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JN1005 - Writing Convergent Stories

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

Students study the language of news, how to discern which medium suits the matter of a given story, and how to construct a news story. They learn how to write introductions, how to use quotes, and how and when to employ active and passive voice. They learn to write across different media, including when and how to use the 'inverted pyramid' format; and how to approach interviewees and conduct a journalistic interview. Across the subject students are expected to generate fresh story ideas and to develop a news style of their own.

Learning Outcomes

  • to shape information into news stories;
  • to develop interviewing skills;
  • to develop writing skills in the news genre;
  • to understand news values.


Townsville, Internal, Study Period 2
Census Date 28-Aug-2014
Coord/Lect: Dr Maxine Newlands.
Workload expectations:
  • 13 hours lectures
  • 24 hours tutorials
Assessment: end of semester exam (30%); tutorial attendance and participation (20%); assignments (50%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.