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JRN3002 Broadcast Newsroom

Semester 1, 2011 On-campus Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Arts
School or Department : School of Humanities and Communication

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Staffing

Examiner: Kristina Harazim
Moderator: Rebecca Te'o

Requisites

Pre-requisite: JRN2002 and JRN2005

Synopsis

This course focuses on furthering the theory and practice of broadcast journalism through a major reporting project. The theoretical context provides for an increased understanding of the role of news and current affairs and addresses major contemporary media issues such as ethics, laws and regulations. Students will critique industry practice, develop story ideas, write proposals, conduct research and produce professional standard reports suitable for broadcast. They will be required to reflect on their practice in completing their major project. Students will be given professional support and guidance to advance the skills learnt in Broadcast Reporting. In addition, students will complete six Newsbreak reporting and sub-editing shifts.

Objectives

On successful completion of this course the student will:

  1. have acquired knowledge and techniques at an advanced level of a major broadcast journalism method;
  2. demonstrate academic and professional literacy skills by identifying the information and resources needed to complete a report in the journalism medium of broadcast;
  3. be able to communicate orally and in writing at an advanced level by presenting a critique of industry practice and preparing and submitting a report of professional standard for broadcast;
  4. be able to make decisions on a broad range of ethical issues involved with the practice of broadcast journalism.
  5. demonstrate management, planning and organisation skills by reflecting on the production of his/her broadcast story.

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. Research theory 10.00
2. Planning and resources 10.00
3. The theory of investigative reporting 10.00
4. Ethical broadcasting 10.00
5. Writing and reflection processes 20.00
6. Field reporting and writing 20.00
7. Editing/production 20.00

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=2011&sem=01&subject1=JRN3002)

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://bookshop.usq.edu.au/contact/)

  • Alysen, B 2006, The electronic reporter, 2nd edn, UNSW Press, Sydney, NSW.
  • Additional course readings will be distributed in class.

Reference materials

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.
  • Salter, D 2007, The media we deserve: underachievement in the fourth estate, 5th edn, Melbourne University Press, Carlton.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Assessments 60.00
Directed Study 44.00
Practical Classes 27.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives assessed Graduate skill Level assessed Notes
ORAL PRES & PROPOSAL 100 10 18 Apr 2011 3 U3,U4 3,3 (see note 1)
NEWSBREAK 100 50 03 May 2011 2,3 & 4 U1,U2,U4,U5,U7,U8,U& U9 2,3,2,3,3,2,2 (see note 2)
STORY & REFLECTION 100 40 13 Jun 2011 All U1,U3,U4,U7,U8 3,3,3,3,3 (see note 3)

NOTES
  1. Students must complete and submit all items of assessment in order to be considered for a passing grade in this course. The use of another person's work as the student's own, without appropriate acknowledgment and according to USQ's academic conventions, is plagiarism. Where such a breach of ethical conduct occurs, the assignment may receive a mark of zero for Oral Presentation and Proposal.
  2. Students must complete and submit all items of assessment in order to be considered for a passing grade in this course. The use of another person's work as the student's own, without appropriate acknowledgment and according to USQ's academic conventions, is plagiarism. Where such a breach of ethical conduct occurs, the assignment may receive a mark of zero. Newsbreak consists of six reporting and subbing shifts. Shifts will be assigned in Week 1.
  3. Students must complete and submit all items of assessment in order to be considered for a passing grade in this course. The use of another person's work as the student's own, without appropriate acknowledgment and according to USQ's academic conventions, is plagiarism. Where such a breach of ethical conduct occurs, the assignment may receive a mark of zero.

Graduate qualities and skills

Elements of the following USQ Graduate Skills are associated with the sucessful completion of this course.
Ethical research and enquiry (U1)Intermediate (Level 2)
Ethical research and enquiry (U1)Advanced (Level 3)
Problem solving (U2)Advanced (Level 3)
Academic, professional and digital literacy (U3)Advanced (Level 3)
Written and oral communication (U4)Intermediate (Level 2)
Written and oral communication (U4)Advanced (Level 3)
Interpersonal skills (U5)Advanced (Level 3)
Teamwork (U6)Advanced (Level 3)
Management, planning and organisational skills (U8)Intermediate (Level 2)
Management, planning and organisational skills (U8)Advanced (Level 3)
Creativity, initiative and enterprise (U9)Intermediate (Level 2)

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the student's responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and 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. Normal class attendance for this course consists of a three-hour practicum per week. However, Newsbreak shifts run for 41/4 hours each.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To successfully complete an individual assessment item, a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks or a grade of at least C-. This statement must be read in conjunction with Statement 4 below.

  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 aggregate of the weighted marks 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 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/portal/custom/search/category/usq_document_policy_type/Student.1.html.

Assessment notes

  1. (a) The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must lodge the assignment at the USQ. (b) All Faculty of Arts assignments must be lodged in the Faculty Assessment Centre on the Ground Floor of Q Block no later than 12 noon on the due date. (c) In the event that a due date for an assignment falls on a local public holiday in their area, such as a Show holiday, the due date for the assignment will be the next day. Students are to note on the assignment cover the date of the public holiday for the examiner's convenience. (d). Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be despatched to USQ within 24 hours if requested by the Examiner. (e) 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. (f) 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. (g) 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).

Other requirements

  1. The journalism program maintains high standards of spelling, grammar, syntax and style. Faults in any of these could render an assignment unacceptable.

  2. News and current affairs reporting assignments in this course require the use interviews. Students should be aware of the Journalists? Code of Ethics which applies to the reporting and writing of all stories in this course and can be accessed at http://www.alliance.org.au/code-of-ethics.html/

  3. 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.

  4. Students will require access to email and must have internet access to UConnect for this course.