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JRN2001 Photojournalism and Editorial Design

Semester 1, 2021 Online
Short Description: Photojournlsm & Editral Desgn
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Humanities & Communication
Student contribution band : 2021 Grandfather Funding Cl 1
ASCED code : 100703 - Journalism
Grading basis : Graded

Staffing

Examiner: Rebecca Te'o

Requisites

Pre-requisite: JRN1020

Other requisites

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

Rationale

This course provides instruction in the skills journalists use to select and handle stories and pictures for publication in print and online. Students will learn to edit stories, and design and produce pages for publication. By the end of this course, they should be prepared to work as page editors in news organisations.

Synopsis

This course will concentrate on the development of sub-editing, layout and design skills through theoretical studies and practical work. A focal point will be the professional issues that arise in the process of making sub-editing decisions. Instruction will be given in copy-tasting, layout, handling images, writing headlines and blocklines, and production processes.

Objectives

On successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. edit their own and other reports to a given length;
  2. demonstrate academic and professionals skills by exploring the fundamentals of editing in journalism;
  3. demonstrate an understanding of the principles of layout and design in publications;
  4. demonstrate written communication skills appropriate to the profession by applying their understanding of editing, layout and design for a variety of modes and contexts;
  5. demonstrate management planning and organisation skills by preparing for a publication on screen.

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. News production processes 5.00
2. Layout and design 25.00
3. Design theory 25.00
4. Sub-editing principles 20.00
5. Photojournalism and using images 20.00
6. Using sound and vision 5.00

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=2021&sem=01&subject1=JRN2001)

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

Harrower, T 2013, The newspaper designer's handbook, 7th edn, McGraw-Hill, Boston, Mass.
The Concise Oxford dictionary, Oxford University Press, Oxford. (available online through USQ Library)
(for international students if Macquarie not available.).
The Macquarie dictionary, Macquarie Library, North Ryde, NSW. (available online through USQ Library) any edition for Australian 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.
Frost, C 2012, Designing for newspapers and magazines, 2nd edn, Routledge, Oxon, UK.
Hodgson, FW 1998, New subediting: Apple-Mac, QuarkXpress and after, 3rd edn, Focal Press, Oxford, Boston.
Loxley, S 2011, Type: the secret history of letters, I.B. Tauris, London, UK.
Whitbread, D 2009, The design manual, UNSW Press, Sydney, NSW, Australia.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 65.00
Independent Study 100.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
QUIZZES 100 20 23 Feb 2021 (see note 1)
ASSIGNMENT 1 100 15 05 Apr 2021 (see note 2)
ASSIGNMENT 2 100 25 10 May 2021 (see note 3)
ASSIGNMENT 3 100 40 31 May 2021 (see note 4)

Notes
  1. Quizzes must be submitted online and completed progressively throughout the semester as indicated in the course Study Schedule. 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 acknowledgement 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.
  2. Must be submitted via the Study Desk. 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 acknowledgement 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.
  3. Must be submitted via the Study Desk. 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 acknowledgement 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.
  4. Must be submitted via the Study Desk. 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 acknowledgement 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.

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 are expected to have regular access to e-mail and the Internet.

  2. 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.

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

Date printed 18 June 2021