Available in 2021
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


Students will develop research, interviewing and writing skills to prepare, record and edit material suitable for multiplatform journalism. Students will develop skills demonstrating ethical and legal obligations of story creation. Workshops will cover writing for the spoken word, recording, interviewing, editing, storing, retrieving and embedding video.

Availability2021 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2021

Learning outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate and apply practical knowledge of video storytelling skills to produce television news and appropriate video in online and social media platforms

2. Undertake professional research, writing and production skills appropriate to television, video and online journalism

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

4. Demonstrate communication skills as applicable to a broadcast journalist including voice and presentation

5. Produce well-researched, effective and relevant interviews for video news production

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


Topics will include:

  1. The responsibility to produce accurate and fair reporting, particularly in a media-convergent world and in a multicultural society
  2. The video journalist as reporter, storyteller, interviewer, information disseminator
  3. Getting, planning and recording the video story
  4. Interviewing for video for a range of outcomes
  5. Scripting, writing and packaging news
  6. Presenting news in the field and in the television studio
  7. Video journalism across online and social media


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

It is assumed that students have technical proficiency in video and audio recording and editing, including the software used in this course, provided in CMNS1240.

Students are expected to have a foundation in News Media and Media Storytelling equivalent to CMNS2320 and CMNS1090.

Assessment items

Professional Task: Assessment 1 - two TV stories (50%)

Professional Task: Assessment 2 - Video Online (25%)

Professional Task: Assessment 3 - Mini news bulletin (25%)

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Workshop: Induction Requirement - Students must attend and pass the induction requirements before attending these sessions. - In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory safety induction (studio).

Contact hours

Callaghan and PSB Singapore


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 4 Weeks starting in week 1

Weeks 1, 3, 5, 7


Face to Face On Campus 17 hour(s) per Term Full Term starting in week 2

1 hour(s) per Week for Weeks 2-12 6 hour(s) for one Week in Weeks 13


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

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.