Broadcast Journalism

Course code CMNS3300Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Design, Communication and IT

Through a variety of assigned tasks and self-directed learning, students will develop and use research, interviewing and writing skills to prepare, record and edit a number of items for a variety of media. Students will develop a solid understanding of the ethical and legal obligations of journalism. Students intending to enrol in this course should be aware that technical proficiency in video and audio recording and editing is required as these skills are assumed knowledge and are not covered in depth during the course.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesIn this course students will:
1. Develop a knowledge and understanding of the role of broadcast journalism in society.

2. Develop professional writing and research skills appropriate to broadcast

3. Develop skills in critical reflection on professional practice.

4. Develop professional communication skills as applicable to broadcast journalism.

5. Develop knowledge and skills in planning, preparing, recording and editing news items for broadcast in a variety of media.
ContentThis course offers study in reflective professional practice in broadcast journalism.

Through a variety of assigned tasks and self-directed learning, students will develop and use research, interviewing and writing skills to prepare journalism for a variety of media. Students will also demonstrate a solid understanding of the legal and ethical obligations of journalists and further develop advanced problem-solving skills.

Topics will include:
1. An overview of broadcast journalism and the journalist's commitment to accuracy, fairness, impartiality and responsibility, particularly in a new media-convergent world
2. Radio Journalism - the radio journalist as a storyteller, interviewer, information disseminator
3. Writing for Radio - the importance of writing for the ear and using audio
4. Putting a radio news bulletin together which will include interviewing by phone and voicing news stories as a class exercise; how to record/broadcast a radio news bulletin and using the radio studio; interviewing for radio and producing a radio story and an interview for broadcast; using your voice to read radio news
5. Television Journalism - the skills base for the journalist in a visual medium such as television news
6. Writing television news and the components of a good news script including the piece to camera
7. Getting the story, planning and shooting the story
8. Interviewing for television in all its forms e.g. field interview, live studio interview, live cross, the cutaway question etc
9. Writing and packaging a television news story for broadcast and doing it to required time and length; voicing a television news story and knowing when to use a piece to camera
10. Online journalism and how it uses broadcast skills to tell a story
11. Presenting news in the television studio and how to present to camera using autocue
Replacing Course(s)N/A
TransitionStudents who have completed CMNS2360 can undertake CMNS3300.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeIt is assumed that students have technical proficiency in video and audio recording and editing, including the software used in this course, provided in CMNS1230, CMNS1004, CMNS2370 and CMNS3460.
Students are expected to have a foundation in professional writing and journalism equivalent to CMNS1090 and CMNS1280.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Self Directed Learning
Student Projects
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments
Group/tutorial participation and contribution
Contact HoursWorkshop: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Lecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 5 weeks
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 7 weeks
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentThis course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts (Communication Studies), B Communications or Bachelor of Fine Art (from Callaghan) and associated combined degree programs.
Compulsory Course ComponentOHS-Safety Induction or Risk Assessment. In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory safety induction (equipment usage).