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JRN2000 News Reporting

Semester 1, 2015 External Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Arts and Communication

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Staffing

Examiner: Dianne Jones
Moderator: Rebecca Te'o

Requisites

Pre-requisite: JRN1000 or JRN1020

Other requisites

Students will require access to e-mail and must have Internet access to UConnect for this course.

Rationale

This course builds on the reporting and writing techniques learned in JRN1000 Journalism Practice. It trains students in researching and writing for areas of journalistic specialisation or rounds of news coverage. It is also intended to help them understand the social function of the media and of journalists.

Synopsis

This course teaches you to find, report and write news stories for key reporting rounds including government, crime and the courts and sports. It builds on the news judgment and writing skills learned in JRN1000 Journalism Practice. The emphasis is on learning by doing. You will receive theoretical instruction and considerable practice in interviewing, note taking, reporting and story organisation. The journalist's role in society will be defined and explored through the use of research techniques involving interviews, the Internet and databases. To successfully complete this course, you must have access to the Internet.

Objectives

On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate ethical research and enquiry skills by finding stories in several reporting rounds, and gathering facts and opinion
  2. demonstrate written communication skills by writing clear, accurate, fair and balanced news copy to deadline
  3. demonstrate written and oral communication skills by writing basic news stories, including a mastery of medium-specific style guidelines
  4. demonstrate academic and professional literacy through emerging news gathering skills, including selecting and interviewing appropriate sources
  5. demonstrate academic and professional literacy skills by identifying the theoretical principles underpinning the journalist's role and responsibilities in a democratic society, and reflect on personal practice in this context.

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. News story basics 5.00
2. Writing the story 20.00
3. Reporting: finding information (research, observation, interviewing) 25.00
4. Style requirements 10.00
5. Principles of rounds coverage (ingredients, areas of specialisation, working a round) 30.00
6. The role of journalists, ethics and the law 10.00

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=2015&sem=01&subject1=JRN2000)

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

  • Lamble, S 2013, News as it happens: an introduction to journalism, 2nd edn, Oxford University Press, South Melbourne.
  • The Macquarie dictionary, 2013, 6th edn, Macmillan Publishers Group, Australia (available online through the USQ Library for all students).

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.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Assessments 60.00
Directed Study 55.00
Private Study 50.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 100 10 25 Mar 2015
ASSIGNMENT 2 100 25 01 Apr 2015 (see note 1)
ASSIGNMENT 3 100 25 06 May 2015 (see note 2)
ASSIGNMENT 4 100 40 10 Jun 2015 (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. No student news story submitted for this course can have been written for, or submitted for, publication in any media outlet within six weeks of the assignment due date. Where interviews are required in this course, they must be conducted either in person or by telephone.
  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. No student news story submitted for this course can have been written for, or submitted for, publication in any media outlet within six weeks of the assignment due date. Where interviews are required in this course, they must be conducted either in person or by telephone.
  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. No student news story submitted for this course can have been written for, or submitted for, publication in any media outlet within six weeks of the assignment due date. Where interviews are required in this course, they must be conducted either in person or by telephone.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Students must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course where required.

    External and Online:
    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.

    On-campus
    It is the students? 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents.php?id=14749PL (point 4.2.4)

  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:
    Not applicable

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Not applicable

  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.

Other requirements

  1. 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.

  2. The journalism course maintains high standards of spelling, grammar, punctuation and style. Faults in any of these could render a project or proposal unacceptable.

  3. All assignments must be submitted in typed or word processed form. Each assignment must comply with the format specification outlined in the assignment details.