THE WORKING JOURNALIST
Credit points: 15
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.
SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences
Subject Co-ordinatorAndrea Carson
Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes
Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters
Available as ElectiveYes
Learning ActivitiesStudents 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. Students are provided opportunities to practice journalism skills as taught in class and in their assessable work. 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.
Prerequisites Must be enrolled in Master of Strategic Communication AMSCM, Graduate Certificate in Strategic Communication ACSCM or Graduate Diploma in Strategic Communication AGSCM or Master of Communication (Public Relations) AMCPR or Graduate Diploma in Communication (Public Relations) AGCPR or Master of Journalism Innovation, Graduate Diploma of Journalism Innovation, Master of Communication (Journalism Innovation) AMCJI, Graduate Diploma in Communication (Journalism Innovation) AGCJI.
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City Campus, 2021, LTU Term 2, Blended
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Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAndrea Carson
Block ModeWeek: 12 - 13
Three 7.00 h block mode per week on weekdays during the day from week 12 to week 13 and delivered via blended.
Subject to run Wednesday, Thursday Friday.
A critical research essay of 1500 words
A portfolio of journalism work including a data component, total 1500 words plus class presentation
|Portfolio||Individual||No||40||SILO1, SILO3, SILO5|
Feature piece based on an interview with a journalist; text and/or a/v format (1500 words equivalent) The profile has the option of publication on the University's Upstart website
|Other||Individual||No||30||SILO1, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5|