COMM532 News and Journalism

Updated: 21 March 2019
Credit Points 6
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
Armidale Trimester 2 On Campus
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions COMM332

offered even-numbered years

Combined Units COMM332 - News and Journalism
Coordinator(s) Cate Dowd (
Unit Description

This unit covers conceptual knowledge of contemporary practices across news media and journalism. It introduces journalism in the context of global networked environments, convergent media and multiplatform practices in news. Students explore short-form and long-form journalism, and develop knowledge of genres, styles, news values, and intersections with social media, as well as ethics in journalism. They also learn about related industry and government regulations.

Materials Textbook information will be displayed approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the teaching period. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment Assessment information will be published prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate advanced knowledge of news genres, styles, practices and ethics in journalism;
  2. interpret and apply critical terms, concepts and approaches to analyse news media forms and practices including online journalism techniques;
  3. apply analysis and research skills to examine digital shifts in news media and journalism, including knowledge of institutions, government and agencies, as well as social, political and ethical implications of news media;
  4. communicate informed responses to practices and production of news media through extended critical analysis, including reflection and writing on the key features of news and digital journalism; and
  5. demonstrate the knowledge and skills required to participate in wider debate and research concerning media futures and issues relating to the social, political and ethical roles in news and journalism.