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AZA1329: Journalism 2: Introduction

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate – Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal datesfor the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

Faculty

Arts

Coordinators(s)

Mr Tinus De Jager

Offered

South Africa

  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)

Prohibitions

ATS1329

Synopsis

The unit provides further development of the key practices of research and reporting for news journalism; the social, professional and legal context for journalism production; the technical production and narrative conventions for at least two different media (print, online, radio and/or video); and consideration of factors affecting the optimal choice of medium for reporting. Students research and produce original news stories to deadline in at least two media, produce a critical evaluation of their own performance and constructive feedback for their peers.

Outcomes

On successful completion of the unit students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an ability to identify and research a news story, conduct interviews and gather appropriate evidence;
  2. Demonstrate an ability to select an advantageous medium for presentation, and report in a clear, concise, factual way using news conventions in at least two media;
  3. Identify and observe key ethical and legal obligations associated with news reporting in the South African and African Context, and reflect critically on their own and others’ performance in this regard;
  4. Work independently and collaboratively in learning and production processes, including online forums, to produce news reports;
  5. Demonstrate an ability to set and meet deadlines, and report under pressure;
  6. Demonstrate an awareness of local, national and international people and events relevant to current issues and media issues;
  7. Demonstrate a critical awareness of the capacities, limitations and socio – professional implications of journalistic practices in different media.

Assessment

Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

Chief examiner(s)

Mr Tinus De Jager

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Journalism studies – South Africa

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