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ALJ304 - Local Journalism

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2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 3, 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 trimester.

Last updated: 5 October 2020

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Trimester 3: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Gabi Mocatta
Trimester 3: Kristy Hess
Prerequisite:

ALJ111

Corequisite:

Nil

Incompatible with:

Nil

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:

Trimester 2: 1 x 2-hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

Trimester 2 and 3: Online and independent learning activities, 2-hours per week. This will including recordings, synchronous and asynchronous learning activities

Content

This unit explores the practice and theory of local and community journalism in Australia and western societies. It outlines the practices and approaches adopted by these types of news outlets and their relationship to the 'mainstream' media. The unit encourages students to debate the importance of these forms of journalism in an increasingly globalised and digitised media world. Students will develop pieces of journalism in a variety of styles and be encouraged to publish their work in relevant print, broadcast or online contexts. They will also critically engage with the norms and conventions shaping journalistic practices and how they relate to these aspects of journalism and discuss some of the key differences between commercial and not-for-profit outlets.

 

These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit

At the completion of this unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

ULO1

Identify, research, plan and produce newsworthy stories suitable for local media and analyse theoretical issues relevant to local and community media in Australia and other western societies

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO3: Digital literacy

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving

GLO6: Self-management

ULO2

Demonstrate high-level communication skills including the ability to interview, write, produce and present stories for hyperlocal, regional and community media in a style appropriate to the specific production and audience

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO3: Digital literacy

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving

GLO6: Self-management

ULO3

Conduct academic and news-related research and analyse, synthesise and disseminate this information using a range of technologies, including social media for local audiences

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO3: Digital literacy

GLO4: Critical thinking

ULO4

Select, critically analyse, and evaluate information relating to the construction of news stories for local and community media and demonstrate critical awareness of different publication styles and audiences

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving

GLO6: Self-management

ULO5

Analyse unpredictable and sometimes complex problems and situations that effect local and community news production and devise creative solutions in a journalistic and academic context

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO5: Problem solving

GLO6: Self-management

ULO6

Demonstrate initiative and resourcefulness when sourcing news stories and information for hyperlocal and community outlets

Demonstrate autonomy, responsibility and accountability under time pressure and an ongoing commitment to reflective learning about journalism and journalism practice in regards to this specialised area of reporting

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO6: Self-management

 

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

Assessment

Trimester 2:
Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week

Assessment 1 - Field report

2000 words 50% Week 6
Assessment 2 - Practical work 2000 words equivalent 50% 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: ALJ304 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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