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ALJ722 - Investigative and Narrative Journalism

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Unit chair:J Little




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Note: Online teaching methods require internet access. You will need to access substantial learning resources and experiences in CloudDeakin (Deakin’s online learning environment). Compliance with the Standards in computing, connectivity and student capability are a condition on your enrolment.


The contemporary context for the practice of journalism in Australia today is becoming increasingly complex. The new multi-media environment is the subject of many social debates. This unit provides the means to explore these contemporary debates. The unit aims to enable students to understand the complexities of the contemporary journalistic environment and understand the changes in modern journalistic professional practice. Students will be encouraged to critically assess theories, which attempt to explain the nexus between the media and society and the role of journalists. Changes in professional practice will be examined along with the impact of new technologies, globalisation and ownership changes. Perceived trends including 'infotainment' and the 'dumbing down' of news will also be analysed to determine the extent to which today's journalists can balance ethical and commercial imperatives.


Assignment 1: Essay and online participation, 50%, 2500 words
Assignment 2: Essay and online participation, 50%, 2500 words

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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