MDIA 3334 - Radio Journalism
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2020
General Course Information
Course Code MDIA 3334 Course Radio Journalism Coordinating Unit Media Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Average of 6 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Prerequisites MDIA 2334, MDIA 2333 Incompatible MDIA 3329 Restrictions BMedia with Journalism specialisation (other BMedia students who meet prerequisites may be considered if places available) Quota A quota of 24 applies Course Description This course provides students with an opportunity to develop and apply specialised skills in radio news journalism. It also enables students to develop an in-depth understanding of the media environment through the integration of radio news bulletins into the programing of community radio station Radio Adelaide. Essential skills will be covered in intensive workshops in the first two weeks of the semester, and then students will be rostered in teams to write, produce and present daily news bulletins.
Course Coordinator: Dr Kathryn Bowd
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1. Plan, write and present daily local and national radio news bulletins on air
2. Discuss key professional issues relevant to the radio news environment
3. Work co-operatively and effectively as a team member in a working radio station environment
4. Competently operate a studio panel, studio recording equipment and digital audio editing
5. Exercise critical thinking skills to analyse information and make judgements on news 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, 2, 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
1, 3, 4, 5 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
1, 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
1, 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
1, 2, 5 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
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
Required ResourcesNo set requirement
Recommended ResourcesMore information about recommended resources will be provided through MyUni.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThe course is taught primarily off-campus at Radio Adelaide. It has a focus on application of skills and knowledge in a live radio news environment, supplemented by on-campus teaching and learning activities.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.WORKLOAD
2 x 7-hour workshops in Week 1 or 2 (depending on enrolment group)
On-air commitment: 3 hours x 5 days and 2 hours x 5 days – 3 rotations per semester
2-hour weekly editorial meeting/workshop (first half of semester)
2 hours of assignment preparation per week
2 hours of research and news engagement per week
TOTAL = 156 hours per semester
Learning Activities Summary
No information currently available.
Specific Course RequirementsStudents will undertake the applied elements of the course at the Radio Adelaide studios
Small Group Discovery ExperienceThis course is based on small-group learning, with students working in teams of three or four to research, write and present daily news bulletins to set deadlines
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- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Portfolio and reflection - 30%
Individual portfolio of 15 radio news stories prepared for broadcast and a 1300-word reflection on professional and skills development during the semesterNews reading portfolio - 15%Two 3-minute examples of news-reading – one at the start of the semester (formative) and one at the end of the semester (summative)
Peer assessment - 25%
Individual 1300-word reflection on the student’s week as news team producer
Research project - 30%1500-word essay on a radio-related topic
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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