Course Title: Journalism: Professional Placement

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Journalism: Professional Placement

Credit Points: 24


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


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

Course Coordinator: Dr. Alex Wake

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9749

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study

Successful completion of COMM2654 Journalism Ethics, Law & Power, COMM2656 Reporting with Sound & Image and COMM2653 Journalism Technologies (which can be taken in any order).


Alternatively you may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge before you start this course. Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning. Further information:;ID=x94or0ccuu7k

Course Description

This course will give you practical experience working in a media organisation as well the opportunity to undertake an individually negotiated professional practice project.

Your placement in a professional media organisation in Australia or overseas will give you the opportunity to experience how journalism is practiced. Your placement will give you the opportunity to put into practice the skills and knowledge you have developed across your program.

This course is restricted to final year Journalism Program students.

This is the designated Work Integrated Learning (WIL) course for BP220 Bachelor of Communication (Journalism). 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.

A WIL agreement including schedule and relevant insurance documentation is required to be completed before commencing each placement (local and international). International placements must be registered and processed through RMIT Global Mobility. In the case where a placement ends early, please refer to Changes or cancellation of WIL activities in the WIL Guideline.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • Critically discuss diverse aspects media and journalistic practice.
  • Present yourself, and your work, to meet the expectations of professional workplaces and employers.
  • Investigate and evaluate a particular aspect of journalistic practice and/or the media industry.
  • Critically reflect on, analyse and synthesise information related to issues affecting journalism/journalists and industry practice.

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

  • Develop practical and technical skills to quickly adapt to changes in the industry.
  • Apply a body of theoretical and practical knowledge and specific skills in media and communication, particularly in journalism in which to base your professional practice or future study.
  • Critically analyse, synthesise and reflect on journalism in both local and international context.
  • Work with others in a range of roles and contexts, demonstrating cultural environmental and social awareness and ethical and reflective practice.
  • Apply initiative and judgment in planning, problem solving and decision making in your practice or future study.

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.

You can expect to receive industry/community feedback.

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 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: Assessment Policy