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 2 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 1 2023,
Sem 1 2024


RMIT University Vietnam


345H Media and Communication


Viet1 2016,
Viet2 2017,
Viet3 2017,
Viet1 2018,
Viet2 2018,
Viet3 2018,
Viet1 2019,
Viet2 2019,
Viet3 2019


Singapore Inst of Management


345H Media and Communication


Offsh4 19


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

Course Coordinator Availability: Please contact via email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study

BP220 Students: Successful completion of COMM2654 Journalism Ethics, Law and Power


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:  Credit at RMIT

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

Program Learning Outcomes

This course aligns with the following Program Learning Outcomes:

  • Develop practical and technical skills to quickly adapt to current and future changes in the industry
  • Apply a body of theoretical and practical knowledge and specific skills in journalism in which to base your professional practice or future study. 


Course Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Examine and discuss the principles of feature writing appropriate for cross platform delivery.
  2. Generate and pitch feature story ideas based on a broad knowledge of news and current affairs.
  3. Undertake the research and planning necessary to create long-form journalism.
  4. Produce a range of features, including news features and profiles, to meet specified deadlines and formats.
  5. 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:

There are services and resources available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student website. 

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.

Assessment 1 - Critical Reflection About a Major Feature Story [Individual, 20% Linked CLOs; 1,5]

Assessment 2 - Portfolio of Short Writing Work [Individual, 30% Linked CLOs; 2,3,5] 

Assessment 3 - Feature Story [Individual, 50% Linked CLO's; 2,3,4,5]