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Faculty Of Humanities & Social Sciences

MST5TWJ, 2009

Subject Code:MST5TWJ
Credit Points:30
Subject Description:In this unit we will provide a critical examination of the working life of journalists, with particular reference to the way that journalism as a profession is evolving. Lectures from some of Australian's best known journalists and foreign correspondents working here discussing their careers and their views on the media, both local and global are featured. Themes to be explored will include: what attracts people to journalism as a profession? What qualities make for a successful journalist? What qualifications or experiences are really crucial for making the grade? How do journalists see their own role as agents of change, or of fulfilling traditional values of the 'Fourth Estate' such as the public's right to know?. How does journalism practice vary in different parts of the world? And how significant are the apparent diversities developing in the media when it comes to being able to provide a broad range of viewpoints to audiences?
Prerequisites:Enrolment in a Masters by coursework
Class Requirements:one 3-hour seminar per week
Work Experience Indicator:Student is not undertaking work experience in industry
Available to 'Study Abroad' students:Y


Assessment Type%Comments
three 1,200-word profiles of journalists designed for web publication50
one 2,000-word essay25
one 2,000-word survey to be presented in class25


Reading TypeTitleAuthorPublisher
RecommendedThe content makers: understanding the future of the Australian media,Simons, M.Penguin 2007
RecommendedRunning amok: when news deadlines, family and foreign affairs collide,Bowling, M.Hodder 2006
RecommendedMaking journalists,de Burgh, H. (ed.)Routledge 2005
RecommendedNews culture,Allen, A.Open University Press 1999

Subject Coordinator: Dr Lawrie Zion

Subject Availability
SEMESTER 1, Day. Dr Lawrie Zion