Course Title: Online Journalism Production

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Online Journalism Production

Credit Points: 12


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

COMM2085

City Campus

Undergraduate

335H Applied Communication

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008

Course Coordinator: Renee Barnes

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 5216

Course Coordinator Email:renee.barnes@rmit.edu.au


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

COMM-1049 Online Journalism Theory and Practice
COMM-1052 Feature Writing
COMM-1045 Television Journalism


Course Description

This course equips students to work in an online newsroom. It teaches editorial and writing skills for online journalism and basic technical production skills relevant to current industry practices. In addition, this course examines debate around the practice and future of Online Journalism.

This is a journalism course which provides students with the production skills necessary to properly display their online work; it is not a course teaching web-design.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Students will learn how to:

- Create in-depth web-based journalism, incorporating use of images and multimedia elements
- Gather and process still images for online publication
- Use multimedia software such as Flash
- Critically evaluate news page design, layout and content
- Critically evaluate current theories of online journalism


By the end of this course, students will have developed sound knowledge of online journalism production by applying web production techniques to a number of learning tasks, particularly newsroom-based production tasks, which mirror current industry practices.
Students will also gain a sound understanding of the current debates surrounding online journalism and the online publishing industry.



Overview of Learning Activities

Through the labs, students will learn to plan and create dynamic online journalism packages. In the lectures, students will learn to think beyond the constraints of the printed page or the broadcast medium. In addition, this course examines debate around the practice and future of online journalism.
The regular assessment projects will encourage better online writing and publishing and will allow students to apply their new knowledge and skills to produce professional-level packages for their portfolio.


Overview of Learning Resources


Like all professional journalists, students are expected to keep up to date on news and current affairs. It is important you read, listen to and watch widely a range of news websites, newspapers and radio and television programs outside their immediate fields of interest.


Overview of Assessment

Students will demonstrate learning in this course by successfully completing assessment tasks relating to online journalism theory and practice. Students need to reach a satisfactory standard in all components of the assessment to pass the course.