Available in 2021
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


This course introduces students to professional writing skills for a range of communication media forms and platforms. Workshops provide the opportunity for students to develop skills to meet new writing challenges, to critically examine examples of professional writing, to discuss their own work with their peers, and to consider the ethical and legal obligations of the professional writer. Students are set writing tasks which offer the potential for publication.

Availability2021 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 1 - 2021
  • Winter - 2021

PSB Singapore

  • Trimester 3 - 2021 (Singapore)

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate professional writing and editing skills.

2. Apply scripting, interview and audio recording skills.

3. Produce written work at a publishable standard.


This course covers:

  1. Professional writing practice for journalism, public relations, broadcast and online media.
  2. Editing media releases, news stories for various platforms.
  3. Scripting audio stories.

Assumed knowledge

This course assumes a level of English literacy consistent with an introductory university writing course, and experience with the conventions of basic writing forms, such as essays and written narratives.

Assessment items

Quiz: Style Guide Quiz - 20%

Professional Task: Media Release - 20%

Professional Task: News Story - 20%

Portfolio: Compilation of work - 40%

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct and PSB Singapore


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 1 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 19 hour(s) per Term Full Term starting in week 2

2 hour(s) per week for 8 weeks, weeks 2-9 1 hour per Week for 3 Weeks, weeks 10,11,12

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.