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ALJ331 - News Production 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)

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Cohort rule:

This unit is only available to students enrolled in A331 - Bachelor of Communication (Journalism)


Must have completed two level 2 ALJ coded units

Incompatible with:

ALJ302 and ALJ303

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 3-hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

Independent and collaborative learning activities including: online learning tasks (3-hour per week equivalence)


This unit explores advanced news production techniques such as digital visualisation and live broadcasting and blogging, as well as industry practices such as freelancing and dealing with deadlines. Students will produce stories for the unit's website, learning how to deal with the practical, intellectual, professional, creative, social, ethical and legal issues of online and social media news and current affairs publishing. Students will learn how to respond appropriately to real-world news events that require necessary problem-solving and critical-thinking and creative skills to be resolved. Students will reflect on the newsgathering, writing and production processes.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit

At the completion of this unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Identify and research an audience for the digital news product

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication


Produce news stories to a professional standard in a variety of written, audio and visual formats

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO8: Global citizenship


Engage with community issues and social media tools for sourcing, reporting and promoting news stories

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO8: Global citizenship


Act responsibly, ethically and within legal frameworks when creating online content

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving

GLO6: Self-management

GLO8: Global citizenship


Reflect critically on professional practice to identify how that practice will contribute towards career goals

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO6: Self-management

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

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

There is no prescribed text. Unit materials are provided via the unit site. This includes unit topic readings and references to further information.

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