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JN1001 - The Journalist and Society

Credit points: 3
Year: 2014
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: School of Arts and Social Sciences (pre 2015)

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.


Townsville, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 27-Mar-2014
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Amy Forbes
Lecturers: Assoc. Professor Amy Forbes, Dr Marie Oelgemoeller.
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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