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ALJ304 - Local Journalism

Unit details

Year2018 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Trimester 3: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

Kristy Hess





Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

Trimester 2:

Campus: 1 x 2 hour Seminar per week

Cloud (online): Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin


Trimester 3:

Cloud (online): Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin


This unit explores the practice and theory of local and community journalism in Australia and western societies. It outlines the practices and approaches adopted by these types of news outlets and their relationship to the 'mainstream' media. The unit encourages students to debate the importance of these forms of journalism in an increasingly globalised and digitised media world. Students will develop pieces of journalism in a variety of styles and be encouraged to publish their work in relevant print, broadcast or online contexts. They will also critically engage with the norms and conventions shaping journalistic practices and how they relate to these aspects of journalism and discuss some of the key differences between commercial and not-for-profit outlets.


Field report, 2000 words 50%

Practical work, 2000 words equivalent 50%

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