Course Title: Broadcast Journalism: Radio

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Broadcast Journalism: Radio

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015

Course Coordinator: Alex Wake

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9749

Course Coordinator

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Broadcast Journalism: TV (COMM2423)

Course Description

This course will further develop skills introduced in Broadcast Journalism: TV and provide you with a theoretical and practical grounding in the basic concepts and skills of radio journalism. It prepares you in the audio, interviewing and writing skills necessary for radio news and current affairs journalists.. You will have an opportunity to produce and present live-to-air radio news.

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

Program learning outcomes

 In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • Practise core newsgathering, writing, production, presentation and technical skills to a professional standard across all media platforms
  • Employ appropriate technical skills and theoretical knowledge to solve problems associated with creative work
  • Work collaboratively to plan and produce projects within journalism

 Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Critically discuss the cultural, ethical and legal frameworks relevant to radio practice
  • Write, edit, interview and present for radio news and current affairs programs
  • Use professional audio recorders, digital editing equipment, microphones and an on-air studio
  • Report, produce and present live news bulletins
  • Apply teamwork and communication skills to successfully participate in newsroom practice

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in learning that involves a range of activities such as workshops, project work, lectures, tutorials, class discussion, individual and group activities. You will learn to write, edit, interview and present radio news and current affairs using professional equipment.

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 [discipline] 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 may include reports, reflective papers, creative projects and presentations, individually and in groups. Assessment will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning.
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, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: