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JRN2007 Audio and Visual Journalism

Semester 2, 2021 Online
Short Description: Audio and Visual Journalism
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
Version produced : 23 October 2021


Examiner: Rebecca Te'o


Enrolment is not permitted in JRN2007 if JRN2002 has been previously completed.


Journalists must know how to record stories, write for the ear and for the eye, establish the focus of a story and speak fluently to a listening or viewing audience. Technological developments in the news media require journalists to be familiar with journalism tools that enable them to move easily across different media platforms. The main emphasis in this course is on the techniques of audio and visual journalism. Students will develop their skills in reporting, writing and editing journalistic content for various news platforms.


This course provides students with a hands-on introduction to reporting, writing, recording and presenting journalism for a variety of media platforms. Through independent work (or teamwork as appropriate), students will develop and improve individual skills in journalistic practice for the packaging of news content. Students will be required to think independently, refine their news sense, and operate within the community as journalists. They will further develop interview techniques, voice production, and editorial decision-making, and will also examine the ethical and professional issues surrounding digital journalism's new technologies and the demands of an increasingly competitive industry.


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

  1. critically examine the different approaches to producing journalism for audiences across public and commercial news media, and social media;
  2. apply platform-appropriate journalistic skills, style and mechanics to inform the production of audio and visual stories;
  3. apply ethical news standards within appropriate legal frameworks to produce journalism of a professional standard;
  4. work individually and collaboratively, and use interpersonal skills to produce journalistic content to deadlines.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Journalistic decision-making and operations 10.00
2. The use of audio and visuals in journalism 15.00
3. Voice production 15.00
4. Story formats 15.00
5. Content production and presentation 30.00
6. Ethical considerations 15.00

Text and Materials

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Alysen, B 2012, The electronic reporter : broadcast journalism in Australia, 3rd edn, UNSW Press, Sydney, NSW.
Students must have access to personal storage space (e.g. portable external hard drive, cloud storage), a broadcast-quality digital audio and video recording device (a recent generation smart phone is acceptable), microphone and headphones, along with access to audio and video editing software.

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.
Alysen, B, Oakham, M, Patching, R & Sedorkin, G 2012, Reporting in a multimedia world, 2nd edn, Allen & Unwin, Crows Nest, NSW.
Boyd, A 2016, Broadcast journalism: techniques of radio and television news, 7th edn, Focal Press, Oxford.
Briggs, M 2019, Journalism next: a practical guide to digital reporting and publishing, 4th edn, CQ Press, Washington DC.
Herbert, J 2000, Journalism in the digital age: theory and practice for broadcast, print and on-line media, Focal Press, Oxford.
Phillips, G & Lindgren, M 2013, Australian broadcast journalism, 3rd edn, Oxford University Press, Melbourne.
White, T & Barnas, F 2018, Broadcast news: writing, reporting and producing, 7th edn, Focal Press, Amsterdam, Boston.

Student Workload Expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 50.00
Independent Study 115.00

Assessment Details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
NEWS PACKAGE 1 100 20 10 Aug 2021 (see note 1)
NEWS PACKAGE 2 100 30 16 Sep 2021
REPORT 100 50 19 Oct 2021

  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. Student assessment should contain original content, and no aspect of the assessment should contain content that has been submitted in any other course, or offering of a course. No student content of any description that is submitted for this course can have been written for, or submitted for publication in any media outlet before the due date of the assignment, or within six weeks of the due date. Where interviews are required in this course, they must be conducted either in person, by phone, or via an approved telecommunications application software product such as Skype.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    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.

  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 for that item.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (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 obtain 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 items for the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Deferred and Supplementary examinations will be held in accordance with the Assessment Procedure

  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

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

  3. News reporting assignments in this course require students to conduct and record personal interviews. Students should be aware of the Journalists' Code of Ethics which applies to the production of all news stories submitted in this course and can be accessed at

Date printed 23 October 2021