Course Title: Television Journalism

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Television Journalism

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


335H Applied Communication


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


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

Course Coordinator: Jill Singer

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3295

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 9.4.53

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Radio Journalism COMM 1044

Course Description

This course will introduce you to the skills necessary for television reporting. You will further develop the practical skills obtained in COMM 1044 (Radio Journalism), and you will go on to learn additional skills such as television story planning, writing to vision, interviewing and use of digital camera and editing programs. In doing so, you will develop an appreciation of the television industry and the skills required for successful television journalism.

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 in organisations.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

In this course you will develop the following program capabilities:


  • demonstrate the cognitive, research, analytical, critical thinking, communication and presentation skills required for undergraduate study and professional practice
  • be able to apply the ethics and regulations that govern modern media and communication practice
  • have the ability to recognise news and to apply critical thinking, analytical skills and ethical practice in the gathering and presentation of news within the context of the professional requirements and demands of the multi-media newsroom
  • have the professional skills to work in a converged, multi-media newsroom and the ability to adapt to future changes in newsroom practice





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

  • operate the latest digital cameras and computer-based editing systems
  • demonstrate the research, production and presentation skills necessary for successful television journalism careers
  • demonstrate the different writing styles used in television news
  • compile and produce television news items

Overview of Learning Activities

You will attend one x one hour lecture and one x two hour tutorial each week. The lecture will introduce a concept that will be expanded in tutorials through the use of practical examples. As well, you are required to watch commercial and public TV news and current affairs programs and specialist programs such as Media Watch (9.20 pm Monday night on ABC TV), as well as read newspapers daily to keep abreast of the latest news.

For every contact hour in lectures and tutorials you should complete two hours of study outside class, i.e. you should spend six hours studying on top of the three hours spent in lectures and tutorials each week for this course.

Overview of Learning Resources


RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning this course through our online systems.

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

Readings will be made available throughout the semester.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program capabilities.

Assessment may include news quizzes, cut news stories and/or voxpops.

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.

An assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document