JRN322 Beyond News: Longform Journalism (8)


This subject will enable students to understand the investigative, content and structural expectations of journalism created in “non-news” forms. Through creation of longform, feature, documentary and/or narrative journalism, students will develop skills to make in-depth, engaging, narrative-driven reportage for contemporary audiences.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
InternalBathurst Campus
DistanceBathurst Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: JRN322
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

JRN200 and JRN205 or JRN207

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to critically examine the characteristics that distinguish 'non-news' journalism from 'news' formats
  • be able to apply different styles of longform journalism to reporting practice
  • be able to investigate for and create reporting content of substance, depth and breadth across the range of major media platforms
  • be able to apply narrative principles to in-depth and longform journalism
  • be able to apply journalism longform narrative techniques to incorporate visual and audio elements in the creation of rich media content


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Journalism of breadth and depth across platforms: contemporary and historical examples of good practice
  • Analysis and critique, using key literary, writing and film theory and contemporary practice to explain the purposes and power of sustainably engaging journalism forms
  • Principles of narrative and story-telling applicable to feature, documentary, current affairs and book-length journalism
  • Methods and format conventions for creating engaging longform reporting across major publishing platforms
  • Application of investigative and other modes of inquiry for creating reporting content of substance, depth and breadth
  • Longform storytelling techniques incorporating vision and sound


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.