THE WORKING JOURNALIST

JRN5JWT

2020

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject aims to provide a deep knowledge of both theory and practice of journalism in Australia and different parts of the world. It includes a detailed overview and critical examination of the working life of journalists. Particular attention is given to the way that journalism as a profession has changed from the 20th to the 21st century. The subject will feature guest lectures from established journalists and those with journalism expertise working in academia. Themes to be explored will include: How do we define journalist and journalism in the 21st century? What qualities make for a successful journalist? What skills and experiences are required for a successful career? How is journalism funded and what are its economic challenges? What are key ethical considerations for journalists and how is journalism a counter example to fake news? The subject also examines the role of data and investigation in reporting and provides practical skills in interviewing and feature writing. It explores different theoretical approaches to the role of journalists in democracies and critically questions notions such as the 'Fourth Estate' and the public's right to know.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorAndrea Carson

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be enrolled in Master of Strategic Communication, Graduate Certificate in Strategic Communication or Graduate Diploma in Strategic Communication or Master of Communication (Public Relations) or Graduate Diploma in Communication (Public Relations) or Master of Journalism Innovation, Graduate Diploma of Journalism Innovation, Master of Communication (Journalism Innovation), Graduate Diploma in Communication (Journalism Innovation).

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects JRN5TWJ

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Demonstrate a capacity to structure, conduct and write up journalistic interviews in the process of news story creation

Activities:
The second half of the subject is focused on development of profile interviews in text and/or audiovisual format with the option of contributing to the Working Journalist project which is based on the upstart site at http://www.upstart.net.au/about/the-working-journalist/
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

02. Demonstrate an understanding of different theoretical approaches to the role of journalism in democratic society

Activities:
Students are introduced to different theories of the media and of journalism in democracies in the weekly seminars and assessable work in the form of a critical essay.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

03. Differentiate between different styles of news writing through practice

Activities:
Students are provided opportunities to practice journalism skills as taught in class and in their assessable work
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

04. Identify opportunities and challenges to journalism practice and media industries in the digital age in Australia and beyond

Activities:
Through set texts, classroom discussion and lectures, students will be able to critically evaluate how journalism has changed over time and its future prospects
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

05. Demonstrate and use legal and ethical best practice in publishing multi-platform content including showing an understanding of copyright and defamation laws

Activities:
Classes and assessment tasks will introduce students to ethical and legal considerations when undertaking journalism. Guest lecturers discussing their work will offer opportunities for case studies of journalistic practice in the seminars.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

City Campus, 2020, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAndrea Carson

Class requirements

Seminar Week: 10 - 22
One 3.0 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
A critical research essay of 1500 words30 02, 04
A portfolio of journalism work including a data component, total 1500 words plus class presentation40 01, 03, 05
Feature piece based on an interview with a journalist; text and/or a/v format (1500 wds equivalent)The profile has the option of publication on the University's Upstart website30 01, 03, 04, 05