COMM 1019 Introduction to Journalism (WSTC)

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 700182

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Description This subject introduces students to the fields of journalism and new media, covering the concepts of news values and news research for target audiences. It looks at the role of the journalist and the professional skills of news gathering and news writing. The subject also considers the legal and ethical obstacles and obligations faced by journalists operating in an environment of fast paced communication. The methodologies underlying professional practice as well as delivering news with speed for multimedia platforms are central to this subject.

School Humanities & Comm Arts

Discipline Journalism

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 4 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 1 subject

Co-requisite(s) Students enrolled in the combined DiplomaBachelor courses listed below must pass all College Preparatory units listed in the course structure before progressing to the Year 2 units

Equivalent Subjects COMM 1018 - Introduction to Journalism


Students must be enrolled at Western Sydney University, The College. Students enrolled in Extended Diplomas must pass 40 credit points from the preparatory subjects listed in the program structure prior to enrolling in this University level subject.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  1. Explain the importance of journalism in the modern world.
  2. Understand the importance of audiences and medias when choosing news.
  3. Explain the flow of information in creating news.
  4. Ask questions and conduct interviews in a professional context.
  5. Engage with the news and news environments for published outcomes.
  6. Apply skills gained for intellectual and professional insights.

Subject Content

Journalism as professional practice
Journalism as decision-making
Finding news
Choosing news and sources
Gathering news
Evaluating information
Constructing news
Editing news
Working with words
Marketing/selling news to a target audience


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Type Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Applied Project 400 words 25 N Individual
Applied Project 600 words 40 N Individual
Portfolio 500 words 35 N Individual

Teaching Periods

Term 3 (2023)

Nirimba Education Precinct


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Term 3 (2024)

Nirimba Education Precinct


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