Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


Introduces students to the professional practice of contemporary journalism through consideration of the nature and role of news and current affairs in society. Through a variety of assigned tasks, students will develop analytical, research, interviewing, production, multimedia and writing skills. Students will engage in the analysis and production of journalism with a focus on news and current affairs.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 2 - 2019.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Developed knowledge and understanding of the role of journalism in society.

2. Developed skills pertinent to contemporary journalism.

3. Started to develop skills in critical reflection on professional practice.

4. Developed advanced communication skills.


The course provides an introduction to journalism theory and practice with a focus on news and current affairs in print media. Students will develop:

  • analytical skills to assess the impact of contemporary journalism in society and articulate its roles as a provider of information, education and entertainment;
  • communication skills through tutorial and online discussion of the way contemporary news and current affairs are being discussed and framed in both Australian and international media;
  • analytical, research, interviewing, production, multimedia and writing skills.  

Assumed knowledge

40 units at 1000 level including CMNS1090 Introduction to Professional Writing.

Assessment items

Quiz: Quiz - in class

Project: Project - Weekly Blackboard contribution

Online Learning Activity: Project - Blackboard presentation and in-class presentation

Project: Slideshow Journalism Assignment

Written Assignment: Written Journalism Assignment

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