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ALJ722 - Investigative and Narrative Journalism

Unit details

Year2017 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

Lisa Waller





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 Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin


This unit focuses on journalistic practice elements and their relationship to Australian media coverage of substantial news and current affairs issues. Aspects of journalistic excellence in the coverage of current and public affairs issues employing the investigative mode are identified and analysed progressively. Students develop an understanding of journalism in its social, political, and cultural roles by recognising and analysing investigative journalism and its content/impact.

From this development of awareness of journalistic excellence grounded in the investigative mode, students then engage with an historically significant journalistic form arising out of that mode: narrative (or literary) journalism, which is sometimes referred to as 'creative non-fiction'.  This unit situates the form squarely within journalistic practice and history, and introduces students to the role that research and technique play in the long-form story.


Investigative Research file, 50%, 2500 words

Narrative Journalism, 50%, 2500 words

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