JOUR11005 - Introduction to Journalism
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

This unit will introduce you to historical, social and political contexts of journalistic practice. Topics covered include the history of ‘journalism’ in western and eastern cultures, a number of different genres of journalism, journalism as an institution, and media ethics. You will also consider the future of journalism and reflect on examples of best (and worst) practice as part of the unit.

Details

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

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
  • Brisbane
  • Cairns
  • Distance
  • Mackay
  • Rockhampton
  • Townsville

Website

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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 50%
2. Group Discussion 50%

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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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback Source Recommendation
Lecturer engagement was excellent. Student unit satisfaction survey "Have your say". Unit coordinator and lecturers to continue engaging with students at a personal and individualised level.
Students loved the unit design because it allowed for both engagement and interaction. Student unit satisfaction survey "Have your say". Continue unit design with discovery project and news analysis.
Some journalists in the Discovery Project were not chosen by students. Unit Coordinator Reduce the number of journalists to be selected for the group component of the assessment, and extend the due date to allow more time for presentation to be completed.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Discuss the social and historical development of journalism from a range of cultural perspectives
  2. Explain differences between journalism genres and the way in which genre influences journalistic practice
  3. Critique and discuss issues relevant to journalistic practice in a contemporary media environment

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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

Media and Journalism: New Approaches to Theory and Practice
Author/s: Bainbridge, J., Goc, N., and Tynan, E. Year: 2015
Edition: 3rd Publisher: Oxford University Press
City: South Melbourne State: Victoria
Country: Australia
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop
Note: Please note: The prescribed text is the third edition. The second edition (2011) may still be used, although some information may be dated, and page numbers referred to in the lesson guides on Moodle will be incorrect for the second edition.

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 American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorCeleste Lawson (c.lawson@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

Module 1 Journalism as a Profession

Introduction

Week 2 13-03-2017

Module 1 Journalism as a Profession

Chapter 3

Week 3 20-03-2017

Module 2 Journalism Law and Ethics

Chapters 17, 18

Week 4 27-03-2017

Module 2 Journalism Law and Ethics

Chapters 17, 18

Group Discussion

Week 5 03-04-2017

Module 3 Journalism Genres

Chapters 12, 14

Group Discussion

Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017

Module 3 Journalism Genres

Chapters 14, 16

Group Discussion

Week 7 24-04-2017

Module 4 New Media

Chapter 4, 19

Group Discussion

News analysis (essay) Due Monday (24 Apr 17) 04:00 PM AEST
Week 8 01-05-2017

Module 4 New Media

Chapter 4, 19

Week 9 08-05-2017

Module 5 Press Freedom in Western society

Chapter 2, Case Study 1, 4 and 5

Week 10 15-05-2017

Module 5 Press Freedom in Western society

Chapter 2, Case Study 1, 4 and 5

Week 11 22-05-2017

Module 6 Journalism in non-Western countries

Chapter 12

Week 12 29-05-2017

Module 6 Journalism in non-Western countries

Chapter 12

Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Discovery Project Due Tuesday (06 Jun 17) 09:00 AM AEST
Exam Week 12-06-2017

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title News analysis (essay)
Task Description

This task requires you to analyse news in order to compare genres and approaches to journalistic practice.

You should select and analyse three (3) contemporary news stories (published in the last month), including:

  • One (1) Sports news story AND
  • One (1) Police or Court news story AND
  • One (1) Political news story.

At least one (1) of these three stories should be of extended length (more than1000 words), either a feature item, investigative piece, media interview or current affairs segment.

You will need to submit copies of the three (3) news stories you have chosen as appendices to your essay. These appendices can be scanned copies of print articles, transcripts (if the story was broadcast), or a 'cut and paste' of an online article. The appendices of the news stories need to be in such a form that teaching staff can refer to the original material. You should also include the details of the news stories as references in your essay's Reference list.

When analysing your three (3) news stories, either in print, broadcast or online in the local or state media, refer to and address the questions listed below:

1. In terms of 'who, what, why, when, where, and how', what is being reported?

2. Is the story based on an issue (something ongoing) or an event (something specific that happened)?

3. What are the dominant news values in each of the news stories?

4. Does each story follow the standard reporting elements of who, what, when, where, how and why? If not, what other elements are present?

5. Compare and contrast the three (3) stories, paying particular attention to sources (those quoted/facts and figures), personalities/identities (names featured, but not necessarily quoted), and conclusions (angle, or the way the story is framed).

6. What are the differences in the way the stories are written and presented? Account for differences in style, format and presentation.

7. Discuss the significance of the three (3) stories in terms of their prominence and placement in the media outlet you have chosen (eg. Which section? Was the story front page? Was it the top link? Was it the most prominent sports story?)

8. What do the prominence and presentation of the three (3) stories tell you about the readership or audience of the local or state outlets in which they appear?

You are expected to reference your discussion. The word count is 1,500 words.

Assessment Due Date Week 7 Monday (24-Apr-2017) 04:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Marked assessments will be returned two weeks after submission.
Weighting 50%
Assessment Criteria

A detailed marking criteria is available on the Moodle website.

Elements assessed include:

  • Quality of news stories chosen
  • Accuracy of referencing
  • Standard of presentation including expression
  • Relevance to course concepts and textbook
  • Depth of analysis (rather than description)
  • Argumentation and appropriate use of examples
  • Appropriate introduction and conclusion
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

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

1. Discuss the social and historical development of journalism from a range of cultural perspectives

2. Explain differences between journalism genres and the way in which genre influences journalistic practice

3. Critique and discuss issues relevant to journalistic practice 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

8. Ethical practice



2 Group Discussion

Assessment Title Discovery Project
Task Description

There are two parts to this assessment: 1) Presentation and discussion (Team) AND 2) Written submission (Individual).

1) Presentation and discussion (25%) (Team): This assessment requires students to review the work of TWO journalists and present findings on that journalist to class peers.

On-campus students will choose teams in your class in Weeks 1/2, and distance students will nominate your journalists online no later than Week 2 (Teams for distance students will comprise students who have chosen the same journalist - to a maximum of four students per team). You need not be in the same team for both presentations.

Each team must support your presentation with a slide presentation. Your final slide will include references. All photographs used within the presentation must also be referenced. On-campus students will present this in class; distance students will submit their presentation to the relevant forum with embedded voice-over (maximum of 10 minutes). Guidance about creating effective presentations will be provided on the course website.

Ideally you will work in teams for this task, but if you have extenuating circumstances, you may discuss the possibility of individual work with the Unit Coordinator. You will also be required to contribute to discussions about each journalist, and this discussion will be guided by teaching staff during class/on the forum.

You will need to choose TWO journalists from the following list. The assessment will be due in the week the journalist is discussed. (For example, the presentation about Lee Lin Chin will be due in Week 4 and Peter Greste in Week 7.)


Week 4 - Lee Lin Chin (Australia)
Week 5 - Helen Thomas (USA)
Week 6 - Gao Yu (China)
Week 7 - Peter Greste (Australia)


The following questions will help guide your research/structure for your presentations:

  1. Provide a summary of this person's work - for example, you can provide examples of writing or broadcasts with a summary of contents and context, or you might summarise a body of work over a particular time frame.
  2. Is this person a 'real' journalist? Justify your response against a definition of journalism (supported by reference).
  3. How does the journalist's work reflect journalism as 'The Fourth Estate' (if it does)?
  4. What genre of journalism was/is the journalist most renowned for in their work?
  5. What is the journalist's most significant contribution to public knowledge or interest?
  6. Did/Does this journalist practice ethically and lawfully? If not, how not? If so, what is the evidence for this and were there any consequences?
  7. What are the limitations/shortcomings (if any) associated with this journalist?
  8. What do you personally like the most about this journalist's work, and why?
  9. What do you personally dislike about this journalist's work, and why?
  10. What did you learn about the journalist that might influence your approach to journalism as a profession, and why?

This is an introductory level task, and aims to: encourage you to meet and work with fellow students even if you're working by distance; introduce you to key concepts in journalism through practice; introduce you to research and presentation. It is supposed to be enjoyable. You are allowed to have fun.

All students working in a team will conduct a self and peer assessment, whereby each team member will evaluate the performance of themselves, and their peers. Details about how to conduct a self and peer assessment will be provided. This process does not influence your grade unless it is clear that there is an issue, in which case teaching staff will talk to you. We know many students don't like to work in teams for a range of reasons, but our experience is also that learning to work effectively in teams comes from experience, a bit of training and support.

All members of a team will receive the same mark for the presentation component of this assessment, but all students will receive an individual grade for contribution and participation in discussion.

2) Written submission (Individual) (25%): All students will submit an individual written report that ranks (in their opinion) ten (10) journalists in order, with number 1 being 'Journalist of the Century' on Tuesday, Review Week. This should be 2000 - 2500 words. You must discuss each of the four journalists from Part 1, plus an additional six (6) journalists of your choice. A list of suggested journalists will be provided, but you can choose anyone who fulfils the definition of "journalist". Choose wisely, and include international as well as Australian journalists. They need not be practicing as a journalist now (and they need not be alive.) You will draw upon the things you have learned during the term in your presentation and discussions, and each journalist should have a paragraph summary, followed by a sentence as to why you ranked them in the order you have. An example will be posted on Moodle. Referencing is required, and does not count towards the word count. You will need at least two sources per journalist.
Assessment Due Date Review/Exam Week Tuesday (06-Jun-2017) 09:00 AM AEST
Return Date to Students Two weeks after submission
Weighting 50%
Assessment Criteria

A detailed marking criteria is available on the Moodle website.

Elements assessed for the team component include:

  • Quality of research
  • Quality of presentation
  • Team participation
  • Level of engagement

Elements assessed for the individual component include:

  • Quality of structure
  • Quality of analysis
  • Standard of writing
  • Quality of link to unit concepts
  • Referencing
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

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

1. Discuss the social and historical development of journalism from a range of cultural perspectives

2. Explain differences between journalism genres and the way in which genre influences journalistic practice

3. Critique and discuss issues relevant to journalistic practice 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

5. Team Work

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence




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