcast scripting exercises. The portfolio consists of stories from at least six separate weeks.

N/APortfolioIndividualNo30 SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

News Bulletin (equivalent to 1300 words) Script, edit, and record a short news bulletin with a mix of copy-only stories and stories with actuality

N/AOtherIndividualNo30 SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

Podcast (equivalent to 1600 words) Research, script, edit, and record a short podcast with at least two interviewees and either atmos or SFX

N/AOtherIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5