News and Information Gathering

Qualification: Undergraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: HECS-HELP may be available
FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 13 weeks
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Awarded by: Griffith University
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

Develop your nose for news with this 13-week online unit on News and Information Gathering. Provided by Open Universities Australia and Griffith University, the unit covers all the major aspects of journalism, from media conferences and writing skills to dealing with ethical issues and the law.

You will develop a systematic approach to information gathering and have the opportunity to learn about the various reporting rounds, including crime, politics, sport, economics and social issues. You will be encouraged to pursue your interests and develop your own unique style.

The unit involves an online forum, where you will interact with peers to discuss the relevant literature and your practical work. You will also be invited to reflect on the ethical dilemmas that journalists face on a daily basis.

Upon completion of this unit, you will feel confident in your ability to quickly compile a news story on deadline. You will learn to gather information resourcefully, write under pressure, and act within the legal and ethical dimensions of the journalistic profession.

Eligibility

To be eligible for this unit, you must have successfully completed the following units before starting this unit:

  • News Writing and Ethics
  • News and Politics

Areas of study

In this News and Information Gathering unit, the topics you will study include:

  • What is news gathering?
  • Key new rounds
  • How to research
  • Law and ethics
  • Investigative traditions
  • Turning information into news
  • The life of a news story
  • Advanced news writing
  • The role of journalism in a Westminster democracy
  • The future of journalism

Course pathways

This unit is an elective 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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How will this unit advance my career?

This unit will prepare you for a career in the high-pressure world of journalism. It will help you explore and develop your interests, by learning about the various rounds, reporting from the court, parliament and sports arena.

You will develop key abilities in gathering information, writing under pressure, and finish with a thorough understanding of legal and ethical obligations. You will be exposed to the moral dilemmas faced by journalists, and learn about the nature of news and the role of journalism in today’s digital world.

Upon completion of this unit, you will feel ready and confident to pursue a career in the newsroom.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in News and Information Gathering 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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Financial assistance

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).

Find out more about government study loans here.
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