JOUR12039 - News Writing and Reporting
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

News Writing & Reporting is designed to extend and develop the knowledge and skills gained in Media Writing. The exercises and assignments provide instruction and practice in news writing and news-gathering for print, online, and broadcast environments. Students are required to actively engage with their local community, reporting on events and community organisations, local courts, municipal councils and local political issues. Students are also expected to engage with contemporary media issues that impact on news writing, such as ethics, law, representation, and ownership.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite:- COMM11007 plus JOUR11005

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Distance
  • Rockhampton

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 70%
2. Group Discussion 30%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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You may wish to view these policies:

  • Grades and Results Procedure
  • Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework)
  • Review of Grade Procedure
  • Academic Misconduct Procedure
  • Monitoring Academic Progress (MAP) Policy and Procedure – Domestic Students
  • Monitoring Academic Progress (MAP) Policy and Procedure – International Students
  • Refund and Excess Payments (Credit Balances) Policy and Procedure
  • Student Feedback – Compliments and Complaints Policy and Procedure
  • Acceptable Use of Information and Communications Technology Facilities and Devices Policy and Procedure

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On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Exercise journalistic writing skills and research techniques to produce general news stories for print, online, and broadcast distribution
  2. Apply appropriate news criteria when using news-gathering skills to address news and current affairs in a general news writing context
  3. Critique and discuss issues relevant to news writing in a contemporary media environment

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Group Discussion  

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1. Communication
2. Problem Solving    
3. Critical Thinking
4. Information Literacy  
5. Team Work      
6. Information Technology Competence    
7. Cross Cultural Competence  
8. Ethical practice

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Written Assessment    
2 - Group Discussion        

Prescribed Textbooks

Advanced Reporting: Essential Skills for 21st Century Journalism
Author/s: Maguire, Miles Year: 2015
Edition: Publisher: Routledge
City: New York State: New York
Country: USA
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the Turabian referencing style (details can be obtained here), OR American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorKate Ames (k.ames@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

Introduction to News Writing and Reporting

See Study Guide Lessons

Week 2 13-03-2017

Principles of News Writing

See Study Guide Lessons

Week 3 20-03-2017

News Gathering

See Study Guide Lessons

Week 4 27-03-2017

Sources, 'Voice', and Representation

See Study Guide Lessons

Week 5 03-04-2017

Reporting Institutions: Court Reporting

See Study Guide Lessons

Vacation Week 10-04-2017

Reporting Institutions: Reporting Government

See Study Guide Lessons

Week 6 17-04-2017

Reporting Institutions: Corporations

See Study Guide Lessons

Week 7 24-04-2017

Reporting Minorities

See Study Guide Lessons

Week 8 01-05-2017

Integrated Media

See Study Guide Lessons

Week 9 08-05-2017

Ethics and Legals

See Study Guide Lessons

Forum Posts - Unit Engagement Due Monday (08 May 17) 09:00 AM AEST
Week 10 15-05-2017

Editing

See Study Guide Lessons

Week 11 22-05-2017

Tools of the Trade: Being a 'One Person Band'

See Study Guide Lessons

Week 12 29-05-2017

Adaptation: Extending the Life of Your Story

See Study Guide Lessons

Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
News Stories (6) Due Monday (05 Jun 17) 09:00 AM AEST
Exam Week 12-06-2017

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title News Stories (6)
Task Description

ASSESSMENT 1 – NEWS STORIES (70%)

This assessment requires you to research, write, and review Six (6) news stories that demonstrate quality in news writing and reporting.The required stories are as follows:

1 and 2: These are based on provided material, and are designed to revise your skills and hone your attention to detail and eye for an angle or hook. Stories 1 and 2 are:

  • 1: General news story – Materials supplied by teaching staff (350 words)
  • 2: General news story – Broadcast version of Story 1. Your story may contain the same general content as Story 1, but should be written in the correct format and the tone and transitions should reflect broadcast conventions. (350 words)

3 and 4: These stories require you to conduct basic reporting within a framework – a sports story, and a council or court report. Stories 3 and 4 are:

  • 3: News story – Sport-based news story. You need to attend and report on a sport event. Your story must include an interview from a coach and a player. (350 words)
  • 4: News story – court or government: A report based on a meeting of your local Shire or Regional Council, or a report from a local court. Your report must include quotes from sources. (350 words)

5: This story requires you to localise a national story.

  • 5: News story - Local: News story based on national issue, localised to regional/city level. Your story should include two local sources as a minimum. (500 words)

6: This is your main piece. It is a longer story and should investigate an issue.

  • 6: Feature story. You have two choices for this story.

Option 1: Identify an award for student journalism, and target the requirements of the award. You may choose from three options:

Option 2: You may work with a news publication to submit a story for publication. You should submit an email or letter from the editor/chief of staff providing evidence that the story is your work. You will need to discuss your idea with the course coordinator or local teaching staff.

You will be required to resubmit any story that needs editing by unit teaching staff within one week of receiving your story back and will rework it until it is publishable until you receive a PASS grade for each story. The number of resubmits will influence your overall grade for your portfolio. The fewer re-submits you require, the better your overall grade will be at the end of term.

You must submit a news cover sheet as your title page with each story. Cover sheets are available on the course website.

Timelines for submission

You will be required to submit Story 1 by Friday, Week 2, and Story 2 by Friday, Week 4. This is so we can assess you and provide feedback early in the course. You may elect to submit earlier but will need to advise your teaching staff when you submit.

You will devise your own submission timelines for stories 3 to 6. You must submit a proposed timeline to teaching staff of your proposed deadlines for the final four stories. This timeline will be submitted by Friday Week 5. This allows you to manage your time and priorities.You will then be assessed on your ability to manage your own time and adherence to deadlines while still giving you flexibility to cover the required stories within the context of your location and life circumstance.

You may submit a portfolio draft that includes three stories in Week 6.

Submissions and Resubmissions

  • Original submissions will be made via the course website.
  • You will be able to resubmit your assignment via Moodle.You must include the previous version in your revised submission file (one file allowed). The new version will be first; the original version follows.
  • You must retain version copies to illustrate improvement when you submit your portfolio.
  • Resubmissions must be submitted within seven (7) days of receiving your feedback.

Portfolio

At the end of term, you will compile your stories as a single portfolio (Word document). This portfolio will comprise:

  • A title page
  • a Table of Contents
  • 12 stories (your original and final version of each story)
  • a short description of what you did to improve each article in response to feedback.

The portfolio should be structured as follows:

  • Story 1:
    Version 1
    Final Version
    Response to Feedback
  • Story 2
    Version 1
    Final Version
    Response to Feedback

You will be required to self-assess your work. You should complete the assessment criteria and include this with your portfolio.

Further guidance on this assessment will be provided on the unit website.

Assessment Due Date Review/Exam Week Monday (05-Jun-2017) 09:00 AM AEST
Assessment schedule for stories to be set by student. Final portfolio of completed stories due by Monday 5 June 2015
Return Date to Students Assessment will be returned within one week during term.
Weighting 70%
Assessment Criteria

Individual stories will be graded pass (publishable)/fail (resubmit). and will be marked against the following criteria:

Ability to write news stories to publishable standard, requiring you to:

  • Exercise journalistic writing skills and research techniques to produce general news stories for print, online, and broadcast distribution
  • Apply appropriate news criteria when using news-gathering skills to address news and current affairs in a general news writing context
  • Demonstrate awareness of issues relevant to news writing in a contemporary media environment

You will receive an overall grade for your approach to this assessment which will be influenced by your response to feedback, the number of re-submissions required, and timeliness of submissions.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - Students must pass this component to pass the course.
Referencing Style Turabian or American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online
Hard copy

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Exercise journalistic writing skills and research techniques to produce general news stories for print, online, and broadcast distribution

2. Apply appropriate news criteria when using news-gathering skills to address news and current affairs in a general news writing context

3. Critique and discuss issues relevant to news writing in a contemporary media environment

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



2 Group Discussion

Assessment Title Forum Posts - Unit Engagement
Task Description

ASSESSMENT 2 – Forum Posts/Unit Engagement (30%)

All students (distance and on-campus) will be expected to contribute to forum discussion during the term. Each week between Weeks 1 and 8, the Unit Coordinator will post a discussion item to which you are expected to respond on the forum. This discussion will be related to current issues or designed to assist your story research and writing. Responses should be approximately 200 words each.You must contribute to all discussions.

During Week 9, you will compile six of your best responses, and submit these as a Word document to the Assessment 2 Assignment submission. You will need to write a sentence against each response that describes how the activity contributed to your learning.You are able to edit your original posts for submission, and should ensure that your posts are appropriately referenced where relevant.

You will be required to self-assess your work. You should complete the assessment criteria and include this with your file in Week 9.

Further guidance on this assessment will be provided on the unit website.

Assessment Due Date Week 9 Monday (08-May-2017) 09:00 AM AEST
Weekly; Final submission due Monday Week 9.
Return Date to Students Within one fortnight of online submission.
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria

Submissions will be marked against the following criteria:

  • Reflection and response
  • Writing standard
  • Evidence of research
Referencing Style Turabian or American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

2. Apply appropriate news criteria when using news-gathering skills to address news and current affairs in a general news writing context

3. Critique and discuss issues relevant to news writing in a contemporary media environment

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence




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