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.
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:
Response to Feedback
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.