ALJ304 - Local Journalism


2021 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Trimester 3: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule:






Incompatible with:


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 (online)

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


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.

Unit Fee Information

Click on the fee link below which describes you: