Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Students will explore the reporter's role in factual production across broadcast media. In this subject, we aim to provide students with a strong grounding in broadcast writing and production skills, as well as an appreciation of the multiple skills required by the convergence of television and radio in the current media environment. Students will undertake practical assessments in the television and radio studios, while developing skills across the broad range of roles in broadcast media.

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 ActivitiesWriting for radio exercises, research exercises in seminars and for written assessment tasks, development of critical story ideas, feedback on draft story ideas; example-based teaching used to help students formulate and structure assignment tasks. Guest lectures from the presenter or producer of the program for which the assignment is designed.

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Enrolment in the ABMC and completion of any two of MAC1WFM, MAC2USM and MAC2MLE


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

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
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Leadership and Teamwork

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Develop longer-form television stories plans for a specific broadcast outlet. This involves identifying and researching original story ideas, identifying and writing questions for interview subjects, and presenting the program in the television studios.
02. Write news stories in a TV news format. This includes identifying and analysing the appropriate weighting of story angles, writing script links and introductions for journalists and presenters, identifying appropriate visual materials, and ensuring the style of the item is consistent with that of the designated news broadcaster (for instance, the ABC)
03. Write, produce and present radio news in real-time. This involves identifying and researching news stories, sourcing and attributing audio material, understanding radio production and presenting in the radio studios in real-time.

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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-ordinatorNasya Bahfen

Class requirements

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

PracticalWeek: 40 - 43
One 2.00 hours practical per week on weekdays during the day from week 40 to week 43 and delivered via online.

TutorialWeek: 31 - 39
One 2.00 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 39 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Television news portfolio - 1600 words equivalent 45 second RVO and 60 second TV news package

N/APortfolioIndividualNo40 SILO1

Radio news portfolio - 1600 words equivalent Weekly radio news stories written in class

N/APortfolioIndividualNo40 SILO3

Reflection - 800 words 500 word reflective essay on own journalism practice

N/AOtherIndividualNo20 SILO2