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JN3102 - Radio Documentaries

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

Available only to students in accredited journalism programs or by permission of Head of School.

Radio documentaries are long non-fictional audio stories, which in this subject students learn to produce in various formats, from traditional journalistic investigation and reporting employed to explore an issue in depth, to innovative formats which mix commentary, sound pictures and other kinds of audio art. This subject hones advanced interviewing techniques, scripting, sound gathering and technical skills, including command of the advanced features of NewsBoss, to professional level. We put considerable emphasis on developing a "broadcast voice" through advanced voice training, and expect all students to produce professional-standard content for the JCU digital media platform.

Learning Outcomes

  • development of advanced skills in radio news and current affairs;
  • advanced familiarity with the technical aspects of radio production and presentation;
  • advanced understanding of the work of the professional radio journalist.
To undertake this subject, students must have successfully completed 12 credit points (four subjects) of level 1 study at tertiary level
Prerequisites: JN2301
JN2123 JB3102 IA2123 JN5102


Townsville, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 27-Mar-2014
Coord/Lect: Dr Maxine Newlands.
Workload expectations:
  • 13 hours lectures
  • 20 hours practicals
Assessment: tutorial attendance and participation (10%); major documentary (50%); assignments (20%); minor documentary (20%).

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.