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-ordinatorNasya Bahfen

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

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


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

COMMUNICATION - Communicating and Influencing
COMMUNICATION - Cultural Intelligence and Global Perspective
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 - Adaptability and Self-Management
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Ethical and Social Responsibility
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Leadership and Teamwork

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, 2020, Week 12-13, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorNasya Bahfen

Class requirements

Laboratory Class Week: 12 - 13
Six 6.00 h laboratory class per study period on weekdays during the day from week 12 to week 13 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*
Audio news script and report of 45 secs due in class in the first week Equivalent to 1000 wordsN/AN/AN/ANo20 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).N/AN/AN/ANo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5
Video news story of 1' 30'' in length due in exam period Equivalent to 2000 wordsN/AN/AN/ANo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5