Course Title: Broadcast Journalism: Television

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Broadcast Journalism: Television

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015

Course Coordinator: Jill Singer

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 53295

Course Coordinator

Course Coordinator Location: 9:4:53

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course is designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills to work as a television journalist on location and in studio.  You will have the opportunity to use digital technology for camera and editing and produce and/or present live-to-air television news and current affairs.
This course includes a work integrated learning experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in the context of a real television newsroom.

This course is designed to enable you to apply your academic learning to a contemporary workplace situation. The integration of work-based learning and academic learning, commonly referred to as Work Integrated Learning (WIL), will allow you to solve authentic workplace problems or address real issues faced by journalists

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes

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

  • practise core news gathering, 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
  • critically reflect on your own work to demonstrate autonomy, good judgment and ethical responsibility

Course Learning Outcomes

On successful completion, you will be able to:

  • Critically discuss different approaches to news and current affairs taken by commercial and public television
  • Compile and produce  news and current affairs items for broadcast using digital cameras and computer-based editing system
  • Research news and current affairs items for broadcast
  • Identify and apply on-air presentation techniques necessary for a career in television journalism 

Overview of Learning Activities

You will develop the skills necessary for a career in television through workshops and practical exercises, including filming on location. You will learn to use digital technology to film and edit news stories and take part in producing and presenting live-to-air news.  Industry guest lecturers will be invited to give first-hand accounts of how major television networks gather and produce news bulletins.

You will be expected to watch a variety of television news and current affairs programs.


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,  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: