Course Title: Advanced Print Reporting

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Advanced Print Reporting

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 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014

Course Coordinator: Dr Antonio Castillo

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99255216

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 9.4.55

Course Coordinator Availability: Tuesday 2:00-3:00PM or by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

COMM2406 Introduction to Journalism
COMM2092 Reporting and Newswriting
COMM2410 Journalism Ethics and Regulations

Course Description

The aim of the course is to introduce you to the ways media outlets organize their coverage of society in rounds and to consider the implications of this practice. You will gain an insight into reporting various rounds such as politics, international news, economics, sport and bit of entertainment. You will also be introduced to the techniques of feature writing, commentaries, news analysis and what is called “explanatory journalism.”

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 recognize 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 multimedia newsroom.
The professional skills to work in a converged, multimedia newsroom and the ability to adapt to future changes in newsroom practice

In this course you will dvelop the following course learning outcomes:

  • develop feature and feature-style writing techniques 
  • consolidate interviewing skills
  • apply these skills to specific rounds
  • know the basics of reporting a round and how it fits within the overall organisational structure
  • further develop hard news writing skills in the context of rounds reporting
  • broad knowledge of news and current affairs

Overview of Learning Activities

During tutorials you will engage in writing and fact-finding exercises as well as discussing the key concepts underpinning rounds reporting and feature writing. 
You will find it difficult to grasp the necessary concepts if you do not attend lectures and tutorials.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.
There is no prescribed text for this course. Readings will be taken from text books prescribed in previous journalism courses and students will also be expected to read/watch/listen to a wide variety of print, radio and television news.

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. Assessment for this course includes news quizzes, news and feature writing assignments.
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. An assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers. Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document