Course Title: General News Reporting

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: General News Reporting

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


335H Applied Communication


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 1 2009


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014

Course Coordinator: Dr Bruce Berryman

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3065

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Comm-2147 Professional Writing

Course Description

This course provides an introduction to sourcing your own news, conducting interviews and researching and writing news stories. You will examine how a newspaper newsroom works and how newspaper journalists write hard news stories. You will also learn a range of news writing techniques. Overall, news reporting will be explored in the context of contemporary and future-oriented professional practice.

This course will integrate work based learning and academic learning, commonly referred to as Work Integrated learning (WIL), and will allow you to solve authentic industry problems or address real issues faced in organizations. You will work in a simulated news editorial environment to develop news writing and reporting skills according to industry-standard briefs. You will develop skills and knowledge that are applied in professional practice in the media and communication industries.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes

In this course you will develop and be assessed on the following program learning outcomes:

  • demonstrate creativity, critical thinking and innovation when identifying and solving problems in diverse contexts within the professional communication field
  • communicate using diverse formats and strategies to audiences within and external to your discipline
  • apply initiative and judgment in planning, problem solving and decision making in your practice or future study

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
• describe how a newspaper newsroom operates and how a newspaper is produced;
• analyse the news selection process and its effects;
• explain your professional responsibilities and generate your own story ideas;
• gather general news and write hard news stories for the general news pages of a newspaper, working with the formats and constraints involved; and
• interpret what the future may hold for newspapers, and discuss ways in which professional practice may evolve in reporting news.



Overview of Learning Activities

Your learning experiences may include interactive lectures, tutorials and group based activities. There will be both individual and group exercises to further develop ideas based in classes and you will undertake independent research.

You will learn key concepts and theories underpinning news writing. Classes will also cover the practice of journalism and how journalists find news sources, research stories and gather material at news conferences.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through online systems. All relevant course materials and lists of suggested reading will be made available to you. You will also be expected to make extensive use of the library resources.

You are encouraged to keep up to date with local as well as international news and current affairs and should read at least one daily newspaper. You should also listen to radio news bulletins, watch evening television news bulletins and current affairs programs and keep up with required reading.


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.
Assessments may include a range of activities such as quizzes, assignments, projects, in-class exercises.

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.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document:;ID=ln1kd66y87rc