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JRN3003 Feature Writing

Semester 1, 2021 Online
Short Description: Feature Writing
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


Examiner: Rebecca Te'o


Pre-requisite: JRN1000 or JRN1020

Other requisites

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


Journalism is more than news reporting. Longer form journalistic works such as feature stories offer audiences the opportunity to find context and more in-depth information about what is happening in local, national and global domains. This course is designed to assist students in developing their skills in long-form journalism, using techniques such as inquiry, description analysis.


This course will concentrate on the preparation of larger journalistic packages, namely for newspapers and magazines. Students will research and write different kinds of features; learn advanced interviewing, research and writing techniques; and develop skills in packaging their content for appropriate publication platforms.


On completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. plan, research and write feature stories for a targeted publication;
  2. apply written communication skills to comply with different professional formats;
  3. ethically conduct background research using adacemic and professional literacy skills;
  4. manage, plan and organise the completion of editorial tasks related to longform journalism;
  5. apply feedback from formative and summative assessment to improve their skills in journalism.


Description Weighting(%)
1. The role of longform journalism 10.00
2. Story structures 10.00
3. Finding and planning stories 10.00
4. Advanced interviewing and research 30.00
5. Specialisations 30.00
6. Freelancing 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). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

Granato, L 2001, Newspaper feature writing, University of NSW Press, Sydney.
(Rev. edn.)
Ricketson, M 2004, Writing feature stories: how to research and write newspaper and magazine articles, Allen & Unwin, Crows Nest, 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 late generation smart phone is acceptable), microphone and headphones.
The Concise Oxford dictionary, Oxford University Press, Oxford.
(for international students if Macquarie not available.) (The Oxford English Dictionary is available online via USQ Library).
The Macquarie dictionary, (or any edition), Macquarie Library, North Ryde, NSW.
(Australian students). (available online via USQ Library).

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.
Friedlander, EJ & Lee, J 2011, Feature writing: the pursuit of excellence, 7th edn, Allyn and Bacon, United States.
Harcup, T 2015, Journalism: principles and practice, 3rd edn, Sage, London.
Sedorkin, G 2011, Interviewing: a guide for journalists and writers, 2nd edn, Allen & Unwin, Crows Nest, NSW.
(Interviewing in journalism - technique - mass media - television.)
Tanner, S, Kasinger, M & Richardson, N 2017, Feature writing: telling the story, 3rd edn, Oxford UP, Sydney, NSW.
Weaver, B 2003, Catch the wave: how to find good information on the internet - fast, RMIT Press, Melbourne.
(Available online:

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 67.00
Independent Study 98.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
PROPOSALS 100 20 08 Mar 2021
FEATURE STORY 1 100 35 12 Apr 2021
FEATURE STORY 2 100 45 31 May 2021

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.

    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 (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

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.

Date printed 18 June 2021