JRN102 Audio/Radio Journalism: Local Newsroom (8)

This subject introduces students to radio news production and the styles and techniques used in producing radio news. Basic radio reporting skills are covered, from synthesising information to writing news copy, through to soundbite selection, newsroom software and mic technique. Students are introduced to authentic newsroom spaces, work practices and experiences.

Subject Outlines
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No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2018.

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Communication and Creative Industries

Assumed Knowledge

COM127 Introduction to Media Production

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • understand the radio landscape and its reliance on information programming;
  • be able to generate ideas and gather information for basic radio news stories;
  • be able to evaluate and apply news values in framing stories;
  • be able to demonstrate basic voice skills in radio broadcasting; and
  • be able to write basic news stories for radio/audio platforms.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Radio and its role within the media
  • Information programming on radio
  • Radio news journalism and story types
  • The difference between stories and topics
  • Voice and reading copy
  • Newsroom practices, technology and processes
  • Using audio recorders for interviews
  • Natural sound
  • Using music and audio stock files
  • Podcasting, radio and online news

Special Resources

This subject requires access to specialist recording equipment and studio facilities. On campus students can access these facilities in the School of Communication and Creative Industries authentic learning spaces. Distance students will either need to access the equipment through a proximate community or commercial radio station or purchase suitable equipment for their home.


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or ask@csu.edu.au or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.