Course Title: Features and Storytelling

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Features and Storytelling

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018


RMIT University Vietnam


345H Media and Communication


Viet1 2016,
Viet1 2017,
Viet2 2017,
Viet3 2017,
Viet1 2018,
Viet2 2018


Melbourne transfer to Vietnam


345H Media and Communication


Sem 1 2016

Course Coordinator: Dr Antonio Castillo

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 5216

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 9 Level 4 Room 55

Course Coordinator Availability: Please contact via email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course will introduce you to the planning, research, writing and story telling skills necessary to produce effective long-form, feature and feature-style journalism. You will develop your knowledge of feature-writing styles, including news features and profiles, and techniques used by journalists to produce features suitable for a range of print and online publications.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


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

  • Examine and discuss the principles of feature writing appropriate for cross platform delivery.
  • Generate and pitch feature story ideas based on a broad knowledge of news and current affairs.
  • Undertake the research and planning necessary to create long-form journalism.
  • Produce a range of features, including news features and profiles, to meet specified deadlines and formats.
  • Apply professional writing standards across a range of platforms.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in learning that involves a range of activities such as studios, project work, lectures, tutorials, 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 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 Equitable Learning Services 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: Assessment and exams.