Course Description

Course Name

Writing for the Media

Session: VDNS3121

Hours & Credits

18 Credit Points

Prerequisites & Language Level

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


Provides students with writing skills across a range of media, with an emphasis on cross-platform, non-fiction writing. The conventions and creative roles involved in producing media texts are interrogated.
Click bait, Facebook fails, crowd sourcing and sleeping cats - digital technologies and social media have transformed journalism and news reporting practices. This paper will provide you with the knowledge to interrogate the workings of news media and examine how news generates social and cultural meanings about what is considered newsworthy. You will also learn the conventions and creativity involved in producing new forms of news media. Graduates of the paper will have the skills to produce news stories across a range of different media including online news blogs, print media and radio.

Learning Outcomes
-Develop competencies in producing a range of news media texts, with an emphasis on online, print and radio news
-Critical skills in examining the social and cultural meanings of news
-An ethical understanding of the issues surrounding the production, dissemination and consumption of news media texts

Course Structure
This course is structured around a practical and theoretical engagement with three different types of media forms:
-News blogs
-Feature articles

-News blog 40%
-Feature article and podcast 40%
-Workshop participation 20%

Course reader

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