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JN1005 - Introduction to Multimedia Journalism, Writing and Communication

Credit points: 3
Year: 2021
Student Contribution Band: Band 4
Administered by: College of Arts, Society & Education

This subject examines the economic, cultural and social significance of media and communication industries in a contemporary, globalised media landscape. Subject material covered aid students' understanding of how meaning is negotiated in various communication contexts. Students learn basic journalism skills, examine different types of journalism and the different professional roles journalists occupy. There is an explanation of news, news sense and news values as students consider what makes news, what is not news, and why.

Learning Outcomes

  • develop and demonstrate interviewing skills;
  • develop and demonstrate writing skills in the news genre;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the role and importance of communication in society;
  • critically appraise news values;
  • independently plan, source and write an original news story of publishable standard.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination - In class - (30%) - Individual
  • Participation > Class participation - (20%) - Individual
  • Written > Media article - (50%) - Individual.


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 25-Mar-2021
Coord/Lect: Dr Marie Oelgemoeller.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 24 hours online tutorials
  • 13 hours online content
  • assessment and self-directed study

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.