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This area of study 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 sequence of units students should have the following skills:
|ALJ111||Contemporary Journalism A ^^|
|ALJ112||Contemporary Journalism B|
|ALJ216||Research for Writers|
|ALJ217||Editing and Design|
|ALJ313||Media Law and Ethics|
|ALJ318||Broadcast Journalism (Radio)|
|ALJ319||Broadcast Journalism (Television)|
Note: The following unit may be taken in addition to the prescribed major sequence.
|ALJ323||Crossing Borders: Media in India|
Trimester 1 or trimester 2 or Trimester 3
|ALJ321||Journalism Internship *|
|ALJ322||Journalism Internship B *^|
* ALJ321, ALJ322 - Internship units are normally undertaken in third level (or equivalent) and are subject to completion of specified prerequisite units and special application requirements.
^ALJ322 - this unit may only be taken by students who complete ALJ321 and is not counted towards the Journalism major.
^^ALJ111 also available in trimester 3 Cloud (online) only.