Journalism Project

Subject JOUR90012 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

January, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 05-Jan-2016 to 28-Feb-2016
Assessment Period End 28-Feb-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 15-Jan-2016
Census Date 22-Jan-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 12-Feb-2016

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 25-Jul-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 05-Aug-2016
Census Date 31-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 30 Hours: regular meetings with industry supervisors and Centre for Advancing Journalism staff.
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


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%)

Students are required to attend a minimum of 80% of meeting with Centre for Advancing Journalism staff in order to pass this subject.

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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