The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019

Course handbook


Through a variety of assigned tasks and self-directed learning, students will develop further their research, interviewing and writing skills. They will prepare, record and edit a number of items for the broadcast medium of television news, and for online. Students will gain 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 and editing is required as these skills are assumed knowledge and are not covered in depth during the course. Students will be directed to resources that will develop their technical skills.

Availability2019 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2019

Learning outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the role of journalism in society, in this case television and video online.

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

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

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

5. Produce well-researched, effective and relevant interviews for television and video online.

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


This course offers study in reflective professional practice in television, and video journalism for online.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. Television journalism - the television reporter as a storyteller, interviewer, information disseminator.
  3. Writing for the spoken word and television.
  4. Television Journalism - the skills base for journalists in a visual medium such as television news and how they translate to the online medium.
  5. Scripting television news and the components of a good news script including the piece to camera.
  6. Getting the story, planning and shooting the story.
  7. Interviewing for television in all its forms e.g. field interview, live studio interview, live cross, the cutaway question etc.
  8. Writing and packaging a television news story for broadcast and doing it to required time and length; voicing and presenting a television news story and knowing when to use a piece to camera.
  9. Video journalism online and how it uses broadcast skills to tell a story.
  10. Presenting news in the television studio and how to present to camera using autocue.  


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 CMNS1230, CMNS1004, CMNS2370 and CMNS2300.

Students are expected to have a foundation in professional writing and journalism equivalent to CMNS1090 and CMNS1280.

Assessment items

Participation: Participation

Project: Assessment 1 - two TV stories

Project: Assessment 2 - online version of story

Project: Assessment 3 - mini news bulletin

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 11 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 7 hour(s) per Week for 2 Weeks starting in week 12


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 10 Weeks starting in week 2


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