Journalism

Qualification: Postgraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 13 weeks
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Awarded by: Swinburne University of Technology
Course Unit A course unit is a single subject offered as part of a program of study, but can be completed individually. You may receive Recognition of Prior Learning for studying this unit.

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About this unit

The online postgraduate unit in Journalism, offered by Open Universities Australia through Swinburne University of Technology, will allow you to develop an understanding of how journalists work in what is a fast-paced and demanding industry. You’ll examine how news stories are constructed and disseminated, and you’ll also be given the opportunity to plan and write a feature piece that meets the standard expected by a newspaper.

Practical exercises such as this mean that this is a fairly hands-on unit. It is also varied in nature, given the rapidly developing art that is journalism, and you’ll also be given the chance to develop interviewing skills, as well as the opportunity to explore the medium of radio.

As well as the technical requirements of journalism, you’ll gain a contextual understanding of the function of the media in the modern world, and the restrictions that newspapers and media institutions work under.

You’ll be assessed in two ways: through an assignment, worth 60-70% of your eventual mark, and an online discussion, worth 30-40% of your final grade. Specific details will be revealed at the beginning of the unit.

Eligibility

In order to enrol in this unit, you must have been accepted into one of the following courses:

  • Graduate Certificate of Arts (Writing), Swinburne University
  • Graduate Diploma of Arts (Writing), Swinburne University
  • Master of Arts (Writing), Swinburne University

Applicants must also ensure they have not completed a previous version of this unit.

Areas of study

In this Journalism unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Critical and cultural perspectives on the function of the news media
  • News values and conventions of news stories
  • Writing style and the news story
  • Content and the news story
  • Structure and the news story
  • The characteristics of feature articles
  • Interviewing and the ethics of journalism
  • Radio news
  • Television news
  • Reporting on war
  • Alternative forms of journalism
  • Opportunities for publication

Course pathways

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

  • Graduate Certificate of Arts (Writing), Swinburne University of Technology
  • Graduate Diploma of Arts (Writing), Swinburne University of Technology
  • Master of Arts (Writing), Swinburne University of Technology

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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How will this unit advance my career?

This unit, due to its all-encompassing and intensive nature, is indispensable for those who seek to pursue a career in journalism. In what is becoming an increasingly cutthroat industry, you’ll find the insights offered in this unit particularly valuable.

The unit will give you a fascinating idea of how news stories are generated, and will stand you in good stead should you decide to undertake a work experience placement at a local media outlet. Even if you decide that journalism isn’t for you, the critical evaluation and writing skills needed to complete this unit will be easily evident to employers, who highly value such qualities in their employees.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Journalism from Swinburne University of Technology.
  • 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 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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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

 

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You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. 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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