Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject introduces students to the principles and skills for researching, writing and producing compelling stories for different types of media and publishing platforms, including text, video, audio, still images, blogs and mobile journalism. Students will develop the skills necessary to critically evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of different publishing platforms and select the most appropriate platform for the story. As well as a practical knowledge of journalism, students will develop their critical analytical skills of the media through theory and reflection on current practice through the set readings and class discussion. This will include an introduction to journalism ethics and media law and the different ways in which media is regulated in different countries. At the completion of this subject, students will have used a minimum of three different media forms to tell a layered single story. This subject is suitable for all Masters students who want to work in journalism and/or understand the digital media environment at an advanced level.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorAndrea Carson

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesStudents are introduced to different media platforms in the lectures and workshops and are required to produce their own story content as part of their assessment. Example-based lectures and workshops will enable students to develop hands-on skills in using software and hardware to produce stories. The required readings and lectures will be structured to enable students to develop research skills and to demonstrate acquisition of these skills in their assessable work. The workshops are designed to provide students with the skills to demonstrate these capabilities in their assessable work.

Capstone subjectYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be enrolled in HUSS Graduate Diploma or Masters Degree or through subject coordinator's approval


Incompatible subjectsJRN5DJN

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

Multimedia Journalism: A Practical Guide

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorBull, Andy





Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Video Journalism for the Web: A Practical Introduction to Documentary Storytelling.

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorLancaster, Kurt.





Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/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. Identify and produce news stories in different media genres including textual, broadcast, and visual forms.
02. Create and edit content for storytelling using audio, video, text and web-based publishing software and hardware.
03. Undertake research for the purpose of news story creation through the use of archival and background material; and the organising, conducting, and recording of interviews with appropriate sources.
04. Create visual content based on understanding of photojournalistic principles and visualization of data in infographics.
05. Develop legal and ethical best practice in publishing multi-platform content throughout the news process including interviewing, production and dissemination with a knowledge of copyright and defamation laws

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Start date between: and    Key dates

City Campus, 2021, LTU Term 3, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAndrea Carson

Class requirements

Laboratory ClassWeek: 18 - 23
Six 6.00 hours laboratory class per study period on weekdays during the day from week 18 to week 23 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Audio news script and report of 45 secs due in class in the first week equivalent to 1000 words

N/AOtherIndividualNo20 SILO1, SILO2

Story pitch and multimedia storytelling piece with a data component due mid semester No more than 2000 words in total including pitch of 5 mins (pitch due during class time). Equivalent 2000 words

N/AOtherIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

Video news story of 1' 30'' in length due in exam period Equivalent 2000 words

N/AOtherIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5