Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject journalism students will receive final preparation in professional media story creation and editing techniques. Students will examine and practice the research, analysis and writing skills applied in the field of journalism. Students will be expected to develop stories designed for publication from original conception through to final production. By the conclusion of the subject, students should be able to demonstrate: an understanding of the publishing process; highly developed research skills; advanced interviewing skills; and an aptitude for writing in a range of journalistic genres. This subject address La Trobe's Sustainability Thinking Essential. Sustainability Thinking entails deep appreciation of how the choices we make affects the natural, economic, social-political and cultural systems - now and in the future. For graduating journalism students, the challenge of being able to understand these processes is considerable. In JRN3AJP, this is the underlying theme.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorNasya Bahfen

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesWritten assessment tasks, guided discussions in seminars and workshops. Weekly workshop and research exercises in seminars, written assessment tasks.

Capstone subjectYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Enrolment in the Journalism or Sport Journalism majors of the ABMC, or ABJ or ABJS and completion of JRN2DIJ (Dilemmas in Journalism) OR MAC2MLE (Media Law and Ethics) or coordinator's approval


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. Devise and develop story ideas, use appropriate publishing platform, and develop social media skills to develop their own 'brand' as a journalist.
02. Evaluate and interpret a diverse range of information from different sources in the course of content production
03. Identify relevant and credible interview subjects and demonstrate the capacity to organise interviews in a way that meets industry standards.
04. Prepare a long form journalistic piece to deadline and to industry standards required for publication.

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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-ordinatorNasya Bahfen

Class requirements

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

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


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Feature article or story package (1,500 words)

N/AOtherIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO2, SILO4

Feature article or story package (1,500 words)

N/AOtherIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

Opinion or commentary articles x2 (1,500 words)

N/AOtherIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO4