MDIA 2323 - Applied Broadcast Television and Radio Journalism

North Terrace Campus - Winter - 2015

This course develops skills and knowledge associated with broadcast journalism, with a particular focus on television news. It has a strong emphasis on application of skills through small group work and production of television news stories. It adopts a hands-on approach with emphasis on researching stories, interview techniques, the crafting and filming of to-camera-pieces and compilation of coherent and concise broadcast news stories. It will be taught in collaboration with practising industry professionals to ensure it reflects current industry practice.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MDIA 2323
    Course Applied Broadcast Television and Radio Journalism
    Coordinating Unit Media
    Term Winter
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 18 hours per week x 2 weeks
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites At least 12 units of level 1 undergraduate study
    Restrictions Available to BMedia students only
    Quota 30
    Course Description This course develops skills and knowledge associated with broadcast journalism, with a particular focus on television news. It has a strong emphasis on application of skills through small group work and production of television news stories. It adopts a hands-on approach with emphasis on researching stories, interview techniques, the crafting and filming of to-camera-pieces and compilation of coherent and concise broadcast news stories. It will be taught in collaboration with practising industry professionals to ensure it reflects current industry practice.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Kathryn Bowd

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

    1. Understand news values to identify appropriate story content for broadcast news reporting
    2. Use appropriate methods for researching broadcast news stories
    3. Be able to gather information through a variety of methods using primary and secondary sources
    4. Work effectively individually and in teams to produce high quality radio and television news reporting
    5. Be able to consistently meet production deadlines whilst maintaining high journalistic standards
    6. Understand need for professional ethics in journalism and apply these in practice
    7. Produce news reports using industry-appropriate techniques of scripting, shooting and editing.
    8. Understand how to work efficiently with a film crew to maximise camera time
    9. Understand how to work efficiently with an editor to maximise editing time



    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 2, 3
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 5, 7
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 4, 8, 9
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 7
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1, 5
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 6
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1, 6
  • Learning Resources
    Recommended Resources
    Phillips, G., and Lindgren, M. (2013), Australian Broadcast Journalism (3rd edition). Oxford University Press.

    Alysen, B. (2012). The Electronic Reporter (3rd edition). UNSW Press.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course will be taught face-to-face through workshops in intensive mode during the winter school period.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    A guide to workload for this course is:

    Workshop attendance: 6 hours per day (class time) for six days scheduled over two or three weeks during the winter school period.
    Workshop preparation: 12 hours
    Assignment preparation: 20 hours
    Engagement with news: 10 hours

    This is an approximation of the likely time required in class and outside of class during the winter school period to complete all elements of the course. Actual workload will vary.

    Students will need to ensure they attend off-campus activities scheduled during the workshop period.

    Students are expected to attend classes having completed any preparatory work. As the course is taught in intensive mode, students who do not complete preparatory work may find it difficult to keep up with class work.

    As this is an applied Journalism course, students are expected to engage in watching, reading and listening to news during the workshop period. This engagement with news will form part of the basis for discussions and activities in workshops.
    Learning Activities Summary
    A detailed schedule of course learning activities will be posted on MyUni. This will include both on-campus and off-campus activities.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    This course has four assessment items, focused on application of practical broadcast skills and reflective analysis of this application.

    Assessment points reflect the applied nature of the course, culminating in the production of broadcast-ready news as the final assessment item.

    Assessment items are:
    • Report: 20%
    • News script and discussion: 20%
    • Broadcast-ready news report: 50%
    • Participation: 10%
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Students must attend all off-campus activities in order to be able to meet the assessment requirements of this course.
    Assessment Detail
    Detailed information about assessment will be provided through MyUni and in workshops.
    Submission
    Written assignments are to be submitted electronically through MyUni.

    Information on arrangements for submission of broadcast work will be provided through MyUni and in workshops.
    Course Grading

    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

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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