JOUR12039 - News Writing and Reporting

General Information

Unit Synopsis

News Writing & Reporting is designed to extend and develop the knowledge and skills gained in Media Writing. The exercises and assignments provide instruction and practice in news writing and news-gathering for print, online, and broadcast environments. Students are required to actively engage with their local community, reporting on events and community organisations, local courts, municipal councils and local political issues. Students are also expected to engage with contemporary media issues that impact on news writing, such as ethics, law, representation, and ownership.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite:- COMM11007 plus JOUR11005

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2019

Term 1 - 2019 Profile
Online
Rockhampton

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).

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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 70%
2. Group Discussion 30%

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 Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 45.45% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Term 1 2017 Student Evaluation comments.
Feedback
Flexible and formative nature of assessment was great, but students commented that they needed to be better at time management to make the most of feedback opportunities.
Recommendation
Retain approach to assessment. Remind students about time management.
Action Taken
Retained the same approach to assessment as per the recommendation. Students were still required to develop their own timelines, however smaller classes allowed for more tailored feedback around assessment including time management.
Source: Term 1 2017 Student Evaluation comments.
Feedback
Practical nature of assessment was challenging but students commented positively that it was a good introduction to journalism practice.
Recommendation
Retain approach to assessment.
Action Taken
Retained practical approach to assessment.
Source: Term 1 2017 Student Evaluation comments.
Feedback
Exemplars would be useful, particularly for longer features.
Recommendation
Include exemplars where relevant.
Action Taken
Practical exemplars were used where relevant, specifically around writing for broadcast.
Source: Term 1 2018 Student Evaluation comments.
Feedback
Modules discussing broadcast elements need further explanation. Students commented that they found writing for broadcast somewhat confusing.
Recommendation
It is recommended to further expand on the writing for broadcast module. Include exemplars to clarify and supplementary video from industry professionals.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Term 1 2018 Student Evaluation comments.
Feedback
Writing for journalism awards need further clarification. Students commented that the criteria was confusing.
Recommendation
It is recommended to reduce the number of eligible awards listed on the unit Moodle site to avoid confusion and discuss with award administrators to clarify including the Young Art Journalism Awards.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Term 1 2018 Student Evaluation comments.
Feedback
Students found the practical nature of the assessment very enjoyable and commented that it provided a broad range of writing skills.
Recommendation
It is recommended to retain the practical approach to assessment, particularly around writing for different genres.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Term 1 2018 Student Evaluation comments.
Feedback
Students commented that the forum discussion questions were engaging and thought provoking.
Recommendation
It is recommended to retain the forum discussion element of the assessment tasks and update where necessary.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Exercise journalistic writing skills and research techniques to produce general news stories for print, online, and broadcast distribution
  2. Apply appropriate news criteria when using news-gathering skills to address news and current affairs in a general news writing context
  3. Critique and discuss issues relevant to news writing in a contemporary media environment

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Group Discussion
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Group Discussion