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Journalism in Context

2014 unit code: MDA60006 (formerly HAM430)

Please note that unit codes have changed from 2014.
Credit points12.5 Credit Points
1 Semester
Contact hours36 Hours

Aims and objectives

This subject will aim to introduce students to current issues affecting the profession of journalism in Australia and around the world. It will also allow students to undertake extended writing projects to enhance and improve their writing and research skills. It will also encourage students to think critically about the social and cultural place of journalism, the production of news and the role of the media audience.

Teaching methods

Tutorials and workshops


Class exercises 25%, Contribution to news team 25%, Major project 50%


This subject will cover a range of issues to do with contemporary journalism in the context of converged media and cross-media platforms. Areas to be covered include hyperlocal journalism and the web, citizen journalism and participatory media, news and the blogoshere, news gathering in virtual environments, on demand news production, journalism and changing copyright environments.

Reading materials

Bruns, A. Gatewatching : collaborative online news production (New York: Peter Lang, 2005).
Ricketson, M. Writing Feature Stories (Crows Nest, NSW: Allen & Unwin, 2004).
Tanner, S. Journalism: Investigation and Research (Frenchs Forest: Pearson Education Australia, 2002).
Conley, D & Lamble, S. The Daily Miracle (3rd edn, Oxford News Ltd, 2006).