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: Tito Ambyo

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3717

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: RMIT City Campus, Building 9

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will acquire and develop knowledge of the role of journalism in democratic societies. You will be introduced to practical journalistic activities, news gathering, reporting and writing. This course prepares you for more advanced journalism courses by exploring journalism’s basic functions, and best professional practices, and how they converge in the modern newsroom.



Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes

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

  • Plan, produce and evaluate innovative content, optimizing uses of technology that meets the needs of diverse stakeholders in an international environment
  • Communicate using diverse forats and strategies to audiences within and external to your discipline

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • explain the role of journalism and journalists in democratic societies
  • describe how a newsroom operates and how news is produced
  • identify news values and sources of news
  • research and write basic news stories



Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in learning that involves a range of activities such as lectures, tutorials, seminars, project work, class discussion, individual and group activities.

Overview of Learning Resources

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

A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

The University Library has extensive resources for Journalism students. The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies:

The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian.



Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Assessment will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning.Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.


Assessment tasks


1.10 x Weekly News Quiz  10%

Linked course learning outcomes:  1 & 3


2. Hard News Story with multimedia additions 40%

Linked course learning outcomes:  3 & 4


3.Twitter Engagement: Print and submit 20 standout tweets from your account over the course of the semester 20%

Linked course learning outcomes: 1, 3 & 4


4. Essay: 30%. 

Linked course learning outcomes: 1 & 2


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 Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.