ALJ716 - Writing the News


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes:


Trimester 1: Online
Trimester 3: Burwood (Melbourne), Online

From 2024

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Online
Trimester 3: Burwood (Melbourne), Online

Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125


Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with:

ALJ729, ALJ728

Study commitment

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

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 2-hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - online

1 x 2-hour online seminar per week


In this unit, you will learn the essential journalistic skills needed to produce engaging, publishable news and feature stories. You will gain insights into what makes news, how to research and interview for news stories, and how to write in news style for print and online publication. You will also develop your skills in feature writing, paying particular attention to background research and locating sources for creating longerform journalism. Pitching story ideas to editors and writing as a freelancer are also topics you will learn about in this unit. Writing the News will equip you with many of the practical skills and techniques that you need to get started as a journalist in the contemporary media landscape.

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