COMM 3015 Digital Journalism Production

Credit Points 20

Legacy Code 102057

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Description Digital technologies have revolutionised news delivery. Journalists in every area of the profession now require video, audio, online and print skills to work across multiple platforms and contexts. This unit introduces students to multiplatform digital journalism and the ways in which multiple media can be used to tell stories for a range of contexts.Students develop their own blog site, that is populated using digital devices for working with video, audio and text to engage with a range of social media storytelling modes to extend stories across multiple media contexts. Based on an understanding of ethical and informed journalism practices, students are encouraged to develop their own voice as an independent thinker and writer into the public domain of online publishing.

School Humanities & Comm Arts

Discipline Audio Visual Studies

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 4 20cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 3 subject

Equivalent Subjects COMM 3036 - Television Journalism COMM 3030 - Radio Journalism

Restrictions Successful completion of 80 credit points at Level 1 and at least 20 credit points from 102062 News Reporting, 102061 Feature Writing, 102017 Journalism Research & Investigation, 100953 Photo Journalism, 101526 Intro to Sound Technologies, 102266 Researching the Visual, 101538 Sound Synthesis and the Sound Environment or101922 Web and Time Based Design.

Assumed Knowledge

Basics of news writing for broadcast media and news gathering. Knowledge of legal issues affecting journalism and Journalism Ethics.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Demonstrate practical skills in newsgathering, research and production
  2. Use digital audio and video devices to record material appropriate for news stories
  3. Use desktop editing systems and blog templates to assemble basic audio and video stories
  4. Explain the legal and ethical issues relevant to digital journalism
  5. Work in teams and individually.
  6. Critically analyse multi-media journalism
  7. Adequately assess the risk involved in professional production projects.

Subject Content

1. Video and audio news and current affairs
2. Finding stories
3. Scripting, narrating and constructing audio and video news stories
4. Use of digital video and audio capture equipment and desktop editing
5. Online and social media delivery of news material
6. The social role of digital journalism


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.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Practical: Radio Bulletin, News Blog (Wordpress) and Social Media Sites Set Up Equivalent 750 words (Web site, plus Youtube, FB, Twitter) 10 N Individual
Professional Task: Story Package 1 Video Story (scripted) 2 minutes; Accompanying Facebook/Blog post 100 words 20 N Individual
Professional Task: Story Package 2 Video story (scripted) 3 minutes; Accompanying Facebook post/Blog post 250 words, FacebookLive Report 1.5 minutes, and Tweet with picture. 30 N Individual
Final Blog Portfolio Completed Blog portfolio; containing story package content 1 and 2 plus links, plus 3 best weekly class tasks. Reflection on multi-platform writing process as additional blog post (600 words) 30 N Individual
Participation, Tasks and Collaboration Weekly production exercises, Group participation 10 N Individual

Prescribed Texts

  • Alysen, B, (2012), The Electronic Reporter: broadcast journalism in Australia, 3rd edition, UNSW Press, Sydney.

Teaching Periods




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Sydney City Campus - Term 2

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