Journalism Project

Subject JOUR90012 (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:

January, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 06-Jan-2015 to 01-Mar-2015
Assessment Period End 01-Mar-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 16-Jan-2015
Census Date 23-Jan-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 13-Feb-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: 30 Hours (flexible devlivery)
Total Time Commitment:

510 Hours


This subject can be taken only in the second 100 points of the Master of Journalism degree.

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


Office of Graduate Studies, Faculty of Arts


Subject Overview:

Students will work intensively under advanced industry supervision on an agreed journalistic project, such as a documentary, series of articles, book or investigative assignment. Working with the resources of the Centre for Advanced Journalism and other academic staff, the student will complete a publishable piece of innovative journalism, and a short essay reflecting on their professional practice.

Learning Outcomes:

Students who successfully complete this subject should be able to:

  • Demonstrate high level journalistic skills;
  • Reflect on their journalistic practice;
  • Understand the fundamental principles for making critical and ethical judgments regarding professional journalism practice;
  • 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.
  • Portfolio of journalistic work of about 11,000 words and/or equivalent in multimedia, due in the examination period (80%)
  • 4,000 word essay reflecting on journalistic practice, due in the examination period (20%)
Prescribed Texts:

Appropriate readings will be decided by academic staff depending on the nature of the project.

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:

Journalism Project must be completed over three consecutive semesters (total 37.5 points).

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: 100 Point Master of Journalism
150 Point Master of Journalism
200 Point Master of Journalism

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