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News Reporting - MDIA1004

Campus: Kensington Campus
Career: Undergraduate
Units of Credit: 6
EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)
Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 3
Enrolment Requirements:
Prerequisite: Enrolment in one of the following Media programs, 3429, 3434 or the Communications & Journalism or PR & Advertising specialisations in program 4781
CSS Contribution Charge:Band 1 (more info)
Further Information: See Class Timetable


This course develops skills in the practice of news reporting as it operates widely across different domains of journalism. Students will develop skills not only in the reporting of current-affairs and sports news as traditionally undertaken by newspapers and broadcast news departments, but also in the reporting of news in, for example, music, arts, travel, fashion and motoring journalism. The course will focus on skills associated with all stages of the news reporting process, and students will develop their knowledge of how potential news items are selected, how journalists manage relationship with “contacts” and how they conduct interviews. Obviously there will also be a focus on news writing itself – the verbal styles and structures employed in news reporting of different types, and the skills required to distill sometimes complex material into a form which will attract and hold the attention of casual readers. Basic photojournalistic skills will also be covered.

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