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JN1001 - The Journalist and Society

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: School of Arts & Social Sciences

Journalists record history as the people's witness while presenting a forum for ideas and opinions. Drawing on case studies, this subject explores some of the issues that confront the contemporary journalist. Students examine the relationship between journalists and the political process, including the censoring of freedom of speech, the role of the reporter in war, and the decline of investigative journalism in the face of homogenised news.

Learning Outcomes

  • to understand the effects those issues have on the reporting of news;
  • to understand the issues in society that shape journalists and journalism today.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments;
  • The ability to adapt knowledge to new situations;
  • The ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
  • The ability to speak and write logically, clearly and creatively;
  • The ability to use and interpret different media;
  • A coherent and disciplined body of skills, knowledge, values and professional ethics in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to use a variety of media and methods to retrieve, analyse, evaluate, organise and present information;
  • The ability to reflect on and evaluate learning processes and products;
  • The ability to learn independently and in a self-directed manner.


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 22-Mar-2012
Coord/Lect: <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 10 hours tutorials
Assessment: end of semester exam (40%); tutorial attendance and participation (10%); assignments (50%).

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