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57083 Advanced Journalism

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UTS: Communication: Journalism
Credit points: 8 cp
Result type: Grade and marks

There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.


This subject equips students with the technical, analytical and multimedia journalism skills in demand by established companies, startups, and other profit and not-for-profit organisations and groups. Students develop a portfolio of high-quality, in-depth reporting and editing that draws on text, audio and visual platforms. Research projects focus on the opportunities and challenges of a media industry in transition, and examine issues that inform debates, policy and scholarly inquiry about the role of the journalist and the future of journalism. The subject serves as an introduction to core and elective postgraduate subjects.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

a. Create journalism using high-level reporting and editing skills
b. Identify and reflect on key journalism trends, issues and debates
c. Analyse critical developments in journalist-audience relations
d. Reflect on their own practice against industry standards of excellence

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

This subject engages with the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs), which are tailored to the Graduate Attributes set for all graduates of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences:

  • Possess an advanced understanding of the professional skills and techniques in a range of contexts appropriate to contemporary journalism practice (1.1)
  • Reflect critically on the theory and professional practice of contemporary journalism (2.2)
  • Plan and execute a substantial research-based project, demonstrating advanced communication and technical research skills (2.3)
  • Understand how journalism practice can advance story-telling, understanding and cohesion within and across Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities (4.1)

Teaching and learning strategies

Students will be exposed to high-quality reporting, editing and presentation across mediums and use the skills gained to develop their own reporting, editing and publishing. They will develop high level reporting and editing skills in seminars, workshops, by working in a newsroom environment. Mandatory workshops will run, starting in week 1, throughout the session and aim to assist students to learn and/or refresh skills in the use of audio and video equipment.

Students will be engaged via online and face-to-face learning with aspects of contemporary journalism practice and research to inform both their reporting and editing and the more reflective aspects of the subject.

They will be expected to produce pieces of journalism and write blogs that indicate their understanding of contemporary journalistic challenges, debates and opportunities. Students will develop their ability to identify journalism trends in lectures complemented by independent reading, participation in online discussions facilitated by the subject co-ordinator.

They will receive regular, ongoing formative feedback from the subject co coordinator and tutors to assist their learning and enable them to judge their progress against peers and industry standards. Students will be provided with improvement-focussed commentary on their assignments — and be encouraged to discuss and reflect in seminars and workshops on their own progress.

Content (topics)

This subject explores journalism practice, concepts, trends and challenges. It covers topics related to: best practice reporting, editing and publishing; multi-platform storytelling; presentation, pitching and research skills; and audience strategies. Current and emerging revenue and funding models will be examined as a way of exploring audience engagement. Guest lecturers, in person and via online resources, will be deployed to lead discussion on contemporary industry issues and debates and challenge students to think about the role of journalists and journalism. Practice will encompass both established media practices and emerging areas, such as data-driven and computer-assisted journalism. Students will encouraged to play an active role in the journalism lab, filing stories for the Central News website. They will work with the subject coordinator, tutors and the site’s in-house editor. Current events and the daily news agenda will inform class practice-oriented assignments. Students will develop news content and be expected to identify what production method and platform best suits the particular story.


Assessment task 1: Tackling the news


a and c

Weight: 30%

Text 500 words; audio 90 seconds

Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Clarity and accuracy of reporting 50 a 1.1
Integration of research and interview key points 50 c 2.2
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Assessment task 2: Blog: analysis of contemporary trends in Journalism


a, b and c

Weight: 20%

400 words each

Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Clarity of expression 25 b 2.3
Depth of awareness of current affairs and issues 25 c 4.1
Proficiency of interview and narrative 25 a 1.1
Integration of research and interview key points 25 b 2.2
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Assessment task 3: Cross platform journalism


a, b, c and d

Weight: 50%

Text of 400 words, audio 90 seconds, video between 90-120 seconds

Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Clarity and accuracy of reporting 25 a 1.1
Relevance of research 25 b, d 2.3
Integration of analytical skills 25 b, c 2.2
Applicability to the audience 25 c, d 4.1
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Minimum requirements

Participation in skills workshops is essential to demonstrate ability to use audio, web and video equipment. A competency test will be taken during the boot camp. Students who fail to participate will be refused to have their final assessment marked.

Journalism students need to demonstrate an understanding of the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance Journalist Code of Ethics. A review of the Journalistic Code of Ethics will be conducted in the orientation week.

Students who have not demonstrated an understanding of the Code of Ethics and gained 75 percent or higher in the online legal quiz will not be able to undertake any journalism assignments.

Attendance at tutorials is essential in this subject. Classes are based on a collaborative approach that involves essential work-shopping and interchange of ideas with other students and the tutor. A roll will be taken at each class. Students who have more than three absences from class will be refused final assessment (see Rule 3.8).?

It is essential to attempt all assessment tasks to pass the subject as each assessment meets unique subject learning objectives.

Students must undertake the OPELA (online post enrolment English language assessment) screening tool as part of this subject to ascertain their level of Academic English. Students are expected to complete OPELA during orientation and preparation weeks.

Academic staff will review OPELA completions and students who do not undertake the screening tool by the end of week 3 will be ineligible to have their assignments assessed (in accordance with Rule 3.8).