MDIA 3329 - Transforming Journalism: Adv Reporting Workshop
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2017
General Course Information
Course Code MDIA 3329 Course Transforming Journalism: Adv Reporting Workshop Coordinating Unit Media Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 6 Contact Up to 6 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites MDIA 2333 Reporting Principles and Practice, MDIA 2334 Writing for News Media Restrictions Available only to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Media with Journalism major Quota A quota of 24 applies Course Description Transformations in the media industry have brought challenges and exciting opportunities for new forms of journalism and reporting. This course focuses on two key areas of journalism ? broadcast and long-form journalism ? as well as providing opportunities to consider a range of changing influences on professional practice. It gives students an in-depth understanding of the media environment through work in Radio Adelaide's newsroom supporting broadcast and online reporting. Students will be taught pre-requisite skills in an intensive fortnight of lectures and then rostered in teams to produce daily news bulletins and publish bulletins online.
Course Coordinator: Dr John Budarick
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
1 Plan, write and present daily local and national radio news bulletins 2 Research and present news bulletins on air and online 3 Work co-operatively and effectively as a team member in a working radio station environment 4 Work competently on a studio panel, studio recording equipment, digital audio editing and online 5 Exercise critical thinking skills to analyse information and make judgements on news value 6 Explore professional issues and skills related to journalism, particularly within the context of changing practice 7 Research and plan long-form journalism outputs 8 Write and produce long-form journalism outputs 9 Understand the role of long-form journalism in the media landscape 10
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Recommended ResourcesRecommended resources will be listed on MyUni.
Because students will be writing, producing and presenting radio news bulletins, all students are expected to keep up-to-date with current news events and issues throughout the semester. Useful news resources include:
Online LearningThis course makes extensive use of MyUni. Assignments are to be submitted through MyUni.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course is taught through a combination of lectures and training at Radio Adelaide - leading to students working in teams to write, produce and present regular radio news bulletins - and on-campus workshops.
Students will work at Radio Adelaide in small groups under the supervision of the Course Coordinator and Radio Adelaide staff, with increasing independence across the semester, but continual monitoring.
A series of on-campus workshops during the semester will focus on key issues and skills related to professional practice in journalism.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.Workload in this course is variable across the semester because of the small-group nature of much of the work at Radio Adelaide.
Total commitment for the semester will be approximately:
Radio Adelaide training and workshops: 22.5 hours
Rostered news bulletins: 60 hours
On-campus workshops: 12 hours
Preparation for on-campus workshops: 12 hours
Preparation of assignments and peer/self assessment: 36 hours
Please note that this is a guide only - individual workloads will vary depending on assignment deadlines and other factors.
Learning Activities SummaryA detailed schedule for this course will be posted on MyUni. Students should familiarise themselves with this schedule as soon as possible and make Radio Adelaide aware of any scheduling problems BEFORE news teams are finalised.
Please be aware that there is extremely limited flexibility in this schedule, and students are responsible for ensuring that their other commitments can be managed around the schedule.
Training at Radio Adelaide will take place during the first two weeks of the semester. After that, students will be rostered on in their news groups on a weekly basis - one week of breakfast news, followed by one week of drivetime news, followed by a three-week break before the cycle begins again.
Please note that radio bulletins will continue as normal on public holidays and during the mid-semester break.
The on-campus workshop program will run throughout the semester - see schedule in My Uni for specific weeks and content.
Specific Course RequirementsStudents must ensure they are available when their scheduled news team is rostered to be at Radio Adelaide. News groups will be finalised in Week 1 of the semester.
Small Group Discovery ExperienceSmall Group Discovery Experience is embedded throughout this course, but particularly within the Radio Adelaide news production component. Students work in small teams under the guidance of the Course Coordinator to produce on-air news bulletins. In on-campus workshops students work in small groups to exercise their critical thinking skills.
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Assessment SummaryAs this is a 6-unit course, the assessment workload is approximately double that of a typical 3-unit course.
There are five assessment items in this course: self-assessment of news radio bulletin work; peer assessment of radio bulletin work; lecturer assessment of radio news scripts/portfolio; feature story; and presentation on a topic related to professional practice in journalism.
Assessment DetailDetails of assessment items will be provided through MyUni and in workshops (on campus and at Radio Adelaide).
Assignment 1: Self-assessment of contribution to radio news bulletins
Assignment 2: Peer assessment contribution to radio news bulletins
Assignment 3: Radio news scripts/portfolio
Assignment 4: Feature story (or radio documentary)
Assignment 5: Presentation
SubmissionAll written assignments must be submitted through MyUni.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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