Course Title: Radio Journalism

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Radio Journalism

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


335H Applied Communication


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014

Course Coordinator: Ms Alex Wake

Course Coordinator Phone: +(61 3) 9925 9749

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 9. 4.57 City Campus

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

COMM 2092 Reporting and Newswriting

Course Description

This course will provide you with a theoretical and practical grounding in the basic concepts and skills of radio journalism. You will be involved in producing and presenting live radio news bulletins. For Bachelor of Communication (Journalism) students this course will also lay the foundations for the third year course, Advanced Radio Journalism. This course is designed to enable you to apply your academic learning to a contemporary workplace situation.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

In this course you will develop the following program capabilities:

- Demonstrate the cognitive, research, analytical, critical thinking, communication and presentation skills required for undergraduate study and professional practice.

- Be able to apply the ethics and regulations which govern modern media and communication practice.

- The ability to recognise news and to apply critical thinking, analytical skills and ethical practice in the gathering and presentation of news within the context of the professional requirements and demands of the multi-media newsroom .

- The professional skills to work in a converged, multi-media newsroom and the ability to adapt to future changes in newsroom practice.

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • write news stories in broadcast style
  • conduct and edit interviews for radio news bulletins using telephone and face to face methods, and
  • use studios, microphones, solid state recorders for broadcast

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in writing stories for radio news, improving your newsreading skills, and using broadcast equipment. You will gain the core concepts of the course through lectures, while in tutorial classes you will undertake interviewing and writing exercises, discuss news and current affairs, prepare for assessment tasks and complete newsreading workshops. In the shifts that you complete for Triple R, you will engage in a variety of tasks including story research, preparation, interviewing, recording, editing and presenting.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. As well as readings from the recommended text, you will also be expected to listen to a variety of radio news programs and read daily and weekly newspapers.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program capabilities. This course has a variety of assessment tasks, including news quizzes, practical exercises and Triple R shifts. 

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.