JRN1000 Journalism Practice
|Semester 1, 2013 On-campus Toowoomba|
|Faculty or Section :||Faculty of Arts|
|School or Department :||School of Humanities and Communication|
|Version produced :||9 March 2014|
Examiner: Rebecca Te'o
Moderator: Dianne Jones
Students will require access to e-mail and have internet access to UConnect for this course.
This course is designed to introduce students to the print news media and the theoretical models underpinning their practices. Emphasis will be placed on the need for students to identify newsworthy information and, in their news writing, achieve accuracy, fairness and balance within the constraints imposed regularly on journalists. Students will be introduced to news values, journalism research, interview skills and the elements that make up print news stories. They will be given considerable practice in writing effective introductory sentences, handling attribution and quotations, and structuring complete news stories.
On successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
- demonstrate academic and professional literacy skills by examining a broad range of historical, theoretical and practical principles on which information is judged as news;
- examine and apply aspects of two reporting rounds;
- demonstrate written communication skills appropriate for the profession by writing an introductory sentence for a news story;
- demonstrate written communication skills appropriate for the profession by writing an industry compliant news story;
- demonstrate ethical research and inquiry skills by applying foundational principles of academic and journalistic integrity.
Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed
ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (https://bookshop.usq.edu.au/bookweb/subject.cgi?year=2013&sem=01&subject1=JRN1000)
Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://bookshop.usq.edu.au/contact/)
Lamble, S 2011, News as it happens: an introduction to journalism, Oxford University Press, Melbourne.
McLeod, C & Lockwood, K (eds) 2009, Style, 4th edn, News Limited, Sydney.
The Concise Oxford Dictionary.
(For International students if Macquarie not available.)
The Macquarie Dictionary.
Student workload requirements
|Description||Marks out of||Wtg (%)||Due Date||Notes|
|CMA STYLE TEST||20||5||20 Mar 2013|
|NEWS WRITING (INTROS)||100||20||15 Apr 2013|
|CMA ADVANCED STYLE TEST||100||10||06 May 2013|
|TR FORM & CONTACTS LIST||100||5||27 May 2013|
|NEWS WRITING (STORY)||100||30||03 Jun 2013|
|2 HOUR EXAMINATION||100||30||End S1||(see note 1)|
- The examination date will be advised when the examination timetable is finalised.
Important assessment information
There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration. Students must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course where required.
Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.
Penalties for late submission of required work:
If students submit assignments after the due date without (prior) approval of the examiner then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded.
Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.
Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.
The examination for this course is a RESTRICTED examination. The only materials that candidates may use in this restricted examination are: writing materials (non-electronic and free from material which could give the student an unfair advantage in the examination); a copy of McLeod and Lockwood’s Style text, provided it is not marked in any way. Marking includes any form of written notes, highlighting or underlining passages, marking pages with ‘post-its’, or turning down corners. No other course text is allowed.
Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.
University Student Policies:
Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at http://policy.usq.edu.au.
The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Examiner.
Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be despatched to USQ within 24 hours if required by the Examiner.
In accordance with University Policy, the Examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.
If electronic submission of assessments is specified for the course, students will be notified of this in the course Introductory Book and on the USQ Study Desk. All required electronic submission must be made through the Assignment Drop Box located on the USQ Study Desk for the course, unless directed otherwise by the examiner of the course. The due date for an electronically submitted assessment is the date by which a student must electronically submit the assignment. The assignment files must be submitted by 11.55pm on the due date using USQ time (as displayed on the clock on the course home page; that is, Australian Eastern Standard Time).
If the method of assessment submission is by written, typed or printed paper-based media students should (i) submit to the Faculty Office for students enrolled in the course in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail to the USQ for students enrolled in the course in the external mode. The due date for the assessment is the date by which a student must (i) submit the assessment for students enrolled in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail the assessment for students enrolled in the external mode.
The Faculty will NOT normally accept submission of assessments by facsimile or email.
Students who do not have regular access to postal services for the submission of paper-based assessments, or regular access to Internet services for electronic submission, or are otherwise disadvantaged by these regulations may be given special consideration. They should contact the examiner of the course to negotiate such special arrangements prior to the submission date.
Students who have undertaken all of the required assessments in a course but who have failed to meet some of the specified objectives of a course within the normally prescribed time may be awarded one of the temporary grades: IM (Incomplete - Make up), IS (Incomplete - Supplementary Examination) or ISM (Incomplete -Supplementary Examination and Make up). A temporary grade will only be awarded when, in the opinion of the examiner, a student will be able to achieve the remaining objectives of the course after a period of non directed personal study.
Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or to sit for an examination at the scheduled time may apply to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. One of the following temporary grades may be awarded IDS (Incomplete - Deferred Examination; IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete - Both Deferred Examination and Deferred Make-up).
Students may be assigned an "Incomplete" grade to signify that all the requirements of the course have not yet been met. Students who are graded "I" can pass the course by successfully completing such additional work as prescribed by the examiner by a given date. Students who have been awarded an IM, ISM, IDM or IDB grade must access information regarding further work to be completed, in the Student Centre of U Connect. The Grades Page in the Student Centre contains information about further work to be completed. Students who have not completed the additional work to the satisfaction of the examiner by the given date will receive the appropriate Failing grade.
Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in the course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect to achieve the same grades as those students who do possess them.
The journalism course maintains high standards of spelling, syntax, punctuation and style. Faults in any of these could render an assignment unacceptable.