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ALJ112 - News Reporting 2


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online), CBD*

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Usha Rodrigues




Incompatible with:


Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

 1 x 2-hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

Online independent and collaborative learning activities (1 x 2-hour per week equivalence)


*CBD refers to the National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation (NIKERI) Institute; Community Based Delivery


This unit in the practice and theory of multimedia journalism focuses on news reporting processes. It outlines professional, social and legal factors that impact on reporting of local, regional and national news. Students will engage with social media tools to report and produce their news stories. They will also use photojournalism and video news production skills while reporting news stories (to a deadline) for broadcast and online media platforms.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit

At the completion of this unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Identify, develop and research news stories; arrange and carry out news interviews

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication


Write a news story in direct, effective, engaging style with strict attention to factual accuracy as well as accuracy in punctuation, spelling and grammar

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication


Engage with community issues and social media tools as per discipline specific needs for sourcing and reporting news stories

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO3: Digital literacy


Explain the legal and ethical framework that journalists operate within Australia

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO8: Global citizenship


Use a range of digital technologies to record, edit, produce and present news stories

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO3: Digital literacy

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Trimester 2:
Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 (Individual) - Social Media Reporting 800 words or equivalent 20% Week 4
Assessment 2 (Individual) - Photojournalism news story 1600 words or equivalent 40% Week 8
Assessment 3 (Individual): Video news story 1600 words or equivalent 40% Week 11

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: ALJ112 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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