Course Title: Print Editing and Production

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Print Editing and Production

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 Amanda Crane

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99255216

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 9.4.55

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

COMM1052, COMM1049

Course Description

This course takes your news writing skills to the next level: sub-editing, page design and newsroom management. Integrated within the course is The City Journal, where you and your classmates will take on editing roles to produce a professional publication. 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 multimedia newsroom .
  • The professional skills to work in a converged, multimedia newsroom and the ability to adapt to future changes in newsroom practice.

Upon completion of this class, you will be able to:

  • identify the journalistic practices involved in producing a printed newspaper.
  • identify the importance of excellent spelling, grammar, punctuation and style in a printed publication.
  • assess the role of budgeting and design in publishing newspapers.
  • develop confidence in working and communicating with others to produce a newspaper.
  • develop basic skills in editing and laying out newspaper pages.

Overview of Learning Activities

The teaching schedule for this class starts with basic editing and design concepts presented in lectures. Labs are designed for you to practice the concepts, and later used as newsrooms to build The City Journal, a regular publication produced by RMIT journalism students and distributed throughout Melbourne’s CBD. As the semester develops, lectures will examine more specific newsroom roles, such as photo editing and management, and labs will allow further autonomy on City Journal production.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. You should be reading the daily and weekly media as often as possible, in print and on-line, and watching/listening to news on the radio and television.Further readings will be assigned as needed and available in class or through Blackboard.

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 may include tutorial exercises in editing and layout of news stories and other tasks related to the production of a newspaper. Feedback will 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.