The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019

Course handbook


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 radio as well as online 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 is required as these skills are assumed and not covered in depth during the course.

Availability2019 Course Timetables

PSB Singapore

  • Trimester 3 - 2019 (Singapore)


  • Semester 2 - 2019

Learning outcomes

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

1. Further developed their knowledge and understanding of the role of journalism in society, in this case, specifically in radio journalism.

2. Demonstrate professional research, writing and production skills appropriate to professional radio journalism and its forms.

3. Develop skills in critical reflection on professional practice developed by studying, analysing and interpreting current professional media practice.

4. Develop professional communication skills as applicable to professional broadcast media including voice and presentation.

5. Skills to produce well-researched, effective and relevant radio interviews.

6. Apply Technical skills in digital recording and production skills to produce and present radio interviews, news stories and features.


This course covers professional practice in radio journalism. 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 and its role in society including the radio journalist as a storyteller, interviewer, and information disseminator.
  3. Writing for the spoken word and radio news.
  4. Interviewing for radio using various technologies, and the use of the interview in forms of radio journalism.
  5. Recording and producing interviews for radio and online.
  6. Writing and producing radio news stories for a news bulletin, and presenting a radio news bulletin.
  7. Using your voice to read radio news and narrate stories.
  8. Researching, writing and producing radio news and features for broadcast and online.  


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Communication and the Bachelor of Creative Industries, and associated combined degree programs.

Assumed knowledge

CMNS1230; CMNS1090; CMNS1280; and/or CMNS1290.

Assessment items

Participation: Participation

Project: Radio News Bulletin - Individual and Group

Written Assignment: Radio Short Feature: Assessment 1

Written Assignment: Radio Portfolio: Assessment 2

Contact hours

Callaghan and PSB Singapore


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


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