Course Title: Journalism Innovation and Technology

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Journalism Innovation and Technology

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 1 2023,
Sem 1 2024

Course Coordinator: Tito Ambyo

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3717

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: B009.04

Course Coordinator Availability: Please check with course coordinator

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will develop the production skills to enable you to produce multi-media journalism and reflect on the impact emerging technologies have on journalistic practice. You will develop skills using modern communication equipment and emerging technologies required by journalists when preparing written, visual, audio or multi-media material across multiple platforms. 

Using industry-standard equipment, you will be introduced to the basics of audio/visual and text-based journalism techniques used to produce and present news for live broadcast and text-based platforms.  You will also learn to use communication technologies, including smartphones, the internet and social media platforms to enhance your journalistic practice.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes

This course aligns with the following Program Learning Outcomes:

  • Employ appropriate technical skills and theoretical knowledge to solve problems associated with journalism practice.
  • Effectively and professionally communicate your ideas to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
  • Work collaboratively to plan and produce communication projects appropriate to the needs of the industry.

Course Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Gather, write, report and produce news across a variety of multi-media platforms
  2. Operate industry-standard equipment to create pre-recorded and live audio-visual content for broadcast news
  3. Use communication technologies to promote and disseminate news
  4. Critically reflect on the use of technologies and their impact on the practice of journalism

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.

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


1. Digital Journalism Bootcamp: 25% (Individual)

This assessment will cover the following course learning outcomes: 3,4   2. Live Production 30% (Individual)   This assessment will cover the following course learning outcome: 1,2,3   3. Multimedia Journalism: 45% (Individual)   This assessment will cover the following course learning outcomes: 1,2,3