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JRN3001 Online Journalism

Semester 2, 2019 Online
Short Description: Online Journalism
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Humanities & Communication
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 100703 - Journalism
Grading basis : Graded

Staffing

Examiner: Caryn Coatney

Requisites

Pre-requisite: JRN2003 or JRN3003

Other requisites

Students will require access to e-mail and have internet access to UConnect for this course.
This course should be completed during the student's last year in the program.

Rationale

Modern journalists need special skilling to cater for contemporary audiences and contemporary newsrooms. Today, they have only seconds to file news alerts and just minutes to send out stories to keep readers informed and up to date. Yet they still need to take the time to tell the story behind the story – to analyse, educate, inform and entertain.

Synopsis

This course prepares students for work in the modern newsroom, where the newsgathering process is in flux but the responsibilities of journalists remain firm. Within this framework, students will develop an advanced understanding of online storytelling by thinking creatively about multimedia and examining the impact of the Internet on news values and ethics. The use of web-based information to research and write news and features will also be explored. Students should come to his course equipped with knowledge of the principles and practice of journalism, and with established skills in reporting, writing and editing.

Objectives

On completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. critically examine online journalism practices, different forms of multimedia storytelling and sources
  2. analyse and evaluate journalistic forms, sources and the interactions of journalists with online audiences
  3. communicate by applying different multimedia styles and forms and interacting with their intended audience
  4. evaluate their own practice; produce online news and opinion to deadline, and of a publishable standard
  5. critically reflect about the legal, cultural and ethical issues associated with online reporting.

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. Planning and resources 15.00
2. Interviewing 15.00
3. Writing 15.00
4. Editing/production 40.00
5. Research. 15.00

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://omnia.usq.edu.au/textbooks/?year=2019&sem=02&subject1=JRN3001)

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

Wilkinson, JS, Grant, AE & Fisher DJ 2013, Principles of convergent journalism, 2nd edn, Oxford UP, New York, USA.

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.
Flew, T 2014, New media: an introduction, 4th edn, Oxford UP, Sydney, NSW.
Rich, C 2016, Writing and reporting news: a coaching method, 8th edn, Thomson Wadsworth, Belmost, California, USA.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 59.00
Independent Study 106.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 100 35 16 Aug 2019 (see note 1)
ASSIGNMENT 2 100 30 02 Oct 2019 (see note 2)
ASSIGNMENT 3 100 35 28 Oct 2019 (see note 3)

Notes
  1. All University policies in regard to appropriate use of websites and web materials must be followed. Blog posts which contravene these policies will be removed and a penalty percentage deducted from the allocated grade. The Blog must be submitted with the Critical Evaluation, but completed in SEVEN weekly instalments to be posted online by the end of the indicated weeks. All entries must be submitted in hard copy with the Critical Evaluation by the due date. Evaluations without accompanying Blog posts will not be accepted.
  2. This feature must be of a publishable standard in every respect, including legal and ethical requirements. All assessment items must be submitted by the due date and time. It must include original interview material, correctly sourced information and a contacts' list detailing names and contact information for interviews conducted.
  3. All University policies in regard to appropriate use of websites and web materials must be followed. Blog posts which contravene these policies will be removed and a penalty percentage deducted from the allocated grade. The Blog must be submitted with the Critical Evaluation, but completed in SEVEN weekly instalments to be posted online by the end of the indicated weeks. All entries must be submitted in hard copy with the Critical Evaluation by the due date. Evaluations without accompanying Blog posts will not be accepted.

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:
    There is no examination for this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There is no examination in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  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, syntax and style. Faults in any of these areas could render a project or proposal unacceptable.