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Journalism - unit set code MJ-A000014

Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool, Cloud (Online)

This major sequence provides students with the skills and knowledge to become qualified journalists in the broadcast and print media. Initially, studies focus on the mass media and the extent to which journalists live up to the ethical standards set both by their profession and the expectations of the public. Comparative studies focus on the role of journalists and the news media in different political systems and cultures. Students will gain an understanding of the theoretical and practical elements of radio and television journalism, and the role radio plays as a communication medium. The laws of defamation and other legal constraints to which the profession of journalism is subject are examined in the final level. Students will also develop research techniques, practical skills and an understanding of the methods and techniques required for specialist writing. The writing component within the course is intensive, to bring students' work to a standard that can be published in a daily newspaper or mainstream magazine.

On successful completion of the Journalism major sequence, students should have the following skills:

  • an ability to write in academic style with adequate referencing;
  • an ability to identify, research, write and construct stories suitable for print, broadcast and online media
  • an ability to interview for print, broadcast and online media and select material for inclusion in stories
  • an ability to analyse the social role of journalism both nationally and internationally and identify the theoretical issues raised by news, current affairs and feature publications and programs
  • an ability to appreciate the role of the production process in any media product
  • an ability to work in teams and to develop presentation skills in a group setting.

Students must complete 8 credit points from the list below:

Core units
Level 1

ALJ111News Reporting 1

ALJ112News Reporting 2

Students to select 6 credit points from below units:

Level 2

ALJ216Feature Writing

ACC213Media Law and Ethics

ALJ220Journalism in Society (commencing 2016)

ALJ215Multi-Platform Journalism (commencing 2016)

ALJ217Editing and Design (final year of offer 2015)

ALJ218Broadcast Journalism (Radio) (commencing 2016)

Level 3

ALJ318Broadcast Journalism (Radio) (final year of offer 2015)

ALJ301Multi-Media Journalism (final year of offer 2015)

ALJ319Broadcast Journalism (Television)

ALJ321Journalism Internship *

* ALJ321 - Internship units are normally undertaken in third level (or equivalent) and are subject to completion of specified prerequisite units and special application requirements. Interested students should contact Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries on their campus for further information.

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