MDIA 3333 - Long-form Journalism
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2020
General Course Information
Course Code MDIA 3333 Course Long-form Journalism Coordinating Unit Media Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites MDIA 2334 or MDIA 2333 Incompatible MDIA 3329 Restrictions Priority is given to BMedia students enrolled in the Journalism major but available to other students who meet the prerequisites Course Description This course provides students with an opportunity to explore ideas of journalism as storytelling, and to develop and apply skills in researching, writing and producing long-form journalism across a range of media platforms. Students will critically engage with feature writing, documentary, podcasting and web journalism to inform and develop their own practice in these areas.
Course Coordinator: Dr Kathryn Bowd
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes1. Examine and critically analyse the role of long-form journalism in the media landscape
2. Research and plan long-form journalism outputs
3. Write and produce long-form journalism outputs
4. Demonstrate research and interviewing skills focused on journalism outputs
5. Critically engage with long-form journalism across a range of platforms
6. Exercise critical thinking skills to analyse information and make judgements on news and information value
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) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1, 3, 5 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
2, 3, 4, 6 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
2, 3, 4 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
2, 3, 4 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
2, 5, 6 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
Required ResourcesMore information about required resources will be provided through MyUni.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course is taught in a weekly three-hour seminar
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.1 x 3-hour seminar per week
2 hours assignment preparation per week
3 hours research and news engagement per week
5 hours reading per week
Learning Activities SummaryWeek-by-week course content is available on the MyUni site.
Specific Course RequirementsNo specific course requirements.
Small Group Discovery ExperienceStudents will work in small groups to explore genres of long-form journalism and to present conclusions about the future of these genres
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment SummaryPresentation and debate - 20%Individual presentation on a topic related to long-form journalism plus facilitation of in-class debate
Minor long-form piece - 20%1500-word (or equivalent) piece of original long-form journalism for print/text or radio
Research and planning report - 20%Report on development of research and planning for major long-form piece
Major long-form piece - 30%1800-word (or equivalent) piece of original long-form journalism for any medium
Due to the current COVID-19 situation modified arrangements have been made to assessments to facilitate remote learning and teaching. Assessment details provided here reflect recent updates.
Assignment 1 (presentation and discussion) has been modified to recorded presentation only, on either a group or individual basis and according to the original presentation schedule.
Assignment 2 (minor long-form piece) has been modified to remove the requirement for interviews to be conducted face-to-face.
Assignment 3 (research and planning) has been modified to reduce the number of required interviews from three to two.
Assignment 4 (major long-form piece) has been modified to remove the requirement for the reduced number of interviews to be conducted face-to-face.
Assessment Related RequirementsStudents must submit all assessment items in order to pass the course
No information currently available.
SubmissionAll assignments must be submitted via 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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