Video and Audio Journalism

Subject JOUR90005 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2013:

June, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 hours (8 x 3 hour seminars)
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours


This subject is available only to students enrolled in the Master of Journalism. Students in the 200 point program should complete JOUR90001 Researching and Writing Stories before doing this unit.

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Dr Margaret Simons


The Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences


Subject Overview:

This is a practice based subject that introduces students to multimedia journalism, including the use of audio and video, both as standalone journalistic platforms and also as incorporated into multimedia journalism projects. Students will be given an informed perspective on the ways in which multimedia journalism and “mojo” journalism methods are already changing journalism, and likely to change it in the future. Prominent and innovative working practitioners will provide professional, practical and theoretical insights into the dynamic of recent changes in the profession brought about by new technologies, globalisation and increased mobility, and help students to reflect on the challenges and opportunities of being a journalist now and into the future.


Students who successfully complete this subject should:

  • be able to use video and audio equipment to compile news reports;
  • be able to use multimedia to enhance journalistic storytelling
  • demonstrate a high-level of written and oral communication skills;
  • have developed advanced expertise in researching, writing and editing their own work;
  • be able to apply high level research skills to investigate news stories;
  • demonstrate an advanced and practical understanding of how video and audio news stories are put together;
  • be equipped to critically reflect on writing challenges that journalists face across different media and;
  • be equipped to critically reflect on a range of case studies relating to journalism practice.

  • Audio Assignment One (equivalent to 1,000 words), due in week two of teaching period (10%)
  • Audio Assignment Two – 3.3 minute current affairs story (equivalent to 2,000 words), due in week four of teaching period (30%)
  • Video Assignment (equivalent to 1,500 words), due in week six of teaching period (20%)
  • Mojo assignment – one minute news story equivalent to 800 words, due in week seven of teaching period (10%)
  • Video Assignment (equivalent to 1,500 words), due at the conclusion of teaching period (30%)

Prescribed Texts:

A compiled reader will be made available

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

Students who successfully complete this subject should:

  • understand the fundamental principles for making critical and ethical judgments regarding professional journalism practice;
  • evaluate the dynamic processes of change operating in contemporary media and communication industries;
  • demonstrate skills in journalistic research, analysis and interpretation;
  • demonstrate skills in writing, reporting and communicating facts and ideas;
  • develop time management and planning skills through managing and organising workloads;
  • acquire cultural and ethical understanding through reflection, reading and practical experience of journalists’ responsibilities;
  • demonstrate an understanding of how to market their own ideas and successfully pursue careers in an increasingly diversified and transforming industry environment.

Links to further information:
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: 100 Point Master of Journalism
150 Point Master of Journalism
200 Point Master of Journalism

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