Newsroom-Applied Professional Practice

Subject JOUR90010 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

June, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 01-Jun-2015 to 26-Jul-2015
Assessment Period End 30-Aug-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 12-Jun-2015
Census Date 19-Jun-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 31-Jul-2015

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 02-Mar-2015 to 31-May-2015
Assessment Period End 26-Jun-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 13-Mar-2015
Census Date 31-Mar-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 08-May-2015

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 27-Jul-2015 to 25-Oct-2015
Assessment Period End 20-Nov-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 07-Aug-2015
Census Date 31-Aug-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 25-Sep-2015

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 28 Hours (flexible delivery)
Total Time Commitment:

170 Hours


This subject is available only to students enrolled in the Master of Journalism.

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Students without industry experience are advised to complete JOUR90001 Researching and Writing Stories before attempting this unit.

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:


Mr Simon Mann


Dr Margaret Simons

Subject Overview:

This subject offers students the opportunity to research and write stories in various styles, which will be considered for publication on The Citizen, the flagship publication of Centre Advancing Journalism.
Students will be required to bring story ideas to regular news conferences for discussion and debate. They will be expected to liaise closely with the editors of The Citizen as they refine their ideas and settle on specific reporting assignments. There will be opportunities for workshopping stories and for collaboration with fellow students, as well as instruction on how best to present their material. The goal will be to produce a body of work of publishable standard.

Learning Outcomes:

Students who successfully complete this subject should be able to:

  • Demonstrate high level journalistic skills
  • Work efficiently in teams and newsroom environments
  • Reflect on their journalistic practice

  • portfolio (4,000 words) of journalistic work, drafts due progressively through the semester, with the final portfolio, reflecting editorial feedback, due in the examination period (80%)
  • reflective essay of 1,500-2000 words, due at the end of teaching period (20%)
Prescribed Texts:

Relevant reading, audio and video material will be made available through the LMS

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • High level ability to analyse writing techniques and affects
  • High level ability to express thoughts, ideas and observations in accessible written English.
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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