JRN3001 Journalism Publication

Subject Cat-nbr Class Term Mode Description Units Campus
JRN 3001 78569 2, 2008 EXT Journalism Publication 1.00 Toowoomba

Academic group: FOART
Academic org: FOA003
Student contribution band: 1
ASCED code: 100703



Examiner: Rebecca Te'o
Moderator: Dianne Jones


Pre-requisite: JRN2003


This course focuses on developing advanced skills in print and online journalism. Students will participate in an online journalism learning community, as they reflect on the processes of researching and writing longer articles for publication in print modes.


On completion of this course students will be able to:

have acquired knowledge and techniques, at an advanced level, of writing for journalistic practice; (all assessment items refer)
be able to identify the information and resources needed to complete publications in the journalistic media of print and online; (all assessment items refer)
be able to prepare a project of professional standard for publication in two journalistic styles; (assessment items 1 & 2 refer)
be able to critically evaluate and apply to publication a range of ethical and current issues involved with the practice of journalism. (assessment items 1 & 3 refer)


Description Weighting (%)
1. Planning and resources
2. Interviewing
3. Writing
4. Editing/production
5. Research

TEXT and MATERIALS required to be PURCHASED or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials are available for purchase from USQ BOOKSHOP (unless otherwise stated). Orders may be placed via secure internet, free fax 1800642453, phone 07 46312742 (within Australia), or mail. Overseas students should fax +61 7 46311743, or phone +61 7 46312742. For costs, further details, and internet ordering, use the 'Textbook Search' facility at http://bookshop.usq.edu.au click 'Semester', then enter your 'Course Code' (no spaces).

Ricketson, M 2004, Writing feature stories: how to research and write newspaper and magazine articles, Allen & Unwin, Crows Nest, NSW.


Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

Study Desk - Additional Resources

Bruns, A 2005, Gatewatching: collaborative online news production, P. Lang, New York.
(Newspaper layout - typography)

Craig, R 2005, Online journalism: reporting, writing and editing for new media, 2nd edn, Wadsworth, Belmont, CA.
(Newspapers - social aspects - history - layout and typography - electronic newspapers)

Dick, J 2003, Freelance writing for newspapers, 3rd edn, A & C Black, London.

Eisenhuth, S & McDonald W 2007, The Writer's Reader: Understanding Journalism and Non-Fiction, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne.

Maskell, V & Perry, G 1999, Write to publish, Allen & Unwin, Sydney.

Pearson, M 2006, The journalist's guide to media law, 3rd edn, Allen & Unwin, Crows Nest, NSW.

Quinn, S 2001, Newsgathering on the net: an internet guide for Australian journalists, 2nd edn, MacMillan publishers, South Yarra.


Assessments 10.00
Directed Study 10.00
Project Work 140.00


Description Marks out of Wtg(%) Due date Notes
COMPLETED MAGAZINE FEATURE 100.00 20.00 06 Aug 2008 (see note 1)
COMPLETE NEWSPAPER FEATURE 100.00 30.00 17 Sep 2008 (see note 2)
WEB BLOG & CRITICAL EVALUATION 100.00 50.00 24 Oct 2008 (see note 3)
The magazine feature must be despatched by the due date. This feature must be of a publishable standard in every respect, and must include a Contact List, Source List and marking criteria sheet.
The completed newspaper feature must be despatched by the due date. This feature must be of a publishable standard in every respect, and must include a Contact List, Source List and marking criteria sheet.
The Web "Blog" must be submitted with the Critical Evaluation but completed progressively, as indicated. The Critical Evaluation must be submitted by the due date, with printed Web "Blog" posts, and must meet USQ requirements for assignment presentation and submission. Evaluations submitted without accompanying "Blog" posts will not be accepted. The Web Blog and Critical Evaluation must be accompanied by a marking criteria sheet, as provided in the course materials.


  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this external course. However, it is the student's 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.
  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To complete each of the assessment items satisfactorily, students must obtain at least 50% of the marks available for each assessment item.
  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without extenuating circumstances and without prior approval, then a penalty of a maximum of 5% of the assigned mark may apply for each working day late, up to a maximum of 10 working days, at which time a mark of zero can be recorded for that assignment.
  4. 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.
  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the weighted aggregate of the marks (or grades) obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.
  6. Examination information:
    There is no exam for this course.
  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Given the details under (6) above, there are no deferred exams for this course. However, if any deferred/makeup work is granted, it would have to be submitted by a date set by the examiner.
  8. University Regulations:
    Students should read USQ Regulations 5.1 Definitions, 5.6. Assessment, and 5.10 Academic Misconduct for further information and to avoid actions which might contravene University Regulations. These regulations can be found at the URL http://www.usq.edu.au/corporateservices/calendar/part5.htm or in the current USQ Handbook.


9. (a) 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. (b) Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be produced within five days if required by the Examiner. (c) In accordance with University's Assignment Extension Policy (Regulation 5.6.1), the examiner of a course may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances such as documented ill-health. (d) Students who have undertaken all of the required assessments in the course but who have failed to meet some of the specified objectives of the course within the normally prescribed time may be awarded the temporary grade: IM (Incomplete-Makeup). An IM 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. (e) Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or sit for an examination at the scheduled time, may apply to defer an assessment in the 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).


  1. The journalism course maintains high standards of spelling, grammar, syntax and style. Faults in any of these areas could render a project or proposal unacceptable.
  2. The use of interviews, surveys, Internet databases etc must meet University and industry ethical requirements and the examiner must be satisfied these requirements have been met.
  3. All assignments must be submitted in typed or word processed form, and in a 12 point font.
  4. Students will require access to email and have internet access to USQConnect for this course.

This version produced 28 Aug 2009.