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Online and Convergent Journalism

2014 unit code: MDA40006 (formerly HAM420)

Please note that unit codes have changed from 2014.
Credit points12.5 Credit Points
Duration1 Semester
Contact hours36 Hours
Nil except for postgraduate Multimedia students however all students must be able to demonstrate core digital media production competencies. Postgraduate Multimedia students must have successfully completed HAJM400 Journalism Practice I before commencing HAM420.

Aims and objectives

Students in this subject will learn how to report, write, record, shoot and deliver news across a range of media.  Students will develop a detailed critical understanding of the concepts of convergent and online journalism.  They will also acquire competence in a range of writing and publishing practices relevant to electronic publishing.

Teaching methods

Lectures, workshops and tutorials


Assessment is continuous. Students are required to contribute to the production and maintenance of an online journal. There are regular writing and production exercises that must be completed over the course of the semester.

Generic skills outcomes

Students are expected to develop a number of graduate attributes, resulting in graduates who are:

  • Capable in their chosen professional areas
  • Entrepreneurial in contributing to innovation and development within their business, workplace or community
  • Operate effectively and ethically in work and community situations
  • Adaptable and manage change
  • Aware of local and international environments.
    Students are expected to develop the following generic skills:
  • Research skills
  • Logical and critical thinking skills
  • Thinking in theoretical terms
  • Appreciation of the history of ideas
  • Awareness of personal and ethical values
  • Written communication skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Competence to use library and other information sources
  • Public speaking skills
  • Teamwork skills
  • Ability to elicit information from others
  • Planning skills
  • Time management skills
  • Ability to use computers


This subject will explore the following areas of practice associated with the emergence of online and new media journalism production.  The social responsibilities and ethical frameworks for new media journalists, repurposing material across different media forms, intellectual property, privacy and new media, online newsroom management, contemporary news interfaces, including streaming audio, video and Flash.

Reading materials

Craig, R. Online Journalism: reporting, writing and editing for new media (Belmont, Calif.: Thomson Wandsworth, 2005).

Foust, J. Online Journalism - Principles and Practices of News for the Web (Holcomb Hathaway Publishers, Scottsdale, AZ., 2005).