Course Title: Produce Writings - Journalism

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: COMM5400

Course Title: Produce Writings - Journalism

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4171 - Certificate IV in Professional Writing and Editing

Course Contact : Program Administration Brendan Lee

Course Contact Phone: Brendan Lee 9925 4368

Course Contact Email:Brendan.lee@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Mr Peter Barrett
Phone: 9925 4951
Email: pete.barrett@rmit.edu.au

Nominal Hours: 105

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

At RMIT, the competency Produce Writings –Journalism is delivered and assessed alongside the following competencies:
CUVCOR03A: Develop, refine and communicate concept for own work
CUVCOR11A: Source information on history and theory and apply to own work
CUSRAD01A: collect and organise information

Course Description

This course looks at the skills and knowledge required for working as a freelance print journalist as you plan, draft, edit and pitch your written articles.
The course helps you to cultivate a critical awareness of appropriate language, style, and word length for a range of media publications. You discuss contemporary issues in the media and analyse a broad range of material from various publications


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VBP552 Produce Writings - Journalism

Element:

1. Analyse the purpose of the writing task

Performance Criteria:

1.1 The purpose of the work is confirmed with relevant parties
1.2 The form, media and technique most appropriate to the purpose of the writing task is selected
1.3 The stylistic and cultural context of the writing task is proposed to meet the writing objective

Element:

2. Investigate the scope of the writing task

Performance Criteria:

2.1 The level and scope of the writing task is analysed to determine the length and style of the work
2.2 The level of research required to fulfil the agreed outcome to the required style and standard is analysed
2.3 The resources necessary to retrieve or generate the relevant information is determined
2.4 The type and level of information required to suit the context of the writing task is planned

Element:

3. Plan the writing task

Performance Criteria:

3.1 The writing task is planned to reflect the media, scope, structure and content of the work
3.2 Ideas are organised and developed into an ordered sequence
3.3 All resources required to deliver the writing task are organised
3.4 A timeline for the completion of the writing task that reflects the critical milestones is determined

Element:

4. Create the writing task

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Components of the information required and the form in which the writing will be developed, constructed and presented is resolved
4.2 The intention of the writing task and the characteristics of the audience are reflected in the writing
4.3 Appropriate processes and research are utilised to retrieve the necessary information
4.4 The particular characteristics of the media are analysed to inform the writing in a way that is appropriate for the purpose of the writing
4.5 Relevant information sources are employed to generate and inform the writing task
4.5 Common literary devices and the metaphoric function of language are integrated into the writing task
4.6 Writing task is produced in accordance with writing goals

Element:

5. Realise the writing task

Performance Criteria:

5.1 The writing task is appropriate for the media, the context of the brief and the style of the subject matter
5.2 The language in which the writing task is written is suitable for the intended audience
5.3 The writing task is proofed and edited to the standard required for presentation
5.4 A draft is presented, if required, to the client to confirm that the work is acceptable
5.5 Work is adjusted as required and presented in the agreed manner and timeframe


Learning Outcomes


On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to plan, draft, edit and pitch articles for a range of publications.


    Details of Learning Activities

    In this course you learn through -

    In-class activities:
    • lectures
    • industry speakers
    • teacher directed group activities/projects
    • peer teaching and class presentations
    • group discussion
    • class exercises to review discussions/lectures
    • reading of excerpts of writings and set texts to provide examples of writing elements
    • workshopping of students’ own projects
    • analysis/critique of writings of students’ choice

    Out-of-class activities:
    • independent project based work
    • writing and reading assignments
    • online and other research
    • independent study


    Teaching Schedule

    Please note: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources.

    Week
    Class ContentAssignments dueCompetency & Elements

    Week 1


    Introductions, course outline, writing task VBP552 - Analyse purpose of writing task
    CUSRAD01A- Collect relevant information
    CUVCOR11A - Collect information on history and theory
    Week 2
     Basics of Freelance Journalism
    Writing Precedes.
    Examples and exercises.
      VBP552 - Investigate scope of writing task
    CUSRAD01A- Collect relevant information
    CUVCOR11A - Collect information on history and theory
    CUVCOR03A – Develop concept
     Week 3

     Autobiographical writing/personal columns/memoirs
    (GUEST TEACHER)
      VBP552 –Investigate scope of writing task
    CUVCOR11A - Collect information on history and theory
    CUVCOR03A – Develop & communicate concept
    Week 4

     Themed personal columns/autobiographical writing
    Basics of good journalism
      VBP552 – Plan and create writing task
    CUSRAD01A- Collect information
    CUVCOR11A - Apply information on history and theory
    Week 5
     Autobiographical writing/personal columns/memoirs   VBP552 -Realise writing task
    CUSRAD01A – Organise information
    CUVCOR011A – Apply information on history and theory
     Week 6

    First workshop – draft autobiographical writing/personal columns (GUEST TEACHER)   VBP552 –Investigate the scope of writing task
    CUVCOR01A – Communicate and refine concept
    CUVCOR11A - Collect information on history and theory
     Week 7

    Workshopping and peer review.ASSIGNMENT 1 DUE - In class assessment – autobiographical writing/personal columns  

    CUVCOR011A – Apply information on history and theory
    VBP552 - Analyse the purpose of the writing task

     Week 8

    Writing Precedes.
    Examples and exercises.
      VBP552 –Investigate the scope & plan writing task
    CUVCOR11A - Collect information on history and theory
    CUVCOR03A – Develop concept
     Week 9
    Writing Headlines, Writing Precedes
    Pitching your work – Part 1

     VBP552 Create writing task
    CUVCOR03A – Communicate concept
     

    Mid-semester break
    Thursday 5 April to Wednesday 11 April

      
     Week 10
     
    Workshopping and peer review.
    Writing Profiles – choosing a subject – using interviews for articles
    ASSIGNMENT 2 DUE – Write a precede – to be completed in class under test conditions
     VBP552 - Create and realise writing task
    CUSRAD01A – Collect & organise information
    VBP552 - Analyse the purpose of the writing task
     Week 11

    Writing profiles – interviewing techniques

    Discuss Publications Research Task assignment
     CUSRAD01A – Access and organise the information
    CUVCOR03A – Develop concept
    CUVCOR03A – Refine concept
     Week 12

    Writing profiles   VBP552 – Plan and create writing task
    CUVCOR11A – Source and collect information on history and theory
     Week 13

    Workshopping draft profiles 
    CUVCOR03A – Communicate and refine concept
     Week 14

     Workshopping and peer review. ASSIGNMENT 3 DUE – Profile – in class assessmentVBP552 - Create & realise writing task
    CUSRAD03A – Communicate & refine concept
    VBP552 - Analyse the purpose of the writing task

     Week 15

     Persuasive writing - Opinion pieces

      VBP552 – nvestigate scope of writing task
    CUVCOR01A – Develop concept
    CUVCOR11A – Source and collect information on history and theory
     Week 16

     Persuasive writing - Opinion pieces  VBP552 – Plan writing task
     CUVCOR03A – Develop concept
      Semester 2  
     Week 1

     Workshopping opinion pieces 
      VBP552 – nvestigate scope of writing task
    CUVCOR03A – Develop and communicate concept
     Week 2

     Researching and Writing ReviewsASSIGNMENT 4 DUE – Publications Research Task – submit BY EMAIL by 9:00 am on day of class
     VBP552 - Plan, create and realise  writing task
    CUVCOR11A - Collect information on history and theory
    CUSRAD01A - Collect, assess and organise information
    VBP552 - Analyse the purpose of the writing task
     Week 3

     Researching and Writing Reviews  VBP552 - Plan & create writing task
    CUVCOR03A – Communicate and refine concept
     Week 4

     Workshop draft reviews/op pieces CUVCOR11A – Source & collect information on history and theory
    CUSRAD01A - Communicate information
     Week 5  Workshopping and peer review.ASSIGNMENT 5 DUE – Opinion piece OR Review – in class assessment VBP552 –Plan  writing task
    CUVCOR03A – Refine and communicate concept
    VBP552 - Analyse the purpose of the writing task
     Week 6  Media Ethics   
    CUVCOR11A - Collect information on history and theory

     Week 7  Writing Informative Feature articles
    Research – where do you find out…?
      CUSRAD01A - Collect & assess information
    VBP552 - Investigate scope of writing task
    Week 8  Writing Seasonal/How-To/Formula informative articles  VBP552 - Analyse purpose of writing task
    VBP552 – Plan & create writing task
     Week 9  Travel Writing   VBP552 - Analyse purpose of writing task
    VBP552 – Plan & create writing task
     Week 10  Online journalism   CUVCOR11A - Collect information on history and theory
     Week 11  Online journalism  CUVCOR11A - Apply information on history and theory
     Week 12  One-on-one meetings with teacher   
    CUVCOR03A – Communicate &refine concept
     Mid-semester Break
    24 Sep - 5 Oct (inclusive)
      
     Week 13  Pitching your work – part 2
    Angles - revision
      CUSRAD01A - Organise & communicate information
    CUVCOR03A – Communicate concept
     Week 14  Workshopping informative articles  
    CUVCOR03A – Communicate and refine concept
     Week 15  Workshopping and peer review ASSIGNMENT 6 DUE – Informative article – in class assessment  VBP552 – Create and realise the writing task
    CUVCOR03A – Communicate and refine concept
    VBP552 - Analyse the purpose of the writing task
     Week 16 Guest speaker (final class)
    Course feedback
      CUVCOR11A - Collect information on history and theory
    Week 17Assessment Week - no classes  


    Learning Resources

    Prescribed Texts

    Prescribed material will be provided by the teacher.


    References

    Power Prose: Writing Skills for the Media Age. Melbourne: Hardie Grant Books, 2004.

    You are advised to look at the course blackboard site for ongoing updated information.


    Other Resources

    You require access to a computer and to the internet for this course


    Overview of Assessment

    Assessment for this course is ongoing throughout the semester. Your knowledge of course content is assessed through participation in class exercises, oral presentations and through the application of learned skills and insights to your writing tasks.


    Assessment Tasks

    To demonstrate competency in this course, you will need to complete the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback on all assessment.

    Semester 1
    1. A personal/autobiographical column, targeted at specific publication (800 words) (20%) Due March 20
    2. A precede (20 - 25 words: to be completed in class) (5%) Due April 17
    3. A profile of an interesting person, targeted at specific publication (1000 words) (25%) Due May 15

    Semester 2
    4. A publications research task (5% - shared resource) Due July 10
    5. A review (650 words) OR opinion piece (800 words), targeted at specific publication (20%) Due July 31
    6. A feature informative article, targeted at specific publication (1200 words) (25%) Due October 23

    Detailed briefs for each assignment will be provided to you in class and on blackboard, including industry-specific criteria such as: clarity and appropriateness of angle, clear audience targeting, etc. Your participation in the drafting and class workshopping process will be considered in assessment of assignments.



    Assessment tasks in this unit are graded.
    To demonstrate competency in this course, you will need to complete the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback on all assessment.


    80 – 100% HD High Distinction
    70 – 79% DI Distinction
    60 – 69% CR Credit
    50 – 59% PA Pass
    Under 50% NN Fail

    For further information on the criteria used for grading, please refer to the course blackboard site.


    Assessment Matrix

    The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant
    Unit of Competency. These are available through the course contact in Program
    administration

    Other Information

    Submission of Assessment Tasks
    You are required to submit all assessment tasks with a completed School of Media and Communication cover sheet. You are expected to keep a copy of all assignments submitted.

    Late Submissions
    If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension before that due date.
    Please refer to the course blackboard site for information on late submissions and on applying for an extension.

    Feedback
    You will receive both spoken and written feedback on your work. Where appropriate, this feedback will also include suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.

    Academic Integrity
    Academic Integrity is about the honest presentation of your academic work. Presenting work that fails to acknowledge other people’s work within yours can compromise academic integrity. For further information on academic integrity and plagiarism, please refer to the following URL. http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=kkc202lwe1yv

    Special Consideration Policy
    Please refer to the following URL for information on applying for special consideration:
    http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=qkssnx1c5r0y;STATUS=A;PAGE_AUTHOR=Andrea%20Syers;SECTION=1


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