Course Title: Introduction to Newspaper Reporting

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Introduction to Newspaper Reporting

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


335H Applied Communication


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008

Course Coordinator: Erica Cervini

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6001

Course Coordinator

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

The course is an introduction to the journalism industry and to basic journalism skills. It teaches the fundamental practical skills for newsgathering, news evaluation and news writing. It prepares students for advanced journalism and for the profession.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course aims to give students:

An understanding of the role of the newspaper reporter.

An understanding of how the newspaper newsroom operates.

The knowledge on how to keep a contact book.

An understanding of the sources of information available for newsgathering.

The ability to derive information from news sources.

The ability to identify news values.

Proficiency in writing basic hard news leads using correct attribution.

The ability to write succinctly

The ability to write basic hard news stories to a deadline

The ability to write to house style.

The ability to come up with story ideas.

The ability to do basic news interviews

Overview of Learning Activities

Students will have lectures, practical writing exercises and guest lecturers. Students will also have class discussion and field assignments.

Students may find it difficult to grasp concepts if they do not attend classes.

Overview of Learning Resources

As well as readings from the prescribed text, students will be expected to read a variety of daily and weekly newspapers and watch/listen to a wide variety of radio and television news and current affairs programs.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course involves a variety of in-class assessable exercises, writing assignments and tutorial participation. Students need to reach a satisfactory standard in all components of the assessment to pass the course.