Course Title: Advanced Radio Journalism

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Advanced Radio Journalism

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


335H Applied Communication


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 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 03 9925 5216

Course Coordinator

Course Coordinator Location: 9.4.55

Course Coordinator Availability: email for an appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

COMM1044 Radio Journalism

Course Description

This is a third year course in the Bachelor of Communication (Journalism) that will build on and further develop radio journalism skills and techniques and give you experience reporting and presenting live radio news bulletins and radio current affairs.

This course includes a work integrated learning experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context and where feedback from industry and/ or community is integral to your experience.’

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

In this course you will develop the following program capabilities:

  • the cognitive, research, analytical, critical thinking communication and presentation skills required for undergraduate study and professional practice.
  • apply the ethics and regulations which govern modern media and communication practice
  • 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
  • employ 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, edit, interview and present radio news and current affairs
  • Use professional production and editing equipment
  • Report and present live news bulletins
  • Employ teamwork and communication skills required for a successful newsroom
  • Produce an extended current affairs story for broadcast quality

Overview of Learning Activities

Lectures will cover key concepts in advanced radio journalism using audio examples for illustration and analysis. Workshops will involve hands-on instruction, discussion and practise to develop skills in the use of professional recording and editing equipment. You will also take part in gathering, writing and presenting live news bulletins with a focus on teamwork and communication skills.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

As well readings from the recommended text, lecture notes and other materials distributed by lecturer/tutors, students will be expected to watch and listen to a variety of radio and television news programs.

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 a news production test, Triple R Midday News participation and aircheck, and a current affairs package. 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. 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