CQUniversity Unit Profile
JOUR12040 Narrative Journalism
Narrative Journalism
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General Information

Overview

Narrative Journalism is designed to further develop the knowledge and writing skills gained in prerequisite journalism units, with dedicated focus on narrative and long-form journalism ranging from true crime, biographies, nature and travel writing. In this unit, you will critically analyse selected pieces of long-form narrative journalism including the identification of suitable topics, selection of talent, use of prose and techniques for extending the story. You will learn how extensive research can allow narrative journalists to form deep personal connections with their subject matter, inherently becoming part of the narrative. You will then apply these techniques to your own assessment projects as you pitch, plan and develop your own professional works of long-form narrative journalism over the course of the term, with a view to getting your work to a publishable standard.

Details

Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 2
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 10
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisites - 36 Credit Points

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 1 - 2021

Online

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Written Assessment
Weighting: 15%
2. Written Assessment
Weighting: 35%
3. Written Assessment
Weighting: 50%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Pitch and justify a proposal for a narrative journalism project
  2. Identify and distinguish between traditional and long-form narrative journalism
  3. Analyse notable works of narrative journalism including the identification of suitable topics, talent, use of prose and joining the narrative
  4. Develop a publishable work of long-form narrative journalism with a view to getting published
  5. Reflect on critical differences between traditional journalistic writing and narrative journalism.

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Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment - 15%
2 - Written Assessment - 35%
3 - Written Assessment - 50%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment - 15%
2 - Written Assessment - 35%
3 - Written Assessment - 50%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

There are no required textbooks.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: American Psychological Association 7th Edition (APA 7th edition)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Lincoln Bertoli Unit Coordinator
l.bertoli@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 - Introduction to Narrative Journalism Begin Date: 08 Mar 2021

Module/Topic

Introduction to Narrative Journalism

Chapter

See e-reading lists on Moodle page

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 - Getting the Basics Right Begin Date: 15 Mar 2021

Module/Topic

Getting the Basics Right

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 - Primary Research Begin Date: 22 Mar 2021

Module/Topic

Primary Research

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment One - Pitch / Identification of Narrative Journalism DUE
Friday Week 3 (Friday 26 March 2021) 5pm AEST


Pitch / Identification of Narrative Journalism Due: Week 3 Friday (26 Mar 2021) 5:00 pm AEST
Week 4 - Sourcing Credible Talent and Interviews Begin Date: 29 Mar 2021

Module/Topic

Sourcing Credible Talent and Interviews

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 5 - Immersion: Becoming Part of the Story Begin Date: 05 Apr 2021

Module/Topic

Immersion: Becoming Part of the Story

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Vacation Week Begin Date: 12 Apr 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 - Setting the Scene Begin Date: 19 Apr 2021

Module/Topic

Setting the Scene

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 7 - Reconstructing Past Events Begin Date: 26 Apr 2021

Module/Topic

Reconstructing Past Events

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment Two - Interviews and Immersive Research DUE
Friday Week 7 (Friday 30 April 2021) 5pm AEST


Interviews and Immersive Research Due: Week 7 Friday (30 Apr 2021) 5:00 pm AEST
Week 8 - Literary Voice and Style Begin Date: 03 May 2021

Module/Topic

Literary Voice and Style

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 9 - Structuring Your Article Begin Date: 10 May 2021

Module/Topic

Structuring Your Article

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 10 - Editing Begin Date: 17 May 2021

Module/Topic

Editing

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 11- Pitching... and pitching again! Begin Date: 24 May 2021

Module/Topic

Pitching... and pitching again!

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 12 - Review Begin Date: 31 May 2021

Module/Topic

Review

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 07 Jun 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment Three - Narrative Journalism Article / Reflection DUE
Monday Review / Exam Week (Monday 7 June 2021) 5pm AEST


Narrative Journalism Article / Reflection Due: Review/Exam Week Monday (7 June 2021) 5:00 pm AEST
Exam Week Begin Date: 14 Jun 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment Tasks

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Pitch / Identification of Narrative Journalism

Task Description

There are two parts to this assessment.

PART A: Define Narrative Journalism (300 - 500 words)

Define narrative journalism and explain how it differs from traditional journalism and news writing.
In your response, consider the work of prominent narrative journalists and how they have use narrative techniques in their writing including the use of prose, setting a scene and introducing characters. Include references to justify.
Examples are available on Moodle.

PART B: Pitch (300-500 words)

Pitch your story ideas for Assessment Three (Narrative Feature Article) inline with industry standards which are covered in the unit content.
Your pitch should specifically consider the following:

  • The topic / subject of your article
  • Credible Sources (Primary and Secondary
  • News values or interest in this topic / relevance to public discourse
  • Evidence of planning (what you are going to do and when)

To pass you will need to address all of the elements of the assessment including credible references where necessary to justify and cite your sources.
Students who demonstrate limited attention to the requirements of the task will Fail this assessment. They will be required to resubmit this assignment until they receive a Pass grade to be allowed to proceed to Assessment Two. 

NOTE: WORD COUNT for written assignments

The word count is considered from the first word of the introduction to the last word of the conclusion. It excludes the cover page, abstract, contents page, reference page and appendices. It includes in-text references and direct quotations.


Assessment Due Date

Week 3 Friday (26 Mar 2021) 5:00 pm AEST

Online


Return Date to Students

Week 4 Friday (2 Apr 2021)

Assessments will be returned within one week of submission


Weighting
15%

Assessment Criteria

To pass you will need to address all of the elements of the assessment including credible references where necessary to justify and cite your sources.
Students who demonstrate limited attention to the requirements of the task will Fail this assessment and will be required to resubmit before moving on to the next assessment.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Submit as a Word or PDF document through Moodle.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Pitch and justify a proposal for a narrative journalism project


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Ethical practice

2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Interviews and Immersive Research

Task Description

There are two parts to this assessment.

PART A: Interviews

Interview two credible talent who will be used within your narrative journalism article in Assessment Three and provide the transcripts / recordings of those interviews.
Aim for the interviews to be at least 7 - 10 minutes in length. You will be graded on the following elements:

  • Primary Research
  • Subject Matter
  • Talent Credibility
  • Quality of Questions
  • Ability to Build Rapport

Remember your talent must be credible by industry standards, so interviewing fellow students, friends, mum/dad is not acceptable.


PART B: Written submission (1,000 - 1,500 words)

Produce a 1,000 - 1,500 word submission where you, as the journalist, have immersed yourself in your research and become part of the story (Examples are available on Moodle).

The submission should center around an interview with one of your talent. It should be written in first person narrative prose and will ultimately become part of your narrative feature article.

Your work will be graded on the following elements:

  • Spelling / Grammar / Punctuation
  • Use of prose
  • Setting the scene
  • The quality of talent


Assessment Due Date

Week 7 Friday (30 Apr 2021) 5:00 pm AEST

Online


Return Date to Students

Week 9 Friday (14 May 2021)

Assessments will be returned with two weeks of submission


Weighting
35%

Assessment Criteria

A marking rubric is available on Moodle.

Your work will be graded on the following elements:

  • Spelling / Grammar / Punctuation
  • Use of prose
  • Setting the scene
  • The quality of talent


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Submit as a Word or PDF document through Moodle.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Identify and distinguish between traditional and long-form narrative journalism
  • Analyse notable works of narrative journalism including the identification of suitable topics, talent, use of prose and joining the narrative


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Cross Cultural Competence

3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Narrative Journalism Article / Reflection

Task Description

There are two parts to this assessment.

PART A: Polished Narrative Journalism Article (4,000 - 5,000 words)

From your initial pitch in Assessment One and interviews / research in assessment two, write a 4000-5000-word narrative journalism article.
Your article should be written in line with industry standards and incorporate the narrative journalism techniques covered through the unit.
It will be graded on the following elements:

  • Quality of writing including punctuation / grammar / tense
  • Use of prose
  • Immersion
  • Depth of research
  • Quality of talent

PART B: Reflection (2,000 words)

Produce a 2,000-word reflection on your writing process.
You will justify how you utilised narrative journalism principles in the modern news gathering process and how long-form writing differs from contemporary news writing, including immersive research and becoming part of the narrative.
Explain where improvements could have been made with reference to the unit content. You may include references to the work of credible narrative journalists / media outlets to justify your arguments.

Discuss the quality and effectiveness of your talent and interviewing techniques and where – if at all - you feel enhancements could be made. You may choose to demonstrate how you would approach the same story with a different angle, and include an alternative lead paragraph/s.
This assessment is designed to develop your ability to self-reflect and constantly improve your craft, which is essential for even the most experienced media professionals. This assessment must include academic referencing.

Your reflection will be graded on the following elements:

  • Referencing
  • Link to unit content
  • Adherence to requirements of the task
  • Standard of writing
  • Quality of self-assessment


NOTE: WORD COUNT for written assignments

The word count is considered from the first word of the introduction to the last word of the conclusion. It excludes the cover page, abstract, contents page, reference page and appendices. It includes in-text references and direct quotations.


Assessment Due Date

Review/Exam Week Monday (7 June 2021) 5:00 pm AEST

Online


Return Date to Students

Exam Week Friday (18 June 2021)

Assessments will be returned within two weeks of submission


Weighting
50%

Assessment Criteria

A marking rubric is available on Moodle.

Your feature article will be graded on the following elements:

  • Quality of writing including punctuation / grammar / tense
  • Use of prose
  • Immersion
  • Depth of research
  • Quality of talent


Your reflection will be graded on the following elements:

  • Link to unit content
  • Quality of self-assessment
  • Adherence to requirements of the task
  • Standard of writing
  • Referencing


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Submit as a Word or PDF document through Moodle.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Develop a publishable work of long-form narrative journalism with a view to getting published
  • Reflect on critical differences between traditional journalistic writing and narrative journalism.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Ethical practice

Academic Integrity Statement

As a CQUniversity student you are expected to act honestly in all aspects of your academic work.

Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work. Assessable work is any type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit, including draft work submitted for review and feedback and final work to be assessed.

When you use the ideas, words or data of others in your assessment, you must thoroughly and clearly acknowledge the source of this information by using the correct referencing style for your unit. Using others’ work without proper acknowledgement may be considered a form of intellectual dishonesty.

Participating honestly, respectfully, responsibly, and fairly in your university study ensures the CQUniversity qualification you earn will be valued as a true indication of your individual academic achievement and will continue to receive the respect and recognition it deserves.

As a student, you are responsible for reading and following CQUniversity’s policies, including the Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure. This policy sets out CQUniversity’s expectations of you to act with integrity, examples of academic integrity breaches to avoid, the processes used to address alleged breaches of academic integrity, and potential penalties.

What is a breach of academic integrity?

A breach of academic integrity includes but is not limited to plagiarism, self-plagiarism, collusion, cheating, contract cheating, and academic misconduct. The Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure defines what these terms mean and gives examples.

Why is academic integrity important?

A breach of academic integrity may result in one or more penalties, including suspension or even expulsion from the University. It can also have negative implications for student visas and future enrolment at CQUniversity or elsewhere. Students who engage in contract cheating also risk being blackmailed by contract cheating services.

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