Credit points: 15

Subject outline

The focus of this introductory subject is twofold. First, it will examine news in a variety of media forms, concentrating largely on television like news. This aspect of the course will be a balance between descriptive and analytical and will draw on direct examination of news texts and research literature. Second, the subject will require all students to acquire rudimentary skills in basic video and sound production and studio operation as well as writing and scripting in order to produce a full news production within a television studio format.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorIvo Burum

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesStudents practice the skills in these areas after instruction and demonstration. They plan, instigate and co-ordinate the sophisticated use of all of this equipment in a self-directed large group task. Students engage in a semester-long simulation game to produce a professional appearing television news program. This requires work in a variety of teamwork configurations ranging from small groups of 2-3 to a large group of 25 which is directed at solving the set task, meeting the fixed deadline and setting aside personal differences for the bigger objectives. Students engage in a process of critical self reflection on their own work and others commentary on that same work. Students research and work through simulations of developing format elements across genre styles and platforms. Students reflect on their own practice and case studies which focus on these concepts. Students practice tasks associated with semiotic, narrative and cultural analysis with a range of cultural artifacts and objects and then applies these ideas to a contemporary news item.

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

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Incompatible subjectsN/A

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 rudimentary skills and knowledge in the operation of cameras, editing software, sound recording equipment and lighting in a studio and onsite location.
02. Develop and demonstrate an appreciation of the social production of newsgathering, production and distribution through the process of a news production simulation.
03. Demonstrate an understanding of the various genres and format styles associated with field to studio workflows.
04. Evaluate the ethical, legal, commercial and industrial context of news production and distribution and reception
05. Analyse existing content in the mobile and traditional media space to determine relevance and workflows

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorIvo Burum

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.00 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

TutorialWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.00 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Analyse current news climate (inc TVC) against how we consumed news online assignment Based on discussion, research and readings, filming and interviews we form a critical view about the various perceptions of news then and now 1200 word equivalent

N/AOtherIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO3, SILO5

Team and group field story and studio program production Utilising skills learned in lectures and practiced in tutorials we develop teams and produce professional field stories and then studio news like programs across varying format 1600 word equivalent

N/AOtherGroupNo40 SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

Written 850 word critical reflection on the field stories and studio production and participation Based on skills learned and experience had in ten field and in studio, individually and as a group, students critically reflect on that learned experience.

N/AOtherIndividualNo30 SILO2, SILO3, SILO4