Journalism Cultures is an online unit offered by Open Universities Australia in association with Griffith University. At its heart, the unit examines how the journalistic skill adapts, and is applied separately; depending on the media culture it resides in. This is not only considered within the constraints of the Australian media – the wider geo-political functions of journalism are also discussed.
To begin with, you will learn exactly what constitutes journalism, and its various manifestations and definitions. Following this, you will learn how technological advances have fundamentally changed our relationship with the written word, and the broader implications of this development. Additionally, this unit also discusses arguments surrounding representation and ethics, discussing the role of journalism in the wider media community.
Ultimately, as well as providing you with a broad understanding of journalism’s application across different media spheres, the course enhances research skills and critical thinking abilities. Skills developed from vigorous analysis will stand you in good stead for future study and beyond.
To be eligible to enrol, applicants must have successfully completed the following unit:
News Writing and Ethics
Areas of study
In this Journalism Cultures unit, the topics you will study include:
The global media and technological convergence
This unit is an elective requirement in the following courses:
Bachelor of Arts, Griffith University
Bachelor of Communication, Griffith University
Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.
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At the core of journalism is the need to understand and analyse information within its wider discursive framework. Through analysing the industry itself, and its numerous media manifestations, you will develop both a deep understanding of the industry, as well as the skills you’ll need to thrive. One of the key characteristics media employers look for is a real passion and knowledge for the business, as well as obvious ability.
In a job interview, intelligent discussion of the themes and topics covered in the unit will show that you are clued-up on the relationship between journalism and media culture in Australia and beyond. Above all, this awareness will suggest that you are conscious of the need to employ different tones of voice, and tailor content specifically in relation to culture – a highly desirable skill in a competitive marketplace.
How else will I benefit from this unit?
Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Journalism Cultures from Griffith University.
Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
Government financial support through FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP may be available.
Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.
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If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.
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You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this course!
This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government loan schemes. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.
Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).
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