The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


Students will develop and use research, interviewing and writing skills to prepare, record and edit audio content. Students will develop skills that demonstrate ethical and legal obligations of audio story creation. Workshops will cover writing for the spoken word, recording, interviewing, editing, storing, retrieving and embedding audio.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

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

1. Apply research, writing, editing and production skills appropriate to contemporary audio journalism .

2. Construct and read a news bulletin.

3. Undertake well-researched radio interviews.

4. Evaluate and reflect on contemporary professional audio practice.

5. Apply legal and ethical knowledge to recording, editing and producing audio.


Topics will include:

  1. An overview of audio journalism and issues including accuracy, fairness and responsibility
  2. Audio journalism and its role in contemporary society
  3. Writing for the spoken word
  4. Writing radio news
  5. Interviewing for radio using various technologies, and the use of the interview in forms of radio journalism
  6. Recording, producing and editing material for radio and online
  7. Writing and producing radio news stories for a news bulletin and presenting a radio news bulletin
  8. Using your voice to read radio news and narrate stories
  9. Legal and ethical obligations and responsibilities associated with recording, editing and producing audio

Assumed knowledge

CMNS1230; CMNS1240; CMNS1090; and/or CMNS2320.

Assessment items

Professional Task: Audio Journalism Short Feature - 25%

Professional Task: Radio News Bulletin - 25%

Professional Task: Audio Journalism Portfolio - 50%

Contact hours



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


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 2