You should refer, where relevant, to the week by week readings for this subject. Feel free to refer to other material if you wish.
This is an academic essay, not a news writing assignment. Please provide references and a bibliography. However, clarity of expression is still very highly valued, and we penalise rather than reward padding.
“Journalism’s first loyalty is to citizens,” say Kovach and Rosentiel at page 52 of The Elements of Journalism, (Three Rivers Press, 2007.)
Choose a recent issue that has been widely reported in the Australian media
Did the journalists fulfil their "first loyalty"? What other considerations did the journalists have to heed as they did their work? Did they make the right choices?
As with the news writing exercises, brevity, clarity and concise expression will be rewarded, and padding will be penalised. The 2000 word limit is a MAXIMUM. Normal academic referencing is expected for
this essay,and it should include a bibliography.
Strict adherence to News Limited style is not required for this essay,but mistakes in grammar, punctuation and spelling will be penalised.
Course participants should feel free to suggest an essay topic if there is an issue of particular interest to them. We are prepared to be flexible.
The assessment criteria for the essay are:
Demonstrated understanding of the issue
Demonstrated clear thinking and argument
Ability to research the issue, and to assemble and assess evidence
Clarity of expression
Correct spelling, grammar and punctuation
The essay will be marked out of 100. You will be given a core mark, then one mark will be deducted for each mistake in spelling, grammar and punctuation.
Introduction and Chapters 1, 2 and 3
Kovach, Bill and Rosentiel,
The Elements of Journalism: What Newspeople Should Know and the
Public Should Expect.
Three Rivers Press, New York 2007
Reading 2. Chapters 10, 11 and 12 of Alysen, B., Oakham, M.,
Patching, R. and Sedorkin, G.
Reporting in a Multimedia World
to Core Journalism Skills
. (second edition) Allen and Unwin 2011.
2, Michael Schudson,
Need an Unlovable Press
Polity Press, 2008.
4 and 14 of
The History of News
Edition) Oxford University Press 2006.
(The websites below are not included in your compiled reader. Please take
time to explore the
Reading 6 and 7
One of the interesting innovations in
political reporting is live
blogging, of which
the leading Australian practitioner is Katharine Murphy, now working for the
Guardian in Australia.
Listen to how she developed the form on the ABC Media Report here:
And read her deeper
And have a look at what she is doing this week on The Guardian in Australia
Another innovation is sourcing news and reporting via Twitter. Please read this
piece on Andy
Carvin and Twitter as a news tool. Click on the links in the piece
for more information and background.
Finally, to prepare for the interview skills role play exercise, and thinking about
interview skills more generally, please take a look at this website.
t in reading guide.)
“Treatment of Survivors and Victims”
& Gawenda, Michael
. In the Media Spotlight
The Interview: A Hollow Dance Looking for
Chapter 5 of Ricketson, Matthew (ed)
Australian Journalism Today,
Palgrave Macmillan 2012.
“Explaining the Explainer”
“The Journalists in the
Journalism at the Crossroads
, Scribe 2011
Contemporary examples of interviews will be provided in class
Week beginning March 24
Class title: Contacts and Sources
The class deals with
the knotty business of contacts and sources, their uses and
abuses. We practice our writing and interview s
kills, and begin to develop
Draft of First
Portfolio Story due this week
writing exercise will be delivered.
readings for this week are mostly
hotlinked from the LMS.
Carlson article is available as a .pdf from the LMS.)
ABC Editorial Policies
Final Report, Sources and Conflicts
Dueling, Dancing or Dominating? Journalist and
Volume 3, Issue 4
Right to Know Coalition
Submission to the Inquiry into the Evidence
Amendment (Journalists Privilege) Bill 2009.
This class will examine the idea of objectivity. What does it mean? Is it possible,
and does it remain important in an age when anyone can
Chapter 4 and 5
Kovach, Bill and Rosentiel, Tom.
The Elements of
Journalism: What Newspeople Should Know and the Public Should Expect.
Rivers Press, New York 2007
Contemporary examples will also be used this week.
Week beginning April 7
ss Title: Reporting Public Forums
Final of first portfolio news story to be submitted.
The class discusses how parliament works, and how both the forum and the
surrounding politics are reflected in news reportage.
We will hear from key
rs on their experiences of political journalism, and gain some tips on the
differences between good and bad public forum reportage.
An assessable news writing exercise will be delivered.
Fact Sheets A1
Life in the Clickstream
The Future of Journalism
the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance, 2011.
otlinked from the LMS)
Chapter 1 “Digital First”
of Simons, Margaret
Journalism at the
, Scribe 2011, pp. 20
9 Week Beginning 5 May
Reporting Public Forums Part Two
Supreme Court of Victoria
Covering the Courts: A Basic Guide for
The Journalists’ Guide to
Edition) Allen and Unwin 20
beginning May 12
Class title Excursion
Final of Third Portfolio story to be delivered
Class excursion to the courts
basis of part of portfolio.
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