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.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

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.

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

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.


Incompatible subjectsJRN5TWJ

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. Demonstrate a capacity to structure, conduct and write up journalistic interviews in the process of news story creation
02. Demonstrate an understanding of different theoretical approaches to the role of journalism in democratic society
03. Differentiate between different styles of news writing through practice
04. Identify opportunities and challenges to journalism practice and media industries in the digital age in Australia and beyond
05. Demonstrate and use legal and ethical best practice in publishing multi-platform content including showing an understanding of copyright and defamation laws

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Start date between: and    Key dates

City Campus, 2021, LTU Term 2, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAndrea Carson

Class requirements

Block ModeWeek: 12 - 13
Three 7.00 hours 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.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

A critical research essay of 1500 words

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo30 SILO2, SILO4

A portfolio of journalism work including a data component, total 1500 words plus class presentation

N/APortfolioIndividualNo40 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

N/AOtherIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5