JRN101 Newsgathering and Writing (8)


This subject introduces students to fundamentals of news reporting practice. It examines basic techniques of information gathering, story construction, and core journalistic writing skills appropriate to a variety of media platforms. Students apply these principles in an authentic newsroom environment (radio and online).

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 2
InternalBathurst Campus
DistanceBathurst Campus
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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Communication and Creative Industries

Assumed Knowledge


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to generate ideas and gather information for basic news stories
  • be able to evaluate and apply news values in framing stories
  • be able to distinguish the stylistic requirements for print, broadcast and online news writing
  • be able to write basic news stories for a variety of media platforms
  • be able to competently work in teams


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Generating news stories
  • Gathering information for news stories
  • Elementary interview techniques
  • News values and story framing
  • Basic news writing for print, broadcast and online
  • Team work skills


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.