JRN225 The Specialist Reporter (8)


This subject extends students’ story gathering, writing and investigative skills from their application in general news storytelling to the preparation and presentation of stories using specialist content. Students develop specialisations (including rounds), generate and frame stories within their specialist areas, and convert specialist knowledge into information accessible to general audiences.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 2
InternalBathurst Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: JRN225
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

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 identify and discuss the factors underlying the rising importance of specialist reporting
  • be able to implement investigative and reporting specialties including rounds
  • be able to evaluate and apply news values in framing stories using specialist content
  • be able to process specialist content for specialist and general audiences
  • be able to produce and publish complex stories for a variety of media platforms


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • The rise of speciality journalism
  • Sources, contacts and building a specialist round
  • Identifying and framing stories
  • Use of investigative techniques in specialist reporting
  • Writing complex stories
  • The range of destinations for specialist reporting


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.